The Senior Citizen’s Guide to Indianapolis

Indianapolis activities for seniorsThe state of Indiana is home to a wide array of indoor and outdoor attractions throughout its 92 counties and there are a variety of ways for seniors to stay active and engaged in the world around them. Indianapolis, our state capital, is the largest city in the state, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty
of attractions and activities for seniors to enjoy, especially during the warm summer months!

Indianapolis Activities for Seniors

Indianapolis has amazing museums, parks, historical sites, art galleries, theater and so much more! If you’re looking for some fun Indianapolis attractions to check out this summer with your spouse, friends or family, check out some of the best senior activities Indy has to offer:

  • Indianapolis Museums: You could most likely spend an entire week visiting all the various museums throughout Indianapolis, but some of the “must-see” museums include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indiana War Memorial, the Indiana State Museum, and of course, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which is fun for the entire family.
  • Indianapolis Zoo: Get an early start to your day and head to the Indianapolis Zoo this summer! The animals tend to be more active in the cooler morning temperatures, and since it’s recommended for seniors to avoid being out during the hottest hours of the day, head there right when the zoo opens and then enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants nearby.
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Experience the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra this summer with Marsh Symphony on the Prairie, where you can bring your own food and blanket and enjoy an evening filled with beautiful music.
  • Shopping in Downtown Indy: If it’s retail therapy you’re after this summer, downtown Indy has more than 200 shops from large malls like Circle Centre to one-of-a-kind boutiques in the Cultural Districts, including Mass Ave.
  • Indianapolis Central Library: The Central Library, located downtown on East St. Clair Street, has been a staple in the city since 1917. The old and young alike are welcome to the library for a variety of events and activities taking place throughout the summer, from book discussions and educational classes to the Summer Showtime film series.
  • Summer Under the Sails at the Eiteljorg: The Eiteljorg Museum hosts its musical series, Summer Under the Sails, from June through early August, when museum goers can enjoy half price admission on Wednesday evenings and the sounds of local musicians.
  • Indiana Historic Landmarks Tours: Discover the history of our great state by visiting the Indiana Landmarks Center and signing up for one of their various tours, like the Monument Circle Tour, City Market Catacombs Tour, Morris-Butler House Tour and many more!
  • Concerts on the Canal: Presented by the Indiana Historical Society, enjoy an evening of free music under the stars, with food from the Stardust Terrace Café. Musical performances begin at 6 p.m. on concert Thursdays and feature a wide variety of genres, with everything from pop and rock favorites to jazz and blues.
  • Winery tours: Indianapolis and surrounding areas are home to several wineries, from Buck Creek Winery on the southeast side, Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville, to downtown’s Easley Winery and New Day Meadery. Sip on some delicious wine and leave the driving to someone else; many bus and tour companies in the area offer winery tours.

These are just a few of the fun things to do in Indianapolis! What are some of your favorite summer activities?

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