Tibbs Drive-In Theatre

For a vintage, all-American experience, Tibbs Drive-In Theatre can’t be beat. This classic drive-in movie theater has been operating since 1953 and is one of only a handful remaining in Indiana. Families, couples, and groups of friends can pile into a charter bus and then settle in to watch first-run blockbuster movies under the stars. With space for up to 600 cars, there’s plenty of room at Tibbs. Your group can relax in lawn chairs or the bus’s comfortable, reclining seats during the show. The drive-in’s old-fashioned concession stand serves up buttery popcorn, hot dogs, pizza, and more.

Address: Tibbs Drive-In Theatre, 480 S Tibbs Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46241

Phone: (317) 241-2288

Rhythm! Discovery Center

Music lovers of all ages will have a blast at the Rhythm! Discovery Center in downtown Indianapolis. This interactive music museum features exhibits where you can mix songs, play instruments, and explore the science of sound. Some of the most popular exhibits let you experiment with a giant floor piano, simulate playing in a rock band on a virtual stage, and remix songs using a touch screen mixing board. You can also observe your own heartbeat turned into a musical rhythm. With so many hands-on activities, the Rhythm! Discovery Center is a wonderful destination for school field trips and youth groups. Adults can rediscover their inner child while learning about all aspects of music and sound.

Address: Rhythm! Discovery Center, 110 W Washington St Suite C, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 275-9030

Greenwood Park Mall Carousel

Take a ride on a piece of Indianapolis history at the Greenwood Park Mall Carousel. This beautifully restored antique carousel originally debuted at Riverside Amusement Park in Indianapolis in 1912. After nearly 90 years of transporting smiling families at amusement parks around the Midwest, the carousel was fully refurbished and reopened at Greenwood Park Mall in 2000. Today, kids of all ages can enjoy riding this historic carousel while listening to the sounds of an antique Wurlitzer Band Organ. The carousel’s hand-carved horses and chariots are a sight to see, and riders can try to grab the brass ring as they spin around. It’s a classic treat for the young and young at heart!

Address: Greenwood Park Mall Carousel, 1251 US Highway 31 N, Greenwood, IN 46142

Phone: (317) 865-0300

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

Indianapolis was home to one of America’s greatest 20th century writers, Kurt Vonnegut. Today, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library celebrates his life and literary legacy. See an extensive collection of Vonnegut’s typewriters, fountain pens, original manuscripts, correspondence, and other memorabilia. Exhibits explore his life growing up in Indianapolis and how it influenced classics like Slaughterhouse-Five. Fans will love seeing this impressive collection from one of Indy’s most famous former residents.

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library 543 Indiana Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: (317) 652-1954

IRVINGTON Farmers Market

For a taste of fresh, locally grown produce and artisanal goods, visit the IRVINGTON Farmers Market. Taking place every Sunday from May to October, this lively open-air market offers the best of Indianapolis’ independent farmers, bakers, crafters, and more. Stroll through the market browsing fresh fruits and veggies, beautiful flowers, baked goods, coffee, jams, meat, eggs, and unique handmade items. Many vendors also accept SNAP benefits, making the market accessible to all. The IRVINGTON Farmers Market is the perfect Sunday morning outing before gathering a picnic lunch and heading out to explore more of the city!

Address: IRVINGTON Farmers Market, 5515 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Phone: (317) 602-2489

Madame Walker Legacy Center

Pay tribute to an iconic Indianapolis entrepreneur at the Madame Walker Legacy Center. This museum, theatre, and cultural arts center honors Madam C.J. Walker – considered America’s first female self-made millionaire. Born in Louisiana in 1867, Walker built her fortune by founding a successful hair care business and cosmetics line for black women. She also gave back generously, donating to black charities and becoming a patron of the arts during the Harlem Renaissance before her death in 1919. Today, the Legacy Center shares Walker’s inspiring story and contributions. You can also enjoy jazz, blues, or gospel performances in the 200-seat theater.

Address: Madame Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Ave Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: (317) 236-1859

Julia B. Merrill Horticulture Gardens

See gorgeous floral designs and intricate landscaping at the Julia B. Merrill Horticulture Gardens. Located adjacent to Newfields at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, these meticulously tended gardens are a hidden jewel. Stroll through vibrant perennial beds, cottage-style plantings, woodland shade gardens, and whimsical topiary. The Sunken Garden is particularly stunning, with a European-style design surrounding a serene pool and fountain. The Julia B. Merrill Horticulture Gardens provide inspiration for home gardeners and peace for the soul. Admission is free, making them the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon stroll.

Address: Julia B. Merrill Horticulture Gardens 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone: (317) 923-1331

Indiana Landmarks Center

One of the most unique event spaces in Indianapolis can be found at the Indiana Landmarks Center. This historic former Presbyterian church was built in 1896 and later converted into offices and a banquet hall. Today the grand Gothic sanctuary with its soaring stained glass windows, original wood details, and gleaming hardwood floors makes a breathtaking backdrop for weddings and other special events. Guided tours are also available of this architectural treasure.

Address: Indiana Landmarks Center 1201 Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: (317) 639-4534

Plan Your Indianapolis Adventure

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