A Weekend in Indianapolis
Get ready to have an eventful trip to Indianapolis
Bike riding around downtown, visiting the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, enjoying a Sunday brunch, these are all things that are in store for your weekend trip to Indianapolis.
1Holiday Fun For All
Winterlights | November 19 – January 7
Round up your family and friends and stroll the amazing Winterlights at Newfield’s to make new holiday memories. You will be able to purchase holiday décor, gifts and other festive items as you walk through the winter wonderland viewing the a choreographed lightshow. Grab your favorite warm beverage and marvel at the “whimsy tress” or skip across the Snowflake Bridge. The Winterlights Garden will be open from November 19 – January 7, view admission details and hours here.
Address: 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Jolly Days Winter Wonderland | November 24 – January 7
Take a visit to the Children’s Museum Indianapolis’ Jolly Days Winter Wonderland exhibit. The museum adds this festive exhibit for the holidays and it’s free with museum admission from Nov. 24, 2017- Jan. 7,2018 and there are so many activities to enjoy during the visit. Go “ice skating” in nothing but your socks, ride down the two-story Yule slide, and you can’t leave without giving Santa your wish list and snagging a photo. Check out all the details of the indoor winter wonderland here.
Address: 3000 N. Meridian St., P.O. Box 3000, Indianapolis, IN 46206
Lights at the Brickyard | November 22 – December 30
Gather your friends and family, hop in the car and cruise through the trail of Christmas lights at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Lights At The Brickyard. The route travels through famous Yard of Bricks and enjoy over 2.5 million colorful lights illuminating a stretch that over a 2 miles long. There are over 40 scenes and 500 displays to see. Check out all the details here.
Address: 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222
2Friday Night Fun
After you arrive in Indianapolis and get settled, head out to Fountain Square and get ready for some Friday night fun. This fun, unique neighborhood has everything from entertainment to a slew of delicious restaurants.
Address: 1104 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203
Grab dinner at Smokehouse on Shelby and make sure to start your meal off by trying their sample platter that features wings, beer battered onion rings and jalapeño poppers. After you devour your appetizer, choose a smokehouse dinner plate for your entrée. From baby back ribs to slow roasted beef brisket, their entrée options will not disappoint.
Address: 1103 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46203
After a delicious dinner, take a stroll around Fountain Square and see what it has to offer. Visit Game Paradise, a board game library where you and friends can play board games, or reserve a lane at Action Duckpin Bowling.
Address: 1105 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203
3SaturdayStart off your morning with a great breakfast at Café Patachou then visit White River State Park. Not only does this park have trails and scenic views but it also includes an IMAX, NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens and much more. You can even rent surreys and bikes to further explore the park.Address: 801 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204You can’t visit Indianapolis and not visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum so head on over to this museum and see why Indianapolis is called the Racing Capital of the World. The museum is located on the lands of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® where the famous Indianapolis 500 is held. Visit the Auto Racing Hall of Fame or see race cars from IndyCar to NASCAR.End your fun-filled day with pizza from Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza. Try their Cheese Louise pizza featuring a variety of cheeses plus bacon and red onions, or their Thai pizza featuring a sweet-spicy peanut sauce, chicken, carrots, green onion, red pepper and smoked gouda.
Address: 9165 Otis Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46216
Before your trip comes to an end, start the morning off with brunch at First Watch. Whether you get their lemon ricotta pancakes or the farm stand breakfast tacos, this restaurant is sure to satisfy your appetite.
Address: 143 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
After your meal, rent a bike from Pacers BikeShare and cruise around downtown Indianapolis. Go to Monument Circle and see the State Soldiers and Sailors Monument or explore one of the Cultural Districts. Downtown Indianapolis is full of sites so there’s no telling what you will discover.
Address: 1 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN 46204
As you can see, Indianapolis has a lot to explore so a weekend (or even longer) trip is well worth the visit.