Get some inspiration for sports-themed youth trips in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Most people know Indy for the iconic Indy 500 race; however, the city is not only booming with major sporting events but is also home to many other attractions, restaurants and venues that prove to be of interest to any sports fan. Whether you’re looking to get
active or to learn the history of a particular sport, Indy’s sports and recreation scene is sure to impress.” –Nate Swick, senior communications manager, Visit Indy
At Speedway Indoor Karting (SIK), find out what it’s like to race on a two-level road course in a sporty kart, or find your speed on the oval course. Opened by former Indy 500 driver and team owner, Sarah Fisher, SIK also offers additional games and an adjacent
full-service restaurant for both groups and individual dining.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum celebrates more than a century of motor racing at the speedway. Exhibits feature cars, trophies, photos and memorabilia. Then, tour the famed 2½-mile oval. Several tours are offered. The popular Kiss the Bricks Tour includes a stop at the “Yard of Bricks”at the start/finish line for a “Kiss the Bricks” photo.
Two levels of interactive exhibits at the NCAA Hall of Champions can be used to teach students history, math and science. All 24 NCAA sports are represented and include trivia challenges, current team rankings, video highlights and artifacts donated from colleges around the nation. Box lunches can be ordered in advance.
The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis offers young visitors the chance to play several sports on kid-size courts, fields and courses. These outdoor areas are open from March to November. Inside, there’s the National Art Museum of Sport and a wide array of exhibits covering everything from dinosaurs to the power of children.
White River State Park is set in the heart of the city. Trails and waterways are matched with cultural and recreational attractions across 250 acres. Tour the park by pedal (bikes and other self-propelled vehicles may be leased from Wheel Fun Rentals), by boat (pedal boats and kayaks, also available at Wheel Fun Rentals), or by foot.
Main image, Kiss the Bricks Tour, Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Credit Visit Indy