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A lineup of only-in-Indy experiences makes the city a must visit destination in 2017, but you didn't hear it from us as Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler just named Indy one of their "Top Places to Travel in 2017."
The Indianapolis Museum of Art has planted a quarter of a million new bulbs across their 152 acres, for a record number of blooms and reimagined gardens. The gardens now include over 300 varieties starting with crimson tulips, golden daffodils, purple hyacinths and the rare Exotic Himalayan Blue Poppy. Staggered planting will allow for the celebration of color to be at its peak between April 1 – May 31. Visitors will also enjoy a new beer garden.
2017 has been declared by Indy's Mayor as the "Year of Vonnegut." Author Kurt Vonnegut grew up in Indy and is known for his novels like Slaughterhouse Five or Cat's Cradle. It has been 10 years since his death and the grand re-opening of a Vonnegut museum here is big news. In celebration, 11 of the city's best cocktail bars will place a Vonnegut-inspired cocktail on their menu. Visitors can enjoy Vonnegut architecture which dots the city, snap a photo with the two-story Vonnegut mural, or enjoy a meal at one of the city's best restaurants, Bluebeard, which is named after a Vonnegut novel.
Condé Nast Traveler deemed Indy "America's Most Underrated Food City" and Zagat claimed Indy to be one of 2016's "Hottest Food Cities." Fan favorite restaurants like Tinker Street and Milktooth are thriving, meanwhile Indy has a list of 17 highly anticipated restaurant openings in 2017, and six of them are located in the Mass Avenue district.
Visitors will enjoy a second season of the artist-designed putt-putt course on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This year's redesigned course will incorporate nature to match the "Natural World" theme. Meanwhile, families can witness a cascade of color overhead at the Indianapolis Zoo, with new multiple daily macaw flights. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will debut a dogs of the west exhibit, while the Children's Museum rolls out a new circus exhibit where kids can be a part of the magic.
About Visit Indy
The mission of Visit Indy is to increase Indianapolis economic growth by strategically selling the destination to conventions, meetings, events, and leisure travelers. According to Rockport Analytics, 27.4 million visitors provide $4.5 billion in total economic impact annually and generate 75,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Central Indiana. For more information, VisitIndy.com.