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WE21 Tours

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Tours are back!!!  WE21 will offer limited Technical and Sightseeing tours that will both educate you and provide entertainment! 

Or, if you are looking to just relax and have some fun, check out some of the fun activities listed at the bottom of this document that you can visit on your own.

Group Sightseeing Tours:  The 2021 Sightseeing lineup will prove to be exciting and relaxing.  These “fun” tours permit multiple ticket sales but have limited availability per tour.  A registered attendee must buy all tickets if bringing family members.  All costs include busing where applicable.  Note that some tours are restricted to attendees 21 and older.

Technical Tours:  Technical Tours are limited to one ticket per paid (full registrant or daily registrant) and cannot be sold to guests.  Additionally, all technical tour participants must be 18 years of age or older and abide by the regulations of the facility.    You must be a full registrant or daily registrant to be able to book a technical tour. 

Sightseeing Tours

Haunted Walking Tour

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, OR Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 6:45-9:00 p.m.
Price: $65/person
Limit: 40 per tour
Guests will depart by foot from the Indiana Convention Center.

Explore the undead underbelly of Indianapolis’ most haunted places with our city’s most accomplished professional paranormal investigators. Tour Guides Nicole and Michael’s love of history and ghosts propelled them to spend endless hours researching Indianapolis’s paranormal activity and true crime history. Allow them to share their knowledge with your group as we take you through downtown Indianapolis on a ghost walk and visit places haunted by the likes of serial killers and local 1900s gangs, places of historic crimes, and places where people have paranormal experiences. Water is provided and good walking shoes are recommended.

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Indy Sports Tour

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 12:45-5:00 p.m.
Price: $125/person
Limit: 50 people
Guests will depart by bus from the Indiana Convention Center.

Sports are the heart of Indianapolis and play a big part of our destination’s culture. Known as the “Sports Capital of the World,” a trip to Indianapolis is not complete without experiencing some of our most notable sporting venues. We begin with a tour of Victory Field, home of Minor League baseball team, the Indianapolis Indians. This state-of-the-art venue was voted “Best Minor League Baseball Park” in America. Tour highlights include the 360-degree concourse, suite level, the visiting team’s clubhouse, the grounds shop, and underground batting cages. Next stop, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to peruse one of the world’s premier collections of automotive and motor racing vehicles and artifacts. Our last stop is Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts and host of Super Bowl XLVI, multiple NCAA Final Four Tournaments, Monster Jam, Supercross, Soccer, and many other large -scale sporting events. Tour highlights include Lucas Oil Plaza, the press box, a field-level suite, the playing field, and a locker room. Water will be provided. Please wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be on your feet a moderate amount on this tour.

Brewery Tour (21+)

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: 12:00-4:30 p.m.
Price: $145/person
Limit: 50 people
Guests will depart by bus from the Indiana Convention Center.

Indy’s award-winning craft beer scene is thriving. This behind-the-scenes tour gives the opportunity to visit several local breweries, each with its own unique flair. We will partner with the local Pink Boots Society chapter to focus guest experience on female brewers. Each stop will feature an interactive component such as a tour or guided tasting as well as a flight or pint for each guest. The cost of the tour includes a donation to the Pink Boots Society to help them continue their mission of assisting, inspiring, and encouraging female brewers. Guests must be at least 21 years old and bring a valid ID along.

Technical Tours

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Rolls-Royce Facility Tour

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Price: $40/person
Limit: 30 people
Guests will depart by bus from the Indiana Convention Center.

Description:  Are you interested in learning more about advanced manufacturing? Please consider joining us on a technical tour of the Rolls-Royce Development Center and Victory Building, where new manufacturing technologies are developed, tested, and put into production. You will have an opportunity to see how Rolls-Royce is utilizing the latest technology and improving manufacturing efficiency while making components for our various aerospace products.

Restrictions: Must have a valid ID with you and be a US citizen to attend this tour. Safety glass and safety shoes are required. We will have glasses to lend, and a limited number of safety shoes so please bring your own if you have them!

Rolls-Royce Heritage Museum Tour

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Price: $20/person
Limit: 50 people
Guests will depart by foot from the Indiana Convention Center. The museum is a 10-minute walk from the convention center.

Description:  The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust – Allison Branch was created to promote and preserve the 100+ year history of aircraft propulsion and power generation in Indianapolis. Come take a professionally guided tour through the evolution of the aero-engine and see an extensive collection of aircraft engines made by Rolls-Royce and our USA predecessor Allison Engine Company. The tour will include a look at a century’s worth of real hardware, interactive displays and instructional tools that describe how aircraft propulsion has evolved from early piston engines to modern turbine engines. The Heritage Trust Museum is located only a half mile from the convention center. We can’t wait to share our history with you!

Restrictions:  None

Raytheon Technologies Facility Tour

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Price: $40/person
Limit: 40 people
Guests will depart by bus from the Indiana Convention Center.

Description:  Raytheon Technologies is a global leader in aerospace & defense. We are advancing aviation, building smarter defense systems and creating innovations to take us deeper into space. Our Indianapolis facility is at the heart of the exciting work we are doing in intelligence & space. Join us for a dynamic facility tour highlighting: virtual reality, an agile work environment, additive manufacturing, and more!

Restrictions:  Must have a valid ID with you and be a US citizen to attend this tour.

Bottleworks Tour

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 11:00-1:00 p.m.
Price: $40/person
Limit: 50 people
Guests will depart by bus from the Indiana Convention Center.

Explore Indianapolis’s most current large scale adaptive reuse project: Bottleworks. On this custom tour, your group will learn the history of the site and buildings, along with the restoration, and hear from a special speaker, Emily Byl, PE, of ARSEE Engineers, on the creative methods artisans used to match and repair historic terra cotta and the difficulties crews had to overcome to restore this iconic Indianapolis landmark. The majority of the tour will be viewing the exterior, but we will also be visiting some gorgeous interior spaces. We will end the tour across the street at the famous Garage Food Court, where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat. 

Note: The tour takes place from 11:00-12:00, then we have allotted one hour for lunch and refreshments at the food court. 

Restrictions:  There are no restrictions for this tour. Please bring some additional money if you plan on eating at the Garage Food Court. 

Things to See on Your Own….

Indianapolis offers a wide range of activities for all ages and interests. Please feel free to take advantage of the town and explore on your own time. We have compiled a list of local landmarks and activities for you to enjoy.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Visit the Motor Speedway Museum to see many of the cars that have raced across the finish line for so many years

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Canal Walk

The Canal Walk is part of the Indiana Central Canal, which was dug in the early 1800s, in an effort to facilitate interstate commerce. Today, the refurbished Canal Walk (stretching north through White River State Park to 11th Street) serves the downtown community as a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers and sightseers (while the canal itself includes a steady stream of pedal boats, which may be rented west of the Indiana State Museum). The canal walk is located at 801 W. Washington St.-just north of the convention center.

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Indianapolis Zoo

Located in White River State Park along the scenic riverbanks, the Indianapolis Zoo offers 64 acres of both indoor and outdoor animal attractions as well as three additional acres of outdoor gardens. Open year round with hours that vary by season, guests can explore more than 1,200 animals of approximately 230 species as well as 47,000 plant specimens. Zoo Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 am-4 pm; Fri.-Sun., 9 am-5 pm. The zoo is located at 1200 W. Washington St.- just west of the convention center.

Mass Ave Arts District

Known affectionately as Mass Ave, this five-block area is ripe with theaters, restaurants, art galleries, and, most attractively for shoppers, a number of eclectic, independent boutiques. You’ll encounter unique finds on each block, from Stout’s Shoes (the nation’s oldest shoe store, established in 1886), to Silver In The City/At Home In The City (offering silver jewelry and unique gift items), to The Best Chocolate In Town (which is fairly self-descriptive). Venture to the Athenaeum for a stein of German lager in the historic Rathskeller biergarten, try local craft beers at Ralston’s Drafthouse, or sip a cocktail at the prohibition-era ball & biscuit. Foodies can indulge in American-modern cuisine at Mesh or take down a platter of tacos at Bakersfield. Take in Indy culture at its finest on Mass Ave, “45 Degrees from Ordinary.”

Indianapolis has the blues……

Indianapolis has the blues…one of the nation’s best blues bars.  Step into the Slippery Noodle, grab a drink, and listen to some tunes seven days a week at Indiana’s oldest bar.  While you’re enjoying the music, be sure to find the holes in the wall where 2 bullets from infamous gangster John Dillinger still lie.

We could keep going on and on…..there are so many things to do in October!  Before you visit Indy, be sure to check out the long list of attractions provided by VisitIndy Things to Love

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