THINGS TO DO:
Indianapolis is a beautiful, vibrant city with tons to see and do! From axe throwing to a zombie scavenger hunt, here are some of our staff favorites, just in case you have some down time, or want to extend your stay!
Medal Of Honor Memorial — 650 W Washington St.
Built to honor those service members who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military award for valor in the U.S. Beautifully designed with 27 glass panes and Indiana limestone in shades of buff, grey, pink and yellow. Illumination corresponds with a 30-minute audio tour that is played over a speaker system. This free tour is made up of stories about the wars, and accounts of living Medal recipients.
BadAxeThrowing.com — 235 S. Meridian St.
Just when you thought it was safe to avoid the sport of competitive basket weaving, now you can enjoy the sport of axe throwing! Enjoy a 1-hour axe throwing session with a dedicated axe throwing coach. Coaches provide a safety talk, demonstrate throwing techniques and are there to guide you through your experience. No experience is necessary, and all skill levels are welcome.
Zombie Scavengers — 200 W. Washington St.,
Fans of everything dead, and the rest of us, may get a kick out of this app that provides a list of items that are crucial for you to survive. It features fun, zombie-themed challenges to perform. There’s an interactive live remote guide while you play. It’s family-friendly fun, so bring your family, half-eaten or alive, willing or not, and survive the zombie apocalypse. zombiescavenger.com
The Children’s Museum — 3000 N. Meridian St.
Great place for all ages, and yes, dinosaurs!
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum — 4750 W. 16th St.
The Museum, which is uniquely situated inside the historic 2.5-mile oval track, is recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world that is dedicated to automobiles and auto racing.
NCAA Hall of Champions — 700 W. Washington St.
Two levels of interactive exhibits engage visitors and create a true-to-life understanding of what it takes to make the grade. All 24 NCAA sports are represented, with trivia challenges, current team rankings, video highlights and artifacts donated from colleges nationwide. There is a fully interactive area for competing virtually and hands-on through sports simulators, a 1930s retro gymnasium, ski simulator and more. ncaahallofchampions.org
Downtown Indy Canal Walk
Walk the 1.5-mile-long Downtown Canal Walk stretching from the Indiana University School of Medicine at 11th St., south toward the Indiana State Library on Ohio St., before turning to the west toward Military Park, the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum and the Indiana State Museum, all of which are a short walk from the JW Marriott. Along the way, see some of Indy’s best contemporary architecture. The three-mile loop is a popular spot for fitness enthusiasts and serenity-seekers. The downtown waterfront has pedal boats, gondolas, bicycles, surreys and Segways.
Indianapolis Zoo — 1200 W. Washington St.
The Indianapolis Zoo was the first in the nation to be accredited as a combined zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. Visit the amazing International Orangutan Center, Dolphin Pavilion, shark touch tank, Flights of Fancy, White River Gardens and much more. The zoo is accredited by both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the American Alliance of Museums. The zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
On a budget?
Visit Indiana invites you to take advantage of exclusive deals. From savings at some of the city’s best restaurants to reduced admissions at attractions and experiences, the Show Us Your Badge program is here to make sure your experience in the city is both fun and affordable. Simply sign up and the pass will be delivered to your mobile device. Show the deals to participating partners, along with your conference badge, to redeem and save.