The Arena may be the home of a famous basketball team (the Pacers), it is also more. It is an entertainment venue. Concerts and many special events occur here. Check the schedule, you may find just what you've been looking for during your visit. Use this link for schedules and tickets.
Conner Prarie Farm and Museum,...
Conner Prarie Farm and Museum, one of America's leading living history museums. Much like Williamsburg. A living history museum. (I guess I'd better go back!) about 1/2 hour north and east of Indianapolis. Call 317-776-6000.
It's Not Real Jail Food
Located in one of the highest people traffic area, the Alcatraz Brewing Company set itself up for success even before its doors opened to the public. Further, adding a unique theme in a city that has fewer than most, the restaurant needed not plead with citizens to eat between its steel bars and brewing tins.
Alcatraz Brewing Co. is located on the ground floor level of Circle Centre Mall, Indianapolis' premier shopping centre. It has a large open seating area on the main level and added a smaller but better upper level that is reached by climbing an open stairway and across a small metalic catwalk. Once upstairs, where I sat, you sit next to the brewing devices that are running constantly. There is also a closed with windows room for parties or meetings.
The restaurant is almost always full I was told, but the wait seldom over 20 minutes. Even when full, however, the noise level is decent and conversations easy with the people at your table.
The decor is original also. You are watched by photos of Al Capone, the famous mob leader from Chicago turned mop boy at the island prison, to photos of Peyton Manning, the hero quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. The decorations are not too swanky nor are they overdone. I ate the pomodoro with shrimp, and I must say that either I was not in the mood for what I ordered or it simply was not that appealing. I didn't finish the meal, but I also must mention that all the other members of the table did enjoy their meal, even the children.
I hear the nachos, hot wings, and tortallini are good to eat, so try those. I did not have any of the local beers, but those I've not heard anything good or bad about.
University Park (University Square)
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On a cool, cloudy day on April 1, 2005, Jill and I visited the University Park (University Square) in Indianapolis. Thank goodness it was warm enough for the fountain to be running.
We discovered that this area is the oldest portion of the Indiana War Memorial Plaza and that the Indiana Legislature had set aside the city block (1821) for a UNIVERSITY! That plan never came to be; instead, the southwest corner of the park was home to the Marion County Seminary, the city's 1st high school, and several churches at different time periods and in the same building!. By 1860, they tore that building down so the park could be a drilling ground for the Union troops.
When the war was over, citizens took up a fund to make a park, and it took 10 yearsto complete. Later, the park was redesigned as we see it today with a central circle with radiating diagonal concrete walkways.
The centerpiece of the park is the Depew Fountain with its granite foundation. Karl Bitter designed it, but he died before it was done and so Alexander Stirling Calder completed it.
It's dedicated to a physician from Indianapolis named Dr. Richard Johnson Depew.
This is certainly an impressive fountain with a 2nd tier that is carved granite half-clam shells where the water flows. I loved the 8 dancing children holding hands made of bronze with a green patina finish. 16 jumping fish adorn the third tier, and the column in the center is carved with frog faces. The pinnacle of the fountain has a woman in a toga drape with a cymbal in each hand.
State House Details
Pay attention to the ornate details given to the exterior of the State House. Many of the artists, metalworkers, and plasterers were newly arrived immigrants to Indiana from Germany, Italy, and Slovenia.
The photo shows one of the columns at the east entrance along Capitol Ave. at Market St.