Things For Couples To Do In Indianapolis
Couples planning a romantic getaway to Indianapolis may find it difficult to choose how to spend their special time together. Although known primarily for the Indianapolis 500, one of the world’s premier motor races, Indiana’s state capital has grown into a lively city offering fascinating cultural institutions, outdoor recreational space, impressive landmarks and exciting night life.
Nature and the Outdoors
Indianapolis’s White River State Park (inwhiteriver.wrsp.in.gov) offers 250 acres of green space that you can explore on a Segway (segwayofindiana.com) or by renting a tandem bike or surrey from Wheel Fun Rentals (wheelfunrentals.com). Blended seamlessly with the park is the historic Central Canal (discovercanal.com), where you can go on a romantic gondola ride with Old World Gondoliers (4gondola.com) — a popular way to propose, according to the vendor’s website. Moreover, with 3,900 acres of land and a 1,400-acre lake, Eagle Creek Park (indyparks.org) offers couples a chance to go swimming, fishing, sailing, hiking or birding.
Among Indianapolis’s most prominent cultural institutions is the Indianapolis Museum of Art (imamuseum.org), which boasts around 50,000 pieces of art, including a noteworthy collection of Asian works. It is here that couples can contemplate Robert Indiana’s famous “LOVE” sculpture, part of the contemporary art collection. Check also to see if your visit coincides with a touring Broadway show (indianapolis.broadway.com), hosted at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre and at Clowes Memorial Hall. Alternatively, indulge your musical inclinations at the Rhythm Discovery Center (rhythmdiscoverycenter.org), where you can see percussion instruments from various cultures and feel the vibrations yourselves in an interactive area that includes, among other features, an African talking drum.
Pack walking shoes if you wish to explore Indianapolis on foot. Indiana Landmarks (indianalandmarks.org) offers a free tour of Monument Circle, one of the city’s most prominent features. The tour highlights the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, one of several war memorials that make Indianapolis second only to Washington D.C. in devoting space to such landmarks. If your sweetie fancies the occult, reserve a Ghost Walk Tour (unseenpress.com) to visit places around the city said to be haunted. You can also sample Indianapolis fare with Taste Indy Food Tours (indianapolisfoodtours.com), which offers culinary walking tours of Massachusetts Avenue, the Wholesale District and the Fountain Square neighborhood.
Seven nights a week, you can enjoy live jazz performances at the Chatterbox (chatterboxjazz.com) in downtown Indianapolis. For live blues, slide into the Slippery Noodle Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest bar in Indianapolis, according to its website. If your funny bone needs tickling, head with your partner to ComedySportz Indianapolis (indycomedysportz.com) where performers, divided into teams, put on improvisation competitions complete with a “referee.”