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Check out the Broad Ripple Village Cultural District

Indiana Cultural Districts

Check out Broad Ripple Village, just one of six cultural districts in the Indy area.

Attracting young and old with its intriguing arts culture, shopping, restaurants, and Monon Trail and Canal, this thriving district 20 minutes north of the UIndy campus offers tons of activities for students.

Art—look

In the heart of Broad Ripple, you can just walk around and enjoy the murals on walls and the art galleries interlaced with the shops and restaurants. The nearby Indianapolis Art Center is open to the public and offers classes, too, like metalwork, pottery, and photography, which anyone can attend.

The Arts Center also has an outdoor area bordering the White River where you can walk through the gardens and enjoy the sculptures while enjoying the sound of the rushing water from the river.

Click here to take a quick photo tour of Broad Ripple through the eyes of a UIndy student

Shopping—buy

Wanting a vintage look? Rag-O-Rama offers just that; it’s a resale shop that sells vintage as well as new clothing. Halloween’s approaching: Rag-O-Rama is a good outlet for costumes, too. If you’re looking for something that features original style instead, Broad Ripple’s stores are stocked. Pitaya, on Broad Ripple Avenue, features a more sophisticated style with one-of-a-kind designs. If you’re more into the Roxy brand, the Ripple Board and Surf Shop provides that and other name-brand clothing. It is also a great place to stop on a sunny day if you’re in need of a pair of sunglasses.

But the shopping in the Village isn’t limited to just clothing. There are also music stores that buy and sell music. If you’re looking for a classic like Jefferson Starship or a newer hit like Florence and the Machine, you can find it at Indy CD and Vinyl, for example.

Restaurants—eat

International cuisine is featured all over the Village: from Mexican to Greek to Indian to Italian and beyond, you’ll find it there. But if you’re just looking for good ol’-fashioned American dining, you’ll find that, too. Or, for a unique place to grab a snack, go to Just POP In, a popcorn store with more than 50 flavors of popcorn to choose from. Just want a coffee and a muffin? Check out of the village’s cafés.

Parks & rec—play

Broad Ripple Park, just east of Broad Ripple High School on Broad Ripple Avenue, is a great place to go and relax. Picnic tables dot the park, making it convenient for picnics. There’s also a fitness trail that runs along the White River and a 25-meter open pool that’s open in the summer for a small fee. Missing the hound you left at home? There’s a fenced-in dog area here, too, where folks let their dogs run.

The hugely popular Monon Trail, a 10.5-mile trail that runs from 10th to 96th streets in Indianapolis, goes directly through Broad Ripple Village. Walk, bike, or run along the trail for exercise, or just enjoy the surroundings.

The Canal Towpath, which branches off of the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple, is more than five miles long and goes all the way south to 30th Street in Indianapolis. It’s one more path for walkers, bikers, and runners.

Whether you’re shopping, going for exercise on the Monon Trail or Canal Pathway, or simply looking for some international delicacies, Broad Ripple is an area where anyone can find something to do.

—Staci Reafsnyder ’11