Check out free books, movies, and music at any of the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library’s many branches throughout the city. Visit the branch nearest you and see for yourself all that it has to offer. Library cards are free to Marion County residents.
Put on your walking shoes and climb to the glassed-in observation platform of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, located in the center of Monument Circle downtown. The monument stands just 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty, and affords a panoramic view of the city. A Civil War exhibit is featured on the lower level.
Visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis at 3000 N. Meridian St. (phone 317-334-3322) free of charge the first Thursday of each month from 4-8 p.m. Admission is also free on December 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 18, 2010), and on Presidents Day (Feb. 15, 2010). Free parking is available in the museum’s parking garage on the west side of Illinois Street.
Take a stroll down Mass Avenue to see a bevy of unique shops and art galleries. One of six designated cultural districts in Indianapolis, it’s located just a few blocks northeast of Monument Circle.
See The Ruins on Indy’s north side at Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd. (phone 317-327-7180). Here you’ll find three massive statues made of Indiana limestone, representing “The Races of Man,” designed by famed architectural sculptor Karl Bitter. Holliday Park became the home of the statues after their original location, the St. Paul Building in New York City, met its demise in the 1950s.
The Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation maintains 206 parks in Marion County, ranging from six large regional parks to community and neighborhood/mini parks. Check out the IndyParks Web site to find the park nearest you.