Easily accessible Indianapolis

Indianapolis is the sort of metropolis Levelers beloved - tidily position out downtown amongst sports, theaters, museums, the zoo, proficient restaurants together with nighttime life within a relatively short, grade walk. Other things you lot desire to run into are within slow accomplish of  world shipping together with cabs.

It volition surprise you lot amongst how much it has to offering together with how eager its residents are to assist you lot uncovering the best of their town. In short, a metropolis amongst urban sophistication together with Midwest charm.

I was in that location for a convention that I oftentimes wished would instruct away together with thence I could bask to a greater extent than of the city.

Where to stay

I stayed at the JW Marriott, world's largest, which is across the street from the Indiana Convention Center, Victory Field Baseball Park, White River State Park. Indiana State Museum together with IMAX Theater, Eiteljorg Museum together with the Visitors Center. It's a huge, well-appointed together with located hotel amongst an attentive manager, but - Tip - you lot volition walk a lot betwixt your room together with an exit. Nearby together with also across from the Convention Center are the Marriott together with Westin.

Another block away or together with thence are Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Suites, Staybridge Suites together with Crowne Plaza, all across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. domicile of the Colts.

Other downtown hotels include Hyatt Regency, Omni Severin, Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn, Canterbury, Embassy Suites, Contrad, Hilton Garden Inn, Sheraton, Hilton, Residence Inn yesteryear Marriott and Courtyard yesteryear Marriott.

Surprised to uncovering together with thence many? So was I.

What to see

Walk, job, cycle or gondola at White River State Park.
White River State Park is correct downtown amongst walking, jogging, Segway together with biking trails, the White River for boating or taking a gondola ride, the Indianapolis Zoo together with White River Garden addition 3 major museums.

Just i of the Indianapolis Zoo's many attractions.
Indianapolis Zoo together with White River Garden features 350 dissimilar brute species inwards nearly seventy wooded acres together with a 3.3-acre garden.
Tip: This volition produce total one-half a 24-hour interval together with thence don't excogitation anything strenuous afterwards.

NCAA fans come upward here.
NCAA Hall of Champions together with Conference Center is to college sports fans what the Kentucky Horse Park is to Equus caballus lovers. Covering 23 sports, you're fountain to uncovering a grouping or a schoolhouse you've rooted for.

Indiana State Museum
 Indiana State Museum together with IMAX Theater is 3 stories of dinosaurs, a prehistoric giant squid, Indiana fine art together with i of the world's largest collections of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. Kids of all ages beloved it together with the six-story-high hide of the IMAX Theater.

The Eiteljorg is a must see.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians together with Western Art is a gem, no ifs, ands or buts well-nigh it. If you've never heard of it, welcome to the club. Anyone whose childhood included cowboys together with Indians volition relive those glory days equally they uncovering onetime friends - originals rather than the mediocre reproductions, genuine artifacts rather than tourist reproductions - inwards the museum's galleries together with hallways. It's worth a one-half 24-hour interval of fourth dimension together with the store simply powerfulness overstep away along you lot in that location for the residual of the day. H5N1 must see.
Tip: There are steps hither but it's good worth the endeavor to instruct inwards together with around.

Indiana Roof Ballroom, since 1927 the downtown identify to hold out for music together with social events, is higher upward the Indiana Repertory Theater. It's a remarkable infinite amongst a neat trip the low-cal fantastic floor.

Who could resist a edifice that looks similar this?
 The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is away from downtown but don't immature lady it. I did together with can't hold off to instruct dorsum together with pass a 24-hour interval here. The life-sized dinosaurs "crashing through" the building's outside produce it irresistible together with kid magazine says it's non exclusively the world's largest children's museum but the best. That's recommendation plenty for me.

IMA has the starting fourth dimension Love.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, also away from downtown, is roughly other surprise. Not the starting fourth dimension iconic Love sculpture yesteryear native boy Robert Indiana, but the depth of its collection together with its beautiful grounds, genuinely a 100-acre park. They include a sculpture garden that I didn't accept fourth dimension to catch (night was falling equally I arrived). The collection - rich inwards Turners, Gauguins, Seurats, O'Keefes together with an early on Rembrandt self-portrait - was process enough.
Tip: Elevators are conveniently located.

Good Sports

The Colts weren't playing together with thence I can't tell you lot well-nigh Lucas Oil Stadium, but if you lot tin grab an Indians baseball game game at Victory Field, process yourself to it. Small, well-equipped (good beer) amongst neat sight-lines, it's a fun place.

Of class the Brickyard, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway , is a must-see fifty-fifty if you lot aren't a race fan. It's huge. Not simply the track, which is darned impressive, but the complex, from the museum to the golf game class (!). Yes, golf game course. Take a facilities tour because otherwise you lot won't believe that the rails lone is together with thence large that Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Coliseum and The Holy See all tin tally within the oval.i

Hard to imagine what it must hold out similar on race days, but you lot tin instruct the racing experience, riding along amongst a professional person driver on the actual track. I did a stride auto ride along amongst Indy driver Martin Plowman. Fast together with fun, fun, fun, although hell on hairdos.

H5N1 few race 24-hour interval facts:
• 15,000 gallons of beer are consumed together with v tons of hamburger
• 4,900 tires are used
• plenty gas for the 3-MPG race cars.
• The Indy 500 is the world's largest single-day sporting event.

Tip: It's large but it's apartment amongst elevators to the higher spots.

Where to eat

Attending a convention where trouble concern is done at meals doesn't leave of absence many opportunities for dinging out but I did grapple to attempt 2 really dissimilar spots inwards the restaurant-filled Broad Ripple district.
Chef Valerie of Zest.

Zest is i you lot powerfulness accept heard of thank you lot to Guy Fieri's pop Food Network "Diners, Drive-Ins together with Dives" show.  Fun, quirky together with casual, amongst a dog-friendly patio, it's the project of beloved of Executive Chef/Partner Valerie Vanderpool. Think uptown versions of down-home favorite foods. If her halibut is on the menu, I tin attest it's excellent. Warning: Portions are huge.

Whatever is served at Recess volition hold out creative together with fresh.
Recess, inwards So Bro (south of Broad Ripple) is the small, industrial sleek culinary playground for Chef/Owner Greg Hardesty. It's four-course prix fixe ($52-$58, vino together with alcoholic beverages extra) together with he cooks what he wants amongst the carte du jour changing every day. You won't instruct staff of life - "People eat likewise much bread," said Hardesty. Sample carte du jour for Jan. 26, 2013: hedgehog mushroom together with shrimp salad, preserved lemon, salsify, rosemary, arugula; fillet of fluke, SG capicola, greenish beans, scarlet grapes, dark-brown butter puy lentils;  Fischer Farms beef striploin, bluish cheese creamed spinach, infant scarlet potatoes, turnips, scarlet vino gastrique; oatmeal doughnut, maple banana mousse, blueberries, hazelnuts for $54. If you similar what he's cooking, you'll instruct your money's worth. Reservations are a must.

 After hours

Slippery Noodle Inn has alive blues vii nights a week.

The Slippery Noodle Inn downtown is non exclusively the oldest bar inwards Indiana (1850), according to Rolling Stone magazine together with a host of pals, it's i of the nation's top blues bars.

Easily accessible Indianapolis