High-speed, history and good old Hoosier hospitality are a few reasons to put Indianapolis on your list of great getaways. Sports is another. From the legendary Indianapolis 500 to the Pacers and the Colts, the city offers ample opportunities to view professional and amateur sporting events, take part in athletic events and visit sports museums. Indianapolis/Marion County is the twelfth largest city in the United States, and it is by-far one of our country’s most livable big cities. For those who reside and work here, our Indianapolis has a quality about it that makes even the heart of a bustling downtown feel like home. Visitors are drawn from all over the globe to enjoy our top-notch professional sports venues, a thriving convention industry and numerous cultural attractions.
Attractions for the city of Indianapolis:
Speedway Indoor Karting - SIK and 1911 Grill combine a world class indoor karting facility for visitors of all ages and expertise to delve into the world of racing with a two-story bar and grill for an experience unlike any other!
Eagle Creek Park - One of the nation's largest city parks, Eagle Creek Park covers over 3,900 acres of land on the northwest side of town. As the park's trails beckon to hikers and birders, its 1,400-acre lake--a frequent host of U.S. Rowing's National Championship--welcomes fishermen and sailors, as well as, picnic areas and a swimming beach, the park offers rentals for canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pontoon boats, and pedal boats.
Go Ape Treetop Adventure - Go Ape is a highly interactive 2-3 hour outdoor adventure featuring 5 zip lines and over 40 treetop obstacles. Located in Eagle Creek Park, just minutes from downtown, Go Ape is a fun adventure for friends, families, and groups. Spend a day acting like Tarzan, swinging through the forest canopy.
Indiana State Fairgrounds - The Indiana State Fairgrounds offers modern event facilities in a historical setting. The Indiana State Fairgrounds first opened in 1892 and has hosted 115 Indiana State Fairs. Prior to 1892, the first 40 Indiana State Fairs were held at rotating sites around the state.
In 1990, the Indiana State Fairgrounds began its present existence as a year-round events center. In that time, many of our venues have undergone renovations and upgrades that have continued to bring modern comforts to the Indiana State Fairgrounds ability to be a great site for conventions, consumer shows, conferences, sports, concerts, fairs, exhibitions, meetings, weddings, banquets and retreats.
Laid out over 250 acres, the Indiana State Fairgrounds is home to more than 1,000,000 square feet of event space and offers the most flexible event venues in the state of Indiana. Visit www.indianastatefair.com for a complete list of venues.
Mass Ave Arts District - Known affectionately as Mass Ave, this five-block area is ripe with theaters, restaurants, art galleries, and, most attractively for shoppers, a number of eclectic, independent boutiques. You'll encounter unique finds on each block, from Stout's Shoes (the nation's oldest shoe store, established in 1886), to Silver In The City/At Home In The City (offering silver jewelry and unique gift items), to The Best Chocolate In Town (which is fairly self-descriptive). Venture to the Athenaeum for a stein of German lager in the historic Rathskeller biergarten, try local craft beers at Ralston's Drafthouse, or sip a cocktail at the prohibition-era ball&biscuit. Foodies can indulge in American-modern cuisine at Mesh or take down a platter of tacos at Bakersfield. Take in Indy culture at its finest on Mass Ave, "45 Degrees from Ordinary."
Where to Eat
Sullivan's Steakhouse - Sullivan's Steakhouse offers an experience unlike any other steakhouse in Indianapolis. Slip into an intimate booth and enjoy hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, signature cocktails, and live music. Make your reservations.
St. Elmo Steak House - It was in 1902 that founder Joe Stahr named his new restaurant after the patron saint of sailors. St. Elmo has steered a true course ever since, earning a national reputation for its exceptional food, drink and service (as evidenced by the many photos of celebrity diners that grace the establishment's walls). As well as steaks, seafood, chicken and chops, St. Elmo offers an award-winning, 20,000-bottle wine cellar. Reservations are highly recommended, as is the restaurant's signature shrimp cocktail--a diabolic concoction ranked by The Travel Channel as the "world's spiciest food." St. Elmo was honored in 2012 by the James Beard Foundation when it was recognized as one of America's Classics.and by Forbes as one of the world's "10 Great Classic Restaurants Well Worth Visiting."
Located on the second floor, St. Elmo 1933 Lounge is an intimate night spot which is a natural extension of the warmth and historic charm of the restaurant below. The exposed brick walls display the excited images of our society shortly after prohibition was repealed in 1933. Enjoy a signature cherry and vanilla infused bourbon cocktail while relaxing at the circa 1870s bar or share an appetizer next to a fireplace that will take you back in time.
Scotty's Brewhouse Downtown Indianapolis - This local sports bar empire packs fans in due to their affordable menu with over 50 items to choose from and 84 TVs. Visitors most enjoy their fried dill chips and large outdoor patio overlooking downtown Indianapolis.
The Garrison Restaurant/Harrison House - Built in the 1940s, this historic limestone structure was originally the Officer's Club at Fort Benjamin Harrison, a U.S. Army post until 1996. Ideal for family gatherings, meetings and parties, the restaurant's Blue Heron ballroom has a banquet capacity of 320 people.
Rick's Cafe Boatyard -- Elegance by the Water - A waterfront restaurant offering guests ample yet intimate seating and an extensive menu of fresh hand prepared meals daily.
Bazbeaux - Tucked in the heart of the Mass Ave cultural district, pizza connoisseurs flock to this Indy staple for all varieties like the Tchoupitoulas or the Alla Quatro Formaggio. Often considered one of Indy's best local establishments for pie.
St. Joseph Brewery & Public House - Saint Joseph Brewery and Public House was established in 2015, but the building that houses our restaurant and brewery has quite a history. In order to meet the demands of the growing population in the northeast section of Indianapolis, the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, led by Bishop St. Palais, established the parish of St. Joseph in 1873, at that time the fourth Catholic parish in Indianapolis. he last mass at St. Joseph church was said by Archbishop Schulte on June 26, 1949.
The church building, still owned by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was then converted to the Catholic Community Center, to be used as a meeting hall and auditorium for several organizations including the Catholic Charities Bureau and Catholic Youth Organization.
Today, the building has new life serving a variety of beers, creating an innovative menu, and hosting private events.