Home to all 23 NCAA sports, the interactive museum recognizes college athletes. Kids can test out the ski simulator or shoot free-throws in the 1930s themed gym, while parents test their knowledge of their favorite college sports.
Up front, my family is not a super sporty family as in we really don't participate in a ton of group sports (The Kid and I are the creative dancing types), so I really don't know a ton about many of the popular styles. Having said that, my visit to the NCAA Hall of Champions really opened my eyes to the great world of sporting! If you are super sports fans, or even if you and the kids are casual sports fans, a visit to the Hall is so worthwhile.
LOCATION AND PARKING
NCAA Hall of Champions is located inside White River State Park and right in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis. The park itself is filled with outdoor activities but the fun of the Hall is all inside.
You can park your vehicle in White River State Park's underground parking garage or look for on-street parking around the park. I loved the underground garage as it kept my vehicle much cooler on the hot, summer days when I visited.
The NCAA Hall of Champions is an homage to the 23 recognized NCAA sports, the 1,000 colleges and universities, and the some 400,000 student athletes.
Everywhere I looked there was gorgeous statues (make sure to check out the divers in the main lobby), and on each of the two levels there's a ton of interactive exhibits. I tried my luck at soccer penalty shots, skiing, and loved the small basketball court on the second floor. Actually, that's where I spent most of my time attempting to make baskets.
What I really liked about the NCAA Hall of Champions is the scavenger hunt that kids are able to take. Not only does it highlight each area of the Hall and encourages them to read all about the players and sports represented, but it really has an awesome prize at the end- slap bracelets made from sports balls.
If I could only take away one piece of information from the NCAA Hall of Champions it would be this: the players dedicate their growing years and their college years to their passion and whether it's fencing, skiing, soccer, or basketball, this passion in so clearly shown within the walls of the Hall.
And the Verdict is...?
You don't have to be a sports nut to have a ball in the NCAA Hall of Champions! I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I learned about the represented sports, players, and coaches and I had a great time trying my skills at the interactive exhibits. Families with kids of all ages will love the vibrant displays and exhibits and I would visit again in a heartbeat.
Disclosure: I was hosted by White River State Park for the purpose of this review. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions are my own!