12 Things To Do For Little Or No Money In Indianapolis

    Summer is just around the corner. Which means in no time the kids will be home from school and there will be long days to fill with activities. When it seems impossible to spend another day at the park or pool try out one of these low or no cost options around Indy.
    Even if you don’t have little ones to entertain these are fun spots to spend a couple hours or even the whole day!
    1.  Artsgarden – The Artsgarden has a lunchtime concert series. You can pack a lunch to enjoy or bring something from one of the restaurants nearby! Check out the schedule here: Artsgarden website
    Children's Museum of Indianapolis
    Free Night’s At The Children’s Museum

    2. Children’s Museum First Thursday Family Night- Hosted by Target the first Thursday of each month this summer you can visit the Children’s Museum for free. Check out their website to see the themes for each night. First Thursday Schedule

    3.  Eagle Creek Park –  For just $5 a car you can pile the family and friends in. It’s easy to spend the whole day at the park exploring the trails and playing on the playground. Eagle Creek Park Website

    4. Holcomb Observatory at Butler University – Open for public tours a few nights a month the observatory is a unique place to learn and see the stars. Observatory Website

    Holcomb Observatory
    Public Nights at the Observatory

    5. IMA 100 Acres- Although the museum now has a fee to get in you can still explore the grounds for free. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy art and nature all day long. IMA 100 Acres Website

    6. Indiana State Police Museum – One of Indianapolis’s hidden gems. With free admission this museum is definitely worth stopping by for a visit. http://www.in.gov/isp/museum.htm

    7. Indoor Playgrounds – For those days with unbearable heat several of Indy’s churches offer huge indoor playgrounds with

    Trader's Point Christian Church
    Trader’s Point Christian Church Playground

    free admission. Three standouts are the playgrounds at Trader’s Point Christian Church, Plainfield Christian Church, and Lakeview Church.

    8. IndyCar Factory – This may have the highest admission price on the list ($10 for adults, $5 for children over 4) but it is unique experience special to Indianapolis. With an interactive zone and racing simulators your kids will be talking about it all week. IndyCar Factory Website
    9. Museum of Miniature Houses – $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. This museum is a must see for any dollhouse or miniature enthusiasts.  Museum of Miniatures Website
    10.  NCAA Hall of Champions  – $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-18. You can spend part of the day exploring White River State Park and then stop into the NCAA Hall of Champions. This museum has a whole upper floor of interactive activities based on collegiate sports. NCAA Hall of Champions Website
    11. Saxony Lake and Beach – If you still want to swim but want a change of pace from the po

    Soldiers and Sailors Monument
    Soldiers and Sailors Monument

    ol Saxony Lake is a great place to explore. The sandy swimming beach will provide hours of entertainment. Saxony Lake and Beach Website

    12. Solider and Sailor Monument – If you’re up for climbing the 331 stairs you can view the city free of charge. Or if that seems like too much of a challenge for a small fee you’re able to ride the elevator most of the way up. The views of Indianapolis are unparalleled from the top of this monument. Solider and Sailor Monument Website

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