You’ll be swept up by the excitement of a big city when you visit vibrant downtown Indianapolis. Yet, you’ll have that comfortable Hoosier small-town feeling wherever you go.
To breathe new life into Indiana’s capital more than two decades ago, city leaders set their sights on the core of Indianapolis, its main business district. Today, many top attractions center within four square blocks that surround Monument Circle. You’ll notice revitalized areas with roots in the past, as well as a metropolis that boasts new professional sports complexes, a world-class zoo, impressive museums and the swanky new Circle Centre mall. On the western edge of downtown, expansive White River State Park skirts the White River and historic Central Canal. You’ll also find noteworthy parks, museums and quaint Broad Ripple Village in northern Indianapolis. A half-dozen interstates fan out from downtown and earn Indianapolis the nickname “Crossroads of America.”
From May through October, you can join guided walks that salute the city’s architecture. Ride the elevator to the top of the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, one of the city’s best known landmarks, for a panoramic view, then tour the new Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum on the lower level.
A few blocks southwest of Circle Centre mall you will find Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. The NBA Indiana Pacers and the WNBA Indiana Fever shoot hoops at the new, but nostalgic-looking, Bankers Life Fieldhouse two blocks east.
Fountains, benches and lush gardens line a 10 1/2-block remnant of the old Central Canal, creating a quiet haven three blocks west of Monument Circle. You can cruise the canal in paddle boats or follow the canal walkway west to White River State Park.
The adobe-style Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, IMAX Theater, the new NCAA Hall of Champions museum, Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens all grace the grassy park along the White River.