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MAY 2019

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98 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 5.19 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Whether you're looking for a big-city adventure or a trip to the countryside, Indiana has much to offer for a summer getaway. Both Indianapolis and French Lick are steeped in history and also filled with the activities contemporary travelers are seeking. Put Your Spin on Fun in Indianapolis May is a magical month in Indianapolis, home to the world's largest single-day spectator sporting event, the Indy 500. There are several events leading up to the race, which falls every year on Memorial Day weekend. During this time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the 500 Festival holds a memorial service at the Indiana War Memorial. Indianapolis is home to more monuments and memorials, outside of Washington, D.C., than any other city. On the day before the Indy 500, well-known celebrities, costumed characters, marching bands, patriotic units and larger-than-life floats take to the streets of Indianapolis for the 500 Festival Parade. The starting IndyCar drivers are star attractions of the parade. You can have a winning visit to Indianapolis during any month, especially when you stop at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the world's largest. You can explore five floors of fun and excitement, including Dow AgroSciences ScienceWorks, Dinosphere, National Geographic Treasures of the Earth and Beyond Spaceship Earth. Burn off some energy at the 7.5-acre outdoor health and fitness area, called the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience. There's basketball, baseball, racing, golf and more. You just pick up the provided equipment and try to hone your skills. There's also an Avenue of Champions dedicated to 16 Hoosier athletes or sports icons. Larry Bird, Tamika Catchings and Hank Aaron are among those you see in life-sized bronze statues. Grand Hotels and Up-Close Animal Encounters In the rolling hills of southern Indiana, visitors will feel as if they've arrived in another time and continent. The French Lick Resort is home to two hotels: French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel. This world- class destination not only offers you the opportunity to play the Pete Dye championship golf course, it also has horseback riding, a trolley, casino, spas, restaurants and shopping. At the nearby Wilstem Ranch, guests can get up close and personal with elephants or a giraffe during their unique animal encounters. Guests can also meet grizzly bears and kangaroos and even ride an ATV or zipline. The area also has state parks, a winery, scenic railway, a large lake and caves, so a visit to French Lick Resort can be a launching pad to explorations throughout southern Indiana. visitindiana.com Getaways Worth Sharing in Indiana

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