Indiana State Fair Preview

Get a great preview of the fun things to see at the Indiana State Fair this year PLUS amazing ways to save!

Each and every year our family gets a little sad toward the end of the summer. We know that our late nights of catching fireflies and playing games as a family will soon be exchanged for early mornings. We know that the carefree days of no schedules will convert to homework and permission slips, backpacks and dress code approved clothes. The one thing that helps us remain excited about the month of August (other than the smashing deals on school supplies at Office Depot) is the Indiana State Fair. This year, our family trip coincides with the last day of summer vacation. Even if your kiddos have already headed back to the classroom, there’s much to be done and seen at the Indiana State Fair this year. Here’s a quick preview of what’s happening and of course the best ways to maximize your savings when you visit.

On Friday, August 1, the Fair officially opens celebrating the Year of the Coliseum. In honor of the Re-Grand Opening of the Fairgrounds Coliseum, Shane Co. has an amazing line of entertainers on tap. From Pitbull to Hunter Hayes, from American Idols to Jim Gaffigan, there’s some for everyone! Check out the full schedule here.

The bargain seeking bug in me wants you to know that there’s a new way to save almost every single day that you visit the Indiana State Fair from August 2nd through August 17th. My favorite discount days are $2 Tuesdays (Tuesday August 5th & 12th). Not only is your admission discounted by $2 automatically, but there are also $2 food options sprinkled throughout the fairgrounds (mmmm fair food). Even rides in the Midway will be only $2 a piece. Other great discount days include

  • FREE Admission for State Employees, Veterans, and Armed Forces Members on Thursday, August 7.
  • IPL Carload Day which grants admission for up to 10 people for only $15 on Monday August 11.
  • $5 Admission (with voucher) on BMV day on Wednesday, August 13.

Check out all of the discounts and where you can find coupons for tickets to the Indiana State Fair!

While we’re chatting money saving strategies, I can’t help but mention the amazing group of artists who will be performing this year on the Free (yes I said FREE) Stage. Bare Naked Ladies, local favorite & winner of this year’s The Voice competition Josh Kauffman, The Rend Collective with Digital Age, top selling country acts, stars from the hit show Nashville, and classic bands like Kansas and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band number among the jam packed Indiana State Fair Free Stage Concert Schedule.

Of course there’s more than music. Who doesn’t love the Midway at the fair? There’s a host of money saving opportunities there too if you plan your visit well – including endless rides for kids on Monday August 4th & 11th. We love the free fun of the Family Fun Park! Don’t miss Little Hands on the Farm. From amazing hand crafted exhibits to barns full of animals, you don’t have to spend any extra money when you visit the Indiana State Fair. In fact, you could stay busy for the entire day without choosing to spend a dime above your admission.

What do you look forward to the most each year at the Indiana State Fair? What should be on our “can’t miss it” list?

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Festival Round-Up: End of Summer in Indy

What’s the best thing about summer? Festivals of course. It’s impossible to keep track of them all, so I’ve put together a little cheat-sheet for the ones you MUST put on your calendar:

BBQ RibfestBBQ Ribfest: July 24 to July 27
BBQ RibFest is a four-day food and music event featuring seven national award-winning teams featured on the food channel, 15 blues bands, and plenty of activities for the kids. For more information, click here.

Indy Film FestIndy Film Fest: July 17 to July 26
Film lovers rejoice- it’s happening now! The 11th Annual Indy Film Fest is once again bringing a unique cinematic experience with more than 100 international independent films of all sorts screened in the Toby and the Deboest Lecture Hall at the IMA. For more information, click here.

Indiana State FairIndiana State Fair: August 1-17
The Indiana State Fair offers 17 days of family fun, rides, games, barnyard animals and fabulous fair food. With the newly opened and renovated Coliseum, 2014 is declared the Year of the Coliseum featuring draft horse competitions, livestock shows, and a full line-up of headline concerts to check out. For more information, click here.

Indy FringeFringe Festival: Aug 14-24
The 10th annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival is a celebration of alternative theatre and performance arts with 384 performances ranging from comedy and cabaret to magic and opera. For more information, click here.

WAMMfest
WAMMfest: Saturday, Aug. 16
This annual charity event features Wine, Art, Music, and Microbrews in Greenwood’s Craig Park. This year’s headliner is Living Proof. For more information click here.

WARM

WARMfest: August 29- September 1
Not to be confused with WAMMfest, The White River Arts & Music Festival (WARMfest) is a three-day event with five stages of live music including Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Of Montreal, MUTEMATH, and many more. For more information, click
here.

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International Violin Competition of Indianapolis: September 5-21
Once every four years, violin masters from around the country come to Indy to compete for prizes in what the Chicago Tribune calls the “ultimate violin contest”. With a festival atmosphere, these performances are engaging for strings-lovers and music enthusiasts. For more information, click here.

Jazz Fest

Indy Jazz Fest: September 11-20
This annual celebration represents Indy’s long history of Jazz with 10 days of live music provided by international, local and student talent. With more than 50 bands all around town, the great food and entertainment welcomes the whole family!
For more information, click here.

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Irish Festival: September 12-September 14
The Indy Irish Festival is a celebration of Irish heritage, offering traditional music, dance, cultural activities and family fun! Don’t miss Thursday’s pub night and concert. For more information, click here.

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CANvitational: September 20
CANvitational is the Midwest’s largest canned beer festival! Since Indy is such a big craft beer city, you’ve got to check out this event with 40+  breweries from all over the States. For more information, click here.

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Indy BBQ RibFest at Military Park

Ribs happen to be one of my favorite things to cook in the summer. There’s something about the process of slow cooking, slathering with sauce, the grilled char and the mess you absolutely cannot avoid while eating them that makes ribs so enticing. Luckily, those who are not interested in cooking themselves do not have to travel far to enjoy Indiana’s largest outdoor barbecue.

Image courtesy of Indy BBQ RibFest

Image courtesy of Indy BBQ RibFest

The Indy BBQ RibFest takes place 11 am- 11 pm Thursday, July 24 through Saturday and 11 am to 8 pm on Sunday, July 27 at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. Your admission allows you entry to purchase tasty BBQ treats from eight national award-winning teams, many of which featured on the Food Network, and several local favorites.

Did you know there are four main regional styles of barbecue, each with their own unique cooking methods and ingredients? Each vendors has their own unique spin on barbecue, and Desperado’s, Texas Pit BBQ, Carolina Rib King, Porky N’ Beans and Da Blue Lagoon are just a few you can meet at the event. Each rib team will be offering free sides on Thursday and Friday between 11:30 am and 2 pm with your purchase, which is a sweet deal on top of the already low prices for food and drinks. Beer from Upland Brewing, Leinenkugels, and Miller products will be available for purchase along with wine and wine coolers.

Music acts hit the stage each Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon, offering you something to groove to while you chow down on barbecue. Friday’s headliner is the Grammy-nominated The Stacy Mitchhart Band, also voted the Electric Blues Act of the Year and the Blues Entertainer of the Year. Find all of the artists and their schedule on the event website here.

Indy BBQ RibFest is an event you will want to take the whole family to. Military Park provides lots of area for seating and enjoying the day or evening while overlooking the beautiful skyline of downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free every day until 2:30 pm, $7 for adults 16 or over or $5 for students, members of the military, fire department or police, and seniors. Sunday is $3 for adults and kids under 15 are free.

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2014 Indy Film Fest: Now Through July 26

Indy Film Fest

For those unfamiliar, the Indianapolis International Film Festival 
is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Affectionately known as Indy Film Fest, this something-for-everyone multi-day event has quickly grown into one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing and most-watched film festivals. At its core, Indy Film Fest seeks to create a shared experience around film by championing movies that entertain, challenge and expand perspectives in Indianapolis and beyond.

Kicking off last Thursday, this year’s films will show through Saturday, July 26. Check out the full schedule here.

Indy Film Fest wants you to have the best time and suggests these tips:

  • This year’s Indy Film Fest will be taking place at a couple of different locations, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum & IMAX Theater. Make sure to check your schedule and/or tickets to make sure you are in the right spot!
  • You can purchase several different types of tickets for the Indy Film Fest. There are single-screening tickets and packages that allow you to experience their opening and closing night screenings and parties.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the Indy Film Fest box office at each of the screening venues during the run of the Festival, or online here.
  • Don’t miss the Closing Night party on Saturday, July 26.

And last, but certainly not least, check out a list of the 2014 Indy Film Fest winners.

Grand Jury – Feature
Bluebird; Lance Edmands, director
One frigid winter morning, Lesley discovers the unconscious body of a young boy that she accidentally locked in the bus overnight. Suffering from severe hypothermia, the child is rushed to the hospital where he slips into a coma. As Lesley’s crisis of guilt worsens, she begins to lose her grip on reality, forcing everyone to confront one another. A meditative, visual drama, ‘Bluebird’ explores the ways in which these families fall apart and reconnect, united by their shared hope for the boy’s recovery.

Thursday, July 24 7pm; The Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Saturday, July 26 11:30 am; Deboest Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Best American Spectrum – Feature
Bluebird; Lance Edmands, director

Thursday, July 24 7pm; The Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Saturday, July 26 11:30 am; Deboest Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Best American Spectrum – Short Film
Confusion Through Sand; Danny Madden, director
A 19-year old kid finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.

Screens with BOOTS ON THE GROUND Short Program
Monday, July 21 8:30 pm Deboest Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Thursday, July 24 at 1:45 pm Deboest Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Best Matter of Fact – Feature Film
Beyond All Boundaries; Sushrut Jain, director
As India, host of the 2011 World Cup of Cricket, begins its campaign to win the Cup after a 28-year drought, three ordinary Indians seek their salvation/escape from a difficult life through their passion for cricket.

Thursday, July 24 at 5 pm The Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Saturday, July 26 at 2:45 pm The Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Best Matter of Fact – Short Film
Tarzan & Arab; Paul Fischer, director
Two Palestinian filmmakers grow up in a Gaza City devoid of any cinemas, go on to see their first film in a cinema as adults, and ultimately make acclaimed films of their own.

Screens with FATHER FIGURES shorts program
Tuesday, July 22 at 4 pm The Deboest Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Friday, July 25 at 1:45 pm The Deboest Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Best World Cinema – Feature Film
You’ll Be A Man; Benoit Cohen, director
Leo, 10, is a solitary dreamer who seeks refuge in books. When the carefree 20-year-old Theo steps into his life, it forces Leo out of his shell. The two becomes best friends despite their age difference, but not everyone approves. Leo’s father tries to break up the friendship and Theo reacts by whisking Leo away to the seaside where he nearly loses control.”

Sunday, July 20 at 8:30 pm at The Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Friday, July 25 at 1:45 pm at The Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Best World Cinema – Short Film
Grand Canal; Johnny Ma, director
A Greek tragedy told in Chinese pop music. The tragic events of a boat captain trying to collect a debt to save his fleet of boats, as remembered by his 10-year old son.

Screens with FAMILY AFFAIR shorts program
Monday, July 21 at 11:30 am at The Deboest Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Wednesday, July 23 at 6:15 pm at The Deboest Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Cheers and congratulations to this year’s winners!

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Indiana Toy and Comic Expo This Sunday

The Indiana Toy and Comic Expo is back on Sunday, July 20 for it’s second year in Indianapolis with even more square feet for showcasing new and vintage toys, comics, special appearances, a cosplay contest and more.

Whether you are an avid comic reader, toy collector or have a general enthusiasm for the two, both industries are still very much alive and well. Even as technology improves, there is still a huge need for physical comics and toys to provide entertainment. Recently I decided to start reading more comics because I spend so much time in front of a computer. If you are looking for recommendations, a few of my recent favorites have been the She Hulk series and Ms. Marvel, both focused on the young adult female figure who is also a superhero (or learning to be one).

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My recent comic reads (enjoyed with a local brew, of course)

Organized by a collaborative group with over 25 years combined experience in the toy, collectibles and comic book industry, the goal of the Indiana Toy and Comic Expo was to put together a show for the fans, by the fans. From the most seasoned collector to children who are still playing with their toys, this expo is a family-friendly event that has an appeal for everyone.

Events and activities include:

  • A large expo hall full of vendors, artists and collectors
  • Video game demos
  • Family and kids break area
  • Hourly door prize drawings
  • Kid’s costume contest
  • Cosplay contest
  • Special appearances by film-like recreations of Star Wars characters, the Indiana Ghostbusters and the Avon Zombie Walk

Interested in attending? Here are the details:

When: Sunday, July 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Wyndham West Hotel

Admission Price: $5.00, children under 12 are free, free parking also available

Follow the Indiana Toy and Comic Expo’s website to read the entire schedule and plan your day as well as their Facebook page, where they just shared that the first 200 attendees receive free wristbands!

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See the Indiana Fever on Two for One Thursdays!

Catch the Fever! Win a Family Pack of Four Tickets to the Indiana Fever home opener!The summer days are quickly slipping away. Our family is doing its best to slip in “one mores” – one more get away, one more family game night, one more movie, one more fun day trip – before Back to School busyness sets in yet again. If you’re in the same boat, I’d highly recommend checking out the Indiana Fever’s Two for One Thursday promotion.

It is just what it sounds like. On Thursday nights, you can snag two tickets for the price of one in any section. There are only a couple of nights remaining for this special offer so don’t miss your opportunity to save big and see a great game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. You can either catch the Fever this Thursday, July 17 taking on the Chicago Sky or see a game on August 14th when the Fever play the New York Liberty. Both games also feature some extra special fun. July 17th is “Go Green Night” and on August 14th, Ivy Tech presents a special Back to School Night.

Have a standing commitment on Thursday nights? No worries! There are still other great ways to save money when you see the Fever play. Probably the best bet is one last Lucas Oil Family Night presented by the Indy Star. Your regular ticket price also includes a Pepsi product, a hot dog, chips, and even a t-shirt. Dinner, entertainment, and a souvenir all at one affordable price. Your last chance is Saturday, August 16. What a great way to squeeze in “one more” experience of family fun before the calendar flips to September.

Checkout the Fever’s remaining home schedule and all of the great promotions from now until the playoffs. Goooo Fever! Goooo you (for saving money)!

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Building Tomorrow’s Second Annual Indy Burger Battle

Building Tomorrow Burger Battle

Soaking in the sun, listening to live music while biting into deliciously juicy burgers, what could be better? Building Tomorrow’s Second Annual Indy Burger Battle will take place Saturday, August 2 from 1-4 pm at the Rathskeller Biergarten.  Local Indianapolis restaurants will be on-site grilling signature burgers for your sampling. Participating restaurants include Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar, Punch Burger, Colts Grille, Weber Grill, Stacked Pickle, Sinking Ship, Between the Bun, Drakes, and 96th Street Steakburger.

When describing their signature burger, Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar says, “The Baja Burger combines many different flavors and textures to create a perfect combination. It is sweet, spicy, crunchy and juicy”. Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar was the 2013 Indy Burger Battle Champion, but the other restaurants aren’t backing down. When Punch Burger was asked why their burger was going to win, it was an easy response – “Because our secret ingredient is the love”.

The competition will be fierce, as restaurants compete for the People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice awards. A panel of celebrity judges will name the Critics’ Choice. These judges include Sara Croft, Indianapolis Star recipe contributor and Doing Indy extraordinaire; Neal Brown, owner/chef of Pizzology and The Libertine Liquor Bar; and Bronte Tagliani, fashion blogger, model and wife of Indy Car driver Alex Tagliani. And if that’s not enough, both winners will qualify for the World Food Championship competition in Las Vegas.

The Rathskeller Biergarten has an atmosphere perfect for a beautiful summer day filled with good food and an even better cause. All proceeds from this event go to support the efforts of Indianapolis-based nonprofit Building Tomorrow. Building Tomorrow provides access to quality education to children in East Africa with 22 schools currently built, under construction or in the site-planning phase.

Tickets are available through their website for $25 ($30 at the door), $15 for kids under 12. Don’t eat meat but want to support? Vegan and vegetarian tickets are only $15. We will provide you with a full size portion of our vegan or vegetarian option.

Guest post authored by Britta McArthur. A senior at Butler University, Britta is the Fundraising Intern at Building Tomorrow.

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Riding the Indianapolis Cultural Trail with Kids

I still remember telling my wife I wanted to take the kids bike riding downtown. This is a woman so obsessed with safety that it is a running joke amongst my kids. She looked at me like I was intentionally out to harm my children. In her mind, downtown bike riding meant crowded sidewalks rubbing up against traffic. It meant our kids absentmindedly riding off of a curb into oncoming traffic. Of course, she had yet to be introduced to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Many rides later, my wife is now completely comfortable when I load up the kids and their bikes for some urban exploration. The trail is extremely wide, landscaping buffers the path from the street most of the way, and crossings are well marked and easy to navigate. All of this makes my wife happy. The kids love that, unlike a ride in the burbs, there are points of interest everywhere. Below are some of my kids favorite stops along the trail.

Getting started on the east end of Mass Ave.

Getting started on the east end of Mass Ave. There are some awesome shops along this stretch of the avenue like Crimson Tate and Homespun. A post-ride refreshment from Natural Born Juicers hits the spot!

Artwork is everywhere along the trail. This piece, Prairie Modules 1&2, creates a unique passageway along your journey.

Artwork is everywhere along the trail. This piece, Prairie Modules 1&2, creates a unique passageway along your journey. At night the shifting glow of lights underneath add drama to this section of the trail.

The area around the American Legion Mall and Indiana War Memorial Plaza offer opportunities to share history and some stunning city views.

The area around the American Legion Mall and Indiana War Memorial Plaza offer opportunities to share history and some stunning city views. There are a host of monuments, memorials, fountains and green spaces in this area.

The trail transitions down to the canal from this bridge. The peaceful ride along the water was only interrupted by the baby ducks we encountered along the way.

The trail transitions down to the Central Canal from this bridge. Our peaceful ride along the water was only interrupted by the baby ducks we encountered along the way.

The south end of the canal puts you behind the Eiteljorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum. We always stop to check out the Medal of Honor Memorial along the way. This is another chance to share a slice of history.

The south end of the canal puts you behind the Eiteljorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum. We always stop to check out the Medal of Honor Memorial along the way.

The White River State Park Pedestrian Bridge gets new sculptures every two years. This interactive piece, called Meet & Greet, is my sons new favorite.

The White River State Park Pedestrian Bridge commissions new sculptures every two years (in addition to their permanent collection). This interactive piece, called Meet & Greet, is my sons current favorite.

Behind the zoo the River Prominade. Lined with Indiana limestone, this extension feels remote from the city.

Behind the zoo is the River Promenade. While not technically part of the Cultural Trail, it is worthy of a quick diversion. Lined with Indiana limestone, this extension feels remote from the city.

We did stop along the trail for a rest and a chance to watch Rocky, one of Indy's newest residents at the Zoo's International Orangutan Center, make his rounds along the elevated Hutan Trail.

We did stop along the River Promenade for a rest and a chance to watch Rocky, one of Indy’s newest residents at the Zoo’s International Orangutan Center, make his rounds along the elevated Hutan Trail.

Back into the city along the Cultural Trail before grabbing lunch as then stopping at my kids favorite downtown business, Rocket Fizz on Monument Circle. Candy and soda offers a great incentive to ride!

Back into the city along the Cultural Trail before grabbing lunch and then stopping at my kids favorite downtown business, Rocket Fizz on Monument Circle. Candy and soda offers a great incentive to ride!

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is a gem that isn’t just for downtown residents. It is kid-friendly and offers an active way to share the city. This goes for kids as well as adults who might not be confident bikers. With eight miles that intersect neighborhoods and attractions the biggest challenge is to keep moving, because with so much to see and do there are lots of reasons to hit the brakes.

Bike rentals are available at at Wheels of Fun in White River State Park and Bicycle Garage Indy at the City Market, as well as any of the 25 Pacers Bikeshare stations throughout downtown. Guided tours are also available through Active Indy Tours.

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Ice Cream Social on the Circle

Head to downtown Indianapolis on July 11th for #Scoops4Scouts from Indiana Dairy!

Is there anything better than ice cream in the summer? Top it with sprinkles, chocolate, whipped, cream, and a cherry and you have a little piece of heaven right here on earth. What pray tell, could make this delicious sweet and creamy treat even better? Girl Scout cookies, a low cost, and a great cause, of course.

Just in time for National Ice Cream Month, the American Dairy Association brings you Indiana’s 25th annual Ice Cream Social this Friday July 11th from 11 am to 2 pm. For only $3, you can feast on a giant sundae, featuring Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream and topped with your choice of Kroger’s chocolate, strawberry or caramel syrups, as well as jumbo maraschino cherries, sprinkles and Prairie Farm’s whipped cream. Girl Scouts contribute trefoils, thin mints and do-si-do cookie crumbles as toppings, too. My mouth is already watering!

To add to the fun, over 35 local celebrities will be dishing up your sweet treat. Entertainers, news personalities, sports mascots, and more! Want to see who’s scooping when? Check out all of the details over on Winners Drink Milk. Head to Tent #4 from 11 – 11:30 am, to have your ice cream served by yours truly, the Queen of Free. Last year, Indiana Pacers Mascot Boomer showed me up and it looks like I’m paired with Macho Mike Sullivan (Think Indianapolis Indians “YMCA”).

The southeast quadrant of Monument Circle will be hopping with great free fun activities, too. Face painting, the Pacers Fan Van, meet and greets with American Dairy Association Indiana’s “Buttercup,” Indy Eleven’s “Zeke,” and Indiana Soybean Alliance’s “Bennie the Bean.” and much more are planned. The Girl Scouts will be on hand with fun activities like hula hoops, jump rope, and bubbles, too. Of course, there will be real live cows, too! Purdue Dairy Sciences will have Molly and her calves there for petting. All of the fun is for a great cause, too. For the second consecutive year, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana will benefit from all proceeds, which amounted to over $8,200 last year. WOW! I would love to scoop up some fun for you this Friday. Come and say hello.

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Six Parks to Visit in Indianapolis This Summer

Funky Bones, an exhibit at the 100 Acres Virginia B. Fairbanks Art Nature Park is located in one of six parks you can't miss visiting in Indianapolis!

It’s hard to believe that June has flown by in the blink of an eye. In your quest to keep summer fun at a high but your costs at a low, you may be feeling a bit stretched. You don’t need a fancy trip to an amusement park to show your kiddos a good time over summer vacation. In fact, you might be able to have just as much fun in some of Indianapolis’ awesome parks. Filled with playground equipment, natural wonders, and plenty of open space to burn off that extra summer energy, each of these fun-filled destinations will help you enjoy the great outdoors while saving some coin. Here are six awesome parks you should check out when you Visit Indy this summer!

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres: From the fabulous swings of Chop Stick to the Funky Bones every The Fault in Our Stars fan will recognize, there are more outdoor exhibits than you could even take in in a day’s time. Open from dawn to dusk with free parking to boot, this is one Indy park you can’t afford not to visit this summer.

White River State Park: Most of Indianapolis’ best museum destinations are clustered near this beautiful park. However, don’t spend all of your hours inside. Don’t miss the amazing Public Art and Green Spaces. Bring along some extra cash (and don’t miss this great coupon) for Wheel Fun Rentals at White River State Park! We love the six person surrey for pedaling fun.

Holliday Park: One of Indianapolis’ oldest parks, Holliday Park is located near one of Indianapolis’ most popular neighborhoods, Broad Ripple. Featuring 95 acres of woodlands and trails, you will take in diverse plants and animals. Play on the playground or check out the nature center. In the evenings you can learn at the Friday Family Night Campfires or hear the sweet sounds of the Holiday Park Concert Series.

Ft. Harrison State Park: Did you know that Indianapolis has a state park within city limits? Ft. Harrison State Park and Golf Resort Park features amenities like hiking, bicycling, picnicking, horseback riding, golfing, and so much more. Bring your pup along and check out the dog park. Or, schedule your visit for one of the fantastic programs the park regularly features.

Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens: The oldest park in Indianapolis, built in 1889, features rare and beautiful flora, sunken gardens, an art center, and a conservatory. You enjoy the great outdoors and Shakespearean acting, watch movies on the lawn, or explore art exhibits. Garfield Park also features great playground spaces and art experiences for the kids.

Eagle Creek Park and Marina: One of the largest parks in the nation, Eagle Creek features 1400 acres of water and 3900 of forest. You sail, hike, and play the day away in its borders. You might even want to Go Ape high above the tree line. You probably want to use this coupon to save! This summer, there are so many special programs and opportunities for fun, that you’ll want to check out the Eagle Creek Park 2014 Summer Fun Guide​.

What’s your favorite park in Indy? What exhibits or playspaces are a “can’t miss” for visitors?

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