Indiana loves its hoops (and auto racing and football and anything else that involves a ball and competition!). But we don't just love watching our own teams. We want to share that heritage with visitors. You can make several stops throughout the state to learn about the past and engage in the current-day excitement.
Nothing but Net
Basketball might not have started in Indiana, but nowhere will you find it more enthusiastically embraced. Check out legends from all levels—high school, college and professional—at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle. The 14,000-square-foot museum has relics from the 1890s through today, including special sections dedicated to John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and the 1954 Milan Indians (known to most as the Hickory Huskers in the movie Hoosiers). You'll see jerseys, trophies and more from other legendary players and coaches. It's not just looking! Interactive displays include a chance to make the game-winning shot and to test your basketball trivia knowledge.
Pass the Pigskin
Loyal fans nationwide love the revered Notre Dame Stadium, home to the Fighting Irish since 1930. You can tour the storied stadium to get an insider look at this historic, tradition-laden venue. Check out the locker room, touch the "Play Like a Champion" sign and even step out on the field. Your tour guide will tell the history of the Joyce Center and the teams that call it home.
See the venue that changed America's ideas about the biggest game in the NFL! A tour of Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts, includes visits to the playing field, locker room, press box and other areas generally inaccessible to the public.
Check out the Champions
The NCAA Hall of Champions, located in downtown Indianapolis, is a great place to learn all about intercollegiate athletics. You'll enjoy two levels of interactive exhibits that create a true-to-life understanding of what it takes to be a college athlete. On the first floor, see displays about all 24 NCAA sports, see video highlights and check out artifacts from around the nation. Upstairs you can try your hand at your favorites sports with simulators.
The Checkered Flag
The Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most highly visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing. Check out the Hall of Fame, including drivers, chief mechanics, automotive engineers, team owners and more. You'll see race cars from many series, as well as motorcycles, vintage cars and dragsters. You can also opt to take a narrated lap around the oval track.
Drive for Show
The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort is recognized nationally for its beauty and challenge. People said it couldn't be built in this hilly terrain, but the Hall of Fame architect proved them wrong. Situated on one of Indiana's highest elevation points, the course has narrow fairways and rugged terrain. The amazing 40-mile panoramic views of the southern Indiana countryside are icing on the cake.