102 FREE Things To Do in Indianapolis This Summer

by Beth Montgomery on May 20, 2013

in Entertainment & Fun, Indiana

Indianapolis is home to many beautiful parks and memorials, many of which are FREE to visit. If you’re looking for FREE things to do in Indianapolis this summer, here’s a few ideas.

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Museums & Historical Centers

  1. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis FREE Days & Family FREE Nights
  2. Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum
  3. U.S.S. Indianapolis Museum
  4. Indianapolis Museum of Art
  5. Indiana War Memorial Museum
  6. Indianapolis Firefighters Museum & Historical Society
  7. Indianapolis State Police Historical Center
  8. Indianapolis Art Center


  1. Lilly House Tour
  2. Monument Circle Guided Tour
  3. Statehouse Tour
  4. Crown Hill Cemetery Self-Guided Tour
  5. Scottish Rites Public Tours
  6. IDADA First Friday Art Tour
  7. Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park Garden Tour

Memorials & Historical Sites

  1. 9/11 Memorial
  2. Tour of Indiana Landmarks Center
  3. World War II Memorial
  4. Vietnam and Korean War Memorials
  5. The Ruins at Holliday Park
  6. Indiana Historical Center Museum Nights on the Canal
  7. Veterans Memorial Plaza
  8. Indianapolis Medal of Honor Memorial
  9. American Legion Mall

Parks & Gardens

  1. GeoCaching Worldwide Treasure Hunt
  2. Art in the Park
  3. University Park
  4. Walk The Canal
  5. White River State Park
  6. Riverside Park
  7. Sahm Park
  8. Southeastway Park
  9. Southwestway Park
  10. Indianapolis Community & Neighborhood Mini-Parks
  11. Indy Parks Trails
  12. Indy Parks Greenways
  13. Indy Parks Playgrounds
  14. The Monon Trail
  15. Potter’s Bridge Park in Hamilton County
  16. Garfield Park Sunken Gardens
  17. Strawtown Koteewi “Prairie” Park
  18. Halcomb Gardens
  19. Bray Family Homestead Wetlands, Prairie, & Trails
  20. Flowing Well Park
  21. Coxhall Gardens
  22. River Promenade 
  23. Spray Grounds & Water Playgrounds

Workshops & Classes

  1. Indianapolis Museum of Art Hold It!
  2. Indianapolis Museum of Art Make & Take Family Workshops
  3. Home Depot Do-It Yourself Workshops
  4. Home Depot Do-It Herself Workshops
  5. Home Depot Kids Workshops
  6. LEGO Mini Build Events
  7. Lowe’s Build & Grow Kids Clinics
  8. Lakeshore Learning Craft Workshops for Kids
  9. Pottery Barn Kids National Geographic Little Explorers Workshops
  10. Michael’s Make & Take Workshops
  11. Guitar Center Recording Made Easy Workshops
  12. Little Red Door Cooking Demos
  13. William-Sonoma Complementary Technique Classes

Storytimes & Libraries

  1. The Wild Bookstore Storytime
  2. Barnes & Noble Storytime
  3. Pottery Barn Kids Storytime
  4. Indy Reads Books Storytime
  5. Central Library
  6. Indiana State Library
  7. William H. Smith Memorial Library
  8. Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
  9. Indianapolis Public Library Storytimes & Events
  10. Scottish Rites Cathedral Library
  11. FREE Summer Reading Programs

Exploring & Shopping

  1. Indianapolis City Market
  2. Lockerbie Square
  3. Broad Ripple Village
  4. Wholesale District
  5. Mass Ave.
  6. Mass Ave. Toys
  7. Indiana Avenue
  8. Fountain Square
  9. Huddleston Farmhouse & Farmer’s Market
  10. Circle Center Mall

Views from the Top

  1. Indiana University Health People Mover
  2. Hyatt Regency Glass Elevator
  3. The City County Building Observation Deck

Concerts & Music

  1. Easley Winery Groovin’ In the Garden
  2. Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series
  3. Fishers Parks Fridays After Dark Music Series
  4. Fishers in the Country Music Series
  5. Carmel Summer Kids Koncerts
  6. Christ Church Cathedral Friday Organ Concert
  7. ArtsGarden Concerts & Performances
  8. Bongo Boy Music Community Drum Circles
  9. Bongo Boy Family Drum Circle & Pre-Jam

Movies & Performances

  1. Indianapolis Parks & Recreation Bike-In Movie Nights
  2. Fishers Movies in the Park
  3. Carmel Movies in the Park
  4. Shakespeare in the Park
  5. FREE & Cheap Summer Movies in Theaters


  1. Easley Weekend Winery Tour
  2. Mass Ave Wine Shoppe’s Free Tasting Tuesdays

More Free Fun

  1. Indianapolis Free Festivals & Events
  2. Watch Airplanes Take Off from Indianapolis International Airport

What’s your favorite FREE family-friendly activity in Indianapolis? Plus, check out Indy with Kids for more summer fun!

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