Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Indianapolis IN 46204
- Wed: 10:30am-5:30pm
- Thu: 10:30am-5:30pm
- Fri: 10:30am-5:30pm
- Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm
- Sun: 10:30am-5:30pm
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is one of the most recognized attractions in Indianapolis. Located in the center of downtown, the monument has a Civil War museum, gift shop and observation deck. Visitors can enjoy a 360 degree view of Indianapolis from the observation deck and take the stairs or elevator down to the basement to see the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum.
Parking and public transportation at Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Metered parking is available along Vermont Street, Meridian Street, Pennsylvania Street and Michigan Street in Indianapolis.
Best and worst time to go to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument operates on an unusual schedule. From May to October, it is open Wednesday through Sunday. From November to April, it is open Friday through Sunday. One of the worst times to go to the monument is during lunch hour because it is crowded with people eating on the stairs.
Admission to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Admission to the interior of the monument is free. You can also visit the observation deck for free by using the stairs. The elevator costs in the $1 to $2 range, but veterans are able to use it for free.
Must see/do at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, located in the basement of the monument, is a popular attraction that gives visitors the chance to learn more about the war's impact on Indiana. In addition, you do not want to miss the chance to see downtown Indianapolis from the observation deck. You should also explore the exterior of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument to discover its dramatic sculptures, art and bronze work.
Other places to visit near the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
The monument is located near multiple restaurants, and you can choose from sophisticated entrees or casual dining. In addition to its large yogurt selection, PEARings Frozen Yogurt & Beyond has inexpensive sandwiches, wraps, crepes, salads and pastries. If you are looking for a more refined menu, then you can try Fogo de Chao's seafood or filet mignon.
Insider tip for visitors to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
The stairs have 362 steps and are narrower as you get closer to the top, so it is easier to take the elevator.
Author's bio: Lana Bandoim is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Indianapolis. Her work has been published on websites ranging from Examiner to Technorati.