Indianapolis has a population of 829,718 making it the biggest city in Indiana. It operates on the CDT time zone.
|Country||The United States Of America|
|Elevation||248 m over sea level|
|Airports||Eagle Creek Airpark, Indianapolis International Airport|
Indianapolis, the "Crossroads of America" and the capitol city of the State of Indiana is conveniently located in the Midwest, one day's driving distance from half the nation's population.
Indianapolis, affectionately referred to as "Indy" offers a vast array of arts, attractions, historical sites and eclectic cultural districts located in and near the downtown center.
Indy's reputation as a sporting capitol is well deserved – whether it's professional sports or motorsports events. Indy is home to the Indiana Pacers NBA basketball team, the NFL Indianapolis Colts team, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), the WNBA Indiana Fever, the International League's Indianapolis Indians, Indiana Ice hockey team and the USA Rugby team, the Indianapolis Indians.
Thanks to the addition of the new Lucas Oil Stadium, the 2012 NFL Super Bowl XLVI will be held in Indy, utilizing the thousands of hotel rooms and offering opportunities to explore the vibrant and exciting downtown and more than 200 great restaurants.
The "Racing Capital of the World," Indianapolis, is home to the two largest single-day sporting events in the world: the Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR 400 at the Brickyard held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The O'Reilly Raceway Park hosts the NHRA's largest oldest, richest and most prestigious drag race in the world every Labor Day weekend.
Indy isn't just about sports - the Children's Museum of Indianapolis (the world's largest) is here, North America's largest water clock (over 17 feet tall) is located on the north side of the Indiana State Museum. Don't miss the Canal Walk, the Zoo, the 284-foot Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument at Monument Circle, the White River State Park (the only urban state park in Indiana) downtown and the many other attractions in this great city.
Did you know?
- Indianapolis is second only to Washington, D.C. for the number of monuments within the city limits.
- The first long-distance automobile race in the U.S. was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 1911.
- Gilbert Van Camp, an Indianapolis grocer, opened a canning company - Van Camp's Pork and Beans.
AttractionsTake a look at our Indianapolis attractions map for great things to do while in the Hoosier State!
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- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
In existence since 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest and highest-capacity sporting venue in the world with permanent seating for 257,000 plus the infield area bringing a capacity of around 400,000 spectators. Home to the famed Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Brickyard 400, the legendary facility is celebrating with two years of festivities in conjunction with its 100 years of racing - from its opening in 1909 to the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.
- White River State Park/Canal Walk
White River State Park, Indiana's only urban state park, offers cultural, educational and recreational attractions including: the three-mile loop Canal Walk that fronts many points-of-interest including the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, NCAA Hall of Champions, Victory Field and the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial.
- Broad Ripple Village
Broad Ripple Village offers something different ranging from lively evening entertainment, to shopping for vintage clothing or all types of diverse wares to quaint restaurants and cozy pubs. Broad Ripple is fun for the outdoor enthusiast - the Monon Trail and the Central Canal towpath are perfect for walking, running and biking. It's easy to access the White River for kayaking and canoeing. The well-preserved architecture and overall ambience are sure to please everyone.
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