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2022 brings a lineup of only-in-Indy experiences that make Indianapolis a must-visit destination this year. Whether you’re traveling to Indy for a long weekend getaway or a pit stop on your road trip, there’s plenty to be excited about in Indy in 2022.
Here are a few reasons to plan a trip to Indy this year:
This spring, the Indiana State Museum will debut an exhibit dedicated to the life and legacy of legendary cyclist Marshall (Major) Taylor. Taylor was born and raised in Indianapolis before becoming the first Black world-champion professional cyclist. Major Taylor not only had success in cycling but also paved the way for minority athletes to be vocal about both racial and social justice.
Through a 7,000-square-foot interactive experience, Taylor’s story will be told in a remarkable way as visitors venture into his training room, build their own bike, race Major Taylor’s world-record times, and learn about the pervasive racism that Taylor battled.
A Black-owned boutique hotel made from upcycled shipping containers will open its doors in Indy’s Haughville neighborhood this summer. The hotel, called Tiny Urban Escapes, was designed by an all-female design team and features four unique suites. The on-site event space, called "The Scene,” will also be made from a shipping container. The hotel will operate as a self-service hospitality site located within an enclosed greenspace similar to a Parisian Garden. Each suite will have access to wellness and culinary experiences and on-demand concierge service.
The world’s largest children’s museum is growing once again, as two new sets of fossils join the already impressive collection of prehistoric creatures when The New Dinosphere opens at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Giants of the Jurassic and Monsters of the Mesozoic Seas are the newest additions thanks to a recent dino dig by the paleontologists from The Children’s Museum. Visitors step back into the world of ancient beasts, featuring two giant four-legged, long-necked sauropods and a treasure trove of ancient aquatic fossils.
Opening in July, this exhibit will feature more than 60 ensembles and shoes designed by Indiana native Stephen Sprouse whose transformative styles rocked the fashion world. One of the most innovative and influential American designers, Sprouse is best known for his Day-Glo, graffiti-covered apparel and edgy rock music-inspired collections that combined street style and high fashion.
Coming this spring to The AMP at 16 Tech, Melon Kitchens is a ghost kitchen concept for emerging Black chefs and restaurateurs. The three-month accelerator will help train Black chefs in how to scale their vision by building virtual restaurants.
The Windsor Park neighborhood is ripe with revitalization and anchored by the historic Circle City Industrial Complex that serves as a community of artisans including a dairy-free chocolate factory, the Fowling Warehouse (combination of football and bowling) and a glass-blowing shop. The neighborhood is also home to the country’s largest bouldering gym, new Amelia’s bakery, and renowned chef Abbi Merriss’ Kan-Kan Cinema & Brasserie, named to USA Today’s 10 Best new restaurants of 2021.
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