Invigorating, fun and inspiring activities you can only find in Indiana’s capital city await.
Indy offers a highly connected convention center campus and meeting infrastructure—both of which are critical to pulling off great events. But when the business day is done, there’s so much more for people to explore in this eclectic Midwestern capital city. Here are a few of the only-in-Indy experiences you can offer attendees.
Work Hard, Play Harder
If your group has been sitting inside all day, consider planning an outing that gets people moving. Take off on a guided group tour (biking or walking) on the Cultural Trail, an eight-mile urban greenway that runs through some of the city’s main attractions. Or plan a team-building session where attendees can explore the treetops on rope ladders and zip lines at Eagle Creek Park. Direct those in your group who like an adrenaline rush to the Indy Racing Experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where they get to speed around the track’s iconic oval in a real IndyCar.
Lights, Camera, Landmark
If your group is near downtown at dusk, don’t miss the year-round, highly engaging light show held every evening (beginning November 9, 2019) at Monument Circle, a gathering area and tribute to Indiana military service. “Shining a Light” is a special interactive exhibit during which lights are projected on the Solders & Sailors Monument and synchronized with an original score by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. This unique multimedia experience offers visitors and locals alike a new, exciting way to engage with Indianapolis’ history.
Relax and Recharge
Studies show that spending time in nature or appreciating art can help lower stress hormones and give your brain some downtime from electronic communication. Newfields: A Place for Nature & The Arts, a 152-acre cultural campus, is the perfect place to disconnect and decompress. Visitors can wander through an art gallery, take in a music performance or stroll through the gardens or nature preserve with a glass of something refreshing. Indianapolis’ Central Canal is another must-see. Attendees will feel like they’re in Venice when you book them a peaceful, scenic gondola tour that saunters past the city’s world-class museums, memorials and public art installations.
Some only-in-Indy entertainment options that are a little off the beaten path also happen to be tons of fun. Book a private event for your attendees at Bad Axe Throwing, where they can practice hitting targets as they hurl axes at the wall (with the help of special axe-throwing coaches). Or have them try out the Midwest’s only old-fashioned “duckpin” bowling lanes (you use smaller pins and balls with no finger holes) located in a vintage theatre.