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Indianapolis may be known for its outdoor attractions, but hidden indoors are some gems waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for offbeat indoor activities to beat the winter blues or simply explore something new, here’s a guide to some unconventional spots that locals swear by.

Pinheads Bowling Alley: Located in Hamilton County, Pinheads offers more than just your average bowling experience. With upscale decor, gourmet food options, and state-of-the-art bowling lanes, it’s the perfect place to spend a fun-filled day or evening with friends and family. Plus, they often host live music events and themed nights for added excitement.

Caravan Classes Art Studio: Get your creative juices flowing at Caravan Classes, where art enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can unleash their inner Picasso. From painting your beloved pet to engaging teen art projects and even art sessions for the little ones aged 4 and under, there’s something for everyone. 

uPaint Pottery Studio: Dive into the world of pottery at uPaint Pottery Studio, where you can paint your own ceramic masterpiece to take home. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just looking for a fun family activity, this studio offers a relaxing and creative environment for all ages. Choose from a variety of pottery pieces and unleash your creativity with colorful paints and design tools.

Lucas Oil Stadium Tours: Sports fans can go behind the scenes of one of the most iconic stadiums in the NFL with a guided tour of Lucas Oil Stadium. Learn about the history of the stadium, explore the locker rooms, and even step onto the field where the Indianapolis Colts play. Tours are usually offered at a variety of times on Fridays. Check their website for more information.

Indoor Skydiving at iFLY: Experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping out of a plane at iFLY Indoor Skydiving. Float on a cushion of air in a vertical wind tunnel and feel the adrenaline rush as you simulate the sensation of free-falling.

Duckpin Bowling at Atomic Bowl Duckpin: Try your hand at duckpin bowling, a variation of traditional bowling with smaller pins and balls, at Atomic Bowl Duckpin. This nostalgic bowling experience offers a unique twist on a classic pastime.

Interactive Dinner Theater at The Dinner Detective: Enjoy a night of mystery, intrigue, and laughter at The Dinner Detective, where you’ll become a part of the show as you try to solve a comedic murder mystery while enjoying a delicious dinner.

Urban Axes Axe Throwing: Unleash your inner lumberjack and try your hand at axe throwing at Urban Axes. Compete against friends in a friendly game of skill and precision as you hurl axes towards targets in a safe and controlled environment.

Retro Arcade Gaming at Tappers Arcade Bar: For the over-21 crowd, step back in time and relive the golden age of arcade gaming at Tappers Arcade Bar. Enjoy classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Street Fighter while sipping on craft beers and cocktails.

Breakout Escape Room: Test your wits and puzzle-solving skills with your family, where you’ll find immersive and challenging escape room scenarios to tackle. Work together to unravel mysteries, decode clues, and escape before time runs out.

Fowling Warehouse: Experience the unique sport of fowling, a combination of football and bowling, at Fowling Warehouse. Gather your friends and challenge each other to a game of fowling in this laid-back and fun-filled environment.

Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Time Indy: Scale new heights and conquer challenging climbing routes at Climb Time Indy, an indoor rock climbing gym suitable for climbers of all skill levels.

These indoor activities offer a fun and memorable way to spend time with friends, family, or even on your own in our city. Whether you’re seeking adventure, camaraderie, or simply looking to work out some frustration by legally throwing an axe, you’ll find plenty of unique experiences to enjoy right here in the Circle City.

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