Indianapolis, or as we, Hoosiers call, Indy, certainly lives up to its sport-heavy reputation, but there is so much more to discover from the arts scene to our cannot-miss dining destinations to a beer at one of the many local breweries. Indianapolis is bursting with pride over its six unique Cultural Districts: The Canal and White River State Park, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Market East, Mass Ave, and Wholesale District. The city has a highly regarded symphony, art museum, ballet and school of ballet, zoo, children’s museum, and much more. To ensure you have a remarkable time while in Indianapolis, the local host committee at Indiana University, have listed the hot spots not to miss in October.

  • First, you will want to visit the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which is in the center of downtown and has come to symbolize the city of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. This statue was constructed between 1887 and 1902, and visitors can either climb 330 steps up or take the elevator to step 290; there is a civil war museum located on the lower level of the monument (1 Monumental Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204)

 

  • If you are looking for a delicious bite to eat, head to Massachusetts Ave (or as we call, Mass Ave.) for the local favorites. Mass Ave also has places to stop by for a treat, such as ice cream, a macaroon bar, and a chocolate shop.
    • Bakersfield (334 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46204)
    • Bru Burger Bar (410 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46204)
    • Garden Table (342 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46204)
    • Hedge Row (350 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46204)
    • Mesh Restaurant (725 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46204)
    • Mimi Blue Meatballs (870 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46204)
    • Tavern at the Point (401 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46204)

 

  • Enjoy a walk around the Canal – see the 17-foot waterfall by the Indiana University School of Medicine, mural artwork painted by local artists, stop by the Indiana State Museum or NCAA Hall of Champions along the way. The Canal Walk is a 3-mile loop and is a popular urban respite for fitness enthusiasts, families out for a stroll, or serenity-seekers. Bicycles and segways are available to rent.

 

  • Hoosiers love their coffee! You can find them in these local hot spots:
    • Bee Coffee Roasters (201 S. Capitol Ave, #110, Indianapolis, IN 46204)
    • Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company (647 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204)
    • Kaffeine Coffee Co. (707 Fulton Street, Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46204)
    • Hubbard & Cravens Coffee & Tea (11 S Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204)
    • Coat Check Coffee (401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204)

 

  • Indy has 250 gold bikes situated at stations all around downtown. Rent a bike and take a ride down the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. There are eight different paths, varying in length, but gives you an opportunity to see the city.

 

 

  • Are you into sports? Walk down the Canal to the NCAA Hall of Champions; there are two-levels of interactive exhibits that include trivia challenges, current team rankings, video highlights, and artifacts donated from colleges around the nation.

 

  • Have you ever been to the Indianapolis 500? Want to learn the history behind the 500-mile race? Check out the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to explore the rich history.

 

  • Eat breakfast at Milktooth but make sure to get there early! Conde Nast Traveler named Milktooth as one of the best restaurants in the world in 2016. (534 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204).

 

  • Have a beer and some German-food at Indianapolis’ oldest restaurant, the Rathskeller (401 E. Michigan Street). The restaurant is housed in a historic, architecturally noble German cultural center and has been in operation since 1894. Beer lovers will fall in love with the beer menu.

 

With all of these options, you are sure to find something that you enjoy during your free time in Indianapolis!