FACTS ABOUT INDIANAPOLIS
County: Marion County
Climate: The four distinct seasons give way to hot summers (regularly between 90-95 degrees), cold, snowy winters and mild springs and falls, with spring being sometimes unpredictable depending on the time of the season.
Time Zone: Central
Indianapolis's Top Venues: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil Stadium, Murat Theatre
Teams in Indianapolis: Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts
Featured Events in Indianapolis: Indy 500
One of the bastions of the Midwest, Indianapolis is an under-the-radar destination for tourists across the country. Situated in the heart of Indiana, this city is a hub of activity, from its vibrant sports culture to the numerous events and conventions that come to the capital every year.
It's hard to think about Indianapolis without the Indianapolis 500 coming to mind. It’s held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which plays host to the Indy 500, one of the most anticipated motorsports events in the world. Held each year on Memorial Day weekend, the legendary race often attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to watch domestic and international drivers go for the checkered flag.
The burgeoning sports scene is led by the NFL’s Colt franchise. Since they moved from Baltimore in 1983, the Colts have been an integral part of the city's identity. In recent years, they have been among the most popular and successful franchises in all of sports, thanks in large part of the presence of quarterback Peyton Manning. They play their home games at the beautiful Lucas Oil Stadium, one of the most modern venues in the country. Of course, the Colts are not the only team to call Indianapolis home. The Indiana Pacers also play their home games in the capital city within the friendly confines of Conseco Fieldhouse.
In addition to being the host to numerous sporting events, Indianapolis hosts a large number of annual events as well. Specifically, Indy Jazz Fest has been a large draw since its inception in 1999 thanks to appearances from such jazz stalwarts as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Ray Charles and Al Green, and typically takes place the last week of September. Music lovers may also want to stop by the Slippery Noodle Inn, a legendary blues bar and restaurant. There is also a growing theater culture in Indianapolis thanks to the rising popularity of the Indiana Repertory Theater and the Madame Walker Theater, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991.
If you're looking for something other than sports or the arts, fear not. There are plenty of other options available to visitors. The Indianapolis Zoo is the biggest in the state, and the city includes a number of museums such as the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis - the largest children's museum in the world. The city is also flush with parks and a stroll down the Indiana Central Canal gives you a great view of the city skyline while taking a relaxing walk.
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