If you're looking to spend a weekend in The Circle City, you've come to the right place! Let this Indy local guide you through a perfect weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana!
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Considering a visit to Indianapolis?
As the world slowly opens up, we Hoosiers are looking forward to welcoming people back to Indy, for conferences, vacations, and, of course, The Indianapolis 500. For some basic tips on Tourist mistakes in Indianapolis, check out the full post!
Is Indianapolis worth visiting?
Where to Stay in Indianapolis
Eating in Indianapolis
Only second to drinking in Indy (don't worry, we'll get there!) is my knowledge of the best restaurants in Indianapolis. While I anticipate a few branch-off, stand-alone posts on this subject, here are a few of my suggestions for the best restaurants in Indy!
...and, of course, no visit to Indianapolis is complete without a trip to St. Elmo's Steakhouse, an Indianapolis landmark since 1902!
Drinking in Indianapolis
We've done our best to drink our way through the city during the 5+ years we've lived downtown! If you're looking to grab drinks with the girls, head to Mass Ave! If you're after breweries, check out my list of Downtown Indianapolis's best breweries. Looking to bar hop? Head to Broad Ripple, just north of the city.
Things to do in Indianapolis
Here's a few ideas to get your juices flowing while planning your visit to Indianapolis!
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Did you know that downtown Indianapolis has an 8-mile urban biking and walking path? On a beautiful day in the Circle City, consider biking the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which connects the best parts of downtown Indy. Don't have a bike? No problem! Bikes are available for rental through our Pacers bikeshare program.
The Indianapolis Zoo
We're proud to boast one of the best zoos in the Midwest! Easily accessible from downtown Indy (just on the other side of the White River), The Indianapolis Zoo is a must-see if you're bringing little ones on your trip to Indianapolis. Even if it's just a couples weekend, the Indianapolis Zoo really is worth a visit! Be sure to see the new orangutan exhibit.
Date night in Indianapolis
Mass Ave & Fountain Square
Discover the best neighborhoods downtown Indianapolis with trips to Mass Ave and Fountain Square. Fun dining, local breweries, and boutique shopping are easily found in both neighborhoods. For more, check out: Mass Ave's best restaurants, The Bottleworks District, and Fountain Square
Take me out to the ballgame
Indianapolis is home to our own minor league baseball team, The Indianapolis Indians. Tickets are inexpensive, they keep the beer flowing, and you can walk over to the stadium from almost any hotel downtown Indy! A perfect way to spend a summer evening in Indianapolis.
One of the highlights of any trip to Indianapolis is out stunning art museum, Newfields. Check out the full post on Newfields, along with special posts on Newfields' seasonal events: Newfields Winterlights & Newfields Harvest Nights.
Get out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a minute, with a quick drive up to Holliday Park. Conveniently located near Broad Ripple, Holliday Park is home to one of the most confusing sights in every Hoosier kiddo's life, the "ruins" at Holliday Park. No, they aren't relics of an ancient monument here in Indy, but they do make a for a great day out.
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I hope you enjoy your trip to Indianapolis! Let me know your favorite things to do on a trip to Indianapolis in the comments below!
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