The second stop on our road trip was an overnight stay in Indianapolis, Indiana…and our biggest surprise was the Children’s Museum. It is spectacular! Soaring ceilings and bold colors beckon for kiddos to come play. We arrived late afternoon and stayed until it closed, leaving no stone unturned. The Dinosaur exhibit is terrifying on a grand scale, the Hot Wheels exhibit is interactive beyond what anyone would ever expect….and the new Dance exhibit had us shaking our booties like nobody’s business. The staff was helpful and informative, several even intentionally sought us out and moved us toward particular sites they believed would be especially enjoyable for Hope and Charlie. For individuals who have different abilities, this museum has hit the mark. Accessibility is super easy. Bottom line: GO!!!!
After checking into our hotel, we spent the evening at White River State Park. Located on 250 acres at the edge of downtown Indianapolis, there is plenty of space to roam and explore. Dotted with water features, gorgeous landscapes, and modern art, the park is picturesque. And best of all, for those who want to add to the outdoor experience, there are many extras within walking distance of the park including an IMAX Theater, the Indianapolis Zoo, and Victory Field (home of Indianapolis Indians’ baseball). Literally, you could spend a couple of days in this park and not see everything there is to see. We were there until after dark and felt extremely safe. It’s well lit and there’s a parking garage connected to the park for easy access.
Indianapolis didn’t disappoint. Whether you’re just passing through or making it a destination, it offers a lot for families of children who have special needs. We liked it so much, we’re stopping by again on our way back to Tennessee. Here is a video highlight of our time there:
What are your favorite spots to visit? I’d love to hear from you!