With the dedication of the 148th Temple in August 2015, you would think that there wouldn't be many U.S. States left without a Temple, however this is the first Temple to be built in Indiana and it's been a long time coming since the announcement in 2010. With the Church membership in Indiana being more than 41,000, it's a great time for a Temple. Previously, members had to travel to the Louisville Kentucky Temple, Chicago Illinois Temple or Columbus Ohio Temple. It's a wonderful blessing. Seeing the 400-pound statue of the Angel Moroni being lifted in to place in Oct. 2014 was a reality for locals that the opening wouldn't be much longer. The design is unique and has an interesting spire, which is the first thing your eye is directed to. It's solid base is thought to be reminiscent of some of the historic memorials in the area. Some of the stained glass windows have been patterned after the golden blossoms that adorn the tulip poplar, Indiana’s official state tree. A beautiful edifice and an even more gorgeous inside.
The area is known for racing and even if you're not a fan, you'll probably enjoy visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum. If you're not there to see a race, you can tour the museum, track or speedway. There's plenty of museums for all different tastes. The Indianapolis Museum of Art will satisfy the creative types with so much to see including gardens, a historic mansion and an outdoor art and nature park. The The Museum of Miniature Houses will thrill those that are looking for something unique as it's only one of a handful of museums dedicated to miniatures. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will keep the whole family entertained as you explore Science, Paleontology and other countries. If you'd rather spend your time outside, the Eagle Creek Park and Nature Preserve is a nice spot to relax, hike, swim, bird watch and picnic. If you need something to get the blood pumping, try the Go Ape Treetop Adventure where you can fly through treetops on zip lines and rope swings.
You can pretty much find any type of food you're looking for in Indianapolis. Some great ethnic choices are Delicia for Latin American specialties. If you haven't tried an authentic Cuban sandwich, you're missing out. Head to Taste of Havana immediately and order the El Cubano. You can thank us later. Yolk has a great selection of unique breakfast food and colorful lunch salads. Although there's no ocean in site, Caplinger's Fresh Catch has some of the best (and freshest) fish and seafood around. If you want something quick and more traditional, stop by Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream for burgers (options besides hamburger too), waffle fries and milkshakes.
Plenty of inside activities, recreation, history, racing and eateries and an exquisite new Temple. What more could you ask for?