Looking to explore Indianapolis on your bike? Check out the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which circumnavigates Downtown Indy's top sights!
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Time for my favorite spot in Indianapolis, Mass Ave! Based around another of the city's diagonal streets, Massachusetts Avenue, Mass Ave is the fastest-growing area in town. Mostly bars and restaurants, we also have some little boutiques to explore, and soon we'll have our own movie theatre!
- The Tap: Grab a beer at another Bloomington import, The Tap, known for its huge beer selection and tasty snacks.
- Bakersfield: Craving a margarita? Bakersfield is the place to snag one on The Ave!
- The Athenaeum: Tap into Indianapolis's German heritage and indulge in a *giant* beer here at our historic German heritage center, turned gym, restaurant, theatre, and wedding venue! Not surprisingly, it has the best beer garden in town.
- Ralston's: Probably my favorite restaurant on Mass, Ralston's is named for the city planner who designed Indianapolis! They've got great outdoor dining, including a road-facing bar, perfect for people watching! They also own St Joseph's, a microbrew in a converted church!
- Gordon's Milkshake Bar: Fuel-up for your bike ride with a gorgeous milkshake from Gordon's! These things are seriously Instagram-worthy.
Love beer? Check out my list of downtown Indianapolis's Best Breweries.
Featuring the Indiana War Memorial, which includes the names of Hoosier veterans (and is worth going inside, if you have time), you'll also see our Central Library. If commemorative morals are your thing, check out this self-guided tour!
Grab at drink at another local brewery,
Two Deep Brewing.
Stop by Fresco, the Italian cafe serving up delicious lunch options that literally kept me alive while studying for the bar exam. Oh and they also have amazing cocktails.
Where does the Canal go?
Funny you should ask. It's only a partially built canal, as the state of Indiana bankrupted itself in the mid-19th century, going all-in on canals just before the rise of the railroads. Oops.
White River State Park
And, of course, just across the White River is The Indianapolis Zoo, one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon!
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