What Can We Do?

Indianapolis Travel Blog

 › entry 2 of 3 › view all entries
Hall of Fame Museum Entrance

We studied the brochures and possibilities of what to do in Indianapolis with limited time.  The weather was pretty crummy - cold and wet - so outdoor activities were eliminated.  We finally settled on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.  With the Indy 500 coming in May, we thought this would be a good sight to see. 

Driving around Indianapolis is pretty easy.  The highway system gets you around town with little problems.  What I didn't realize was that the speedway is located in town surrounded by business and residential areas.  I'm not quite sure what I was expecting, but this sure wasn't it.  We drove right to the museum entrance.

Finish Line Pagota
  My first impressions were that the speedway stands and fences surrounding were built right next to the streets and old.  But, as I reflect on the history of the track, it has stood the test of time!  I think the highlight of the visit was the track tour.  That one lap around the famed speedway was exciting even if it was in a bus!  Crossing the "yard of bricks," seeing pit road and Gasoline Alley, and seeing the tall standings tower were among my favorite sights.

The museum is full of race cars and vintage vehicles.  Though we didn't sit in on the film about the history of the speedway, it was a popular attraction.  Lesley and Dan sat in a race car where you could either have your picture taken by workers for $5 or take one yourself with your camera (no cost)!  Watching both of them climb into the car was entertaining!  Lesley isn't very tall and getting into the seat wasn't much of a challenge.

The Winner's Circle
  Her reaction when the steering wheel came off was funny!  Dan, on the other hand, is tall, and found folding his legs into the small area a little difficult.  Once seated, I think he envisioned himself racing around the track!  Getting out was just another challenge!

After leaving the speedway, Lesley had located a bead shop (jewelry making is her hobby), and after a misunderstanding of directions and a trip through the country in stop and go traffic due to construction on the highway, we found the shop.  She gained new ideas and new product for her creations.  It was soon time to meet up with Bill where he and I would head for home while Lesley and Dan took time to stop a couple places along the way back. 

A short trip - for sure - but satisfied cabin fever with a change of scenery!  All in 24 hours or less!

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Hall of Fame Museum Entrance
Hall of Fame Museum Entrance
Finish Line Pagota
Finish Line Pagota
The Winners Circle
The Winner's Circle
The Famed Yard of Bricks
The Famed "Yard of Bricks"
Scoring Tower
Scoring Tower
Gasoline Alley
Gasoline Alley
The Road Under The Track
The Road Under The Track
Racing Pioneers and Memorabilia
Racing Pioneers and Memorabilia
Danica Patricks First Indy Car
Danica Patrick's First Indy Car
The Racing Flags
The Racing Flags
The Borg-Warner Trophy
The Borg-Warner Trophy
Here we go!  Where Are We Coming O…
Here we go! Where Are We Coming …
We Came Out At The Museum - On The…
We Came Out At The Museum - On Th…
National Historic Marker
National Historic Marker
Viewing Stands
Viewing Stands
Scoring Pod
Scoring Pod
On the track during the tour - com…
On the track during the tour - co…
Prize Viewing Spots - Luxury Boxes
Prize Viewing Spots - Luxury Boxes
Nearing The Finish Line
Nearing The Finish Line
Wish I Had Those Seats
Wish I Had Those Seats
The Famed Trophy
The Famed Trophy
Folding Dan into the race car
Folding Dan into the race car
Now, just drive away!
Now, just drive away!
Houston - We have a problem!
Houston - We have a problem!
The Tradition of the Drink of Milk
The Tradition of the Drink of Milk
Race cars through the years
Race cars through the years
Scene from the museum
Scene from the museum
Brickyard 400 Championship Ring
Brickyard 400 Championship Ring
Indy 500 Champions Ring
Indy 500 Champions Ring
Were Here!
We're Here!
The offices
The offices
More race cars
More race cars
Tony Stewarts Winning Nascar
Tony Stewart's Winning Nascar
Wall of Champions
Wall of Champions
Bills Favorite Champion - From Oh…
Bill's Favorite Champion - From O…
Museum
Museum
AJ Foyts Vintage Garage Setup
AJ Foyt's Vintage Garage Setup
Climbing into the hot seat!
Climbing into the hot seat!
Varoom!
Varoom!
OOPS!
OOPS!
Familiar Logo
Familiar Logo
Along the Streets
Along the Streets
Indianapolis Sights & Attractions review
A Great Place For All Motor Sports Fans
A visit to the city of Indianapolis wouldn't be complete without a trip to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Hall of Fame Museum. Even if… read entire review
Sponsored Links