Indianapolis Attractions Include Zoo, Park and Plenty of Shops

April 29, 2011 at 11:03 am EST
Giraffes at the Indianapolis Zoo

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Jennifer L. Sovanski

 Whether you're looking to connect with nature or collect things at the mall, Indianapolis has the place for you.

Interactive Experience Conner Prairie Interactive History Park allows guests to journey to the mid-1800's and experience how life has changed. Conner Prairie transforms traditional observe-only museum experience into an interactive one. Guests can enjoy and immerse themselves in any of the Park's five historic areas spread over the park's 200 acres. Newly opened exhibits include the 1859 Balloon Voyage and tethered helium balloon rides. Hosting over a million visitors each year, the Indianapolis Zoo is considered a world-class facility, and the only attraction accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanic garden. The zoo's highlights include the oceans exhibit, dolphin experience, open exhibit areas with 350 animal species, and seasonal pony, train and roller coaster rides. Behind the Indianapolis Zoo is the White River Park, where visitors can stroll, jog, or bike along the White River. This 3.3 mile trail displays over a thousand plant varieties, and allows guests to soak up some natural paradise as they stretch their legs. Spots to Shop The cornerstone of downtown Indianapolis is Circle Centre Mall, featuring anchor store Carson Pire Scott, a movie complex and more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Covered skywalks from the convention center and many hotels make shopping even more convenient. Clay Terrace is home to more than 60 fashion and food retailers in an open-air Main Street setting, while Edinburgh Premium Outlets serves as central Indiana's largest outlet center has an enviable collection of 85 designer and name-brand outlet stores. With more than 135 specialty shops and restaurants, Greenwood Park Mall is the hub of southside shopping. Zionsville Shopping is located 15 miles northwest of downtown, Zionsville features a close-knit collection of 40 shops, top art galleries, restaurants, museums, golf, parks, trails and year-round special events. Photo courtesy of Jennifer L. Sovanski

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