19 Indy-Inspired Ways to Unwind

Due to COVID 19, we encourage you to check the status of any Indianapolis establishment prior to visiting.

As the tourism industry navigates these uncharted challenges, we wanted to bring you some Indy-inspired ways to practice self-care.

1. Workout: Cardio with Maria Romaine Brace

Everyone responds to crisis in different ways, but we all have one thing in common: we’re all feeling stressed right now. And nothing combats stress better than exercise. Here's 40 minutes of cardio for your self-care virtual workout.

2. Sightsee (Virtually): Circle City Spring

Since you can’t visit Indy right now, we brought Indy to you! Take a minute (or twelve) to watch this tranquil video showcasing spring scenes from the Circle City.

3. Watch: Self Made

Watch Netflix's new Self Made mini-series about Indy's Madam CJ Walker, who started her beauty empire in Indianapolis, becoming the first female self-made millionaire. After the show, read more about Madam Walker's legacy in Indy here

4. Investigate: Crime Junkie

Get your true crime fix by tuning in to weekly episodes of Crime Junkie, the national podcast hosted by Brit Prawat and Indy’s own Ashley Flowers.

5. Read: John Green

New York Times best-selling author John Green lives in Indy. His book, The Fault in our Stars, was adapted into a box-office hit. Green was included in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Watch or read this moving story.

6. Listen: Kurt Vonnegut

Indy native and author Kurt Vonnegut would likely say “so it goes” to the challenges we are facing today. Become unstuck in time while listening to four of his arguably most popular works (Slaughterhouse-FiveCat’s CradleBreakfast of Champions, and Welcome to the Monkeyhouse) for free on Spotify.

7. Send: LOVE Postcards

Robert Indiana’s original LOVE sculpture (1970) was put into place in Indy at our 150-acre art museum, Newfields. You can find notecards to send loved ones here.

8. Binge: Good Bones

Binge watch HGTV’s Good Bones, where mother-daughter duo Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak work to revitalize properties throughout their hometown of Indy.

9. Create: Indy Coloring Book

Download and print pages from our Indy Coloring Book and put your artistic spin on Indy’s monument Circle, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, or the Central Canal.

10. Tune In: Essential Indiana Playlist 

Indy Monthly put together a couple of Spotify playlists highlighting all Indiana artists. The newest one, ‘Essential Indiana: Chill Edition,' is perfect to play while you work from home.

11. Imbibe: Vonnegut Cocktail

Kurt Vonnegut grew up in Indy and wrote some of his famous novels from here, like Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five. Make this Vonnegut cocktail at home – brought to you by Ryan Gullett, head bartender at Bluebeard restaurant (which just happens to be named after a Vonnegut novel). Recipe:

  • 3/4 oz Laird's applejack

  • 3/4 oz Amaro Montenegro

  • 1/2 oz Amaro di angostura

  • 3/4 oz honey

  • 3/4 oz lemon

  • 1 oz Apple Jack half and half

  • Sugar and Wheaties rim

  • Add ice and shake it vigorously for 16-20 seconds, and strain into a coupe

12. Indulge: A Couple Cooks

Refine your cooking skills with 1,000+ recipes curated by nationally recognized food bloggers and Indy natives, Sonja and Alex Overhiser from A Couple Cooks, who share what they love about the Circle City here

13. Ponder: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with Indiana Humanities and follow along with their Indiana poet and poem of the day, posted daily on their FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Who knows? Maybe this will inspire you to create your own literary masterpiece.

14. Assemble: Indy Puzzles

Missing the Circle City? See some of your favorite Indy scenes up close with these digital Indy-themed jigsaw puzzles.

15. Play: The Fascinating Game of Finance

Take a break and play a virtual game of Monopoly. An early 1930 version of Monopoly was created in Indianapolis, and at the time was called The Fascinating Game of Finance (later shortened to Finance).

16. Stream: Drink Culture Podcast

Find out why so many people #LoveIndy by streaming The Drink Culture Podcast and learn about the people who help shape the culture of Indianapolis. 

17. Laugh: Garfield & Friends

Gather the kids and enjoy a daily comic from Indiana-based cartoonist Jim Davis and America’s favorite cat, Garfield.

18. Eat: Hoosier Pork Tenderloin

Enjoy a taste of Indiana at home by making a Hoosier pork tenderloin. Food Network has a recipe that will have you enjoying this Indiana classic.

19. Glimpse: Behind The Scenes

Big cats are all the rage right now. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Indianapolis Zoo’s big cats and other animals as they conduct daily #BringingTheZooToYou Tours on their Facebook page or Youtube.

Whether you need to discuss moving dates for an existing meeting or find a new home for your event, the Visit Indy team stands ready to help. Contact us here or submit your RFP.


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