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New Reasons to Visit Indy...Now and Later
A lineup of only-in-Indy experiences make Indy a must-visit destination. You didn’t hear it from us though, as Condé Nast Traveler named Indy one of their "Hottest Destinations of 2018," OUT Magazine put us on their "Wish List of Places to Visit in 2018," and Food & Wine named Indy "One of America’s Favorite Food Cities."
Year of the Arts
Indy has skyrocketed as a major arts and culture hub, and this year we take it to the next level. The brand new Phoenix Theatre recently opened its doors and just two blocks away, the newly renovated space for the Cabaret debuted its first show of the year. Indy has been dubbed the Cabaret Capital of the Midwest, and now with this new Hollywood glam-style bar and theatre, you’ll find more cabaret year-round. Phoenix Theatre’s new posh space will allow a consortium of sorts for smaller nonprofits and contemporary theatre troupes to have access to audiences.
The World’s Largest Children’s Museum Getting Even Bigger
On March 17, 2018, the doors opened to the world's first and foremost immersive outdoor/indoor family health, fitness, and sports experience called the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. This $38-million experience includes 12 outdoor sport zones where families can do everything from race pedal cars along a recreated Indianapolis Motor Speedway to perfecting a hole in one on a Pete Dye-designed golf course. Kids will also love the NBA Pacers on-court experience, the NFL Colts field, and the massive “Tree of Sports” the epicenter of the attraction. The entire experience is designed to combat the fact that by 2030, more than half the nation’s population will be considered obese.
Food & Wine Magazine named Indy one of the Top 20 Food Cities in the U.S. in 2017, and we continue to climb the charts in 2018 with our strongest culinary scene to date, as several highly anticipated restaurants are slated to open. Neal Brown’s Ukiyo made Indy’s first-ever omakase-style restaurant this spring, while after wowing diners around the world with Milktooth, Jonathan Brooks is set to open up his second endeavor called Beholder. We’re also excited to welcome a new face to Indy with the opening of two restaurants brought to us by Kimbal Musk, brother to Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla. Musk opened Hedge Row Bistro on Mass Ave and Next Door Café in the SoBro neighborhood. He is also well on his way to opening 100 community gardens through his Big Green initiative.
While sports have been a part of Indy’s identity since the city gained the moniker “Amateur Sports Capital of the World” in the early '80s, it’s quite clear that still today it continues to play a key role in the vibrancy of Indy’s social calendar. Our year started with Big Ten Women’s Basketball on the court and ends with football on the field with the Big Ten Championship game in December. In between, we’ll celebrate a return of the LPGA competition at the Brickyard and adrenaline-junkies in the sky with Red Bull’s Air Race in October. Not to mention all of the action on the track with the 102nd Running of the Indy 500 and later, NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. Looking ahead, 2021 and 2022 serve as milestone years for Indy’s sports resume as the city welcomes five Big Ten Championships, an NBA All-Star Game, an NCAA Final Four, and the 2022 NCAA CFP National Championship – all in 13 months.
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, 28.2 million visitors provide $4.9 billion in total economic impact annually, generate 77,800 full-time equivalent jobs in Central Indiana, and provide $1.1 billion in tax revenues. For more information, VisitIndy.com.