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Best things to do in Indiana

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Top 15 things to do in Indiana

1. Room Escape Games, Indianapolis

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis

With five floors and more than 120,000 items, Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest children's museum. Adults and children can enjoy exploring American culture, international cultures, and natural science. Discover retro Barbie dolls; an Indonesian puppet's samurai suit of armor; and Bucky, the teenage T. Rex. Information is presented in a way that is easily accessible to children, with lots of interactive activities. Older children may want to visit the emotional exhibit about three extraordinary children: Anne Frank, Ryan White, and Ruby Bridges.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Basilica of the Sacred Heart, South Bend

Basilica of the Sacred Heart remains the tallest university chapel in the U.S. and a top tourist attraction in Northern Indiana receiving more than 50,000 visitors yearly. Located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the Neo-Gothic church was decorated by the Vatican painter Luigi Gregori. The interior walls are painted with figures of saints, while the ceilings are filled with angels and starry skies. Notice the stained glass windows designed by the Carmelite nuns. The magnificent golden altar executed in Gothic Revival style remains the centerpiece of the interior. The small museum behind the sacristy keeps a papal tiara from the 1850s and a huge processional cross donated by Napoleon III.
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4. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Shelbyville

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, the closest casino to Indianapolis, is a Las Vegas-style gaming establishment that offers non-stop gaming action, fantastic food and a wide array of entertainment options all under one roof. The 233,000-square-foot facility features 2,000 high-tech slot machines and electronic table games including Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. The state-of-the-art Poker Room offers the best in Texas Hold’em.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Horseshoe Hammond, Hammond

Horseshoe Casino Hammond, located in Hammond, Indiana, is a 400,000-square-foot (37,000 m2) property containing gaming, entertainment, restaurants, bars, and lounges.
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6. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Indianapolis

Home to the Indianapolis 500 and the city's Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is also known for its dedication to automotive and motorsports history. The speedway is famous for hosting some of the world's biggest races, and therefore the world's best drivers, since it was established in 1909. With the ability to hold up to 400,000 guests, it is the highest-capacity sports arena in the world. If you're in town for a race, or are just interested in learning more about racing, be sure to stop into the Hall of Fame Museum. The museum was founded in 1956 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Here you'll discover more than 75 cars, along with historical racing and automotive accessories and paraphernalia.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Dream Car Museum, Evansville

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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9. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Auburn

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is an automobile museum located in Auburn, Indiana in the United States. Opened in 1974, it is dedicated to preserving cars built by Auburn Automobile, Cord Automobile, and Duesenberg Motors Company.

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10. The Miller House and Garden, Columbus

Miller House and Garden offers visitors the opportunity to experience one of the finest expressions of American modernism, an integration of house and landscape that draws upon historical precedents without repeating them, enfolding them in a compelling composition of forms and spaces that captures the genius of its designers, the aspirations of its owners, and the spirit of their time.

The Miller House and Garden is owned and cared for by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Tours at Miller House and Garden are made possible through the Columbus Area Visitors Center.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis

The only U.S. institution accredited as a zoo, aquarium, and botanical gardens, Indianapolis Zoo is also the only Midwestern zoo with an in-water dolphin encounter program for its visitors. Explore animals in their specific habitats at each of the zoo's five biomes, or areas with similar climates, plants, and animals. Take a stroll through the botanical White River Gardens, interact with animals at the aquarium, or participate in one of its many educational programs. This nonprofit zoo is most committed to promoting and teaching the public about wildlife conservation.
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12. Indiana University, Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington, Indiana University, IU, or simply Indiana) is a public research university in Bloomington, Indiana. It is the flagship campus of Indiana University and, with over 40,000 students, its largest campus.
Indiana University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". It has numerous schools and programs, including the Jacobs School of Music, the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the School of Optometry, the Maurer School of Law, the School of Education, the Media School, and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.
The university is home to an extensive student life program, with more than 750 student organizations on campus and with around 17 percent of undergraduates joining the Greek system. Indiana athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Indiana Hoosiers. The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference; since it does not have a mascot, all teams are known simply as "Hoosiers".

Indiana's faculty, staff, and alumni include nine Nobel laureates, 19 Rhodes Scholars, 17 Marshall Scholars, and five MacArthur Fellows. In addition, students and alumni have won six Academy Awards, 49 Grammy Awards, 32 Emmy Awards, 20 Pulitzer Prizes, four Tony Awards, and 95 Olympic medals (51 gold, 21 silver, and 23 bronze).
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14. Brown County State Park, Nashville

Brown County State Park is located in the United States in the center of the southern half of the state of Indiana. The park is by far the largest of 24 state parks in Indiana, and occupies 15,776 acres (63.84 km2)—making it one of the larger state parks in the United States. It is among Indiana's most visited state parks with about 1.2 million visitors annually. Although Bloomington, Indiana, is the closest city, the park is closer to the small town of Nashville in Brown County. Brown County is named for General Jacob Brown, who fought in the War of 1812 and became Commanding General of the United States Army.

The park opened in 1929, and was dedicated in 1932 as a memorial to Indiana humorist Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard. Although Hubbard lived and worked in Indianapolis, he was a frequent visitor to Nashville and the surrounding woods. The park's Abe Martin Lodge is named after Hubbard's fictional backwoodsmen character used to convey Hubbard's humor and witticisms.

Brown County and its park are known for their scenic views of the hills of southern Indiana. Both are the home of a wide variety of trees that attract visitors each year when the vegetation transforms to its autumn colors. The park also contains many trees that flower in the springtime. Visitors will find a rustic atmosphere, enhanced by an infrastructure that was mostly constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. In addition to the park's lodge, cabins can be rented and campsites are available. The park has trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It has two lakes for fishing that complement the surrounding forests and provide a water source for the local wildlife. The area's beauty attracts artists and photographers worldwide.

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15. Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, South Bend

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