Autumn is approaching, but the Halloween parties and sporting events of the past few years are not on the menu this year. But no problem. A decent list of Indianapolis venues and events is still offered, but usually with specific rules, such as: B. smaller crowds and mask mandates. what does that mean to you? A clear autumn full of nature excursions and socially distant festivals. Just bring a mask.
Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park is located in the sprawling Eagle Creek Park and has five ziplines, many of which are unusually tall (including a 40-foot tree-to-tree intersection) and some unusually long (305 feet maximum). Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the park’s dense forests, as well as a high ropes course that takes two or three hours to complete. You must wear a mask and gloves, but if you forget yours, the staff will be happy to sell you some. The Tibbs Drive-In Theater has been doing country office business all summer as it was pretty much the only theater in town that was still open. But here’s a pro tip about drive-ins: they’re best in the fall, when the movies can start earlier at sunset and the cooler weather makes sitting in your car far more comfortable. Tibbs has two screens and two movies (just point your car at whoever interests you), plus a full-service snack bar. Adult tickets are $ 11; Children ages 12-4 are charged $ 6.Indianapolis ZooThe Indianapolis Zoo only recently reopened, and it appears that the animals (some of them, like the orangutans and Siberian tigers) actually missed the hairless monkeys that were staring at them. You’re welcome to hang out with your four-legged friends, as long as you buy tickets in advance and at certain times, and wearing a mask indoors and at events like the Flamingo Mingle (that’s what it sounds like) social distancing is impossible. It appears that the Willard Library in Evansville, southern Indiana, has a ghost problem. Her name is Lady in Gray, and some say she haunted the library’s 110-year-old Victorian Gothic mansion for decades. You can make your own choice by looking at multiple cameras that offer 24/7 live views of various rooms and hallways that the ghost has been sighted in over the years. It might not be as scary as a traditional Halloween haunted house, but staring at these empty rooms creates some paranormal activity. Located less than an hour northeast of Indianapolis, it offers day tours along the White River that doesn’t exist. Haven’t met (and been tainted by the city). The company offers canoes, kayaks, life jackets, drop-off and pick-up services, and pretty much everything you need for a carefree day on the river. All you need is a reservation (no visits allowed). With its wide-open, two-story interior, Indianapolis City Market is as close as restaurant fans can dine al fresco indoors. The range of food stalls offers a virtual United Nations kitchen, from Tamale Place to the Greek garden to Gomez BBQ. Wash it off with something from Mile Square Coffee or Twenty Two Juice. Remember to wear a mask when you are not actually eating.NewfieldsIn October, the Newfields grounds (formerly known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art) offer a Halloween experience that’s about six times more classy than your typical fake haunted house. The Harvest Festival features a nightly event where guests wander down an immaculately manicured trail surrounded by thousands of carved pumpkins. During the day, guests can also stroll through the autumn gardens and enjoy drinks and snacks. And if you want to see paintings and other things, the museum is close by. It’s unusual to find hilly terrain around the Indianapolis pool table, but this nearby Northside Park, just minutes from Broad Ripple, has it all. Stroll along a series of hiking trails that cut through the ups and downs of the park, past gardens, ponds, streams, and the White River next door. Keep an eye out for the iconic “ruins” that anchor the park. The hours are strictly “from morning to evening”, so clear when the sun goes down. There was a time in the 1930s when mini golf was all the rage and golf courses were everywhere. If you want to know what all the fuss was about – and want to spend a fun few hours practicing your short game – check out the Rustic Driving Range & Miniature Golf. In addition to an old-school 18-hole miniature golf course (decked out with lights for night games), there is also a driving range.
Serge Melki / Wikimedia CommonsVisit the ornate Central Canal in downtown, the meandering course of which takes you past some of the city’s most iconic attractions. A loop takes you past the Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, a memorial to the USS Indianapolis (which Quint in Jaws talked about), and dozen of public art works. If you want to get out on the water and the weather cooperates, you can also rent a paddle boat or kayak, or take a ride in an authentic Italian gondola handled by a classically trained vocal gondolier. One of the most unique Indianapolis amenities is the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which features eight miles of immaculately maintained public art trails connecting six of the city’s top artistic hotspots, including Fountain Square, Mass Ave, and White River State Park. It’s a great way to get both the location in the country and some solid cardio workout. If ever there was a place to quietly reflect, it is MLK Memorial Park. This little piece of green space near downtown plays an outsized role in the story, as it is where Robert F. Kennedy announced the assassination of Martin Luther King to a large crowd who had gathered to hear him speak. The park features a recently inaugurated statue of Kennedy and King. There is no better time to visit Garfield Park than on Saturday morning. In one fell swoop you get coffee, breakfast and lots of farm fresh ingredients to prepare a fantastic dinner. The market stays open until the end of October so it can meet your jack o lantern and apple cider needs as well. When you’re done shopping, stow your belongings in the trunk and take a stroll through the park – or stroll the fast-paced neighborhood where you’ll find the Tube Factory Artspace and an ever-expanding selection of public murals. The Covid-19 mask and the distancing rules are described here.Ted Alexander Somerville / ShutterstockUnsurprisingly, the sprawling Crown Hill Cemetery has canceled its usual fall festivals like concerts and group tours. However, individuals and small groups are still warmly invited to explore the wooded, carefully landscaped area on their own. Admire the ornate Victorian-style monuments, some of which date from the mid-19th century, and visit the graves of everyone from poet James Whitcomb Riley to bank robber John Dillinger. If you’re on the fence about visiting a cemetery, this virtual preview can help you make a decision. During the fall months, Tuttle Orchard is usually packed with fall groupies. But not so much this year as entry is tightly controlled and you have to make online reservations for the day and time you want. On the bad side, this can be impractical. On the good side, lucky ticket holders will find the orchard, gift shop, and other amenities you choose to be much less crowded than they were last fall. However, this won’t stop you from wearing a mask and using the disinfection stations scattered around the property on a regular basis. Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted this year’s Indianapolis 500 in August instead of May, and didn’t allow fans to attend – leading to the surreal sight of dozens of racing cars frolicking in an empty facility that typically houses hundreds of thousands. However, this does not mean that the route is completely closed to business. For a very intimate look at the famous Brickyard, you’re welcome to take a 2-hour golf cart tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide that includes refreshments. Or you can opt for the quirkier IMS Museum Basement Tour, a group event that takes you through the racetrack museum’s basement, which keeps all the things too strange to display. Reservations required for both. And be sure to bring a mask.Conner PrairieWhile most traditional Halloween extravagances are either canceled or toned down this year, Conner Prairie’s annual Fall Festival doesn’t end there with a haunted horseback ride with the headless horseman. Perhaps because the event (which includes a corn maze and a half-way carnival) spans the entire sprawling grounds of the Living History Museum, making social distancing a breeze. But you still have to wear a mask except when eating and drinking. Plus, tickets are only sold in advance, and you’ll also need to select the day and time of your headless horseman ride. The pandemic forced the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library to get closer to the public, but it’s still open to individuals and small groups to make an appointment in advance. However, the online gift shop is still available and the museum is getting ready for Banned Book Week. It runs from September 27th to October 3rd and this year features a long list of virtual presentations. An online pass to any event will set you back $ 45. Downtown Indy, Inc. and the Indianapolis Arts Council plan to draw shoppers downtown with an open-air market on October 15 that will sell goods by local artists. Called Downtown Market on the Circle (because it is Monument Circle), jewelry, home decor, paintings … and of course bespoke, one-off masks are offered. For those who want to stay safe but still get noticed.
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Sam Stall contributes to the thrillist Indianapolis.