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Indianapolis Ideas Sought

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by BNWriter, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. BNWriter

    BNWriter Active Member

    Hello All --

    I have a friend moving to downtown Indianapolis soon who I may go visit in about a month or so. We have looked for sports-oriented stuff to do, but other than the Colts -- which, obviously has become a sellout situation -- is there anything anybody can recommend doing over a weekend in Indy? Please note, neither of us may have a car at the time.

    Any thing the SportsJournalists.commers can come up with would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. The Colts won't be playing in a month, but the AAA Indianapolis Indians will be. Victory Field is very nice. It's within walking distance of downtown, tickets are cheap and you can watch studs like Craig Wilson try to rekindle their Major League dreams.

    Other sports related stuff: NCAA Hall of Champions is there. It's not really all that cool, but it's not very expensive (like $3 if I remember correctly). It's not very far from Victory Field.

    The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a great museum and grounds tour. They take you all around the track and show things like the timing pagoda, press area (woo hoo!) and a garage. It's worth a trip, honestly...if you can find a way to that side of town.
  3. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    If you camp out, maybe you can get a good seat at an NCAA recruiting violations hearing.
  4. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Victory Field is lovely. Sit in the grass bank in the outfield ... really cool way to take in a ballgame.
  5. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    Indianapolis Zoo. Great zoo, kid friendly.
  6. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Summer in Indy pretty much blows, but check out the downtown bars and Broad Ripple if it suits your fancy.
  7. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    You might try catching a Fever game, even if you don't like the WNBA. The Fieldhouse is worth checking out. It's fantastic.
  8. Hustle

    Hustle Guest

    I don't know if you can watch a game at the Slippery Noodle, but you can drink there. And I'd say that's good enough.
  9. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    Couple of good brewpubs there, as I recall. In fact, I think I brought back a growler or two from Alcatraz (under the Circle Centre Mall). Believe the NCAA Hall of Champions is still closed after a fire, but I'll check on that. Maybe you can sneak into Lucas Oil Stadium for an impromptu tour? We did that at the RCA Dome when we were out there.

    And dittoes on Conseco. Very cool place.
  10. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    Whatever you do, don't go in the water with 1,100 men. Only 316 will come out. The sharks will take the rest.[/Quint]
  11. lollygagger

    lollygagger Member

    Victory Field can be a nice place to spend a summer night. There's also a couple of museums in that area, and one of them has an Imax theater within. And one of the cool things about Conseco is that the concourses are essentially basketball museums, with displays full of all things related to Indiana hoops.

    If you do have wheels, the speedway tour is interesting even if you aren't a racing fan. And on one trip to Indy I drove out to the Butler campus to check out the Hinkle Fieldhouse of "Hoosiers" fame. It was summer and the place was open for camps or some such, so I just walked in and looked around and soaked up the history for a few minutes.
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Good suggestions all around.

    Not sure you'll be able to get into Lucas Oil Stadium in July, I was there this week for a media tour and they're working like mad to get it ready for the late-August opening. It is really nice though, and gigantic for those used to the RCA Dome.

    If you get a car, check out the world-class Children's Museum just north of downtown. It's a blast even for adults.

    And don't forget to have a shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo's or its new sister restaurant down the street, Harry & Izzy's.
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