Unique Attractions in Indianapolis, Indiana

If you’re crossing through the Crossroads of America this summer and looking for something unique to do with your family, consider these two attractions in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperors Army

Currently on display at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and running through November 2, 2014, the Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperors Army  is only U.S. appearance of terra cotta warriors extracted from the tomb complex of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, to protect him in the after-life The only place in the U.S. to see eight of the life-size clay soldiers, people are flocking to Indianapolis to see what many consider to be the Eighth Wonder of the World.

c kneeling archerNote that the museum charges an additional fee to tour this exhibit (admission is timed and current museum members receive a 60% discount). Children will enjoy playing musical instruments, dressing in warrior costumes, assembling “broken” warriors, and playing with clay in the molding and casting room. The largest children’s museum in the world (and quite possibly our personal favorite), if you decide to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, plan to spend the rest of the entire day checking out the museum. Read more about our visit in this story.

The International Orangutan Center

Now officially open at the Indianapolis Zoo, the International Orangutan Center is a 4-acre, $26 million dollar addition is dedicated to orangutan research and conservation. A state-of-the art exhibit, the International Orangutan  Center brings visitors up close and personal with orangutans unlike anywhere else in the world.

Quinn and Orangutan at Indianapolis ZooHome to eight rescue orangutans, scientists at the International Orangutan Center will conduct daily research on orangutan cognition and behavior that will be incorporated into published research and accredited studies. In addition to watching the orangutans hard at work, visitors to the new exhibit will be able to observe the orangutans inside the indoor and outdoor viewing areas, on the 60-foot tall Myrta Pulliam Hutan Trail. For more information on what to expect at the Indianapolis Zoo, read this complete story.

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Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.