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2014: Biggest Year for Family Travel to Indianapolis

March 27, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

New internationally-focused exhibits make 2014 a marquee year for family travel to Indianapolis:

International Orangutan Center, Indianapolis Zoo.

Coined the “world’s most important zoo exhibit,” the International Orangutan Center opening in May, will showcase eight orangutans that have been saved from the entertainment industry and are now calling Indy their home. Visitors can interact with the orangutans inside the Center as they play interactive games, or take a skyline ride up to the “treetops” where orangutans will hang in their recreated natural habitat, the Hutan Trail. The 150-foot Beacon of Hope will light up the Indy skyline as an orangutan will flip on the light switch nightly.

Terra Cotta Warriors, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

A global premier of the greatest archaeological find of our lifetime will also debut this May at the world’s largest Children’s Museum. The Shaanxi provincial government, for the first-time ever is allowing a family-institution bring the Terra Cotta Warrior story to life. Visitors will get an in-depth look at China’s first emperor and his painted warriors and see the science behind the paint – of the 8,000 warriors found, each was painted differently. Visitors will also become a part of the archaeology team and learn about new technologies being used to excavate the artifacts and groundbreaking techniques to preserve their paint. In addition to the eight warriors, visitors can also explore 100 other real artifacts from the site.

Other Must See Summer Attractions

White River State Park: As America’s only cultural urban state park, White River State Park offers 250-acres of green space with seven family-friendly museums and cultural attractions. The Central Canal runs straight through the park, packed with gondola rides, paddleboats, surreys and more.

Rhythm Discovery Center: Rhythm! Discovery Center is a place for visitors of all ages to experience rhythm and percussion. Visitors can explore the wide variety of percussion instruments and artifacts from around the world through interactive exhibits and dynamic multi-media experiences.

Conner Prairie: Visitors will experience the thrills of time travel at Connor Prairie, an interactive history park with the opportunity to explore outdoor historic areas, march in a women’s rights parade, churn butter, attend school in a one-room classroom and more.

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