INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Spending spring break in Indianapolis may not be your choice, but as 24-Hour News 8 first told you in February, an online site named Indianapolis number five in the top ten best spring break destinations.
Now with spring break winding down, we checked to see if out of state families were willing to give up sand and sea for the circle city.
Standing in the crowd at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis was the Burns Family from St. Louis. Dad Andrew remembered being at the museum once a long time ago.
"I was here when I was probably 9 years old," he said. "That was only about 30 years ago."
Heather, Andrew's wife, explains why the family came to Indy instead of going to the land of warmth and sunshine.
"It's four hours away. It's easy to get to. And easy to get back home. It's another place to check out," she says.
The Burns Family is not alone. Also in the crowd is the Skidmore-Zosk Family from Detroit.
Mom Linda loves the museum but says downtown Indy is an experience you can't get in Detroit.
"They haven't seen a real downtown, because of the way it is up in our area. I mean, I'm old enough to remember when we did have a downtown. So this is their first exposure to staying at a downtown hotel," she says.
Downtown is a draw too for the Smith Family of Frankenmuth Michigan. They were on their bikes when 24-Hour News 8 spoke with them.
"We read about the cultural trail, checked it out online. So, we brought our bikes," says Dad Brian.
Indy's easily accessible activities are among the qualities Livability Online cited in naming it as number five in the top ten best spring break destinations for families.
And the kids seem to like it.
When talking about Indianapolis 8-year-old Luke Burns of St. Louis says simply, "You're awesome." And his sister, 6-year-old Kate says, "you rock!"
Tourism, spring break and the otherwise in Indy is good for the city's wallet. According to Visit Indy, tourism has a nearly $4 billion impact in Central Indiana, generating more than $600 million in taxes and creating some 75,000 jobs.
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