Remember when I told you last week that my niece was turning 15? And that she was coming for a visit? And that I was
dealing with feeling old gracefully embracing the passage of time? Well good and bad news: She did turn 15 (good!); however, we didn’t get to celebrate her birthday yet due to some unfortunate circumstances (I’ve been sick). So here are a few more ideas rolling around in my head of fun things to do with teenagers in Indianapolis that don’t break the bank.
If your teen is fond of museums, Indianapolis has more than one guaranteed to expand their minds while allowing everyone to have a great time. Here are four of my favs:
The Indianapolis Museum of Art obviously houses beautiful art collections (including one of the largest collections of Asian artwork in the U.S.). But, you might not know that on the grounds of the IMA is an amazing art and nature park – 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. General admission to both the museum and the grounds are Fuh-ree!
Even if they’re too school for cool, no one ever outgrows the Children Museum of Indianapolis. Some of my best tips for visiting the Children’s Museum can be found here. Even the surliest teen becomes a kid again when riding the carousel.
Conner Prairie is not your typical museum. This interactive history park literally makes history come alive. While the outdoor portion of the park isn’t open quite yet (spring is coming soon!), you can plan your adventure based on your teen’s interests using this portion of their website.
Also fun and interactive is the Indiana Experience at the Indiana Historical Society. Want your teen to learn what it was like for a young woman to get her driver’s license in the 1920s? Check out the You Are There 1924 Hartford City Model T Ford Repair shop. Help them learn about the lives of teens who lived in Indiana through these fun life learning exhibits. Just be sure to use this coupon good for B1G1 admission to save a few bucks!
Stay tuned for some of my favorite restaurants to hit when visiting Indianapolis with teens.