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Turkey Run State Park is a great place for the outdoorsy type. There are great picnic facilities and you can rent a canoe for a short or long trip. Or if you want to relax, you can rent an intertube and just float down the river. Or you can hike the day away!
Address: Western Indiana Near Rockville
Bear Wallow is an area in Brown County that offers an array of hiking for all abilities and ages. It is a nice place to take the kids. It is named, because many years ago bears used to inhabit that part of Indiana and would come down to the wallow to cool their bodies in the summer. Bears no longer inhabit that part of Indiana and the wallow was drained in 1913, but nature lovers still come to enjoy a nice hike in the summer.
Address: Bear Wallow Road--Nashville, IN
Check out this amazing and modern facility. This is the home of the Indiana Pacers and a place to catch big name concerts and performances. This is the finest arena in the NBA (although I am sure some other city will build a better one soon) .
The Monon Trail
You can bike, walk, run, or rollerblade on this spectacular trail that is 20 miles long. The trail runs from downtown past the art museum, through trendy Broadripple, and up into posh Carmel. I prefer the section of the trail from Broadripple up into Carmel, because it is shaded with trees and you can sometimes see wildlife scamper across your way.
Eagle Creek State Park is one of the best in Indiana. Cyclists flock to this scenic park to bike along the road that runs through it. Come here and spot all kinds of Indiana wildlife. Chipmunks, deer, squirrels, birds, and much more can be seen here. Their is a decent sized playground area for kids. Also, in the summer Eagle Creek opens up its swimming center, which has waterslides and fun things to do for kids. This park is the world's largest municipally owned park! Their are tons of hiking trails (bikes are not welcome on the trails). This park is in Indy and is only a 15 minute drive from the bustling city so it is easily accessible.
Address: 15 minutes from downtown, in Indy
Directions: From downtown take 65 North to 465 North. Exit on 56th Street and go West. Keep following 56th street and you will drive right into the park entrance.
Hiking at McCormicks Creek State Park is fun for both children and adults. If you choose you can camp there. Their are many scenic trails and their is even a waterfall that you can climb up or swim under. It is a great park to visit in the fall when the leaves are changing colors.
Address: Southern Indiana around Spencer
The RCA Dome
RCA Dome opened in 1984 as part of a much-needed expansion to the convention center, not as a stand-alone sports venue. Opening as the Hoosier Dome at a cost of $77.5 million, the facility immediately became home to the Indianapolis Colts and other national and international events. Currently with football seating capacity at 57,890, the RCA Dome hosts over 1 million guests annually.The RCA Dome accommodates NFL football, NCAA basketball, motor sports, and various world-class entertainment events. The 95,000 square-foot stadium floor also attracts international and national conventions and trade shows.The RCA Dome is one of only four major air-supported stadiums in the US along with the Pontiac Silverdome, the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.
Address: Located on West Street
Theme: Sports Watching
NCAA Hall of Champions
If you are a big fan of college sports then you might appreciate a visit here. It is a state of the art facility and highlights the struggles and highlights of college athletes. The facility houses a Great Hall displaying banners recognizing current winners of the 87 NCAA national championships, and a unique view of the sports world via the "Look Up to Champions" video display. There are 3 theaters and a nice size gallery that contains traveling exhibits.The exhibit space includes interactive kiosks and games, hands-on displays, historical and current information about the NCAA and its member schools, and the traditions and values of college athletics. All 23 sports in Divisions I, II and III are represented. The facility also includes a Hall of Honor, Gymnasium, Gift Shop, and a 144 monitor video wall.
Address: 700 West Washington Street
Theme: Sports Watching
Ballpark and City Views
A visit to Victory Field will be an experience you are unlikely to forget. This ballpark is the home to the Indianapolis Indians (the triple A affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates). The ballpark opened in 1996 and has been named the "Best Minor League Ballpark in America" by such prominent publications as Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. The $20 million facility boasts many unique features including an open concourse that offer a great view of the playing field throughout the ballpark, festival-style lawn seating, and angled outfield seats that hug the foul lines. I especially enjoy the amazing views of the downtown skyline and the chance to sit out in the grass with a blanket and watch the game. This is a MUST SEE if you are in town.
Address: Corner of West and Maryland Streets in downtown In
Theme: Sports Watching
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