Hiking in the City: Eagle Creek Park
I love this park, it is just outside of the circle and you can feel like you're really out in nature while you're practically 15 mins from downtown. The hiking trails are pretty good, i believe they could be maintained a little better, but perhaps they don't have a huge amount of money to do so. It costs $4 for each car to get in and they'll give you a map if you want one. The park has a Restaurant, Bait Shop, Bark Park, Sailboat Club, Concession Stands, Fishing Areas, Fitness Course, Nature Center, Retreat Centers (2), Picnic Areas and Shelters, Boat Ramp and Slips, Swim Beach, Lilly Lake, State Nature Preserves (2), Sailboat/ Rowboat/ Canoe Rentals, Cross-Country Skiing Paths, Marsh & Bird Sanctuary, Pistol/Archery Range, and Woodland Wildlife Preserve. There are signs posted that don't allow swimming now, because of a huge over growth of blue-green algea. Apparently, there are a bunch of terrible symptoms you can get if you eat it or drink it. The signs are posted in Spanish and English for all park goers. For hiking you just need a pair or hiking boots or even tennis shoes. And maybe you could pack a lunch, there are picnic areas all over the park.
1.Heading North on 465 take the 56st St. exit and then turn left.
2.But heading South(more difficult) take the 71st St. exit then go east to Georgetown Rd. turn Right (south) to 56th St. turn Right and then you'll drive maybe 2 miles cross the bridge over 465 and the park will be on your right hand side.
The Old Point Tavern
Has the bar you were in just had last call and then aburptly kicked you out? Not ready to go home? Then head over to the Old Point Tavern, they always seem to be open (until 3am on Friday & Saturday) later than everyone else.
This is where I typically end up at the end of a long night of drinking in Indianapolis. My friends and I used to start out at the Kellerbar in the Rathskeller, then move to the Chatterbox and finish things off at the Old Point, all of which are basically on the same block...too convenient. Add in the fact that we all lived downtown, so, cab rides were cheap and stumbling home always an option.
Anyway, the Old Point Tavern is an Indianapolis landmark. Situated in an old triangular shaped downtown store front, the Old Point has a great selection of pub grub and an even better selection of beers and booze.
In the winter, the glow of red neon lights in the window give the place an all inviting warm feeling. In the summer, the same red is there, but the patio tables and awnings are the attraction to seating outside watching passersby and the sun set over the Delware and Pennsylvania Streets while sipping your favorite brew. So, whatever the season, definitely make a stop at the Old Point
Leisurely walk along the canal in Downtown Indy
Everyone that lives in downtown Indianapolis, or close to it walk along the canal often. It is part of the White River State Park in downtown Indy. Along the canal you can rent paddleboats, visit some of the museums that are conveniently located on the canal, or visit the Medal of Honor Memorial. It is beautifully lit at night and extrememly safe. Some of Indy's more expensive apartments are located on the canal too, so you will likely see many rollerbladers out on any given night. It is a relaxing (cheap) way to spend an evening and still get out of the house. And it seems to be a good "date" place.
The Shrine of North America is known for its colorful parades, circuses and clowns. But there is also a serious side to this international fraternity of approximately 434,000 Master Masons belonging to 191 Shrine chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Panama. For over 80 years, the Shrine has operated a network of specialized hospitals that treat children with orthopedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries, up to their 18th birthday, free of charge.
So this building is where they meet and it is a great venue that is in Indianapolis. They often are having concerts and shows here. A few years ago I went there to see Jerry Sienfield. He was great, but a bit hard to see. The tickets there are something that you have to be careful about, we thought we were getting tickets for the balcony, and we were up on the 3rd floor. It said Balcony 3, but on the map of the theatre it didn't really give the idea that there is 3 floors. The inside is very beautiful and all of the shows are really great here so it really doesn't matter which seats you get from expensive or less expensive, they are all pretty expensive. Another quick piece of info, they have another area in the building that they often has concerts called the Egyptian Room. I haven't been there, but they are limited seating concerts. I heard it is cool because you are close to the band and it is average price for a concert ticket. I would like to see a concert here!
(As soon as trees start getting their leaves back, I will get out and take some pictures!)
Indianapolis is the capital city of Indiana and is the 2nd largest capital city in the United States behind Phoenix, Arizona. As of the 2000 census, Indianapolis had a population of 781, 870 making it the 13th largest city in the U.S. The entire 9-county Indy metro area has an estimated population of 1.9 million people and includes Hamilton County, the 26th fastest growing county in the country. The metro area is expected to pass the 2 million people mark when the 2007 population estimates are released.
Indianapolis was created in 1820 when the site was picked for the capital of the newly created state of Indiana. Since 1816 when the state joined the union, Corydon had served as the capital but it was thought this southern Indiana town was too far south. Thus a site in the middle of the state was selected. The city was designed by Alexander Ralston, who helped Pierre L'Enfant design Washington, D.C. The original plans for the city involved a one-mile square area surrounding the Governor's Mansion that would sit on a large circle in the middle of town. This square mile still exists today bordered by West, North, East, and South Streets around downtown, but the city has obviously expanded well beyond these boundaries.
The Governor's Mansion was demolished in 1857 and replaced with the Soldiers' and Sailor's Monument in the middle of downtown. Indianapolis sat on the National Road and what is today Washington Street through downtown. The city's population skyrocketed during the late 1800s and had over 165,000 people by the turn of the century. The population continued to boom through the first half of the 20th century and had ballooned to almost 745,000 by 1970. The 1970s hit the Indianapolis population hard. People began flocking to the suburbs in droves, leaving Indy's core deserted.
Major revitalization efforts of the downtown area during the 1990s focused around the Circle Centre Mall caused a boom that made downtown Indianapolis one of the cleanest, liveliest, and safest in the country. Indianapolis continues to grow. The huge Lucas Oil Stadium, scheduled to open in August, is prompting another building boom downtown. The Indianapolis Convention Center has plans to more than double in size, and the Indianapolis International Airport is set to open an entire new terminal in fall 2008.
"A Global City"
While it may be the 13th largest city in the United States, that population is spread over an area much bigger than that of Chicago or New York, leaving Indy with mostly low density residential areas. The lack of high rise apartment buildings gives Indianapolis the feeling of being a much smaller city than it is. Despite the spread out nature of it's population, Indianapolis has not been afraid to showcase itself in front of not only the people of the United States, but the entire world.
Indianapolis is so famous for its sporting events that has earned the nicknames the 'Amateur Sports Capital of the World' and the 'Racing Capital of the World.' Every year on the last Sunday in May, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the city to witness the greatest spectacle in racing, the Indianapolis 500, the biggest single-day sporting event in the world. Later in the summer, throngs of people gather in the same area to witness the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, a NASCAR race that has earned itself as the second largest single-day sporting event in the world. The has played host to the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament for both men's and women's several times and has contracts to host the women's tournament once every 5 years. In August of 1987 Indianapolis hosted the Pan American Games and played host to teams from 38 countries. Chicago is the only other U.S. city to have hosted the Pan Am Games. Indianapolis is also the home to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national headquarters as well as the national offices of USA Gymnastics, USA Diving, US Synchronized Swimming, and USA Track & Field.
Indianapolis also serves as the world headquarters for several large companies including pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly & Co., Wellpoint health insurance, American United Life insurance company, mall and retail owner Simon Property Group, retail store Finish Line, Bands of America and Drum Corps International, ITT Technical Institute, Kiwanis International, and restaurant chain Steak N Shake. It also severs as the national headquarters of Roche Diagnostics, Conseco insurance, CP Morgan, and Dow AgroSciences. Indy also has large office divisions of Sallie Mae, Clarian Health, Rolls Royce, and General Motors.
In addition, Indianapolis has more monuments than any other U.S. city besides Washington, D.C. The third largest government-owned cemetery in the country is located here, Crown Hill, which also contains one of the largest section of burial plots for Confederate Civil War soldiers.
From the National Weather Service, Last updated Monday May 12, 2008 6:21 PM EDT:
Tonight: Mostly clear and cool. Low around 44.
Tuesday: Sunny and pleasant. High around 73.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy and breezy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Low around 56. Chance of rain 50%.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Breezy with a high around 68. Chance of rain 60%.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Low around 49.
Thursday: Partly sunny. High near 65.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs in the mid-60s and lows in the mid-40s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid-60s and lows in the upper 40s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs near 60 and lows in the middle 40s.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs in the lower 60s and lows in the middle 40s.
Normal High for Tuesday: 73
Normal Low for Tuesdayday: 51
Normal High for Wednesdayday: 73
Normal Low for Wednesday: 51
Sunrise Tuesday: 6:31 AM
Sunset Tuesday: 8:51 PM
For more information, vist the National Weather Service website