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    The Indianapolis Artsgarden

    by pourparafor Updated May 2, 2014

    The beautiful glasshouse hovers one floor up from the corner of Washington and Illinois Street. The Artsgarden is attached to The Circle Centre mall. Bring your lunch here or bring it from the food court. It is a nice place to rest and enjoy the view. The Artsgarden has a ticket booth to purchase tickets to events in the arts around town or ask questions. FREE exibitions and performances are held here also.

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    Old National Center (Murat)

    by staindesign Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    This is one of the main theatres in downtown Indianapolis. Everything from concerts, to musicals, to first Friday food truck festivals; can be found here. It is located in the Mass Ave cultural district. There are several local places to eat and drink before a show. Some favorites include Old Point Tavern, McNivens, BazBeaux, and The Rathskeller. Parking can be tricky but not impossible, either pay $10-$20 event parking or park several blocks and walk. In general, the area is safe to walk around after dark.

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    Pacer's Game

    by staindesign Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    The Pacers are the NBA team of Indianapolis. It is fun to go to a game, parking is fairly easy around the Conseco FieldHouse. Tickets are about $10 half way up. The bottom half of the stadium is seasonal tickets.
    Also something to mention, the Brinkers (Conseco) FieldHouse also hosts many concerts, so if you are planning to be in town you should check out ticketmaster.com to see who might be preforming.

    *Like most sports teams the ticket price is varied based upon how well they are performing.

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    Breweries in Indy

    by bocmaxima Written Aug 20, 2011

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    Indianapolis is fortunate to have several very good breweries and brewpubs, as well as a collection of good beer bars. Breweries are places that brew beer and do not serve food. In Indiana, breweries cannot sell pints on the premises. They can, however, fill larger containers such as 32oz "half growlers" or 64oz growlers for consumption elsewhere. Growler glasses are sold on site for an additional fee (usually $3-4), or you can bring your own. Instead, breweries provide free tastings. Tastings are administered in plastic cups, generally about 3oz. Some breweries limit your tastings with tickets, while others let you try everything once. You must be 21 to enter a brewery. Brewpubs are places that brew beer on the premises, sell the beer in pints, and also sell food and other alcoholic drinks. Because of the restaurant element, you can enter brewpubs if you're under 21. Beer bars do not brew their own beer and have a full bar (i.e. - liquor).
    The following is a list of breweries in the city.
    Indiana recently changed the law so that, although you still cannot buy beer outside of a bar on Sundays, you can now fill a growler on Sundays, so many breweries are now open on Sundays.

    Sun King (http://sunkingbrewing.com/): Sun King is the easiest to spot around the state (in 16oz cans) and is the largest microbrewery in the city. Tastings are ticketed and there are normally about five beers on tap.

    Flat 12 (http://flat12.me/): Flat 12 is available throughout the state on tap (an updated list is on their web site). It's a very popular brewery and there's only street parking available. There is a lobby area where growlers are filled and another room where tastings are given. They have roughly ten beers on tap at a time. Food is also available just outside the door from a vendor and there is a nice outdoor patio area. Very good beer.

    Bier (http://www.bierbrewery.com/): Kind of out in the middle of no where, but it is worth the drive as they do a very good job and don't distribute. The staff are nice and welcoming and it's a good space for tasting.

    My order of preference is the reverse of what's presented here (Bier, Flat 12, Sun King) based on the beer each brewery produces.

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    Indiana History

    by gkitzmil Updated May 8, 2011

    The Indiana Experience and the William H. Smith Memorial Library are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    Basile History Market is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    The Stardust Terrace Café is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday

    The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center is closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The building is also closed on the following Mondays: Presidents Day, Easter Monday, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.

    Indiana Experience Admission
    IHS members
    FREE

    Adult
    $7

    Senior (60 and over)
    $6.50
    Youth (5 through 17)
    $5
    Child under 5
    FREE

    Also, it is located in the canal district on the canal so it begs for you to take a nice walk on a sunny day.

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    NCAA Hall of Champions

    by djramey Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Hall of Champions is the hall of fame of all college and university sports. In the United States, college sports are more than a sport, they are a pastime. A pastime playing and probably more so, a pastime watching from home on cold nights during basketball season or even cooler afternoons of college football.

    This Hall of Champions was moved to Indianapolis after the NCAA moved to the city in 2000. With the NCAA national headquarters located in this city, known as the amateur sports capital of the world, US$10 million was set to build this facinating Hall. In the Great Hall visitors can view banners of the current champions in all 87 NCAA sports. A 1920's gymnasium is on the second floor which gives visitors a view of various sporting equipments. 25,000 square feet of space allows visitors ample space to view various exhibits.

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    Baseball in Indianapolis

    by djramey Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When attending Indianapolis, one must consider the season it is at the particular time to determine what to see and where. If you visit Indy during baseball season I would recommend above all attending a baseball game at Victory Field.

    The Indianapolis Indians, a Triple-A ball club (the level below the Major Leages), play in what has been considered by many to be the top minor league ball diamond in the country. It has been recognized as the "Best Minor League Park in America" by Baseball America and Sports Illustrated. With an excellent view from anyone of the 12,500 seats in the stadium I would recommend bringing a blanket to sit with up to 2,000 others, and plop yourself down in the family oriented grassy knoll just the other side of the outfield fence.

    Victory Field draws its name from the Indianapolis Indians’ former home. Originally opened as Perry Stadium in 1931, that ballpark held the name Victory Field from 1942 to 1967 celebrating the United States’ victory in World War II. After being named in honor of former player, manager, and team president Owen J. Bush on August 30, 1967, Bush Stadium closed its gates to professional baseball on July 3, 1996.

    Tickets are very cheap and so is the food in this stadium. Expect to spend no more than US$30-40 on a night at the stadium, and that is including ticket prices. Victory Field, an excellent place to watch baseball, is a must hit spot in Indianapolis.

    You might also luck into seeing a firework show that happens at various times throughout the year.

    Victory Field is within walking distance of Monument Circle, White River Park, and the White River Canal Walk. It is the perfect place to head out before a special walk with someone special.

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    Christ Episcopal Church on Monument Circle

    by atufft Written Oct 19, 2010

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    On the north side of Monument Circle stands the Christ Episcopal Church, which standing in the shadows of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and a very tall modern building behind it. The Episcopal Church is by far the oldest structure on Monument Circle, having a cornerstone that was laid in 1837, and a spire that was added no later than 1869. Thus, for some 60 years, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument was not the major feature of Monument Circle, while this venerable old church was. Needless to say, Indiana is dominated by Protestant Christian Churches. The church architecture in this case is described as of the English Gothic Style, and though I didn't do so, it's recommended that visitors take time to look inside: Flying arches of age-darkened wood sweep beneath the vaulted roof. Pews and chancel are styled after those of early English cathedrals.*

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    Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Monument, Part II

    by atufft Written Oct 19, 2010

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    The Eli Lilly Civil War Museum in the cramped basement of the memorial is free and worth a quick walk through. The most significant contribution to the many such museums around the nation is the unique contribution of Indiana to the conflict. While no battles were fought in Indiana, the state was a major contributor of men and material to the Union forces.

    Another interesting feature of the monument is it's attraction for wedding couples. We saw five wedding parties on the pleasant Fall day that I was there. In addition, there are horse drawn carriages that cue up on the circle. I saw a horse drinking from a memorial fountain where water poured out of bronze American Bison heads. Check out other close up details of this monument.

    The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Monument remembers all the conflicts fought by Indiana, from wars with the Indians through Spanish-American War.

    Horse Drinking at the Soldier and Sailors Monument Bride Climbing the Stairs of the Memorial Street Lamp at Indiana Memorial Sculptural Detail on the Indiana War Memorial Fountain on the Indian War Memorial
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    Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument

    by atufft Updated Oct 19, 2010

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    Located in the center of Monument Circle, and the center of Indianapolis, this 284 foot tall monument symbolizes overall to me the unique Hoosier combination of individual hoosier states rights beliefs, unionist political attitude, and Indiana corporate sponsorship. Funded by carefully allocated state government payments, and designed by German architect Bruno Schmitz, one gets the impression that this was nevertheless built by the pharmaceutical corporation founder, Eli Lilly, whose modest Civil War Museum occupies the basement of the structure. The use of Indiana stone and outstanding bronze details are truely world-class and worthy of careful study. Besides the basic obelisk like tower, there are ornate cast bronze street lamps, and large fountain. The monument was complete in 1901 and remained the tallest structure until quite recently due to planning code law. Supposedly, buildings can be taller as long as they don't cast a shadow on the memorial, which means basically that no building on Monument Circle, east, west, or south can be built taller. So the modern skyscraper buildings of downtown are not actually in the center of town. Nevertheless the base of the monument was in shadow on the westside during our visit.

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  • Unique bikes and boats from Wheel Fun Rentals

    by Al.S Written Jul 24, 2009

    There are many great opportunities to rent unique cycles and boats. With everything from beach cruisers and mountain bikes, to four wheelers, to surreys that can fit up to eight, the whole family will be happy. Bikes can be rented at the Eagle Creek Park Marina and the White River State Park, and fun boats can be rented at the Canal Walk and the Eagle Creek Park Marina.

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    Drive on North Meridian Street

    by highlandlaura Written Apr 25, 2008

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    An interesting drive/road-trip is North Meridian Street between 38th Street and N. 62nd Street, ending at Broadripple Village. Large original estate houses beautifully maintained. A pleasant study in old architecture. The Governor's Mansion is near 38th Street.

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    City Market

    by Toughluck Written Oct 16, 2007

    Located east of Monument Circle is the City Market. It is still the fresh produce market that it has always been. Althought, it's also become a fun place for lunch. You can browse the stalls to find fresh produce, fresh meat (cut to order), flowers, and have lunch. The market closes early but is open early.

    City Market National Historic Register Site

    Recommended: Breakfast and lunch stands have everything from Irish (stuffed potatoes) to Italian, Middle Eastern/Greek, and American cuisine. Gourmet foodstuffs are for sale as well.

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    Fountain Square Theatre

    by staindesign Written Sep 22, 2007

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    3 friday nights a month they have a live swing dance band. It is $7-$8 to get in to dance. If you want to get a swing dancing lesson before, arrive at 8pm and the cost is $12.

    They also rent out this ballroom for events. I went recently for a friends' wedding. It was really great. The ballroom is beautiful and the people that own the place will provide the food, wait staff, bartenders, and clean up. The only negative thing i could say is that they stereo equipment or speeckers where terrible, it was difficult to understand anyone that use the microphone. So unfortunately, I never heard the best man's speech or the father of the brides' speech.

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    Latino Fest

    by staindesign Written Sep 16, 2007

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    The latino fest is something to fun during the middle of Sept. They have food from all over the Latin American countries, my favorite is a combo plate from the peruvian stand, $7 = white beans, rice, chicken on a stick, & boiled yucca(potato-like). And the other great thing is a steak on a stick, $5 from the Colombian stand. As for entertainment, they had traditional dancing and it was really fun to watch. Another interested area was the tents that line the sides of the park, they had traditional crafts from some of the latin countries.

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