List of Attractions and Events in Indianapolis
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List of Attractions and Events in Indianapolis

Tourism in Indianapolis is a vital sector of the local economy. According to Visit Indy, 28.6 million visitors generated $5.2 billion in 2016, the sixth straight year of record growth.[1] In 2015, the hospitality and tourism industry employed 77,800 people in the region.[2]

Indianapolis has long been a sports tourism destination, but has more recently relied on conventions.[3] The Indiana Convention Center (ICC) and Lucas Oil Stadium are considered mega convention center facilities, with a combined 750,000 square feet (70,000 m2) of exhibition space.[4] ICC is connected to 12 hotels and 4,700 hotel rooms, the most of any U.S. convention center.[5] In 2008, the facility hosted 42 national conventions with an attendance of 317,815; in 2014, it hosted 106 for an attendance of 635,701.[3] Since 2003, Indianapolis has hosted Gen Con, one of the largest gaming conventions in North America.[6]



Auto racing

The Indianapolis 500 is known as the world's largest sporting event.



The Indiana State Fair in 2015.

Performing arts, music, and film


Dedicated in 1902, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument has become the city's de facto symbol.


"Bucky," a juvenile Tyrannosaurus specimen at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The museum is the largest of its kind in the world.[7]

Outdoor attractions


Shopping and dining



Performing arts



  1. ^ Bartner, Amy (February 1, 2018). "More people visited and spent money in Indy than the year before. And the year before. And the year before that". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ Bartner, Amy (January 24, 2017). "Visit Indy touts 4th year of record tourism". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Schoettle, Anthony (September 25, 2015). "Expand the Indiana Convention Center again?". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ "350 Big Changes at Nation's Biggest Convention Centers" (PDF). Trade Show Executive. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ "Connected Hotels in Indianapolis". Visit Indy. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ "Gen Con LLC - Gen Con Attributes Record-Breaking 2014 Numbers to Growing Partnership between Gamers and Indianapolis Community". 
  7. ^ "About Children's Museums". Association of Children's Museums. Archived from the original on June 13, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ Bodenhamer, David. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Indiana University Press, 1994) pg.1026, 1027
  9. ^ "Downtown Indy". DowntownIndy. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2014. 

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