By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My two sons aged eight and five are as fanatical about The Indy 500 as I am. While I never had a chance to visit when I was a kid, I thought it might be fun to take them along to see next year's. If I drove from Niagara Falls how long of a trip would I anticipate? Also, if you have any details on kid-friendly hotels and other attractions I'd love to hear them.

A: Driving from Niagara Falls to Indianapolis takes roughly 8.5 hours. There are two cool hotels that are kid friendly you might like to consider. Holiday Inn North at the Pyramids ( It’s a Holiday Inn with a huge indoor water park, called “Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park.” There’s a massive bucket dumping station and a tall and super long super flume slide. Afterwards, you can drift lazily along a manmade river.

Also the Crowne Plaza Hotel ( located in downtown is in the city’s historic Union Station which is purported to be the oldest union station in the US. They have authentic 1920’s Train Car sleeping rooms. Because it is a working train station connected to the hotel, you can hear the rumble of the trains.

While in town, be sure to visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (1.3 million visitors per year). It’s the world’s largest children’s museum housing 11 major galleries. They have a cool exhibit where kids can dig for dinosaur bones alongside a real paleontologist.


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