Indianapolis Travel Guide

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Indianapolis Things to Do

  • Monument Circle

    Every year the Friday night after thanksgiving the city of Indianapolis presents The Circle of Lights. It's best to arrive early around 6pm. The show begins around 7pm, which is local talent singing Christmas songs. Then around 8/8.30pm Santa arrives on an old time fire truck. Santa is the presenter that lights up the lights that surround the...

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  • White River Canal

    This is one of the best places to hang out on a sunny day in Indy. You can people watch, ride paddle boats, ride bikes, walk, etc. Recently I've heard that you can ride in gondolas in the summer, which I haven't had the chance to do, but it sounds fun. Best of all.....It's FREE!

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  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A trip to Indianapolis is not complete without a visit to the Indy 500 Motor Speedway, built in 1909. It does not matter if you are a racing car buff or simply curious. The otherwise sleepy side of Indianapolis comes alive on Memorial Day weekend with the Indy 500, a 500 mile race participated in by international teams and attended by around...

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Indianapolis Hotels

Indianapolis Restaurants

  • St. Elmo's Steak House

    4 out of 5 stars

    St. Elmo's is an Indy tradition. Been there for over 100 years. Known for great steaks & furnace hot shrimp sauce. We had not been there for years, but had visiting relatives from New England and wanted to show them a famous place. First thing that wasn't "right" was when the entrees were served, the 2 men in the party were served first!!!!!!! This...

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  • Rathskeller

    4 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant is famous for its German food but if you come from Germany or Austria and want to eat "Wiener Schnitzel" better leave it. The american Schnitzels aren't as good as the ones you know from restaurants in Europe. I thought they tasted a bit sweet and they do not have the special taste of Schnitzel. To be fair I have to say that I have...

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  • Buca di Beppo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Buca di Beppo is a chain restaurant with good Italian food. All dining is meant to be done family style with huge portions. Small portions serve 2-3 people and large portions serve 4-6. This is a good place if you are going out with a big group of people. The dining rooms are festive and decorated with all kinds of interesting photos and Italian...

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Indianapolis Nightlife

  • Local Beer in Indy

    Indianapolis has quite a local beer scene, supplementing an already very active brewery scene in Indiana as a whole. These are a few places to visit if you're looking to sample some local beer.- Tomlinson's Tap: Inside the City Market in Downtown Indy, they have the best tap selection in the city. It rotates constantly and it's exclusively...

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  • Saturday Night Salsa

    I actually like this place. It is a resturant by day and then on saturday nights they open up the place for dancing. They have a bar area, which is nice to start off the night of dancing. In my opinion, it become much to packed and like a sauna. So they opened the dining room up and they have a separate DJ, it is mainly salsa and bachata. I like...

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  • The Kellerbar...inside the Rathskeller

    The Kellerbar is one of my favorite bars in Indianapolis, even though it has gotten overly crowded and popular, in fact, I like it that way as it makes it even authentic to a Munich beer hall. The Kellerbar is located inside the classic Barvarian style Rathskeller restaurant and all that is inside the even larger Athenaeum Building. For over a...

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Indianapolis Transportation

  • Free bus service downtown!

    A really cool thing just began in Indianapolis, a bus called the"Red Line" just began. It has a certain route and you can ride it for free and get off basically anywhere that you want. It frequents ever 15 mins. I think it is great, especially if you are on IUPUI campus for school and you need to get downtown. Of course it is nice for tourists, you...

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  • HyperFix

    Currently Indy is experiencing the Hyperfix. They have closed down most of the highways through the downtown to make some much needed repairs. Traveling through Indy is almost impossible, unless you know the sidestreets. If you must pass through, the suggested routes are on I-465. However, this is also going through some major overhaul on the...

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  • Indianapolis (lack of) transportation

    A tip/warning for visitors from a frustated resident:If, like me, you prefer to do your traveling without being burdened by driving a car in an unfamiliar city, you'd better choose a different destination. Indianapolis has for some decades now had probably the worst bus system of any city its size in the country. This is not my opinion--the...

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Indianapolis Shopping

  • Vintage clothing

    Lovely decor and so many cool clothes! Good thing everything is one of a kind and won't all fit me or i'd be broke. all eras and some new designer. 1950's suits and loys of jewelry. Vintage clothes paradise! Excellent pricing

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  • Downtown Mall

    You need it, they have it. It's Circle Center a 4-story downtown mall. It's built into the existing blocks, keeping most of the original facades and includes the original hotels and department stores on this two block area. But it's been inproved. The interior is a 4-story artium linking rows of major brand shops and restaurants to meet your...

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  • Fashion Mall

    This mall is the most expensive in all of Indianapolis. They have Saks 5th Ave., Bebe, PotteryBarn, Crate & barrel, etc.... Plus they have a bunch of small designer shops also. Of course they have great stuff, but boy is it pricy. If you are into this kind of thing, this is the place for you. It is a mall, so they have everything that you could...

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Indianapolis Local Customs

  • Greek Festival

    Every September, usually the first weekend after Labor Day on Friday and Saturday, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church holds its annual Greek Festival. This is a very popular event in Indianapolis and one of the biggest and most successful Greek festivals in the country.A live band plays, Greek dance groups perform, and foods such as tiropita,...

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  • Where ya gonna live?

    This is a great tool if you ever want to move to Indy. You can find one of these guides at almost any grocery store, i believe all except Wal-marts. They are color coded and are divided up by area or neighborhood. This is such a great tool and I have used it several times since i've lived here. It takes alot of guess work out of driving around town...

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  • Conseco Arena

    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.

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Indianapolis Warnings and Dangers

  • Indy's safety

    We were just looking for someplace to travel to and I looked up another city and the review kind of scared me so I decided to look up Indianapolis to see what it said. I agree with the gentleman who said our public transportation needs some help. I have heard this from several people who have visited here or moved here from other states or...

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  • Rotten Public Transportation

    If, like me, you prefer to do your traveling without being burdened by driving a car in an unfamiliar city, choose a different destination. Indianapolis has for some decades now had probably the worst bus system of any city its size in the country. This is not my opinion--the statistics bear it out. Many buses run only once per hour, some less than...

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  • Naptown

    there r a lot of things to see in the city, a lot of places to go , there is no need to venture outside of indianapolis unless u want to be harrassed by cops and/or to get lost ...if you do decided to venture out , watch the speed limit !!!!! it's is very important you will get a ticket for nuthin(trust me ) i have lived there for about 22yrs i...

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Indianapolis Tourist Traps

  • it's all true

    AFTER READING COMMENT ABOUT THE "TRACK", NASHVILLE, AND DEER CREEK, I MUST CONFESS THEY ARE ALL TRUE. INDY IS JUST BRIGHT LIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIG CORNFIELD. UNLESS YOUR AUTO PLATES BEGIN WITH 29, YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO GO TO THE CREEK. TRY GREENSBURG FOR THE TREE, OR PERHAPS PARKE CO. FOR THE BRIDGES. McCORMICK'S CREEK, AND TURKEY RUN HAVE BROWN...

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  • CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

    If concerts are your thing and you're heading this way to visit the Verizon Music Center...formerly Deer Creek...your troubles are just beginning. Whether it's the burly staff they hire to keep the young ones in line (i'm 48 they don't bother me anymore) or the horrible parking job they can't seem to ever get right before and after shows, you'll...

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  • Nashville, IN - once a true...

    Nashville, IN - once a true artist colony it is now mostly gift shops and junk. Yes, the scenery IS gorgeous but it is just as nice in Bloomington. So exit Interstate 65, go first to Storey Indiana - it is VERY charming, then stop for one hour in Nashville (about 20 minutes off I-64) and proceed another 20 minutes West to Bloomington. You'll thank...

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Indianapolis What to Pack

  • from HOT to COLD

    Pack enough fo the season - temperatures can vary widely here bring good shoes for walking. If you stay in the one-mile city area you don't need to use a car, bus, or taxi

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  • Packing List...for the Big City

    Cold in the winter, hot in the summer...so dress accordingly Growing up in the country around Indianapolis, we had cow pastures and corn fields all around us. So, when I go to the big city, I like to take my cow prod and an ear of corn with me...

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  • Packing List

    Indianapolis has all 4 seasons. If you come in November-early April you will need winter clothes and boots for rain and sometime snow. Summer is hot, fall and spring are the most pleasent times to be here. No special needed. All available here. Everything you need you can buy here. No beaches here, so no beach ware.

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Indianapolis Off The Beaten Path

  • Center of Indiana's Government

    Visit the the fourth statehouse of Indiana. The third statehouse was condemned in 1876. The General Assembly relocated to a large office building that had been built in 1865 and was already housing the Supreme Court. The Governor and the executive staff relocated to another office building. The office building was used as the statehouse during the...

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  • Monument Circle: Circle of lights...

    The Festival of Lights is a yearly tradition. From 6-7pm is the preshow and then from 7-8pm is the actual show that is televised. At 7.50 the tree/monument is lite up, carrols are sang, and fireworks explode above. This city knows how to ring in Christmas. The crowds are large and it is best to arrive early and dress warm!It takes a lot to get the...

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  • Side Trip: Exotic Feline Rescue Center

    The Exotic Feline Rescue Center is a truly hidden gem in Indiana. It's unfortunate that the rescue has to even exist bc people here believe it's a good idea to make money by breeding or getting these wild animals as pets. I personally think a domestic cat can be pretty demanding, not to mention a 150+ wild cat. There are 226 rescued cats living at...

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Indianapolis Sports & Outdoors

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    The US Grand Prix is held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year. It has the highest attendance of all races on the F1 circuit. The course is not as beautiful as other F1 venues, but it is historic and a great place to take in a race. After all, Indianapolis is all about racing. The race is held every June starting in 2004 (previously...

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  • Indiana Pacers

    The Indiana Pacers are an NBA team that joined the league in 1976. Before that, they were members of the ABA. They have a colorful history that has seen championships in the ABA and successful seasons in the NBA. The franchise's all-time greatest player is no doubt Reggie Miller, who played for the team from 1987 to his retirement in 2005. The...

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  • RCA Tennis Championships

    Each year the Indianapolis Tennis Center, which is part of the Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), hosts the RCA Championships. That is an ATP tennis tournament with some of the best players in the world. In 2003 the tournament took place from July 19 to July 27. The stadium court has 8,000 seats for the audience. In total...

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Indianapolis Favorites

  • Colts Country!

    Downtown is nice, Circle Center Mall in the center of downtown is something definitely not to miss out on, Circle Center feature some great stores like Nordstrom, Persian and other big names. We have an IMAX theater, Zoo, Canal and White River Gardens all accessible via Washington St....(West, do not go East...Very Ugly!) We just got a the new...

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  • Summer Concert Season

    Summer is the season for concerts in Indianapolis with 2 large outdoor concert venues, Verizon Wireless Music Center and the WhiteLies.tv Lawn at White River State Park, plus year round concerts at places like Conseco Fieldhouse and the Murat Theater. Verizon is located at the extreme edge of the suburbs in Noblesville, some 20 miles from downtown....

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  • Union Station

    Built to replace the first Union Station in the United States, meaning that the tracks and facilities were usable by all railroad companies. This immense Romanesque Revival structure helped Indianapolis become second only to Chicago as a hub of railroad traffic in the Midwestern United States. - It was added to the National Register of Historic...

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