"Awaken and Experience Naptown" by Amiee Boyd
Indianapolis, Indiana was once such a sleepy town to visit that it earned the nickname "Naptown" from people passing through. For decades in Indianapolis there was only one major event that drew thousands of people to the city every year, the Indianapolis 500 race. While the race is still a big part of local culture and many new events have been added to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway schedule, over the past 20 years the rest of Indianapolis has grown exponentially. These days, downtown Indianapolis has become teeming with entertainment options and cultural hotspots.
Visitors to the area who are interested in local history might spend the day exploring the Indiana History Museum or learning about Native American culture at the Eiteljorg. Patrons with children are likely to enjoy visiting Indianapolis Children's Museum, one of the largest children’s museums in the nation. Or perhaps the kids would prefer taking an outing to the Indianapolis Zoo. This animal sanctuary comes complete with an aquarium, an interactive orangutan enclosure, butterfly gardens, and several rides for both children and adults.
If the weather happens to be nice, the outdoorsy types will be able to find plenty to do. A trip to Eagle Creek Reservoir offers boating, fishing, and numerous nature trails. Along with Eagle Creek, the city offers over 200 other parks, many of them including swimming pools or spray areas to cool off in. Additionally, a bike ride along the scenic Monan trail is always a good option for a sunny day. However, if you’re just looking to take in the beautiful Indianapolis skyline, you may opt instead for a peaceful stroll along the charming downtown canal.
Art lovers looking for a unique experience will enjoy the hundreds of exhibits on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and may also want to explore the grounds of the museum in the new 100 Acres Park. Another popular destination for artist in Indianapolis is the historic Mass Ave district, which is lined with several privately owned galleries and small boutiques. While in the area, fans of the stage might also want to pop in and catch a play at the intimate Theater On The Square venue.
For those more interested in a little retail therapy, The Circle Centre Mall is located in the heart of downtown and offers over 100 retailers, a movie theater, arcade, and food court. Although, if you are seeking a more eloquent dining experience, you might select from one of several top notch restaurants nearby, such as St. Elmo’s Steakhouse or The Rathskeller.
Finally, the evening can be capped off by rooting on the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse or by cheering for the Indianapolis Colts under the stars at the Lucas Oil Stadium, if you happen to be a sports fan. If music is more your thing, you can spend some time listening to live blues and having a few drinks at the Slippery Noodle Inn or you can dance the night away in one of Indy’s trendy nightclubs, like the Ice Ultra Lounge or The Ten.
Regardless of your interest, Indy has something to offer. So, however you choose to spend your time while visiting Indianapolis, be assured that there will be a variety of entertainment options to choose from and ironically very little time for napping.