Hoosier Culture

Indianapolis is not only the Crossroads of America from a geographical standpoint, but from a cultural one as well. There are a multitude of local restaurants, museums, art fairs, and theater districts all around the city that cater to just about every individual’s needs.

The city is home to hundreds of local parks, an extensive and growing network of bikeways, with over 200 miles of new bike lanes planned for the near future, and a many natural destinations available for recreation and relaxation.

Indianapolis also has several distinct cultural districts that have developed throughout the years.

Broad ripple

Broad Ripple is on the near north side of Indianapolis, and is a cultural mecca for much of the city. It contains a wide variety of dining options, boutique shops, corner pubs, and a vibrant nightlife, all nestled conveniently between the popular north side suburbs and downtown.

Mass Ave.

Massachusetts Avenue, or Mass Ave, is the road that extends northeast from downtown Indianapolis. It’s also the location of great dining, local art, and a great scene for entertainment. It houses destinations such as the Athenaeum and the Murat Theatre, both sites for live bands, musicals, and other exciting forms of entertainment.

Wholesale District

The Wholesale District sits at the heart of Indianapolis. It has more than 85 dining options, and over 13 hotels, including the new JW Marriott, the world’s largest. It’s also home to Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the 2012 Super Bowl, Victory Field, recognized as the “Best Minor League Ballpark in America”, and Conseco Fieldhouse, voted the number 1 venue in the NBA.

Additionally, there is a vibrant nightlife along Meridian Street, and a completely indoor downtown mall that connects to many of the downtown hotels through tunnels and walkways, ensuring that weather won’t slow you down.