Family vacations in Indianapolis can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters -- it all depends on doing pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Indianapolis family vacations.
Address: 1200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46222 Phone: 317-630-2001 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday Price: Adults, $15.25; seniors 62 and over and youth 2 to 12, $10.25; infants one and under, free.
Caribbean Cove Hotel & Water Park
Address: 3850 Depauw Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46268 Phone: 317-872-9790 Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Price: Included with room package. Additional wristbands extra.
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Address: 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 Phone: 317-334-3322 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open daily from March through September. Open Tuesday from Sept. to February. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Price: Youth 2 to 17, $11.50; adults 18 to 59, $16.50; seniors 60 and older, $15.50.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame
History buffs and muscle-car fans alike will enjoy a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, home of many of the cars that have taken the checkered flag at the legendary racetrack. About 75 historic vehicles are on display in the 96,000-square-foot museum, including all four of the cars A.J. Foyt Jr. drove in his four Indy 500 victories and the Marmon "Wasp" driven to victory by Ray Harroun in the first Indy 500 in 1911.
Address: 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222 Phone: 317-492-6784 Hours: March through October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November through February, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours in May. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Price: Adults, $5; children 6 to 15, $3; children younger than 6, free.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Address: 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222 Phone: 317-492-6784 Hours: Track tours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March through October; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November to February; extended hours on event days. Tours not available on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. Call for dates and times of grounds tours. Price: Track tours: Adults, $5; children 6 to 15, $3; children 5 and younger, free. Call for grounds tour pricing.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
Address: 5500 State Road 38 East, Lafayette, IN 47905 Phone: 765-449-6250 Hours: Call for reservations. Tours are 60 to 90 minutes long and usually start at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Price: Free admission.
The celebration of the Indy 500, the world's most famous and prestigious auto racing event, starts well before the drivers climb into their cars on Memorial Day and spills beyond the confines of the racetrack and into the city. The 500 Festival, a celebration of the history and spirit of the race, includes music and a mini-marathon and starts about a month before the race. With speeds that top out at over 200 mph and the finest race car drivers in the world, the Indy 500 is an annual mega-event which thrills millions on live TV in addition to more than 250,000 people in the stands of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Address: 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222 Phone: 317-492-8500 Hours: May 27, 2012 Price: General admission was $30 for 2011 race.
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