THINGS EVERY URBAN ADVENTURER SHOULD DO IN INDY

With friends old and new, you’ve traveled by foot, bike, and train to see the world. Yelp is your guidebook and Instagram your photo album. You’ve stayed in AirBnB’s and Airstreams – and everything in between. You value knowledge, free WiFi, and authentic experiences above all, eating where the locals eat and shopping where they shop.

Backpack in tow and smartphone in hand, you’re an urban adventurer.

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Holler on the Hill

Americana Music Festival

  • Featuring 30 bands including critically acclaimed six-piece soul outfit St. Paul & The Broken Bones and emerging indie-rock band Moon Taxi 
  • Two-day music festival in historic Garfield Park on September 22 & 23
  • Tickets start at $48 (single day) and $75 (weekend pass)
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White River State Park

Nation's Largest Urban State Park

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Mass Ave

Trendy, Artsy, Local

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Fountain Square

Historic Neighborhood Finding New Life

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Ride the Cultural Trail

Connecting Indy’s Downtown Cultural Districts

  • The Trail is eight miles long, consisting of biking and walk/run paths that lead to downtown’s unique neighborhoods and connecting to the popular Monon Trail
  • Named the biggest and boldest step by any American city by People for Public Spaces, the trail showcases $2 million of public art, such as Anne Dancing and Poet’s Place
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Alternative Transportation

Getting around the Circle City

  • Pacers Bikeshare: With 250 bike and 25 stations, getting around downtown is easy. Day passes are $8 and include unlimited 30-minute rides for 24-hours
  • BlueIndy: First 100% electric car sharing service in the country with 1000 charging stations and 500 Bluecars throughout the city
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Indy Coffeehouses

Stay Energized All Day Long

Get your caffeine buzz at one of our local coffeehouses. Sitting down over a cup of java is an ideal way to discover neighborhoods and intersect with local culture. From Calvin Fletcher's in Fletcher Place to Mo' Joe in the Indiana Avenue District, grab a cup and drink up the city.

GUIDE TO INDY COFFEEHOUSES

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Breweries

Beer, Please.

GUIDE TO INDY BREWERIES

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Public Greens

Eat For a Cause

  • Located in Broad Ripple Village and dedicates 100% of its profits to The Patachou Foundation, which feeds at-risk children
  • Remarkable value for a farm-fresh menu, legendary local restauranteur Martha Hoover uses organic and locally sourced products
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Where the Locals Go to See a Show

Indy’s music scene goes beyond huge concert halls. At these nine small venues in Indianapolis, there are no assigned seats; there is only music — be it blues, jazz, rock, punk, metal, or indie folk.

OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH MUSIC VENUES

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City Market

Food, Beer, and Indy Culture

  • 30+ local artisan vendors selling a variety of ethnic foods, fresh produce, meats and retail treasures
  • Voted #1 historic public food market in the U.S. by Country Living
  • First opened in 1886, the Indianapolis City Market offers tours of its Romanesque underground catacombs
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Central Library

Best of New and Old Come Together

  • Breathtaking view of the American Legion Mall from the 5th floor
  • Named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States by Mental Floss
  • Major addition married a modern structure with original neoclassical building
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Indy Like a Local

Indy's Cultural Leaders Dish on the Best of the City

Enjoying an authentic experience is an important part of visiting a city, so we asked 18 locals to be guides for the Circle City. From restaurant owners to DJs to athletes and fashionistas, get an insider opinion on what to see, do, and eat in Indy.

INDY LIKE A LOCAL

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The Alexander

Indy's Premier Art Hotel

  • The Alexander hotel (named after Alexander Ralston, the man who designed the layout of Indy) is all about design and art
  • Grab a cocktail at Plat 99 where you'll be surrounded by colorful lighting designed by artist Jorge Pardo

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Outdoor Exploration

Five spots to get outside

When fresh air is calling your name, Indianapolis is here to deliver. From hiking to biking to ziplining, here’s our guide to exploring the outdoors and enjoying the top parks and pubic places in Indy.

PARKS IN INDIANAPOLIS


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