From cultural museums to historic sites, vintage to eclectic shopping, outdoor fun and entertainment activities, live music, and peppy and electrifying nightlife, Indianapolis has everything that suits your interest. Create lasting memories at Indy, where there is no dearth of fun and edutainment activities. Here’s a 24 hour guide to make your travel to Indianapolis exciting and memorable one!
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9:00am- Breakfast at Cafe Patachou
Kick start your morning with savory omelets and yummy waffles at Cafe Patachou. Cafe Patachou has an extensive menu that caters to all palates.
Address: 4911 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46205, United States
10:00am- Explore Indy through Indianapolis Cultural Trail!
Hit the 8-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a walking and biking trail that joins the city’s six cultural districts- the Wholesale district, Fountain Square, Canal, Mass Ave, the White River State Park and Indiana Avenue. Experience the real flavors of downtown Indy at this spot!
Address: 132 W. Walnut St., Indianapolis, IN 46201, United States
11:00am- Experience the taste of Art at Contemporary Art Museum!
Contemporary Art Museum is located in the chic Fountain Square culture district. The museum showcases the artworks of the contemporary artists.
Address: 1043 Virginia Ave., Ste. 5, Indianapolis, IN 46203, United States
Distance from Indianapolis Cultural Trail: 1.6 miles or 5 minutes drive
Some more art, culture and history! Head over to Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
(500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States) which is just 2.1 miles away from Contemporary Art Museum. Know about the various facets of life in the America’s Wild West in this museum.
12:00pm- Encounter with various animal species at the Indianapolis Zoo!
Head over to the Indianapolis Zoo where in you get to touch the shark, watch sea lions, polar bears, elephant bathing, and more. Catch up the dolphin show, orangutans exhibits, Penguin feeding, and Indy zoo’s special-World of Waters building. There are special seasonal events held at this spot throughout the year.
Address: 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222, United States
Distance from Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art: 0.9 miles or 2 minutes drive
1:00pm- Race car enthusiast, head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum!
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame museum has exhibits of several racing teams, the aerodynamics of racing car, and several race memorabilia displays. Do take a tour of the famed oval track. This spot also hosts some of the famous events-Indy 500
and the Brickyard 400
. This spot is an Indy must see!
Address: 4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222, United States
Distance from Indianapolis Zoo: 4.3 miles or 11 minutes drive
2:00pm-Out to Lunch
Feed your stomach with scrumptious lunch. Up for some barbeque, head over to Barbecue and Bourbon (1414 Main Street), for delectable donuts and Indian fare, drop by Long’s Bakery (Long's Bakery), or if you’re hankering for some Mexican or Spanish cuisine, head to The Tamale Place (5242 Rockville Rd.), go to Sushi Club (7230 W 10th St) that serves Japanese and sushi cuisines.
3:00pm- Explore the Indy Art at Indianapolis Museum of Art!
Art lovers, head over to the Indianapolis Museum of Art that features a collection of European, Asian and African artworks and artifacts. Among its popular possessions are South Pacific and Native American works of art. Eclectic collection!
Address: 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, United States
4:00pm- Edutainment Session at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis!
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum in the world. It features a 5-level playground where you can learn and enjoy art, culture and history. Dig for fossils, shop at Egyptian market, learn about solar system, and many more things are available for kids fun and entertainment. This museum offers many interesting hands-on exhibits. You’ll surely be entertained all day long at this spot!
Address: 3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, United States
Distance from Indianapolis Museum of Art: 2.4 miles or 6 minutes drive
5:00pm- Time for some retail therapy! Go Shopping!
For shopping, head over to the Circle Center Mall that has over 100 specialty stores, such as Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Gap, and many more; several dining options, a United Artists movie theater, two bars and an entertainment center as well. This mall has everything you need!
Address: 49 W Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States
Distance from Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: 3.8 miles or 10 minutes drive
Still in shopping mood? Head over to the Fountain Square. This spot is full of antique shops, art galleries, boutique shops and unique stores selling flowers, musical instruments and home decor. Some of the events, such as wine tastings and live music concerts are regularly held here. This district has a retro charm!
Address: Virginia Ave. at Shelby & Prospect Sts., Indianapolis, IN 46203, United States
Distance from Circle Center Mall: 2.1 miles or 7 minutes drive
7:00pm- An aperitif!
Head over to Osteria Pronto, an Italian restaurant for some drinks. This place has a modern decor, delicious Italian fare and extensive wine list that celebrate Italy.
Address: 10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States
Distance from Fountain Square: 2.1 miles or 8 minutes drive
8:00pm- Relaxing Stroll at Indianapolis Canal Walk!
Get some fresh air and enjoy the views of the city at Indianapolis Canal Walk. Stroll around the trails of this beautiful oasis; go for a gondola ride at the Indianapolis Canal. Enjoy the nature and striking views of the city. Serenity seekers, this is your spot!
Address: 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States
Distance from Osteria Pronto: 1.0 miles or 3 minutes drive
Treat yourself with scrumptious dinner at R Bistro (888 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States) which serves American cuisines with a twist, or head over to St Elmo Steak House (127 S Illinois St #2, Indianapolis, IN 46225, United States) famous for its steak, shrimp cocktail dished out with homemade sauce, and impressive wine list. You can also go to Iaria's Italian Restaurant (317 S College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States) for authentic, Italian-style homemade fare.
10:00pm- Indianapolis comes alive when the sunsets!
Indy has wealth of nightlife options. Up for a unique atmosphere, creative cocktails and delectable fare, head over to Libertine (608 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States), an upscale and modern spot.
Shake a leg to the DJs music that ranges from Top 40, hip hop and Latin, while sipping drinks at Blu (240 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, United States). For some retro atmosphere, cool Jazz music well-mixed martinis and cigars, Hang out at the Nicky Blaine's (20 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States).
12:00am- Continue your night at Howl At the Moon!
Have a blast at Howl At the Moon, a lively bar with non-stop music! Put on your dancing shoes, and get on the floor to dance to the music ranging from classic, pop to hip-hop. High energy flows at this spot! Kick back with some drinks!
Address: 20 E Georgia St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States
Distance from Libertine: 1.2 miles or 5 minutes drive
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