City Spotlight: Indianapolis

Why visit Indianapolis, Indiana?

  • Home to the Indy 500 Motor Speedway
  • Largest children’s museum in the world
  • Hundreds of miles of biking and hiking trails and great public parks
  • Dozens of museums and cultural attractions

Frontdesk welcomes you to Indianapolis, IN! Indianapolis is nicknamed “Crossroads of America” and often shortened to just “Indy.” It is most well known for the Indy 500 annual car race. Located in central Indiana, Indy offers a plethora of activities whether you like to spend time outdoors, with your family, or exploring tourist attractions. Indianapolis also has an up-and-coming food scene with great restaurants and bars.

Indianapolis Vacations

Indianapolis offers lots to do for those visiting on vacation, whether you prefer to keep it low-key and explore at your own pace or you want to fit in as many activities as you can. No matter what you enjoy doing with your time, Indy will have something for you.

Indianapolis Business Trips

Indianapolis is a popular business trip destination. The city has numerous restaurants and cafes that make great business meeting locations and there are plenty of fun things to do that you can fit into your free time as well.

Indianapolis Neighborhoods

Downtown (Mile Square)

Downtown Indianapolis, also called Mile Square, is where the bulk of activities are located, including all the cultural attractions within White River State Park. Downtown is separated into several districts, including the Wholesale District, which has world-class shopping, sports, concerts, theatre, and dining, and the Mass Ave Arts District. Even though it is located Downtown, Mass Ave presents another culture. This five-block area is filled with theaters, restaurants, art galleries, and many boutiques. Definitely a local favorite. 

Lockerbie Square

Lockerbie Square is a historic district and small suburb of downtown Indy. The neighborhood is rich with history and charm as the oldest intact residential neighborhood of the city. In Lockerbie Square, you will find many historic homes as well as a little peace and quiet.

Fountain Square

Fountain Square is a quirky neighborhood located just southeast of downtown. Here you will find ethnic eateries, antique and vintage shops, duckpin bowling, offbeat nightlife, and art galleries. Among other unique spots, you’ll find Nine Lives, Indianapolis’ first cat cafe.

Broad Ripple

This neighborhood is located about twenty minutes north of downtown and offers a mix of bars/clubs, art galleries, music venues, restaurants, and indie shops. Broad Ripple is popular with college students and young professionals, largely due to the thriving bar scene and proximity to Butler University. The neighborhood is also home to the Indianapolis Art Center.

What is there to do in Indianapolis?

Whether you prefer hiking, going to the zoo, or visiting top tourist attractions, Indianapolis has no shortage of things to do – and great places to eat! Here are a few of the attractions and hotspots we recommend checking out while in Indianapolis, IN.

Motor Speedway

You can’t visit Indianapolis without spending time at the Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500. Depending on when you’re visiting, you may have the chance to watch one of the big races. Or, visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which has a museum, hall of fame, gift shop, and offers several different track and behind-the-scenes tours.