Inside Scoop
A City for Everyone

Whatever your interests may be, there’s a place for you in Indy.

Indianapolis is a unique metropolitan area overflowing with personality, charm and an endless list of things to do. On one hand, you have one of the largest cities in the Midwest filled with vibrant, urban neighborhoods. On the other, you have the peaceful simplicity of nature with hundreds of parks and wildlife preserves. With so much variety and an endless supply of entertainment, you won’t find a dull moment in Indy—even if you try.

Spend a sunny afternoon biking or walking one of the city’s many trails. From the 18-mile Monon Trail to the newly constructed Cultural Trail, you can explore the city from north to south, east to west. This eight-mile, city-wide Cultural Trail connects all six of Indy’s cultural districts, has been internationally acclaimed and is one of the most interesting and safe ways to explore all the city has to offer. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, parks like Fort Harrison, Eagle Creek and Southeastway are just a short drive from campus.

When it’s time to rest, head to Mass Ave., one of the city’s hot spots, filled with restaurants, theaters, boutique shops, and of course, “Ann Dancing,” one of downtown’s most famous art installations. Or, grab a bite to eat before catching a concert at Old National Centre or a play at Phoenix Theatre.

fountain-square-039Feeling culturally inclined? Indy has a variety of museums from the Indiana State Museum, with relics from Indiana’s past and present, to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, home to a range of artforms spanning from lithographs to sculptures to video. Around the corner, you’ll find Crown Hill Cemetery, home to the highest point in the city, which illuminates the natural and manmade beauty of Indianapolis—perfect for catching a summer sunset or taking an autumn stroll.

One of the city’s cultural havens, Fountain Square is more than a neighborhood, it’s a hub for creativity, music, art and has become one of the most popular spots to spend a night out. It is also home to one of Indy’s most popular music venues, Hi-Fi, which has recently expanded and hosts everything from local artists to national performers to Punk Rock Karaoke.

While Circle City (a name you’ll hear locals throw around) boasts a scenic downtown, multitude of museums, trails, parks and shopping, it’s also a sports town—a big one. Major league teams like the Colts and Pacers call Indy home, but so do a handful of minor league teams, like the Indians (baseball), Indy Eleven (soccer) and Fuel (hockey). Catch an Indians game at Victory Field and enjoy incredible views of downtown while cheering on the team. Plus, the stadium offers special promotions and discounts throughout the season.

Freshman Welcome Week 2015 activity: "Are You All-In?" scavenger hunt in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, August 29, 2015. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)Put yourself in Indy —literally — when you visit the city’s signature sign. This traveling sculpture is a fun place to snap a few photos as you become the “I” in Indy.

Located just a few blocks from UIndy’s campus, Garfield Park/Conservatory is an ideal place to spend an afternoon, regardless of the season. Exotic flowers and koi fish flourish in the greenhouse and when the weather’s nice, the outdoor gardens are a perfect place to unwind before class.