Experience Indy as a local and discover the neighborhoods and lifestyle of some of the city’s coolest and most historic districts. From shopping local labels to ponying up to the bar for a craft brew, Indy has the inside edge on crafting a memorable weekend. Here is a look at the vibrant neighborhoods to explore during your weekend in the Circle City:
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Broad Ripple Village
Broad Ripple Village is a hot hood for the younger set, and while it really comes alive at night with bars like the beer-centric Union Jack Pub, daytime here is great too. Check out art galleries, boutiques, and cafes, and be sure to take a stroll through the 12-acre sculpture park at nearby Indianapolis Arts Center.
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Spend a relaxing day amongst the free-spirited community found in Massachusetts Avenue, and wander through the array of local shops, restaurants, bars, and lovely public art installations that line the street. Think mother-daughter activities, like shopping for stylish home décor at Chatham Home, picking up a book for Sunday morning reading at Indy Reads Books, and bonding over cocktails at The Chatterbox Jazz Club.
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This district gets its name from the cast-iron fountain of goddess Hebe, located at the intersection of Virginia Avenue, Prospect Street and Shelby Street. Teeming with local artists, you’ll find a thriving art community here in Fountain Square. Get a look at Indianapolis’ collection of contemporary art, featuring both local and national artists, at iMOCA, and spend an hour or two at White Rabbit Cabaret, an exciting burlesque and comedy club.
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The Wholesale District
The Wholesale District is the beating heart of Indianapolis, where entertainment takes center stage. Set against downtown’s skyscrapers, this district offers high-end shopping, is home to the Lucas Oil Stadium where you can catch a Colts game, Hilbert Circle Theatre to see the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra perform, and more. Get your feel for city life in this bustling district.
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The Canal and White River State Park
Get a breath of fresh air in this district, as it is home to the Indianapolis Canal Walk and the 250-acre state park. This district provides a bit of family fun with its many museums, such as the Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum with a collection of American Indian and Western Art, as well as The Indianapolis Zoo, and more.