Try “Glamping Out” for the Indianapolis 500

Glamping out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Glamping out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Love the idea of camping? But hate the idea of hauling stuff, setting it up, and worst of all — pitching a tent? Or, maybe you don’t even own any of that stuff.

Well, then glamping may be for you!

If a tent and a hotel room had a baby, it would be glamping. And I’m pretty sure it never existed before Pinterest. But, what a concept! Sleeping in the great outdoors with all the indoor comforts.

And what better time to try it, then during the greatest sporting event in the world? This year, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has added glamping as an option for fans who want to be part of the Indianapolis 500 action and never leave the track.

The media got a sneak preview of the setup on Tuesday night, which features large tents you can stand up and walk around in, with real beds, pillows and bedding, side tables, windows, battery powered lights, and an outdoor lounge area with fireplace and movie screen. Private restrooms and showering areas are also available, as are cell phone charging stations. Yep, they pretty much thought of everything, including locks for the tents.

Twin bed

Twin bed

Four day glamping packages run from $650-1100 for the weekend and include tickets to Carb Day, Legends Day, and Race Day for each person. May 16 is the deadline to reserve your spot for race weekend May 22-26. You can find information on glamping and make reservations on the IMS website.

It was a little chilly for the staging. In fact, I didn’t stay for the screening of Turbo because, to be honest, I couldn’t feel my feet (which shouldn’t be a problem in May). It actually made me long for those hot and steamy days. I’d say I won’t complain about them, but that would be a lie.

View of the Pagoda at sunset

View of the Pagoda at sunset

A brand new way to experience “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

The month of May just got even better.

Now, if it would just get here…

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