Indianapolis Zoo attendance is down in 2009, but poor weather may be to blame as much as the weak economy.
Hoosiers are shrugging off hard times and heading out on vacation, so much so that some of the state’s top attractions actually
are seeing attendance boomlets. But the travelers are sticking close to home, and they’re clenching their dollars tightly.
The Percussive Arts Society plans to open an interactive museum at Washington and Illinois streets downtown.
Board president says he quit after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declined proposal to shut down historic landmark until
2013 for major renovation.
A state-run program aimed at boosting business for local artisans—ranging from painters to syrup makers—and
turning them into a draw for tourists is in jeopardy because of dramatic funding cuts.
Japanese culture will be on display at the Indiana State Fair next year. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today, while
traveling on a economic development mission in Japan, that the Asian country will be featured in its own exhibit at the fair
for the first time in 2010.
Fifty-nine horses have been quarantined because of a suspected contagious infection at central Indiana’s Hoosier Park race
Destinations throughout Indiana no longer can count on a state marketing campaign to help drive summer crowds. Lawmakers who
passed a budget during the special session at the end of June sliced the state’s annual contribution
to the Indiana Office of Tourism Management in half—from $4.8 million to $2.4 million.
This week, three of my fellow IBJ scribes join me in picking our favorite area amusement park rides
In this Quick Hits look at a competing convention city, Cincinnati boasts more convention space, but Indianapolis draws more guests.
If "Aerophare" gets off the ground, downtown visitors will literally be riding up and down in a balloon, within
a 20-story, helical tower in White River State Park.
Conner Prairie wants to pay homage to early aviator John Wise with a balloon ride that recalls his August
1859 trip from Lafayette at the helm of a gas-filled balloon bound for New York City with the nation’s first
air-mail delivery. An ill wind blew him Wisecourse, ending his flight in Crawfordsville, but he still earned
a place in history–and a U.S. Postal Service-issued stamp honoring his pioneering effort.
A group of local business and civic leaders is working on a plan to transform the city’s most visible symbol into a public-gathering space without equal in the United States. Monument Circle already hosts dozens of activities each year–including major concerts like last year’s NFL Kickoff–and it will host several events connected to the 2012 Super Bowl. But many stakeholders believe the Circle has yet to live up to its true potential.
Almost a full year after a fire in a single exhibit closed the NCAA Hall of Champions, the wait for the college sports
museum’s reopening is becoming as prolonged and agonizing as sitting through a college football game during
a freezing November rain. The NCAA is apparently in no hurry to relieve the suspense.
A floating stage for concerts and a submarine memorial are in the works for Indianapolis’ Central Canal, adding to the downtown
waterway’s growing base of attractions. Efforts to develop a one-acre site at the heart of the canal, meanwhile, remain stalled.