Indianapolis is home and famous for the Indy 500, a 500-mile race over 200 laps – and one of the biggest events in motorsport, which takes place again this Sunday, May 30th and is expected to attract 135,000 fans with 40%. Capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions.
But the state capital has so much more to offer than the sound of overhauled engines and is a beautiful and historic city in itself.
Indianapolis is home to some of the Midwest’s finest dining, events, and attractions just a stone’s throw from the Indiana Convention Center. In the same downtown area there are service restaurants, breweries, cafes, craft cocktail lounges and outdoor patios in a safe and welcoming environment.
The Slippery Noodle Inn is one of the oldest bars in Indiana, founded in 1850. During the ban, gangs Al Brady and John Dillinger were patrons of the bar, and the gangs are said to have used the back building (originally the horse stable) for target practice. Today several spheres are still embedded in the lower east wall.
One of the quirkier Indianapolis attractions is the Museum of Psychphonics. Dedicated to the history of the city, Afrofuturism and musical vibrations, this gem of a museum is located on the second floor of the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square. The Baby Mothership of the Museum of Psychphonics will especially fascinate fans of the legendary funk band Parliament Funkadelic.
And if indoor bowling is your thing, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more unique bowling alley than this one in the historic Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis. The original duckpin bowling alley at the Fountain Square Theater is located in the Fountain Square Theater Building and features eight lanes of duckpin bowling alley, a vintage pool table, and seating for 110 guests in the cafe area.
The state of Indiana stretches from the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan to the rolling hills in the south of the state with lush farmland in between. Between these boundaries lie both urban and rural areas, from amusement parks to hiking to wine routes and nightlife.
The Indiana Dunes region on the shores of Lake Michigan is home to many unusual plants, including prickly pear cacti, lichen moss, bearberry, and more than 20 varieties of orchids. Mount Baldy, the largest of the sand dunes, is a living dune that moves a few feet from the shore each year.
Indiana produces more than 20% of the US popcorn supply. In a typical year, nearly half of all Indiana farmland is planted with corn.