Indianapolis Tourism

Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. State of Indiana and is the 12th largest city of the United States. Indianapolis was originally occupied by Native Americans but they were displaced from the area by the early 1800s. Historically, Indianapolis’ economy was centered on its government and its main industry manufacturing. Presently, Indianapolis has a much more diverse economy that relies on finance, healthcare, technology and even tourism for capital. Indianapolis tourism is all set to enchant its visitors!

The city is home to about 13 per cent of Indiana’s total population with more than 800,000 residents. It has been ranked as one of the best downtowns to reside in due to the number of amenities (retail outlets, movie theatres, eateries etc) available in the main parts of the cities.

The city hosts a number of conventions and cultural events to boost tourism such as the Indiana Black Expo and Oktoberfest. Besides those, the city is most famous for the Indy 500 Race that is held every year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and attracts more than 50,000 spectators! Vroom vroom.

Indianapolis is home to a number of historical monuments, museums and performing arts venues. It’s a beautiful, well-planned city with quaint as well as urban attractions. The delicate balance between heritage and development is maintained through its many museums and parks. Over the years, Indianapolis has also transformed itself into an important centre of performing arts. One of the key examples from this area would be the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra which regularly performs concerts across the city and entertains thousands of attendees.

There is much to do and much to see in the great city of Indianapolis! Or if you prefer a more leisurely vacation, a simple walk through the cobblestoned streets or a bike ride to see the many historical buildings of the city will suffice. In any case, the Indianapolis trip will surely not disappoint! Each one of you should visit Indianapolis at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Indianapolis.

Essential travel information and Indianapolis tips for your visit

  • If you’re planning to travel to Indianapolis by bus, it will be wise to book your ticket way in advance. That, way you can sometimes get tickets even for $1!
  • The Megabus service is wheelchair accessible.
  • Avoid taking the bus to travel within the city during peak hours. There is a chance that you will have to wait for a bus for as long as 30 minutes.
  • If you are biking within the city, avoid the Monon trail at night. It can be unsafe. Also, be careful of motorists trying to encroach upon bike lanes—it has been known to happen!
  • Although there are no speed limit signs, assume that you cannot go above 55 km/h (35 mph).
  • Use a parking meter when you are parked at downtown. Even if you are a confused newcomer to the city, you will be handed a parking ticket. No mercy!

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Indianapolis

  • Self-Guided Indianapolis Scavenger Hunt
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  • Know the pollution level of Indianapolis before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 34.56 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 49.07 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 48.21 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 35.71 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35.19 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 27.42 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 31.48 (Low)
  • How safe is Indianapolis for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Indianapolis.

    • Burglary and Theft 53.05 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 48.72 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 62.8 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 41.46 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 46.34 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 58.75 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 46.95 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 65.85 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 69.51 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 32.93 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 45.12 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.56 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 64.63 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Indianapolis is 164.84 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 44.83 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 69.92 (High)
    • Pollution Index 43.04 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 31.78 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.66 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 69.46 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.16 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 112.11 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Indianapolis

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.05 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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