Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis

4.6
#2 of 88 in Museums in Indiana
Home to the Indianapolis 500 and the city's Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is also known for its dedication to automotive and motorsports history. The speedway is famous for hosting some of the world's biggest races, and therefore the world's best drivers, since it was established in 1909. With the ability to hold up to 400,000 guests, it is the highest-capacity sports arena in the world. If you're in town for a race, or are just interested in learning more about racing, be sure to stop into the Hall of Fame Museum. The museum was founded in 1956 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Here you'll discover more than 75 cars, along with historical racing and automotive accessories and paraphernalia. Using our international travel planner, Indianapolis attractions like Indianapolis Motor Speedway can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create an itinerary including Indianapolis Motor Speedway
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
2,241 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • August 13, 2017
    You are in the realm of motor racing. If you are a lover of cars or you're not (and we are not), once in Indianapolis, you can't not go see the circuit between the most famous in the world. You will see an exhibition of over 70 cars that have made history. This was very special to see. If you like, you can do, for a fee, even a ride on the tarmac to board a bus (we didn't). I mean you are in Indianapolis, then ...
    View original
  • August 11, 2017
    Lots to see here. Plenty of tours of the track. You even get to kiss the bricks! The museum is pretty cool. LOTS of old race cars. Reasonably priced. I didn't realize how large the track is. There is ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    There is no manmade place in the world that I would rather see. Walking in IMS is like stepping into a church for racing. My family has been attending since it's construction and I will continue that ...  more »
Google
  • July 6, 2017
    Nice little historical museum. The museum area isn't huge but there are actually quite a lot of cars in there. Enjoyable to take a stroll through and look at all the different items. There were a couple of drivers practicing or testing cars on the day that I visited so they weren't offering bus tours of the track, but you could walk down to some of the front-row stands and watch the cars go by.
  • May 29, 2017
    101st Indy 500. My second race, the first was in 1992. Our seats were in the J Stands and I recommend this location. The cars can be seen in turns 3 and 4 and most of the front straightaway. My only regrets were (1) not arriving sooner and (2) not parking closer to the track. Take heed and arrive EARLY. Otherwise, you'll be stuck in traffic that crawls. There are plenty of inexpensive close-in parking options at private homes within a short walk to the track. Take advantage of that.
  • May 30, 2017
    Despite known nothing about racing, I decided to attend the Indy 500 here and had a blast! Despite a crowd of around 300,000, the facilities did not seem overcrowded. Even with just an infield ticket, I was able to see the race clearly. I cannot recommend a visit highly enough and I would love to come back and tour the track on a non-race day.
  • June 19, 2017
    They call this the greatest spectacle in racing for a reason. If you have never experienced the Indy 500 put it on your bucket list. Lots of history at this place and it will always be the greatest race there is.
  • April 23, 2017
    I chaperoned a school field trip for my son. This was a very educational and fun tour experience. They brought us around in the pits, winners circle, Pagoda, museum and many other places. Each place had someone teaching about every aspect involved in race day. I would highly recommend this experience and would go back myself.

Plan your trip to Indianapolis

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Indianapolis

With limited public transportation in the city, those traveling without a car should consider the location of their accommodations carefully. To stay within walking distance of Indianapolis’ best restaurants and bars, look for a hotel or apartment rental in the arty Mass Ave or Broad Ripple neighborhoods. Downtown lodgings are often more expensive, but provide easy access to Indy’s best-known attractions for those on vacation. Bed and breakfasts in the city’s residential areas provide a healthy dose of Midwestern charm.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Indianapolis by other users

5 days in Indiana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Indiana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Indiana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Indiana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Indiana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Indianapolis BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Indiana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, teens, popular PREFERENCES: February, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Indiana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Indiana BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Indiana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Indianapolis BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Indianapolis BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: November, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans