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Planning a short break to Indianapolis? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Indianapolis. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Indianapolis. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Located at 4790 W. 16th St, this is one of the most celebrated racetracks in the world, and has been around since 1909. More than 400,000 spectators flock to the Indianapolis 500 that is held in May every year, and is the biggest one-day sporting event of the globe.

The NASCAR Brickyard 400, and the Senior PGA Brickyard Crossing Tournament, is held in August and September respectively.

For more information phone 317/481-8500, 800/822-4639 or 317/484-6700 or go to www.brickyard.com

Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement

Located at 13400 Allisonville Rd, 30 miles northeast of downtown, this beautifully restored 10th century village is a faithful reproduction of pioneer life between 1820 and 1840. There are 36 restored buildings, as well as craft demonstrations, and brilliant re-enactments of events and happenings of the times.

For more information phone 317/776-6000, email www.connerprairie.org

Indianapolis Zoo

Located at 1200 W. Washington St, this $64-million, new zoo is set on 64 acres, and in keeping with modern enlightenment, has it’s 2,000 animals living in simulated natural habitats, where they can roam freely.

The zoo is set in the 250-acre White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St, and can be contacted at tel. 317/634-4567, or by visiting the website www.inwhiteriver.com

Huddleston Farmhouse

Built in 1841, this three-story house on John and Susannah Huddleston’s 78-acre farm, was the stop-over for travellers bound for the west, and was where they could find shelter for themselves and their horses. Special events are organised today for tourists, as well as special historical exhibits and workshops.

For more information phone 765-478-3172, email huddleston@historiclandmarks.org, or go to www.historiclandmarks.org

Blue Spring Caverns

Located at 1459 Bluespring Caverns Road, Bedford, IN 47421, visitors are taken along the course of a subterranean river, where rare blind fish and crayfish live in the perpetual darkness of their environment, and the walls of the caverns are adorned by strange natural ‘artworks’.

For more information phone 812-279-9471, or go to www.bluespringcaverns.com/

The Morris-Butler House

Located at 1204 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202, this historical landmark is an 1865 Victorian mansion that reveals the lifestyle and architecture of the time. Filled with furnishings and ornaments from the era, the Morris-Butler House also has an impressive collection of sculptures, paintings and lithographs from around the world.

For more information phone 317-636-5409, fax 317-636-2630, email mbhouse@historiclandmarks.org or go to www.historiclandmarks.org/what/mbhouse.html

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Wester

Located at 500 W. Washington St, White River State Park, this $14-million building houses one of the most important collections of Native American and Western art, with artefacts that include clothing, pottery, and beadwork that has been collected from every region in North America.

For more information phone 317/636-9378, or go to www.eiteljorg.org

Eagle Creek Park

At 7840 W. 56th St, the 4,000 acres of woodlands makes up one of the biggest municipal parks in US, and is great for hiking and cross-country skiing. It is where the 128-acre Garfield Park Conservatory, a tropical greenhouse, is found. The Conservatory is filled, not only with plants, but houses parrots and macaws.

For more information phone 317/636-9378, or go to www.eiteljorg.org

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Located at 3000, N Meridian St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-4716, this is one of the biggest children’s museum in the world, and attract over a million visitors annually. With such attractions as the Spacequest Planetarium theatre, the Eli Lilly Centre for Arts Exploration (CFAX), and the opportunity to discover other cultures and histories, as well as testing out an authentic Indy 500 car, (or pretending to), the museum provides hours of fun to children of all ages.

Phone 317 334 3322, fax 317 921 4019, email communic@childrensmuseum.org or go to

United States Grand Prix

Every year in June, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790, W 16th St, Indianapolis, Indiana IN 46224, plays host to this five star event, which attracts the greatest drivers in the world of motor racing.

To find out more about this spectacular F1event phone 317 481 8500, fax 317 484 6749,

go to www.usgpindy.com/

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Dance Kaleidoscope

Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana's premier contemporary dance ensemble, is a nationally-acclaimed company of 10 professional dancers trained in classical ballet and Graham Technique. They present four diverse and exciting concerts each season on the Mainstage of the Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Ticket office 317-635-5252. The company has an internationally renowed artistic staff, headed by Artistic Director David Hochoy, a former Martha Graham Company soloist.

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