courtesy Indianapolis Children’s Museum
The Group Travel Leader
Published June 04, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS — The $38 million Sports Legends Experience, where children and adults can immerse themselves in a variety of sports environments from golf to football, opened in March at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
The seasonal seven-acre outdoor area features 12 sports experience zones, ranging from a re-created Indianapolis Motor Speedway where families can race pedal cars to a Pete Dye-designed putting golf course whose holes are replicas of his designs from around the world.
There are small football, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and a street hockey area.
At the center is a 60-foot-all sports tree with a spiral staircase and elevator. Various platforms allow visitors to sit in sports equipment and look out over the rest of the park. The outside of the tree has sports objects carved into it.
Bronze sculptures honor iconic sports legends with Indiana connections, including Larry Bird, Pete and Alice Dye, A.J. Foyt, Reggie Miller, Wayne Gretzky, Oscar Robertson, Wilma Rudolph and Reggie Wayne.
A half-acre indoor area features exhibits dealing with the world of sport and the history of basketball, along with the National Art Museum of Sports.