Indianapolis Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Indianapolis Trip Guide

From iconic sports venues to stress-busting hotels, Indy provides a perfect urban escape.
Comfort food at Recess.
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What to do

Broad Ripple Village This eclectic neighborhood 15 minutes north of downtown has great shopping, nightlife and restaurants, including the Parisian-feeling Corner Wine Bar.  (317) 251-2782;

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center At the Indiana Experience exhibits, visitors explore the state’s identity by immersing themselves in interactive stage sets, a multimedia theater and touch screens. (317) 232-1882;

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Fans consider this 104-year-old venue a pilgrimage site, but even people who don’t know racing get wrapped up in the history and pageantry here. (800) 822-4639;

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Science and culture come together to tell Hoosier stories. (317) 232-1637;

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Dinosaurs guarding the entrance and peeking into the windows are just the beginning of the playful exhibits. (800) 820-6214;

White River State Park You could easily spend the day at this downtown urban park. Take in the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Indiana State Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, Imax Theater and the AAA Indianapolis Indians baseball team at Victory Field. (800) 665-9056;

Where to eat

Cafe Patachou A charming cafe tempts breakfast-lovers with croissant French toast and omelets stuffed with local ingredients. Five locations around Indy. (317) 925-2823;

Meridian Restaurant and Bar Located in a charming lodge-style house, Meridian serves an interesting mix of dishes, including a smoked corn soup and wild boar Bolognese. (317) 466-1111;

Dunaway’s Palazzo Ossigeno The 1930 Art Deco building is on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll find sea scallops, pastas, great calamari and a goat cheese salad served with roasted beets and sherry vinaigrette. (317) 638-7663;

Harry and Izzy’s The hip sister of St. Elmo Steak House serves perfect steaks. (317) 635-9594; 

The Libertine Liquor Bar Prohibition-era cocktails stand out, along with gourmet small plates. Try the signature deviled eggs flavor trio or the bacon flight served with homemade sauces. (317) 631-3333;

Rathskeller The menu at this grand old place is authentically German. A seasonal outdoor biergarten adds to the enjoyment. (317) 636-0396; 

R bistro We loved our panini of applewood-smoked bacon, watercress, avocado and tomato chutney at this eclectic restaurant that has an ever-changing menu. On Mass Ave. (317) 423-0312;

Recess Located in South Broad Ripple, you’ll find Indiana-inspired comfort food. (317) 925-7529;

St. Elmo Steak House Open since 1902, this clubby downtown spot offers exceptional service, fiery shrimp cocktail and the biggest wine list in Indiana.  (317) 635-0636;

Where to stay

Conrad Indianapolis Talk about serious pampering: The Conrad has marble bathrooms with generous soaking tubs. (317) 713-5000; 

Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown New in 2010, the super-convenient Courtyard offers plush bedding and big windows framing White River State Park. (317) 822-9029;

Omni Severin Hotel A beautiful renovation stuns at this 1913 hotel downtown. (317) 634-6664;

For information: Visit Indy (800) 323-4639;

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