Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis

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#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. Put Indianapolis Motor Speedway into our Indianapolis sightseeing planning tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We have booked a tour of the Motor Speedway. Great information. The Museum was very interesting.
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  • We booked this tour and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! Driving on the track(in the bus), kissing the bricks, media room, victory stand, and the size of the Speedway was such a sight to see. ...  more »
  • A must see for racing fans of all ages Should be on any real race fans bucket List I love this Place I recommend seats higher up and in turn one or four but that’s just me Any day at the track is a go...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
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