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Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana state in the US and the seat of Marion County. With an area of 953.5 km², Indiana is one of the largest city and also one of the biggest metropolitan area in the US. The city was founded along the White river and has a population of 820,445 inhabitants. In 1820, the city was chosen as the new state capital site of Indiana. Indianapolis has suffered devastating Urban Decay in the 1970s and 1980s. The revitalization and development of the entire city began in the 1980s. Today, Indianapolis is known as one of the best downtowns in America and was voted as "One of America's Best Places to Live and Work". With many roads leading to major destinations in the US, Indiana is the center of regional transport and it is also known as “ The crossroad of America”. The city experiences Humid Continental Climate with four different seasons; Autumn, Spring, Fall, and Winter.
Points of interests / things to see
The White River State Park is located in the western part of Indianapolis city. The park is covering an area of 250 acres (1 km2), and is the only urban state park in Indiana. The White River Sate Park was established along the Indiana Central Canal. The canal was built in the 1930s and was used for shipping goods through Indiana. In 1980's, the canal was restored and developed into a cultural park. The White River State Park offers a perfect mix of history, culture, and nature. You will be fascinated by the stunning cultural attractions and the outstanding greenery at the heart of the city. There are museums within the park which you can visit and explore. The park is also a perfect place for recreational and outdoor activities. Relax under the big trees or have a leisurely walk along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Historic Central Canal. Bike rentals are available in the area with reasonable prices. You can also enjoy the best movie experience, in the academy award winning IMAX theater within the heart of the park. The IMAX technology brings the images to life and will surely take your breath away. The White River Water Park is truly the source of pride of Indianapolis City.
The Indianapolis Zoo is situated in the White River State Park. This magnificent zoo was opened on April 18, 1964. In 1982, the White River Gardens became part of the Indianapolis zoo. The zoo contains wide varieties of animals from all over the world like penguins, foxes, bison, lambs, kangaroos, buffalo, camels, Asian elephant and many more. The Indianapolis zoo exhibits animals, but also focused on animal conservation, welfare, and education. Animals were clustered in groups, living in a copy of their original habitat. The dolphin pavilion will surely captivate you, get the chance to kiss and shake hands with the most intelligent marine creatures and be amazed with their stunning tricks. The botanical gardens contains thousands of different kinds of plants and is definitely a must-see in the zoo. You will be delighted to see so many kinds of plants and butterflies in the butterfly conservatory. After the construction of the dolphin pavilion, the place has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo also Successfully accomplished the African elephant's artificial insemination. The zoo plays an important role in conservation and research and is receiving thousands of visitors every year. Address: Indianapolis Zoo1200 S Washington Street, Indianapolis, Contact Number: +1 317-630-2001
The magnificent Children's Museum of Indianapolis was established in 1925 by a rich businesswoman named Mary Stewart Carey. With an area covering 472,900 square feet (43,933.85 m2), this is absolutely the biggest Children's Museum in the world. On five floors, the highlights of the museum are: the American Collection, the Cultural World Collection, and the Natural World Collection. It displays a stunning collection of more than 120,000 artifacts and items. The Children will surely be delighted by the terrarium, bringing the Cretaceous dinosaur habitat to life. Young and adult will also be mystified by the planetarium, the Dinosphere and the outdoor garden gallery. The museum's giant ramp spiraling up to the fifth floor, allows strollers, wheel chairs and walkers to enjoy a perfect view of the exhibits. The National Geographic, located in the lower level, houses an impressive collection of Egyptians and Chinese artifacts. Another star attraction of the museum is the “Stories from our Community”, opened in July 2012 and located on level 2. It is an interactive touch screen display at the disposal of the visitors. In the fourth level of the museum, you will find the historic Broad Ripple Park Carousel. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis open from Monday to Sunday (10 am to 5 pm).
The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) was established in 1906. This encyclopedic art museum is situated on a 152-acre (0.62 km2) in the northwestern part of downtown Indianapolis. The museum houses a collection of more than 54,000 artworks from Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. It also displays the Japanese paintings of the Edo period, Chinese ceramics and bronzes, Neo-Impressionist paintings, and the works of Paul Gaugin and J. M. W. Turner. In 2009, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service was awarded to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. One of the best attractions in the museum is the LOVE artwork situated just right in front of the IMA. This one of a kind artwork was created by a famous American artist Robert Indiana in 1970. The museum grounds also features the 100 Acres Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, Oldfield’s grounds, Sutphin Mall and the stunning fountain. The Clowes Pavilion was opened in 1972, it displays Clowes collection of Old Masters. The Hulman Pavilion designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes was opened in 1990. It houses the collection of African and Pacific Arts and really increased the exhibition surface of the museum. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is absolutely a must-see in Indianapolis. The museum opens everyday (except Monday and Public Holidays) from 11 am to 5 pm.
The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza was built in 1919. The plaza is located in the heart of Indianapolis city. It was built in order to commemorate the sacrifices of the Armed Forces of the United States and to honor the veterans of the World War 1. The American Legion Mall and the American Legion national headquarters are also located in this plaza. In the northern part, you will see the memorial cenotaph. In the south, lies the Veterans Memorial Plaza with its obelisk and the university park. In the center of the plaza, is located the Indiana World War Memorial. It was perfectly modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnausus. Visitors can also explore the military museum, the parks, with 24 acres of monuments, statues, sculptures and beautiful fountains. Most of the official celebrations in Indianapolis are held in the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza. (The Fourth of July festival, Veterans Day, and the services of Memorial Day). The plaza was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Then in 1994, the plaza has been given the designation of National Historic Landmark District. This historical plaza in Indianapolis is one of the city's best features. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view of this one of a kind memorial plaza.
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis is located within the White River State Park. It displays a collection amassed by businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg (1903-1997). The museum houses a valuable collection of Native American Art and Western American paintings and sculptures. The Gund Gallery showcases the impressive collection of bronzes and paintings of renowned artists like Frederic Remington, Charles Russel, George Winter, Thomas Hill, Albert Bierstadt, Charles King, and Olaf Seltzer. This Gallery is named after George Gund Family who donated the collection of 57-piece traditional Western Art. The museum also housed some remarkable Mexican works of art such as the “Penitentes” by Ernest Blumenschein, “Taos Pueblo” by Georgia O'Keeffe, and some other Mexican painters. In 2005, some others new galleries were added to the museum, as well as the outdoor gardens, event spaces, the sky city cafe, and the education center. The museum opens from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
This museum is a monument to the very beginning of psychiatric and medical research of Indianapolis. The Indiana Medical History Museum is situated in the grounds of Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane. It is housed in the oldest Pathology Building in the United States. The Hospital administrator Goerge F. Edenharter who worked there from 1893-1923, commenced the construction of the new building for pathology. The building was design by architect Adolf Scherer and the construction began in 1895. The building was used for medical studies and research. In 1969, this old pathology building was used as the Medical History Museum. The museum displays a collection of over 15,000 relics related to medical history and pathological items. The museum opens from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Indianapolis Artsgarden is an impressive glassed hemispherical dome at the intersection of Washington and Illinois streets in Indianapolis city. It connects the Circle Centre Mall to the nearby buildings. The stairways will lead you to the sidewalks in the ground-level. The Indianapolis Artsgarden is also a venue for performances of artistic and musical works. It houses the Cultural Concierge where visitors can get maps, information and guides for Indianapolis art and musical events. The Artsgarden is operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. It was design by Kuhn Architects and Ehrenkrantz Eckstut and was initially constructed in 1995. In 2012, the construction of this magnificent structure was successfully completed.
The Indiana State Museum is situated within the heart of the White River State Park. The museum display a collection amassed by the state librarian R. Deloss Brown during the civil war in 1862. The museum represents the culture and history of Indiana over the centuries. In 1869, a geologist in Indiana state labeled and organized the collection for the museum. It includes historical and cultural items related to the civil war. In 1888, The collection was displayed on the third floor of the Capitol building of the State. In December 2001, the museum was transferred another time to its new location, in the White River State Park. In 2002, the State Museum of Indiana opened its door to the public. Visitors will be stunned by the exhibitions of thousands of historical items from prehistoric remains to current popular American culture.
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How to get there ?
The city has its own airport, the Indianapolis International Airport or IATA connecting to many major destinations in the world. For more informations about the Indianapolis International Airport please visit their website at http://www.indianapolisairport.com/. The airport is situated 11 kilometers southwest of Indianapolis Downtown. There are many public transportation options available in the city of Indianapolis. From the airport, the visitors can take the Airport Shuttles to reach the downtown hotels. This Shuttle runs from 8 am – 11 pm in every 30 minutes for only 10 dollars. Driving around the city can also be very convenient because there are 73,000 parking spots created by the city . Car and bike rentals are available in Indianapolis for reasonable prices. Biking is also an excellent way to explore the city due to its flat landscape and the number of city biking trails . Otherwise, many attractions and cultural sights can be seen ,simply by walking around the city of Indianapolis . Trains and buses are also a convenient way to visit the city. Indianapolis is a home to many famous tourist attractions in the United States. It is a city where you can enjoy a variety of activities and a comfortable stay. A visit to Indianapolis is absolutely rewarding and very entertaining.
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