Things to do on Indianapolis 500 Race Weekend
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana
Are you planning on making a trip to the Circle City for the Indy 500 but are looking for some other things to do? Here are a few options of what Indianapolis has to offer.
Two downtown landmarks, Monument Circle and Indiana War Memorial Plaza, are among America’s great urban spaces. The Circle centers the city and furnishes its “Circle City” calling card. The 24-acre plaza (think greenspace and monuments, like Washington, D.C.’s National Mall) gives Indy the distinction of devoting more acreage to honoring veterans than any other city; it’s second to D.C. in number of war memorials. The plaza, a National Historic Landmark, represents one of our defining traits: serving the country. In the Civil War, 75 percent of eligible men from Indiana joined the Union army, second to Delaware in per-capita enlistment. And since then, Indiana’s war casualties have numbered double the national average.
While famous for fast cars, our city is winning praise for reinventing the bicycle and pedestrian experience in a downtown, too. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail has been called “an astonishing and amazing vision” by national civic-development experts. And the art world was paying attention when the Indianapolis Museum of Art unveiled the largest contemporary-art park (100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park) in the country in June 2010.