Indianapolis Experience

Indianapolis Experience

While you’re at the Bank of America Challenge Championships, there are lots of things to do.

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The Bank of America Challenge Championships at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville, Indiana, will be one of the highlights of the racing year.

The October 22 event will offer nearly $1 million in purses during a single night of racing, and a full array of divisions, from juvenile runners to 440-yard specialists with many potential champions set to run. 

In addition to the top-notch racing and the important racing conference, there are a wide range of fun activities for attendees and their families to sign up for. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started….

Exponential Horsepower
Indianapolis is famous for fast horsepower – highlighted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500. 

The IMS is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Sundays. They offer a museum and tours, as well as the “Indy Racing Experience” that allows you to cruise the racetrack in a racecar. 

Visit Nature
Take a deep breath in the fresh air and enjoy time in Indiana’s outdoor spaces.

Fort Harrison State Park will be flourishing in fall colors, and has a number of activities to choose from, including hiking, biking, a nature center and museum, horseback riding and golfing. 

Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden is open seven days a week, and offers a mind-clearing walk through beautiful and often unusual plant life. 

Hands-On Fun
Ready to try something unique? 

Take home a gift for the folks at home feeding the horses after a stop at Penn and Beech, where you can make your own candles or reed diffusers in the perfect scent that you’ve created yourself. 

See Something New
If you’re ready to take in some culture, the Indianapolis area offers a wide range of museums to visit.

Start at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where you’ll get to see Monets, Spanish artwork from the 1600s and the fashion of Indiana native Stephen Sprouse. 

In downtown Indy is the Eiteljorg, which celebrates western artwork – enjoy everything from ancient to contemporary artwork. Don’t miss the museum’s outdoor space and artwork! 

The Indiana State Museum tells stories surrounding art, architecture, history and science, with educational and interactive exhibits. 

The Broadway show Anastasia will be touring the country, and stopping in Indianapolis. The romantic and adventure-filled musical comes from the Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally. 

Bring the Kids
Step into history at Conner Prairie, where life in the 1800s comes to life. Learn about what it was like as a settler, a Native American, or a Civil War fighter. Take a nature walk and connect with nature, or let young kids explore in the Discovery Station. 

The more adventurous youth will enjoy Go Ape Treetop Zipline Adventure – zipline or tackle the outdoor obstacle courses. You can even try axe throwing! 

Eat Well
The iconic St. Elmo Steakhouse has been a landmark in Indianapolis since 1902.

Ready for an ice-cold beer? Hit the biergarten at Rathskeller, a national gem for German food and drink. 

For more than 100 years, Shapiro’s Deli has served the people of Indianapolis with quality food – don’t miss grabbing a sandwich and dessert. 

Take in all of Indianapolis with a trip to the Eagle’s Nest atop the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel. You’ll get a full view of the city as the restaurant slowly spins during your dining experience.

Other Events
It will be close to Halloween, so for some spooky fun check out the City Market Catacombs; they might possibly be haunted.  

If you’re a fan of Good Bones on HGTV, it is based just outside of downtown in Fountain Square; they have a store and are open daily.

If you love singer Lee Greenwood, he will be playing at the Brown County Music Center on Thursday, October 20. The drive is about an hour-and-a-half south of Indianapolis in Nashville, Indianapolis, a neat town on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest. 

Fans of horse racing love racing, so consider a trip to Harrah’s Hoosier Park, which will host harness racing on the night of October 20. 

Want More Ideas?
There is lots more to do in the Indianapolis area! Explore to make the perfect plan for your trip. 

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