Visit the Broadripple...
Visit the Broadripple Neighborhood or anyplace around the canal. Here you'll find plenty to do, with plenty of bars and clubs to coffee shops, comedy clubs, restaurants and cafes. Anyway, it's the ecletic part of Indy and there seems to be plenty to do here on the north side of the city. It's off of Keystone Ave (US 31) if you cross over at Westfield... also by Broadripple Ave.
We were too late to visit the Morris-Butler House, but I was able to take a photo from across the street. This is presented by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. It represents the architecture, history, culture, and society of nineteenth-century Indianapolis. On a guided tour of this elegantly restored home, they say you are able to experience life in the Victorian era.
There is a formal parlor, dining room, private rooms upstairs, and after your tour, you will know how a well-to-do family and their servants lived. The home has rare furniture, fine art, unique accessories, high-ceilinged rooms that are stenciled, and wallpapered.
For the people who live it Indianapolis, the home offers entertaining special events such as the "ritual of afternoon tea" or a "sinister historical figure up to no good"...how lucky to be able to participate in such history.
They also schedule holiday performances, seasonal exhibits, workshops, and lectures.
Group tours are available at special rates; they will customize group tours for special interests relating to antiques, decorative arts, and Victorian social history.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10-3:30
February through December
closed on major holidays and month of January.
Admission: adults $5.00/senior $4.00/students and children%3.00; free parking
Buca di Beppo
This is a chain of Italian restaurants that is really a lot of fun. The food is served in family style portions so I suggest bringing along a lot of friends or be prepared to eat leftovers for several days. There are crazy things like the Pope Table which has a bust of the Pope in the center of the table and there is also the Kitchen Table where you actually eat in the kitchen. The decor is great and the atmosphere puts you in a great mood. 1893 Salad - Chicken Marsala - Garlic Mashed Potatoes - Tiramisu
Museum at Speedway
Take your camera, with a full digital card, because the museum is cool. There are dozens of cars in here, from the first winner of the Indianapolis 500, origianl Harley Davidson cycles, classic cars and race history. You really get to see how the sport has changed over the years, and how our technology just keeps improving. If you're a race fan - euphoria. If you're not, you will be when you're here.
I've actually never been here, but found some information about it very recently! It looks wonderful... there's actually a state park (White River State Park) aassociated with it. Anyway, it looks like a great recreational path that offers a nice view of the city. I plan to visit here next time I'm in Indy!