Downtown Indy

destination: downtown

Just 10 minutes from campus, you’ll find Downtown Indianapolis. Downtown has so much to offer, and since it’s just minutes away from UIndy, you can take advantage of as many cultural, recreational, athletic, and theatrical events as you can fit in. Here’s a sample of what’s out there:


Ready to rock? Head Downtown to catch a concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. See a Broadway show at the Murat Theatre at Old National Center or enjoy a musical evening under the stars on the Lawn at White River State Park.

Catch the Indy Irish Fest in September, stop by the Phoenix Theatre to see local talent, or head to Comedy Sportz with your friends to watch them be the performers.

Nearby Fountain Square—a funky cultural neighborhood with great eats and shops—also offers eclectic local music acts at a variety of venues, including Radio Radio. Or head to the Fountain Square Theatre Building on Friday nights to join in the swing dancing fun. Duckpin bowling is just upstairs. Or grab a milkshake and chill.


With so many restaurants to choose from, being Downtown and hungry is a good combination. Grab a bite to eat at California Pizza Kitchen, Rock Bottom, or Acapulco Joe’s. Wander along Massachusetts Avenue (aka “Mass Ave”) to choose from Creole at Yats, pizza at Bazbeaux, or Mediterranean at Aesop’s Tables. Just down the street is the Old Spaghetti Factory, Barcelonas Tapas, and Dick’s Bodacious BBQ. Whatever flavor you crave, there’s a restaurant to satisfy the need.


If you’re in the mood to spend a little, downtown Indianapolis offers loads of shops and merchants. Circle Centre Mall, home to more than 50 stores, is a great start.  (You can parking in the lower level of the mall or hitch a ride on the IndyGo bus that stops near campus.) Circle Centre features national chains like H&M, Charlotte Russe, Journeys, Aeropostale, and Banana Republic, to name just a few. Local shops dot the downtown landscape, too, especially along Mass Ave. Find jewelry at Silver in the City, tempt your inner child at Mass Ave Toys, or shop for something international at Global Gifts.


In the mood to check out some great artwork or learn about Indiana? There are many museums throughout downtown—the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum—the largest children’s museum in the world. Not far from downtown is the Indianapolis Museum of Art, featuring free admission and beautiful grounds to explore.


You’ll love cheering on the home teams at the city’s start-of-the-art sports venues. Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts, is in the heart of downtown. Lucas Oil also plays host to various events throughout the year, such as Monster Truck rallies and the annual Circle City Classic football game. Or head up to the Indiana State Fairgrounds and catch the Naptown Roller Girls in a bout of flat-track roller derby. Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers well as the WNBA’s Fever, is another great sports venue to check out. While you’re at it, head over to the NCAA Hall of Champions to learn what made Milan High School famous. (If you’ve seen Hoosiers, you may be able to guess.) The Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball team plays at beautiful Victory Field—yet another Indy venue found in a number of “best of” lists. These attractions and countless others draw tourists from all over Indiana, the Midwest, and beyond.

Come see what Indy has to offer!