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8 great hidden gems of Indianapolis

ICON 2015 will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, this month. With convention and the centennial celebration, it’s a busy few days. But be sure to save time to explore the city. We can help—with this list of eight hidden gems in Indy. 

1. Our airport (No, really—it’s cool!)
If you’re flying into and out of the Indianapolis International Airport, be sure to look around. It’s filled with outstanding restaurants, some great Indiana souvenirs, and the building is designed to perfection! In fact, the Indianapolis International Airport was named (again) in 2014 by the Airports Council International as Best Airport in North America!

2. The restaurant scene
Indianapolis used to be infamous as a “chain restaurant” city. Not anymore. While we’ve long been known for St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, the list of unique, local restaurants with chef geniuses at their helms is long. And many of them are in walking distance of the convention center! Check out a few favorites. Plus, downtown’s City Market is a one-stop locale for high-quality eats! 

3. The artisan cocktail scene
Whether you drink cocktails, mocktails or even just water with a lime—there’s something special for you in Indy. Mixologists reign at Plat 99, The Libertine, and the 1933 Lounge, to name a few. It’s not just about the cocktails and mocktails; for example Plat 99, located in The Alexander Hotel, serves complimentary truffle-oil popcorn, a special small-plate menu, a stunning view of downtown, and 99 original glass light features created by artist Jorge Pardo! These places are each unique in their own ways, so be sure to check them out during your stay!

4. Georgia Street
Before Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 2012, the street received a massive overhaul to become a major gathering place, hang-out locale and party site. Special occasions bring live bands, public events and food trucks. The last Friday of every month brings “Food Truck Friday” (beginning at 11 a.m.) and Happy Hour on Georgia Street (beginning at 3:30 p.m.). The last Friday in June will also feature the Kiwanis International Birthday Bash on Georgia Street, with live band Zanadoo, birthday cake and DJ Andy Austin. Kiwanians and Indy residents will mix, mingle and enjoy a summer evening on this hot-spot street.

5. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail
The Cultural Trail is eight miles of wide walkway that connects Indy’s six cultural districts. Explore the city on foot at a leisurely pace, or rent a bike at a bike share station. The trail is also great for your morning or afternoon run! However you use the trail, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, art and city sights along the way.

6. The art scene
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is a not-to-miss attraction. And now it’s good company with other galleries, which featuring local—and not-so-local—artists and a variety of media. Check out these galleries! If you're feeling adventurous be sure to spend time at 100 Acres, adjacent to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. As the name implies, it’s 100 acres of art mingling with nature, including a variety of biomes, sculptures and media with which visitors can interact!

7. Fountain Square
Fountain Square is meant for those who seek art, good food, entertainment and even duckpin bowling! Accessible from the Cultural Trail, Fountain Square is home to a great knit shop; Peruvian, Thai, Tex-Mex, Greek and Farm-to-Table fare (to name a few options); the Murphy Building (host to artist studios and galleries) and other galleries; restored theatres for live shows, music and swing dancing; and two duckpin bowling alleys (Atomic Bowl and Action Bowl) in the Fountain Square Theatre Building.

8. Mass Ave
Massachusetts Avenue angles north and east within the city like a spoke of culture and taste. And it continues to expand its array of hip shops and restaurants. Savor pre-dinner artisan chocolates at The Best Chocolate in Town. And shop for fun finds at Homespun, Silver in the City, Global Gifts, and Mass Ave Toys!



ICON 2015 will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, this month. With convention and the centennial celebration, it’s a busy few days. But be sure to save time to explore the city. We can help—with this list of eight hidden gems in Indy.


1. Our airport (No, really—it’s cool!)

If you’re flying into and out of the Indianapolis International Airport, be sure to look around. It’s filled with outstanding restaurants, some great Indiana souvenirs, and the building is designed to perfection! In fact, the Indianapolis International Airport was named (again) in 2014 by the Airports Council International as Best Airport in North America!


2. The restaurant scene

Indianapolis used to be infamous as a “chain restaurant” city. Not anymore. While we’ve long been known for St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, the list of unique, local restaurants with chef geniuses at their helms is long. And many of them are in walking distance of the convention center! Check out a few favorites. Plus, downtown’s City Market is a one-stop locale for high-quality eats!


3. The artisan cocktail scene

Whether you drink cocktails, mocktails or even just water with a lime—there’s something special for you in Indy. Mixologists reign at Plat 99, The Libertine, and the 1933 Lounge, to name a few. It’s not just about the cocktails and mocktails; for example Plat 99, located in The Alexander Hotel, serves complimentary truffle-oil popcorn, a special small-plate menu, a stunning view of downtown, and 99 original glass light features created by artist Jorge Pardo! These places are each unique in their own ways, so be sure to check them out during your stay!


4. Georgia Street

Before Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 2012, the street received a massive overhaul to become a major gathering place, hang-out locale and party site. Special occasions bring live bands, public events and food trucks. The last Friday of every month brings “Food Truck Friday” (beginning at 11 a.m.) and Happy Hour on Georgia Street (beginning at 3:30 p.m.). The last Friday in June will also feature the Kiwanis International Birthday Bash on Georgia Street, with live band Zanadoo, birthday cake and DJ Andy Austin. Kiwanians and Indy residents will mix, mingle and enjoy a summer evening on this hot-spot street.


5. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The Cultural Trail is eight miles of wide walkway that connects Indy’s six cultural districts. Explore the city on foot at a leisurely pace, or rent a bike at a bike share station. The trail is also great for your morning or afternoon run! However you use the trail, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, art and city sights along the way.


6. The art scene

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is a not-to-miss attraction. And now it’s good company with other galleries, which featuring local—and not-so-local—artists and a variety of media. Check out these galleries! If you're feeling adventurous be sure to spend time at 100 Acres, adjacent to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. As the name implies, it’s 100 acres of art mingling with nature, including a variety of biomes, sculptures and media with which visitors can interact!


7. Fountain Square

Fountain Square is meant for those who seek art, good food, entertainment and even duckpin bowling! Accessible from the Cultural Trail, Fountain Square is home to a great knit shop; Peruvian, Thai, Tex-Mex, Greek and Farm-to-Table fare (to name a few options); the Murphy Building (host to artist studios and galleries) and other galleries; restored theatres for live shows, music and swing dancing; and two duckpin bowling alleys (Atomic Bowl and Action Bowl) in the Fountain Square Theatre Building.


8. Mass Ave

Massachusetts Avenue angles north and east within the city like a spoke of culture and taste. And it continues to expand its array of hip shops and restaurants. Savor pre-dinner artisan chocolates at The Best Chocolate in Town. And shop for fun finds at Homespun, Silver in the City, Global Gifts, and Mass Ave Toys!



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