Indianapolis is bursting with pride over its six Cultural Districts: Broad Ripple Village, the Canal and White River State Park, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave and the Wholesale District. Four of the six districts have homes directly in Downtown Indianapolis, and Fountain Square is just a mile southeast and Broad Ripple Village nine miles northeast. The districts showcase distinct pockets of cultural opportunity thriving in the city. You’ll find public art, galleries, museums, shops, sporting events restaurants and recreation. Laugh out loud or dance the night away at one of dozens of night clubs and theaters.
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick is a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, Cultural Districts and entertainment amenities. The eight-mile path serves as the Downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system. It allows users to pass through many destinations that make Indianapolis a recognized leader in the arts community.
Indianapolis boasts The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, not only the largest museum of its kind in the world, but also rated as one of the “top ten museums in the U.S. for families” by AOL Travel Online, “the best museum” by Child magazine and recently USA Today named it “the best family museum in the country.” Journey back 65 million years to the Cretaceous Period and experience the world of dinosaurs at the Dinosphere exhibit. The 43-foot Fireworks of Glass is the largest permanent sculpture of blown glass ever created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Set to wow the world, the highly anticipated Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit opens this May. See the Emperor’s Painted Army come to life when one of the most amazing archeological finds hits Indianapolis alongside Take Me There: China.
The Madame Walker Theatre Center stands as a memorial to America’s first female self-made millionaire, Madam C. J. Walker
The Indianapolis Museum of Art was ranked by USA Today as one of the top 10 locations for marriage proposals -- in front of the famous LOVE sculpture. 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park is adjacent to the Museum and includes 100 of woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake. The park opened in June 2010 and is one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of site-specific artworks.
The Indianapolis Zoo is the first institution to be triple-accredited as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. The Zoo's Oceans exhibit features the world's largest shark touch tank, while the Dolphin Adventure offers the world's first totally submerged dolphin viewing experience. Coming May 2014, the Zoo will shock the world with the opening of its International Orangutan Center, home to eight energetic, playful and intelligent orangutans.
Old National Centre is the largest Shrine temple in North America and hosts more than 300 concerts, performances, parties and other events throughout the year.
The Indiana State Museum currently features Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammothsand Mastodons which brings to life the ancient elephants that once roamed Indiana.
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is one of only two museums east of the Mississippi with both Native American and Western art.
Indianapolis is second only to Washington, D.C. in its number of monuments and memorials commemorating veterans.
The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon takes place the first Saturday of May. The Mini has sold-out for the past 11 years with 35,000 registrants and an additional 4,000 participants in the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K. The Mini-Marathon is the largest half-marathon in the U.S. and the sixth largest running event in America.
With more than 210 shops Downtown, residents and visitors can enjoy everything from the trendy, one-of-a-kind shops such as Windsor Jewelry Company or Silver in the City, to popular national chains like Carson's and T.J. Maxx.
Circle Centre, Downtown’s world-renowned shopping and entertainment complex, celebrates its 19-year anniversary this year.
Indianapolis is home to the City Market, a community gathering place and one-stop shop for fresh produce, meat, fish, poultry, dairy and baked goods.
Mass Ave, one of the few remaining diagonal streets on the original 1821 plat, is Downtown’s premier arts and entertainment district where people live, work and play in the same eight-block area.
The dining options are endless ranging from national eateries like Capital Grille, Fogo De Chao, Weber Grill, Palomino and Ruth’s Chris to the unique local hot spots such as Bru, R Bistro, Harry & Izzy’s and Bazbeaux pizza.
St. Elmo Steak House was ranked the world’s spiciest shrimp cocktail, one of “10 Great Classic Restaurants Well Worth Visiting,” James Beard Foundation Awards "America's Classics" winner and 44th independent restaurant by sales volume.
The Slippery Noodle Inn is Indiana’s oldest, continually-operated bar (since 1850). It won the Keeping the Blues Alive - Blues Club of the Year from the Blues Foundation.
Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles and Yats both made Urban Spoon’s top 100 “America’s Most Popular Cheap Eats” list in Oct. 2, 2012.
In August 2012, BBC said Indianapolis is“The culinary heart of America’s heartland.”