Spring break in Indianapolis!
March 8, 2010 2:11 PM   Subscribe

What are some places/restaurants I can visit while I'm in Indy city?

Just wanted to get some suggestions on how to spend next week in Indianapolis. I will be about 15-20 minutes from the downtown area. Does anyone have some must-see places to go while I'm there? Whenever I travel I like to support the local stores and restaurants. What are some Indy businesses that I can support while I'm there? Any other tips or suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
posted by Junior687 to Travel & Transportation around Indianapolis, IN (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Cafe Patachou and Yats are two in my parents neighborhood that I like.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 2:16 PM on March 8, 2010

I would suggest hitting St. Elmo Steak House. If you are into photography at all, Robert's Imaging is right down the block. Great store.
posted by Silvertree at 2:36 PM on March 8, 2010

I always suggest spending a long afternoon at the IMA.

15-20 minutes from downtown can put you just about anywhere in the county. Where, exactly, will you be? North side? South side?
posted by Thorzdad at 2:37 PM on March 8, 2010

There are some interesting local shops located along Massachuesetts Avenue downtown, including a great pizza place called Bazbeaux. If you're interested in art there are several galleries located along Mass Ave and the Fountain Square area.
posted by Nedroid at 5:07 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: @ Thorzdad, I think I will be in the North side. I'm not 100% sure. I will try and visit the entire city, but I know for a fact my hotel is in the downtown area of Indianapolis.
posted by Junior687 at 7:02 PM on March 8, 2010

Are you going to have a car? If so, take a trip down to Bloomington. It's only about an hour or so away and there are so many interesting places and good restaurants down there. (Disclaimer: I am an IU alum and love the city!)
posted by SisterHavana at 8:19 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'd recommend trying Taste for lunch, and if you're going to be around around kids (or kids at heart), taking them to the Children's Museum is a treat.

If you're around on a Saturday, I recommend you attend a high school show choir competition at a local school. The spectacle (and the nervous energy of teenagers) is a lot of fun.
posted by eflange at 7:33 AM on March 9, 2010

The new public library is pretty awesome and worth checking out.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 9:18 AM on March 9, 2010

No one has mentioned the Zoo yet, so I will. If you're into that sort of thing, it's pretty good. Don't expect the weather to be nice just because it's spring break, we often get ice storms in March here.
There's a relatively new Indiana State Museum downtown, right next to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art. A little ways south of downtown there's the Garfield Park Conservatory, which is fairly small but quite pleasant, and cheap. If you're into auto racing, the speedway comes to mind; there's a museum there too. You might be interested in visiting Fort Harrison State Park, formerly Fort Benjamin Harrison; a little farther out in Kokomo you'll find Grissom Joint Air Reserv Base, home of the Grissom Air museum.

Apart from the general "Welcome to Indianapolis" brochure stuff, is there anything in particular you're looking for?
posted by leapfrog at 10:53 AM on March 9, 2010

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