Beginning May 24, 2018, direct flights from Charles de Gualle Airport in Paris to Indianapolis International Airport will be available at least three times per week via Delta Airlines. The flight connects passengers from 100 destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India to these 10 incredible adventures in Indiana.
1. A Family Experience Unlike Any Other
Indianapolis is home to the world’s largest children’s museum! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is five floors of fun, which The New York Times named one of the 10 Coolest Museums in the World, and the excitement continues outdoors with the brand new Sports Legends Experience!
And your family adventure doesn’t end there! Just north of Indy is Conner Prairie, a Smithsonian Affiliate. Conner Prairie is a place where you can play freely and run farther, with space to explore and uncover new things. When families visit, they connect with history, science, nature, art and most importantly, one another. The historic adventure starts inside and continues with an amazing journey outdoors.
2. Experience the Culture of the Amish
Put aside obligations, appointment books and yes, even laundry then grab your friends to shop, eat, explore and bond in Northern Indiana’s Amish Country. In Nappanee, Amish Acres depicts Amish family life that has been in this part of the state for generations. Tour the Amish farmstead, located on the National Register of Historic places, then walk the grounds to take in the gardens and barn areas. Hop in for a horse and buggy ride, experience a thresher’s dinner in the Round Barn Restaurant and take in a Broadway show in the Round Barn Theater.
3. Indiana’s Heritage is Closely Tied to the Game of Basketball
Hoosiers, as Indiana natives are referred to, is a term closely related to the game of basketball. The game’s inventor, James Naismith, once said, “The game of basketball was born in Massachusetts, but it grew up in Indiana.” While the passion for the game in Indiana can be experienced in gyms statewide, a visit to New Castle’s Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame paints a more complete picture. Located next to the world’s largest high school gymnasium, New Castle Fieldhouse, the museum is a collection of Indiana’s basketball history at all levels.
Just 20 minutes down the road, you can step into a gym and onto the silver screen. The Historic Hoosier Gym served as the home of the Hickory Huskers in the Academy Award-winning film, Hoosiers. Learn about more basketball history on the Hoosier Hoops Hysteria Trail.
4. A Farming Experience Unlike Any Other in the World
Escape to the country with outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature animals and our planet. Fair Oaks Farms is the world’s first agricultural theme park. With immersive experiences on dairy, pig and crop farming, Fair Oaks Farms gives you an in depth look at the work that goes into feeding the world. And after you learn all of that, you can taste farm fresh ice creams, cheeses and much more!
5. Native American History Located in an Urban Escape
Immerse yourself in the stories of Native Americans and the American West at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Experience art, history and cultures through expansive exhibits & dynamic programs. And then step out onto the Indianapolis Cultural Trail where you can explore Indiana’s capital city in a gorgeous setting.
Home to numerous museums and the world famous Indianapolis Zoo, White River State Park is Indiana’s only urban state park. Situated along the White River Canal, the park offers breathtaking views, wonderful strolls, world-class museums and attractions and gondola rides on the canal.
6. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing
The month of May in Indiana is a special time. The eyes of the world turn to the Indianapolis for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indianapolis 500. The 500-mile race takes place in the largest sporting venue in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is capable of hosting 300,000 spectators. Thirty-three drivers, 200 laps, 500 miles. All for the right to drink one bottle of cold milk, a tradition synonymous with the event. The race has been contested since 1911 and Indianapolis hosted the 100th running in 2016.
7. Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad
The history of the United States of America cannot be told without sharing the story of slavery and the heroes who sought freedom and helped others in their search for freedom. The “Underground Railroad” led fugitive slaves north to freedom, and one of the most important stops on that pathway was the Levi and Catharine Coffin House in Fountain City, Indiana.
Known as “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad, the couple harbored several thousand freedom seeking men, women and children in their travels north toward freedom. The Coffins’ home is open to public tours and sits next to a brand new state-of-the-art interpretive center, which Smithsonian Magazine named one of the most important new museums to open in 2016.
8. A Historic University and Urban Outdoor Adventure
Make a splash with white water rafting in downtown South Bend. That’s right downtown South Bend. The East Race Waterway is the first man-made white water rafting course in North America. Since opening in 1984, the East Race Waterway has provided hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors with a fun, inexpensive recreational venue.
South Bend is also famously home to the University of Notre Dame. The moment you step onto the Notre Dame campus, you are met with breathtaking architecture everywhere you look. Now is the perfect time to visit campus and see all the iconic landmarks that make Notre Dame such a beautiful university.
9. Two of America’s Best Historic Hotels In One Incredible Setting
Two grand hotels welcome you to the glorious days of the 1920s, completely updated for your 21st century getaway. You’ll find every sort of escape you seek, from a family overnight with horseback riding to a golf-and-spa weekend for a couples retreat.
The historic trolley takes you back and forth between French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel, letting you experience the shops, dining, gardens and sights of each beautiful hotel no matter which you choose for your stay.
10. The Small Town With Architecture to Rival Any Major City
You’ll be greeted by modern architecture as soon as you enter Columbus. It’s been called one of the best cities in the world for architecture lovers. We think it’s a great place to fall in love with architecture for the first time, too.
Columbus is overflowing with colorful art and modern architecture, created by the world’s best. Let a tour guide show you around so you don’t miss a thing!
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