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Top Family Things to Do in Indianapolis

Make your trip to Indy one for the books with activities that will appeal to kids and adults.

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Enjoy Bikeshares and Street Art

While you could definitely spend some time at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, we have a hunch that older kids will enjoy seeing great works outside. Grab a set of wheels from the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare and ride through Indy's 6 different cultural districts, stopping along the way to admire murals by local artists. The mural pictured here can be found ornamenting favorite neighborhood coffee shop and restaurant Henry's Coffee Bistro, if you're looking for a place to grab a quick bite.

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Picnic at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park

Continue the art adventure at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, which sits on the west side of the Newfields campus. Open from sunrise to sunset with free parking and admission to the public, this 100-acre green space features woodlands, meadows and a lake all in one place. Best of all, there are huge art installations hidden throughout the grounds, like Funky Bones (pictured) by Atelier Van Lieshout. We suggest packing lunch and picnicking while the kids play, then rounding everyone up for birdwatching by the lake.

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Walk the Monon Trail

Staying active isn't hard to do in a city like Indy, especially when you have access to the Monon Trail. Once a railroad route, the trail was established as a greenway in 1996 and today spans more than 25 miles. The path is also paved throughout, which means that you can bring strollers, rollerblades and bikes. While there are multiple entry points, we recommend parking at the Monon's dedicated lot (at 1451 E. and 96th St.) and making use of the restrooms and water fountains. Along the way, break for a drink at Books & Brews. Your kids can flip through some of their favorite stories or play games while you enjoy a craft beer.

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Try Duckpin Bowling at Fountain Square

Your family is in luck: the only authentic Duckpin Bowling Alleys in the Midwest are set in Indy's Fountain Square Cultural District. A variation of 10-pin bowling, this special game was born in Baltimore, Maryland and is played with balls and pins that are significantly smaller than the standard sizes. Kids are virtually guaranteed to get a kick out of the game and the 1930s decor at Action Duckpin Bowl, but you'll need to reserve a lane online before you go. Though the lane rental is $40 per hour, bowling shoes are free of charge. Once your hour is up, grab a bite to eat at the Atomic Cafe.

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