Indianapolis Group Tours & Field Trips

Guided Tours of the Capital City

In Indianapolis, Indiana Landmarks offers a variety of walking tours for groups— conventions, clubs, family and military reunions—led by our well-trained corps of volunteers, people who are passionate and knowledgeable about the city, its stories and its landmarks and revitalized historic districts.

1898 Experience Tour

Guided Tours of the Capital City

We can arrange a tour for your group, whether it’s 10 people—our minimum—or more than 100. We request a reservation at least three weeks in advance. For large groups, we will assign several guides to ensure that everyone in the group enjoys the up-close-and-personal experience of a place that only a walking tour can give.

The following walking tours are $5 per person (the Catacombs tour is $10 per person). Most tours last 1 hour and 15 minutes, but can be altered to meet your group’s schedule and interests.

 

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Discover colorful heroes and heroines of Hoosier history as you walk along the streets of downtown Indianapolis. The tour takes you through our beautiful Capitol and gives you an up-close look at Monument Circle—the heart of the Circle City—and Circle Centre mall, which incorporates historic buildings and facades. The tour provides a great overview of the city’s history, its landmarks and monuments, as well as what’s happening now.

For more information, contact our heritage tourism department at 800-450-4534, 317-822-7951 or tourism@indianalandmarks.org.

 

Monument Circle Tour

Indiana Landmarks’ guided tour around the physical and symbolic heart of Indianapolis tells the intriguing story of Monument Circle, past and present. Please note: while groups of 10 or more must schedule a paid group tour, individuals or groups of fewer than 10 people may wish to attend one of our free Monument Circle Tours. Visit the Monument Circle Tours page for full details.

For more information, contact our heritage tourism department at 800-450-4534, 317-822-7951 or tourism@indianalandmarks.org.

 

Indiana Landmarks Center Tour

See how Indiana Landmarks transformed a nineteenth-century church complex into a venue of theaters, reception hall, art gallery and offices. The 45-minute tour highlights the history of the church, from its status as the state’s largest Methodist congregation to its vacant and endangered status before a $19 million dollar restoration recreated it as a spectacular new cultural venue and state headquarters for Indiana Landmarks. (Note: while a special group tour requires a minimum of 10 people or $50, you may take the tour for free tour during First Fridays at Indiana Landmarks Center).

For more information, contact our heritage tourism department at 800-450-4534, 317-822-7951 or tourism@indianalandmarks.org.

 

Old Northside Walking Tour

Check out the architectural styles of the nineteenth century on a walking tour through the historic Old Northside neighborhood, home of Indiana Landmarks Center. Track the urban growth of Indianapolis in one of the city’s first suburbs.

For more information, contact our heritage tourism department at 800-450-4534, 317-822-7951 or tourism@indianalandmarks.org.

 

City Market Catacombs Tour

Indianapolis City Market and Indiana Landmarks stage tours of an unusual site hidden from public view. Our guided tour of the Catacombs shows you Roman-looking expanses of brick arches beneath the City Market’s outdoor Whistler Plaza. They’re what remain of Tomlinson Hall, an imposing building whose main hall seated 3,500 people. Visit the Catacombs Tour page for more information.

For more information, contact our heritage tourism department at 800-450-4534, 317-822-7951 or tourism@indianalandmarks.org.

 

Field Trips for Children

Indiana Landmarks’ walking tour field trips in the capital city correlate with state Department of Education guidelines for school curricula. Our expeditions for school children teach state and local history, art and architecture, and encourage students to become observant of their man-made environment and informed citizens of the city.

 

Capital City Critters Walking Tour

Introduces children in first through third grades to architecture and the art of observation by challenging them to find the animals and mythological creatures that are surprisingly prevalent in Indianapolis’s downtown architecture. Along the way, students learn about the historical figures represented in public sculpture.

Meets Indiana Department of Education Social Studies Academic Standards 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.3.4, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.2.4, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.5.1, 3.5.3

For more information contact our heritage tourism department at 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534 or tourism@indianalandmarks.org.

 

Historic Downtown Indianapolis Walking Tour

Blends discussions of architecture and history in a guided tour ideal for fourth- and fifth-grade students. Children learn how Indianapolis was shaped by the development of Indiana as a territory and a state. They also learn about the preservation of historic buildings from different eras of the city’s history, and hear about the modern buildings that dominate the city’s skyline.

Meets Indiana Department of Education Social Studies Academic Standards 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 4.1.6, 4.1.8, 4.1.9, 4.2.3

For more information contact our heritage tourism department at 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534 or tourism@indianalandmarks.org.

 

Policies for School Group Walking Tours

To ensure that teachers and students have a rich and safe educational experience, we require:

  • Reservations must be made a minimum of 3 weeks prior to tour date.
  • Minimum of 10 people required for a tour.
  • No groups larger than 70 students. For a teacher with a larger group, we can divide the group and do back-to-back tours, paired with another educational field activity in the downtown area.
  • For a large group, we will divide the number into smaller groups, and each of the smaller groups must have at least one adult chaperone. We will inform you in advance of the number of chaperones required for the tour.
  • A fee of $3.00 per student and chaperone; one teacher per classroom is complimentary.
  • Notification in advance if students will be taking photographs.