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    Take to the Track for the 102nd Indy 500

    May 07, 2018

    In 1936, Louis Meyer—a three-time winner of the Indy 500—drank a glass of milk in Victory Lane and the picture landed in the sports section of the next morning’s paper. Since then, it has been a tradition for the winner to down a glass of cold milk. Well, it’s that time of year to hit the track again for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. Come and witness this annual event and watch 33 drivers tackle 200 laps, or 500 miles, as the name suggests.

    Tickets are available for this exciting event, which begins May 11 and continues throughout the month of May. From practice runs and qualifying races to a rookie run for kids, and the highly anticipated moment when you hear “drivers start your engines” at the end-all event everyone is waiting for, it’s a month of fun you won’t want to miss!

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    A Day in the Life of Benjamin Harrison and family

    April 05, 2018

    Indiana is the proud home of one U.S. president—Benjamin Harrison. Though born and raised on Ohio, Harrison and his new wife Caroline Scott settled in Indianapolis at the ripe age of 21. It's the house the couple built together that remains as a National Historic Landmark and memorial to our 23rd president. The 16-room, 3-story, 10,000-square-foot Italianate home was built in one year, and, from lot to wall paint, cost $29,000 (somewhere around $630,000 today).

    Take a docent-led tour of the home to see rotating exhibits about the president and our country's history, and what daily life was like for the Harrison family. Or, come by after hours for a production by the Candlelight Theatre. The period setting will positively put you in the mood for these plays, which are all set in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Now showing, Murder in Triplicate—a trilogy of one-act plays.

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    Family Fun at the Indianapolis Zoo

    March 07, 2018

    Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Then round up the troops and get ready to learn, laugh, and explore as you experience over 1,300 animals and 30,000 plants from all different environments, including deserts, forests, oceans, and plains. Whether you’re going on five or fifty, you’re sure to love the Indianapolis Zoo, and here at Indianapolis Airport Suites, you’re less than a twenty-minute drive away.

    From Flights of Fancy, a collection of five aviaries featuring hundreds of exotic birds, to the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, which houses one of the biggest groups of orangutans in any American zoo, the Indianapolis Zoo is packed with plenty of visually stunning, educational, and memorable exhibits. Watch penguins play in an Antarctic setting or hear a lion roar in the African desert. There’s truly something for everyone at this award-winning attraction.

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