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Summer 2014: Blockbuster Exhibits

20 Free Things to Do

  1. Visit Easley Winery for a FREE winery tour on Saturday or Sunday beginning at noon.
  2. Visit the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum in the basement of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument Friday – Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also, head to the top of the Monument for a bird’s eye view of the Downtown (minimal fee) Friday – Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  3. Wander through one of Indy’s six Cultural Districts, four of which are located Downtown: The Canal and White River State Park, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave and Wholesale District.
  4. Browse the Indianapolis City Market, open Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy the Summer Farmers Market May – October on Wednesdays and the Indy Winter Farmer’s Market November – April on Saturdays.
  5. Take a walk along the 1.5 mile long Central Canal. Along the Canal Walk, you will find historic churches and some of the city’s best contemporary architecture. Stop in the NCAA Hall of Champions and shoot hoops in the 1930’s retro basketball gymnasium.
  6. Go window shopping at the Circle Centre Mall. It doesn’t cost anything to look.
  7. Participate in Indiana Landmarks’ Monument Circle Tour. Learn fun facts about the physical and symbolic heart of Indy, including why the woman on the Monument top faces south. Tours depart at 10 a.m. every Friday and Saturday May – October.
  8. Visit the beautiful Central Library and read a book. Click herefor reading lists, events schedule and even homework help.
  9. Examine the many sculptures that adorn White River State Park, including The Tent, Sky Waltz and Totem.
  10. Check out the numerous concerts and performances in theIndianapolis Artsgarden. Click here to download a monthly calendar.
  11. Listen to an organ concert at Christ Church Cathedral on Fridays at noon.
  12. Toss a Frisbee, walk your dog or simply settle in the grass at one of many Downtown parks, including Military Park andUniversity Park.
  13. Do some family history research or look at interesting pieces of history at the Indiana Historical Society’s William Henry Smith Memorial Library located inside the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The reference staff can help you find what you’re looking for or you can get a head start using the online catalog. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  14. Discover new local art during First Friday. Browse more than 25 art galleries on a self-guided tour on the first Friday of every month.
  15. Lace up your gym shoes and ditch the boring treadmill forWorkout Wednesdays on Georgia Street every Wednesday from noon to 12:45 p.m. The series, kicking off April 2, includes Zumba, bootcamp and other cardio-based classes.
  16. Head to Sun King Brewery for a tasting session every Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m., Friday from noon – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. The tasting includes house, seasonal and specialty beers.
  17. Visit one of the nation’s top tourist attractions – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – on Christmas Eve, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and El Dia de Los Niños for FREE admission. Don’t miss Target FREE Family Nights on the first Thursday of each month from 4 – 8 p.m.
  18. Step back in time and enjoy a stroll through one of Downtown’s restored neighborhoods, like Lockerbie Square. Architectural styles abound in this historic, completely restored neighborhood.
  19. Learn about Hoosier native Kurt Vonnegut and read a book by the fireplace at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. The library is open daily (expect for Wednesdays) from noon – 5 p.m.
  20. Meander through the wonderful exhibits indoors and beautiful outdoor gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Tour the historic Lilly House April – December on Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Take a nature walk or have a picnic at the 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.


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