Thank you VisitIndy.com for providing complimentary tickets to the NCAA Hall of Champions to facilitate this post, all opinions are my own.
If you have been following along on our journey, you know we are on a 30 day road trip, and one of our stops was Indianapolis. We have had a lot of fun here, eating at great places, and visiting fun museums and discovery centers. But one of the highlights of this stop for my oldest was the NCAA Hall of Champions.
He is a true sports lover, and knows a lot of stats, and gets very immersed in the game. So having the chance to check out the NCAA Hall of Champions, and see photos, memorabilia, and information about some of the greatest college athletes was a dream come true for him.
The NCAA Hall of Champions in located in White River State Park, which is a huge state park that houses all kinds of attractions, from a zoo and botanic garden to several different museums, outdoor venues, and more.
We spent an afternoon exploring all that it had to offer, from pedal carts, and paddle boats, to lovely walking areas, and fun sculptures and artwork. Then we enjoyed the NCAA Hall of Champions.
The Hall has two levels. The downstairs is educational, it has displays of the various sports included in the NCAA, photos of athletes, memorabilia, a fun area where younger kids can mix up mascots, quizzes, and more. And the upstairs in interactive.
I bet you can’t guess what part my kids liked best? The interactive part was very cool, and we spent several hours there, despite it not being particularly large. It contains a basketball court, with bleachers, electronic simulator games for things like soccer, football, etc. and tons of other interactive exhibits, such as making calls as a ref, watching how fast tennis players hit balls, trying a riffle, trying on the face mask of a fencing suit, checking to see what your vertical is, and more!
There was something for everyone to enjoy. While Dillan was drawn to the basketball, my girls loved the simulator, and my son Derrick loved the water station.
I loved that while the focus was on sports, there was a whole area dedicated to GPA, and maintaining the required 2.3 and how important schooling is. It talks about how most athletes go on to be professionals in something other than athletics, and education is important. As a parent of a child whose greatest wish is to go pro in basketball, but who genetically will be lucky to be 6 feet tall, I loved the emphasis on life beyond sports.
Sports lovers will enjoy the NCAA Hall of Champions, and it is definitely a great way to spend an afternoon. But be sure to also explore the other parts of White River State Park. There is garage parking on site, and some surface lots, though if there is an event the surface lots are not available. As I had my cargo car topper, I found street parking, and walked over, but it was a lovely walk through the park, and over the river.
Don’t forget to check out the other fun ways to spend time in Indianapolis, especially for families. Check out the Rhythm! Discovery Center, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and check back tomorrow for a look at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, which was also very fun!
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