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Places to See

Indy's iconic museums and attractions, many within walking distance of the Indiana Convention Center, will leave you with plenty to explore during AASHTO2024. 

The Canal Walk is part of the Indiana Central Canal, which was dug in the early 1800s to facilitate interstate commerce. Today, the refurbished Canal Walk (stretching north through White River State Park to 11th Street) serves the downtown as a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers, and sightseers (while the canal itself includes a steady stream of pedal boats, which may be rented west of the Indiana State Museum).

This TripAdvisor Top 10 Zoo is triple-accredited as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. From an all-new chimpanzee exhibit, which opened in May, to meeting the newest member of the rhino herd to bathing an elephant, there are many reasons to visit. Located within easy walking distance, you can pet sharks in the nation’s largest shark touch tank or interact with birds at the “Flights of Fancy” exhibit. Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 

Aside from Washington, D.C., Indy is home to more monuments and memorials than any other U.S. city. The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District includes the IWM Museum, three parks, four fountains and 25 acres of monuments, statues, and sculptures. All of these are a brief walk from the Indiana Convention Center. The 30,000 square foot Indiana War Memorial Museum is complete with military equipment and artifacts. Admission is free. Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Uncover Indiana’s secrets through hands-on exhibits exploring the state’s diverse history at this world-class institution constructed from Indiana limestone, steel, and glass. Whether you’re interested in art, architecture, history, or science, explore three floors of Indiana history, or captivate your imagination on the towering IMAX screen.

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 

This museum is home to the one of the finest collections of American Indians and Western art in the world and the only one in the Midwest. It is renowned for immersing visitors in the art, history, and culture of the American West and indigenous peoples of North America. Museum Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Café: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Named "the biggest and boldest step by any American city" by Project for Public Spaces in New York City, this $63 million, internationally acclaimed 8-mile biking and walking trail connects all six of Indy’s Cultural Districts. From Massachusetts Avenue to White River State Park and Fountain Square, the trail is a safe, healthy, and convenient way to explore the city. Hop on a Pacers Bikeshare bicycle or e-bike to take a tour of the city. 


Places to Be

Groundbreaking events, like the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming, and festive summer nights will keep your evenings vibrant during AASHTO2024.

 

Gainbridge Fieldhouse

  • June 16 vs. Chicago Sky
  • June 19 vs. Washington Mystics

Two-time Naismith College Player of the Year and first overall pick of the WNBA Draft 2024 Caitlin Clark leads the Indiana Fever in WNBA action at Gainbridge Fieldhouse downtown. Clark finished her four-year career as the all-time leader in NCAA Division I history in total points and three-pointers made.  The Iowa native was the leading scorer in Division I for three of her four seasons with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, becoming the only player in NCAA history with 1,000 points in back-to-back seasons. Tickets available here.

June 18-23 vs. Iowa Cubs

Take in a AAA baseball game at Victory Field, located just two blocks from the Westin Hotel and named Best Minor League Ballpark in America by Sports Illustrated. Enjoy the view of downtown from the stands or a picnic on the outfield lawn. Promotional events include Tuesday Dollar Menu, Half-Off Wednesday Nights, and Thirsty Thursday. Tickets available at the Victory Field box office or order online.

  • June 16 – Sarah McLachlan
  • June 20 – Little Feat
  • June 21 – Brothers Osborne

 An outdoor concert setting, the Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park is located just blocks from the Indiana Convention Center and Mile Square. June concerts include the Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy 30th Anniversary Tour, Little Feat: Can’t Be Satisfied Tour, and Brothers Osborne Might As Well Be Us tour.

Indiana’s oldest juried art fair, the Talbot Street Art Fair is located on Talbot Street in the Heron Morton neighborhood just north of downtown. The fair prides itself on showcasing the best in craftsmanship and artistry, all while being one of the only admission-free juried art fairs in the state. Each year, more than 60,000 attend to view the art of 220 juried artists from across the country.

Indianapolis will host the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming. For the first time ever, the event will be staged on a football field, as Lucas Oil Stadium is tapped to host the Olympic-qualifying meet in front of hundreds of thousands of families, friends, and fans over nine days.


Places to Dine

St. Elmo Steak House has been a landmark in downtown Indianapolis since 1902. It is the oldest Indianapolis steakhouse in its original location at 127 S. Illinois St. and has earned a national reputation for excellent steaks, seafood, chops, and professional service.

Rathskeller Restaurant, located in the historic Athenaeum Building at 401 E. Michigan St. in the Mass Ave neighborhood, serves traditional German fare and is beloved for their biergarten, which features live music throughout the summer.

Mesh blends contemporary elegance and comfort with innovative cuisine and excellent service. Located at 725 Massachusetts Ave., Mesh offers creative chef-driven cuisine in an upscale setting.

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