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Posted on Sep 3, 2014

4 Ways to Make Your Stay in Indianapolis Cheaper

4 Ways to Make Your Stay in Indianapolis Cheaper

Indianapolis has a lot of great attractions for visitors to enjoy. If you’re traveling to this city, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time. Check out some of these great options for enjoying Indianapolis on a budget.

Choose the Right Time to Visit

Planning the best time to visit Indianapolis can save you a lot of money on accommodations. Hotels will charge more in the summer months as this is Indianapolis’ vacation season. Additionally, visiting during any long weekend or holiday will result in higher hotel rates. Instead, try to plan a trip in late spring or early fall. The weather is still mild, but hotels will charge lower rates. Decent mid-range hotels with excellent amenities like the Hyatt Place can give you access to the surrounding upscale neighborhoods without putting a dent in your wallet.

Consider the type of hotel you stay in, as well. Business hotels charge lower rates on the weekends while leisure hotels have lower rates during the week.

If you’re looking to make your stay in Indianapolis cheaper, try out these tips to enjoy all the city has to offer without going over budget.

Visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art was founded in 1883. It’s one of the largest and oldest art museums in the country. At the museum, visitors can marvel at more than 54,000 works of art from American, African, Asian, and European backgrounds, including paintings by Vincent Van Gough and Claude Monet.(Image by beccafromportland)

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The array of sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints span more than 5,000 years of human artistry. The grounds of the museum feature 152 acres of interlinking gardens and estates, with many world-class sculptures and immaculately nurtured flowers. For a unique shopping experience, guests can visit one of the gift shops for a variety of unique artistic gift items. Best of all, general admission to the museum is free.

Spend an Afternoon in the Park

There are 207 parks around Indianapolis and Marion County that are either free or require a small entrance fee. These include water parks with pools and slides, and bark parks where dogs can run free. It also includes Eagle Creek Park. With 3,900 acres of forest and 1,400 acres of water, Eagle Creek Park isn’t just the largest park in Indianapolis; it’s also one of the largest parks in the country.

Here, visitors can enjoy a 36-hole golf course, ample hiking paths, a discovery and learning center, and a zip line course. On the lake, visitors can also take advantage of the canoe, sailboat, and rowboat rentals, as well as fishing areas and a beach to swim at.

Stroll Through Lockerbie Square

Lockerbie Square, designed between 1847 and 1850, is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Indianapolis. It was the first historic district placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A free self-guided walking tour will take visitors past 26 different landmarks throughout Lockerbie Square. There’s no specific beginning or end to the tour, so visitors can start wherever they want and view whichever buildings that interest them the most. This neighborhood is only a 20 minute drive from the Castleton Square mall. Be sure to spend a day taking in the sights!(Image by Brent Ellabarger)

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Sites along the tour include the home of famous poet James Whitcomb Riley, the oldest house in Indianapolis, and homes featuring other unique Federal, Victorian, and Queen Anne-style architecture.

Author Bio:

Kristen McCalla is a Hipmunk writer and avid blogger who lives in Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. When she’s not traveling, you can find her hanging out on Google+.


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