Clarion Inn & Suites Northwest
7001 Corporate Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46278-1938
Phone: (317) 298-3700
Fax: (317) 298-9080
Nestled in the sprawling campus of the Butler University, the Holcomb Gardens is home to lovely flora and plants. The splendid flowers, the greenery and the calm pond simply add to the beauty of the garden. This garden also hosts lectures and other educational events on a regular basis.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art was established in the year 1883 and has since grown to accommodate a staggering 50,000 pieces of art. Its permanent collection is on par with those of some of the world's most renowned art institutions. The museum itself underwent renovations that increased its gallery space and improved both access and amenities. Longtime local boy Wolfgang Puck oversees the on-site café, which serves contemporary cuisine with a breathtaking view of the IMA grounds.
Built in 1928, the Hinkle Fieldhouse was once the largest basketball venue in the country. Located on the campus of Butler University, this basketball stadium attracts students, sports lovers and spectators alike. Call or visit the website to check out the game schedule.
North Side Optimist Opti-Park may have an unusual name but there is nothing unusual about it. This green space may not be exactly in the heart of the city center, but its charming location in Broad Ripple village makes it popular with locals who stop by for some fresh air. Weekends and holidays during summer are perhaps the best time to come when you can catch a live concert or some community events and festivities being celebrated here.
This legendary track hosts some of the most anticipated auto racing events in the world. The track was the first speedway, being constructed in 1909, and to this day is the highest capacity sporting venue in the entire world, able to hold up to 400,000 spectators. The Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and the US Grand Prix are the track's most famous events. The on-site Hall of Fame Museum houses NASCAR and racing memorabilia and artifacts. At any given time at least 75 vehicles are on display for the public.
Established in 1946, the Broad Ripple Park area has served the community in a variety of ways over the years, including being home to an amusement park and hosting Olympic tryouts. Today the area is a park and recreational area with a swimming pool, playground, picnic area, tennis courts, athletic fields, dog park, boat ramp to the adjacent White River, a wooded area, and a half-mile unpaved fitness trail. Picnic shelters are available for rent. The Family Center offers a list of classes and activities for all ages.
Want to see your child blossom into the Einstein of the future? Bring them to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and see their talents grow. Visit rare exhibits, educational displays, and child-centric festivities and events at this unique museum. With an aim to foster better cognitive abilities and out-of-the-box thinking among young ones, this museum has laid out an elaborate array of exhibits for children to explore. Children will love the variety of exhibits held here: Barbie displays, ghost hotels, space planetariums, Egyptian lifestyle, exhibits on health, science and technology among other things. When hunger pangs strike, rush to the Food Court and grab a quick bite to eat. Visit the museum store and buy exotic memorabilia to take home with you. You can also host birthday parties and kids' events at this venue.
The Water Park is an excellent option to beat the summer heat. Equipped with slides and lap pools, the park offers the ultimate aquatic pleasures for a lazy day spent with family and friends. There are various water-rides to enjoy. It is an off-beat way to celebrate a birthday, and the management provides facilities to make it more eventful. Do experience the Flow Rider here.
One of the famous landmarks of Indianapolis, the President Benjamin Harrison Home was built in the 1870s and is now a museum dedicated to President Harrison. In order to explore his life, the historic building houses artifacts and books belonging to the Harrison family. The chambers have period furniture, the president's personal items, and political memorabilia. The house is also a venue for city events and exhibitions. Tours of the house are held every half hour.
The International Orangutan Center is a new exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo that offers an in-depth look into orangutans, one of the world's most endangered species. Explore one of the biggest groups of orangutans in America and interact with the friendly creatures through the interactive kiosks offered. The Center is specifically designed to meet the needs of the orangutans, both socially and intellectually, and strives to shed light on these animals' plight. Come face-to-face with an orangutan and watch as they swing from branch to branch high above your head. It's a whole new experience that will be thrilling for people of all ages.The Orangutan Center is included with zoo admission.
The Freetown Village aims at promoting art and culture amongst the African-American Community. It was started by Ophelia Wellington who wanted to spread a word or two about the Afro-American history. The Freetown Village organizes various theatre performances, dances and African cultural programs which aim to spread awareness of the African community in Indiana. They also conduct research work on the history of the community in Indiana and even hold camps, workshops, organize tours, walks and other outdoor activities for children. The Freetown Village also has a very creative and well trained team of troops who are available for performances.
White River State Park welcomes you to sample its myriad delights. Located in the heart of the city, this enormous park beckons you to visit its premises and learn more about mother nature. It houses the Indianapolis Zoo, which is home to a variety of species of wild animals that children and adults alike will love to see. The two museums within the park ensure that you're well versed with local history, culture and traditions. Visit the on site Baseball Park and have a gala time cheering your favorite teams to victory. Ride your bike around the park or explore the scenic waters on boats. If you suddenly feel like watching a film, the Imax movie hall is close at hand. You can also book the facilities for hosting private events. The park is also home to a bevy of local and community events and cultural festivities held at one of the numerous event spaces within: the Lawn, amphitheaters and amusement zones. The visitor's center is an ideal place to stop and get your bearings before you wind your way through the park. Check website or call the park for more details.