Glass Expo Midwest™ (GEMS) ’18 will take place at the luxurious JW Marriott Indianapolis hotel, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The city is well-known for showing guests a good time. With all there is to see and do, plan to give yourself a few extra days to experience it.

GEMS ’18 will kick off November 8, and continue November 9. It provides those in the architectural glass and metal industry the opportunity to find cutting-edge trends and products, informative seminars and workshops, as well as networking opportunities in a relaxed setting. Here’s some great things to see while in town!

Monument Circle

Located in the center of downtown Indianapolis is Monument Circle, a site that has come to symbolize the city itself. This location is home to the largest collection of monuments dedicated to veterans and war casualties in the nation, outside of Washington, D.C. The centerpiece of Monument Circle is the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which finished construction in 1902. The Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is housed in the lower level and the observation deck provides visitors a historic and unique view of the city. Admission for the observation deck is free if you take the stairs, or for just $2 you can take the elevator ($1 for kids aged 6-18). Get to know the city by getting to the heart of it. For more information, click here.

White River State Park

Also located in downtown is White River State Park. At more than 250 acres, this park offers visitors a plethora of sights and activities. Interspersed among the park’s beautiful greenspaces and waterways are several museums, such as the Indiana State Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The park also boasts a world-class zoo, lush gardens and outdoor concert venues. While pedestrian friendly, visitors are able to tour the park in a number of different ways, with rental services available for bikes, kayaks or even Segways.

Indianapolis Zoo

While technically part of White River State Park, the Indianapolis Zoo is deserving of a section unto itself. The zoo has more than 2,000 animals and just as many plants that are housed in a collection of habitats that simulate natural environments in stunning detail. There is even an aquarium on the premises that offers visitors the opportunity to pet a shark, or watch dolphins swim. The Indianapolis Zoo is a chance to explore the world’s various ecological systems without ever leaving downtown.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

No list for Indianapolis would be complete without mentioning the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although not technically within the Indianapolis city limits, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is only a few minutes from downtown. Dubbed “The Racing Capital of the World,” this iconic course is home to a number of world famous races, including the Indianapolis 500. Even if there are no races scheduled during your time in Indy, the site hosts a museum and many other events to make it worth the outing. Click here to plan your trip.

With all that Indianapolis has to offer don’t forget the excitement to be experienced at GEMS ’18! The event features top-notch educational programming, innovative products and procedures and so much more.

Be sure to register now and secure your hotel room.

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This event is co-sponsored by USGlass magazine,™ and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal.