We love the Circle City, but not just because it’s filled with life and fun (which it is). No, we love the Circle City because we were able to still get out and about, enjoying free fun while we paid off $127K in debt. From date nights to family days, there’s almost always something fun to do for free in Indy! Here are five of my favorite free Indianapolis activities sure to delight your family and your budget. You just might even be able to splurge on ice cream at the end of the day.
Visit the IMA: This first rate destination tops the list of every round up that I write. From the lovely exhibits, perfect for a date or older children to the free Family Activities offered on a regular basis, there’s always something new to do. Ready to burn off some energy this spring? Check out the The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. No need to tell your children not to touch. Friends, you can PLAY on the art.
Walk the Canal. Talk to the ducks. Listen to lovely sounds of the steam clock at the Indiana State Museum. Breathe in the sweet smell of flowers and lose yourself in the calming waters of the Canal Walk. From beautiful architecture to outdoor gardens, there much to be seen. Bring a picnic lunch and find a place to sit and people watch. Every spring, my Canal Walk beckons to me.
Search for a Free Concert, Festival or Event. Each month, I greedily comb through the Visit Indy calendar to bring you all of the best free events in Indianapolis. From special family celebrations to art exhibition, each month I’m delighted at the number of free concerts, festivals, and events the Circle City has to offer. Want in on my secret? You can search the calendar yourself. Set the parameters for the dates of your visit and voila, you’ll discover everything that’s going on!
Ride the Monorail. Did you know that the IU People Mover is free and open to the public? While it might seem like a silly thing to do, I promise your kids will LOVE riding high in the air. Running from 5:30 am to 10 pm daily, the train runs between downtown hospitals. Bonus points if you take the time to thank a busy healthcare professional for the difficult job they have.
Tour the Indiana State House. Want to soak up some Hoosier history? Head to the Indiana State House to learn about the roots of Indiana. Find links for both self-guided tours and scheduling a tour with an official on the Indiana State House’s website.
Indy is such an affordable city. Where will your next adventure lead you?