Downtown Indianapolis: Livable and Lovable!

Indianapolis was recently ranked as the most livable downtown by livability.com. This got us thinking about all the things we love about downtown Indianapolis.

Walkability

While one can easily drive, take a bus, or catch a cab downtown, Indy is also a walker and biker’s paradise. The entire downtown district is only 6 square miles so it’s easy to zip from one end to the other on a bike and it’s also so aesthetically pleasing it's a shame to zoom through in a car. Before hosting the Superbowl in 2012, the city commissioned many street art projects. You’ll also find a beautiful canal downtown to walk, bike, or even paddle boat down. And don’t forget to take a stroll through one of the many downtown parks or green spaces including White River State Park and Indianapolis’ oldest park, Military Park.

Museums A-Plenty

Downtown Indianapolis is home to several nationally acclaimed museums. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the world’s largest children’s museum at 472,900 square feet. It houses 11 always exciting galleries and sees more than 1.2 million visitors a year! The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with it’s mission to “inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history, and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America,” has been ranked among the world’s best. The NCAA Hall of Champions offers two levels of artifacts, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits which inspires a deep appreciation of the student-athlete.

Other downtown museums include the Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theatre, The Indiana War Memorial Museum, and the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum.

Historical Sites

A visit to downtown Indianapolis is sure to please the history buff. Historical sites include the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which was commissioned in 1887 to commemorate the sacrifices that many Hoosiers made during the Civil War. On Delaware Street, the history buff can find the home of our 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison. The James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home was named a National Historic Landmark in 1962. When visitors walk into the home, they are transferred back to the early 20th century and experience what the famous Hoosier poet’s home life was like. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center isn’t a historical site, but it does allow visitors to learn about Indiana’s past. The center includes a cafe, library, and theater.

Nightlife

After a day of visiting downtown Indianapolis’ museums and historical sites, paint the town red! Grab dinner at one of 300 restaurants and then kick back with a drink. It’s easy to find a bar or club downtown Indy. Want to watch the game? Try Kilroy’s, which was voted by Indianapolis residents as the best sports bar in the city. 

Want to go dancing? Try any number of dance clubs such as Tiki Bob’s, Howl at the Moon, 6 Lounge, or Ike and Jonesy's. Looking for something more upscale? Grab a martini at Nicky Blaine’s or get bottle service at Blu Nightclub.

What do you love about downtown Indianapolis?