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Getting to Know Indianapolis, IN

While the popularity of Indianapolis may have been underrated in the past, the city has made great strides to change this. Since 1990, the downtown area has undergone more than $5 billion in improvements. A prime example is the acclaimed Indianapolis Culture Trail, an eight-mile bike and pedestrian path that connects the city's six cultural districts.

 

Attractions and Education in Indianapolis
Although best known for the Indy 500 and the beloved Indianapolis Colts, this capital city offers so much more, from beautiful monuments to state-of-the-art museums. Indianapolis also boasts an exciting nightlife and a plentiful selection of breweries. Plus, you can enjoy the downtown scene in the winter months as well, thanks to the climate-controlled skywalk system.

 

In addition to a growing professional sector, Indianapolis is also home to respected institutions of higher learning, including Butler University, the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

 

Indianapolis Apartments and Neighborhoods
Want to find the best places to live in Indianapolis? From the historic surroundings of Fountain Square to the nostalgic culture of Broad Ripple Village, Indy neighborhoods invite you to embrace the city's past as you find a place of your own. For renters who want to experience the rush of big city life, downtown apartments offer a stylish urban setting with proximity to public transportation, entertainment hot spots and the city's top restaurants.

 

Fun Free Things to Do in Indianapolis

Indianapolis is packed with enjoyable activities, and many of the entertainment options are absolutely free! Check out these attractions for budget-friendly fun:

  • Garfield Park Conservatory: Welcoming more than 200,000 visitors each year, the conservatory's free nature exhibits are open 365 days a year.
  • Indianapolis Artsgarden: Housed under a glass dome in downtown Indianapolis, the Artsgarden hosts monthly exhibits featuring area artists as well as more than 250 free performances throughout the year.
  • Indianapolis Cultural Trail: This eight-mile walking and biking trail winds through downtown, connecting neighborhoods and providing easy access to the city's entertainment venues.
  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument: Standing over 284 feet in the center of Indy's Monument Circle, this towering structure features a 331-step stairwell that leads to an observation deck. Visitors who don't want to make the climb can take the elevator.

 

Best of Indianapolis

 

  • Best place for a romantic date
    St. Elmo Steak House is the city's most upscale restaurant. Not only will you find the state's best steak and shrimp cocktail, you might see Colts players dining alongside you.
  • Best place to get a treat
    Skip your typical dessert shop and take the family to Sub Zero Ice Cream. The ice cream and frozen yogurt is made using liquid nitrogen, which results in a creamier and denser version of your favorite flavor.
  • Best way to eat on the cheap
    Every fall, Devour Indy offers you the chance to eat at some of the city's most illustrious restaurants for a major discount. You have two weeks to eat your way through more than 200 of downtown's best three-course dinners. If you've been craving a night at St. Elmo but are living on a budget, this is your window of opportunity.
  • Best place to relax
    Invoke Studio is consistently ranked as one of Indianapolis' best yoga studios. With a varied schedule, a range of workshops and great packages for newbies, your body is sure to thank you.

 

Adventures in Indianapolis

  • White River State Park, Indiana's only urban state park, is situated on 250 acres in the middle of downtown. You can explore the park on foot, bike or Segway.
  • Located in White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum hosts a rotation of fascinating exhibits about everything from natural history to physics.
  • Broad Ripple Village is known as the city's most culturally diverse neighborhood. It also features a high-energy nightlife with plenty of bars offering live music and entertainment.
  • The Indiana Central Canal is a hotspot for walkers, runners and cyclists. If you prefer to be on the water, you can rent a paddleboat or enjoy a gondola ride down this gorgeous waterway.
  • The Oldfields is a historic 26-acre estate with a mansion that's been fully restored to its original 1930s beauty. Visitors also enjoy family-friendly programs and events scheduled throughout the year.

 

Indianapolis Spectator Sports

When it comes to the Indy sports scene, the Colts enjoy wild popularity, but the Indy 500 is the king. As the race weekend's schedule of activities takes over the city on Memorial Day, hotels fill up and restaurants will be packed, which means it could be a great time to rent out your apartment's guest bedroom if you have one!

 

For Indy Families with Kids
From the enormous Indianapolis Zoo to the award-winning Children's Museum of Indianapolis--home to the skull of a newly discovered dinosaur--families can find fun for all ages throughout the city. For parents planning for their children's educational needs, the Glendale and Allisonville communities are regularly recognized for their top-notch schools.

 

Indianapolis Outdoor Living & Natural Beauty
With expansive state and city park systems that include the sprawling waterfront forests of Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis makes it easy for residents to appreciate the beauty of the city's natural surroundings.

 

Getaways near Indianapolis
If you're looking for a great day trip, the city is less than two hours from the horse racing in Louisville, KY and the riverfront entertainment district of Cincinnati, OH.