Indianapolis is one darn cute, historical, and beautiful city. It is pretty small, at least to what I consider “small” since I’m a New Yorker. But it really did blow me away and I loved the fact that I could walk to everything if I chose to. I would recommend printing out a map of downtown Indianapolis to get you started on foot and then use Google Maps to find your way back to wherever you need to be.
If you have one day in downtown Indianapolis, here are some landmarks and spots to see:
1. City Centre – Take Market Street down to the Monument Circle where Meridian Street cuts through. You will encounter this gorgeous fountain and the Soldiers and Sailors monument.
2. Indianapolis City Market – Not sure where you want to grab a snack to eat and want to see local vendors? Go inside the city market located at the corner of N. Delaware Street and E. Market Street. There’s everything as well as well-known restaurants that have space there to grab quick food on the go.
3. USS Indianapolis Museum – If you walk further up Meridian Street in the North direction, you will run into this museum with more fountains and history to indulge in. It’s closed on Mondays so I did not get to go inside but I spent time in the nearby park and people watching from there is a good spot.
4. White River State Park – Driving or taking public transportation (the IndyGo #8 bus) will get you to this park which is west of downtown Indianapolis. It follows the White River Trail and the canal. The park includes many spots to sit down and the locations of the Indiana Tower, Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum for art exhibits.
Roaming around the streets aimlessly is my recommendation. You will come down many small blocks that have restaurants, bars, shops, and southern style. For food, I ate at LePeep and had their Bandito Burrito which is one of their main hits. Many Southern and Soul foods around as well as ethnic spots – Chinese, Thai, Italian etc.
In such a small city, you can find a lot to do! This isn’t the whole list, but for one day I hope it makes you feel satisfied that you saw these main parts of downtown Indy!
Have you been to Indianapolis?