The capital and largest city in Indiana, and the second largest city in the Midwest (right behind Chicago) - Indianapolis was founded in 1821 next to the White River, and it grew, and grew, and continues to grow into a populated, metropolitan area bustling with culture and economic growth. This city is within a single day driving distance to 70% of the U.S. population giving it the nickname "Crossroads of America". Indianapolis is most well-known for the world's largest single-day sporting event, The Indianapolis 500, but don't let all this larger than life hub-bub fool you - Indianapolis is also filled with charm and quaint eateries. There is something for everyone here, and this is a list of the best family-friendly things to do during your visit! 

All information about this amazing city was provided by the wonderful homeschooling mama of 4 -Tina-      from Tinaglee - she shares all her "must-dos" while traveling to Indianapolis with kids in tow.


Things to Do Outside: 

100 Acres - Cool park attached to the Indiana Museum of Arts. It has Funky Bones which was where the scene from A Fault In Our Stars originally took place. 

Heritage Park - One of Indy's oldest parks, contains 95 acres of woods and trails, which run along the White River. One of our faves!

Fort Benjamin Harrison - A great State Park with lots of great running trails, a big pond, dog park, and a place to ride horses and ponies!

Flat Fork Creek Park - A newer park in Indy with the biggest sledding hill!! Also lots of great trails (including a mountain bike trail) and three tree houses to explore!

There are also tons of great Farmer's Markets around here!  Some favorites are Broad Ripple Market, City Market, and Fishers Farmer's Market. Check the dates in the links because some are seasonal only.  


Indoor Activities

Indy is home to the largest Children's Museum in the world!! It is absolutely amazing. A little touristy, but definitely worth the money!

Garfield Park Conservatory - 100's of different plants from the world's tropics, a cool little pond with a waterfall. Love bringing the kids here, especially in the winter!

Wildwood Market- A local grocery store with a great little deli, such a cute store to visit!


Good Eats

All local, no chains. All kid and parent tested and approved to be simply delicious! 

Dinner- Bluebeard and Tinker Street have some of the freshest ingredients! 

Brunch- Milktooth and/or The Garden Tableyou can't go wrong with either of these choices. Put on some stretchy pants and treat yourself to a Bloody Mary or sip on a coffee while the whole family feasts on delectable brunch foods. 

Breakfast/Lunch- Maxine's Chicken and Waffles (a little divey, but sooo good) 

Lunch/ Dinner- Napolese (pizza!!), Rook (Asian street food, holy crap), Bubs Burgers & Ice Cream (home of the Big Ugly Burger as seen on Man vs. Food), 

Locally Grown Gardens is an absolute favorite. It is a secret gem, they have the best food! Only 3 menu choices... but they are bombbb and the best pies ever!

Need more coffee? And maybe a donut (or 5)? Don't worry Indy has you covered....

Be sure to check out Tina's family owned business - Sure Shot Coffee. It is also a really cool apparel store called Vardagen

Other great coffee shops include: Quills Coffee, Open Society, Thirsty Scholar, and Kaffeine.  

Donut Shops: The Dancing Donut, General American Donut Company, Taylor's Bakery

Gallery Pastry Shop - No donuts, but delicious French pastries and Wednesday's are $1 macaron day!!!

Cake Bake Shop - No donuts here either, but super fancy desserts and cakes, everything they make has edible glitter on it. One piece of cake is about $10 BUT I promise it's worth it!! Fun for a girls night out or special birthday

Craving a cold treat? 

Best ice cream shops- Handel's Ice Cream, Lick, Trader's Point Creamery , Nicey Treat (homemade popsicles!!)

La Chinita Poblana - This is a little tiny Mexican place (standing room only) but they have the best boba/bubble tea!