Why Meet in Indianapolis?
Discover why Indy was named "#1 Convention City in the U.S." by USA Today
In honor of Indianapolis native David Letterman, here’s your Top Ten List for why Indy is the premier destination for your next meeting or event.
Indy’s energetic downtown offers over 300 diverse restaurants and 50 major attractions, including renowned arts and cultural institutions, award-winning sports facilities, miles of bike paths, a scenic Central Canal, and 250 acres of urban green space. And the city never stops developing.
The sixth expansion of the Indiana Convention Center is on the horizon. This will add an additional 143,500 square feet of flexible meeting space and an 800-room Signia by Hilton hotel, creating an unrivaled convention package. In 2012, a $3 billion investment in tourism and convention infrastructure expanded the Center to offer 566,600 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space. This also included the addition of the 1,005-room JW Marriott and outdoor promenade adjacent to the convention center.
Indianapolis has earned a reputation for providing top-notch service known as Hoosier Hospitality. First-rate amenities combine with exceptional service to ensure a wonderful visit to this capital city.
The nation’s first LEED-certified airport, Indianapolis International Airport, is only 15 minutes from downtown and welcomes over 1,000 flights weekly from 43 nonstop destinations. Airports Council International named IND Best Airport in North America for the last 11 years. Known as the “Crossroads of America,” more than 50% of the population of the United States is within a day’s drive of Indianapolis.
The ten-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail is the first of its kind in the world and internationally recognized as a model for urban revitalization. The urban bike and pedestrian path connects visitors to chef-owned restaurants, boutique shopping, and an array of entertainment options in six thriving cultural districts. Bikes are available at select hotels, two convenient rental outlets, and through the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare.
If you’re looking for green space, it’s plentiful in Indy. Located in the heart of the city, White River State Park offers 250 acres of green space highlighted by a glimmering canal walk and art-lined pedestrian paths. The park offers plenty to do with a zoo, baseball stadium, concert venue, IMAX theater, war memorials, and museums. If you’re looking to minimize your meeting’s carbon footprint, Indy makes it simple. The city features incredible walkability, a bike share and miles of greenways, and the country’s first LEED certified airport.
When the meetings conclude, Indianapolis comes alive with hundreds of places for good times, good drinks, and good conversation. From happy hour hotspots to late night live music venues, comedy clubs to cabaret shows, Indy is alive with after-hours fun and networking locales every day of the week.
Explore an urban greenway named the biggest and boldest move by any American city, one of the largest contemporary art parks in the country, a world-renowned American Indian and Western Art museum, the NCAA Headquarters, the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world’s largest children’s museum, and much more. The city is second only to Washington, DC, when it comes to the number of monuments and memorials dedicated to honoring our nation’s veterans.
Although recognized as a sports capital and home of the world’s largest single-day sporting event - the Indy 500, visitors will find there is a surprise around every turn. Those who haven’t visited Indy before, or at least in a while, will be surprised by the growth the city is experiencing and everything this vibrant destination offers.
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