Visiting Indianapolis | Traveling With Teens

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A few years back we spent a couple of days in Indianapolis, IN . At first, Em wasn’t convinced that Indy was much of a travel destination, but she humored me and came along on the trip.

I did have to talk up the area a bit to get her to agree. It helped that I did some advanced research on Indy and shared a list of activities and ideas with her. I then let her choose a few of her favorites.


In my opinion, that is what makes traveling with teens so much easier. Giving them some say in where you go and/or what you do can make a world of difference.

Now, I’m not saying they run the entire show. I’m just saying they get a few choices throughout the trip.

Rocket Fizz Indy

Our first stop in Indy was downtown. We parked near Monument Circle and explored the area. Em’s favorite find was Rocket Fizz; a unique candy and soda shop.

I actually visited a Rocket Fizz in Denver and loved it so it was nice to find one a little closer to home.

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pianos Indy

Artistically designed pianos dotted Monument Circle. These pianos, created by local artists, reminded me of the cows in Chicago, cars in Pontiac, IL, and moose in Toronto.

The monument itself is a beautiful piece of art with different scenes on each side. It’s just so huge it’s hard to fit it into the camera frame.


Next stop, Dallara Car Factory in Speedway, IN.

Awesome fun wrapped up in a very reasonable admission price. None of us are race fans, but we aren’t going to pass up the opportunity to explore the foundation of the Indy 500.

We took a tour, learned about the history of Dallara and formula 1 cars, drove very, very fast (in the safety of a virtual world) and saw some incredibly beautiful cars.

I’ll be adding a post just about Dallara soon. You’ll want to come back and read it. It’s pretty darn awesome!

Indy Speedway

A stop by the Indy Speedway was a must as well.

There are times when Em wants nothing to do with any more photos of herself, but that doesn’t stop me.

I’ll take the photo opps. Half the time I look like a knucklehead, but I stopped caring about that years ago…I just want the moment captured.

After visiting Dallara and stopping by the Speedway we all decided that attending a race, which I kept calling a game (doh), might be a lot of fun.


After a day packed with fun we grabbed a to-go order from The Tamale Place (awesome, fantastic food….highly recommend!!!) and headed to our hotel.

After the drive to Indy and the day’s events, we were ready for some R&R.


Our second and final day in Indy was just as much fun as day one. Although, I quickly realized that there wasn’t nearly enough time to see and do everything that we wanted to.

Day 2 was spent at the zoo, an arcade (hey, when you don’t have an arcade near you this is a big deal for teens), discovering some fun shops and lunch.

We overspent our time at the zoo which meant that we didn’t have time to go to either the Children’s Museum for the SuperHero Exhibit or the Eiteljorg Museum for the guitar exhibit.

I guess that means we just need to plan another getaway to Indy.

lunchLunch at Rock Bottom Brewery—so good. I caved and had loaded mac & cheese.

great times

The late afternoon was spent at Great Times Family Fun park.

There is putt-putt, arcade games, food, and fun. We love putt-putt, but often times use the “Thompson bumper golf” method.

Otherwise, we could be hours and hours playing because our putting isn’t the greatest.

Although I am proud to say, I did get two holes in one without the bumpers! That’s right TWO! Maybe my putting is finally improving.

indy great times family fun park

Thompson “bumper” golf

Sadly, our fun times in Indy ended around 6 p.m. School work and my work waited back at the hotel for us and I try to make sure to build in at least 3 hours of work time on travel days.

I usually save it for the evening, but sometimes we switch it up and work in the mornings.

We did steal out for a bit that night to grab some donuts at the highly recommended Long’s Bakery on the west side of Indy.

Yes, they were worth the effort. The yeast donuts are melt in your mouth good and very inexpensive. I think they were right around 65 cents each.


Overall, we had a fantastic time in Indy and look forward to going back. I would highly recommend Indy as a teen-friendly destination. Stay tuned for my list of top things to do with teens in Indy.

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  1. what a wonderful trip your family had!

  2. Allyson Bossie says:

    It looks like you guys had a large time! I have never been to Indy, but I would so love to see those pianos!

  3. Looks like fun! I would never imagine Indy to be a travel destination either, I guess there is beauty in every city.

  4. Looks like great fun! We visited my grandparents in Indy when I was a kid, but I don’t remember doing any of this fun stuff, lol. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looks like you had a ton of fun! I love your pictures and that food looks delicious!

  6. Amber—you are always welcome to join us on a trip—the more the merrier:)

  7. So much to do so little time! You know, I stopped at the cutest store called Jailhaus Rocks in Farmville, IN (might be the smallest town in IN) that had the best stuff!! Seriously, I would take another trip to Indiana just to visit that store. Rumor has it that the owner has a colorful background so there might be some fun stories if you are in a chatty mood. Anyways, if you’re ever in the area you should stop by 😉

  8. Laura, thanks for stopping by. Hope you get to experience Indy.

  9. Laura Broach says:

    Enjoyed this post! Looks like a great vacay! Btw, I love the look of your blog 🙂

  10. A fabulous city. And on your next visit might I suggest Crown Cemetery where all the famous people are and some past presidents…and Meridian Street drive to see all the historic mansions and the Frank-Lloyd Wright house, the zoo, the gardens, the museums…blah,blah. Oh…and then there is this small town about an hour away…nice girl…battle of 1812…

    So glad you had a wonderful time!

  11. Oh can I go touring with you next time! Oh my goodness! That looks like such an amazing adventure! I want to see those pianos in person! And the food! Oh my goodness!

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