Walkable Fun in Indianapolis

When you think of a city adventure, do you think about unique shopping and eateries? Or maybe family fun, like a zoo or recreation. You can find all that and more in our biggest city, where there’s something new around every turn.

About This Road Trip

Mass Ave on Indy Cultural Trail
Mass Ave on Indy Cultural Trail

Welcome to Our Neighborhoods

A road trip to Indianapolis is like a getaway to several places because each area has its own story to share. Hang out on Mass Ave for an artsy vibe, with out-there theater, unique shops, and great dining and live music at places like Union 50. In the Fountain Square district, catch a retro-yet-modern feel as you go duckpin bowling or swing dancing and see what the chef has prepared at popular spots like Bluebeard, named for a book by Indy native Kurt Vonnegut, or Milktooth, famous for world-inspired breakfast and lunch. You can walk or bike the Indy Cultural Trail. Find something old-but-new at Broad Ripple Vintage in the heart of another neighborhood known for dining, shopping and nightlife.

Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis Zoo

Families Love Indianapolis

At the Indianapolis Zoo, you’ll be among the first to experience Tembo Camp, the new expansive home for African elephants. Kids love staying in the Pullman Train Car Rooms at Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station. There’s so much for families to explore at White River State Park, including the Indiana State Museum. You can even rent a surrey at Wheel Fun Rentals to pedal around the park. Plus, Time for Kids ranked The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis one of the coolest places in the world! Explore five floors of fun plus the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience.

White River State Park
White River State Park

Checking Out Museums

There’s a lot to explore outside at Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts. Plus, the Newfields Beer Garden is the perfect place to relax and recharge as you taste seasonal beers, ciders and wine. Step inside a specific time and place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Spend a few days in White River State Park, home to the Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and NCAA Hall of Champions. The new Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is the only museum championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of this Indianapolis author.

GoApe! Treetop Adventure
GoApe! Treetop Adventure

Big-City Sports & Rec

Bring your sticks for a few rounds of golf. Among our many courses are three designed by Pete Dye: The Fort Golf Resort, Brickyard Crossing (including a 4-hole stretch inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), and Maple Creek Golf and Country Club, Dye's first. Be high above the ground at GoApe! Treetop Adventure with five ziplines and 39 obstacles. Test your driving skills at Sarah Fisher’s Speedway Indoor Karting, featuring two adrenaline-inducing tracks.

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