Cobblestone streets, cafes along the river, gondola rides, Canal Walk. Indy is bike trails. Shopping heaven. Indy boutiques. Outdoor concerts. Indy is exciting. Adventurous. Indy 500. Large city spirit. Hoosier hospitality. At the crossroads, Indy is the gateway to all that’s good.
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Indianapolis is the state capital of Indiana and is fondly referred to simply as “Indy.” The family-friendly city enjoys a low cost of living and rich cultural heritage. It is a vibrant and progressive city full of prideful Hoosier hospitality and large city spirit. Indianapolis is also known as the “Crossroads of America.” More interstate highways bisect here than any other city in the country, which makes it an ideal place from with to do business, play and explore. In 2015 Forbes ranked Indianapolis one of the Best Places for Business and Careers.
Indianapolis was established in 1820 as a trading post on the White River. Indianapolis means “city of the place of Indians.” Once home to Delaware and Miami tribes, and Mound People, German and Irish immigrants settled in Indianapolis and the influence of these cultures is very evident today.
Canal Walk is one of Indy’s biggest attractions with its three-mile loop along the White River. It features old-time street lamps, fountains, a 17-foot waterfall, lush landscaping and the River Promenade. Along the walk you’ll find some of the city’s best contemporary architecture, historic churches, memorials, entertainment, art, music, recreation and areas to simply relax. You can bike the Canal or ride along in a pedal boat or gondola.
Other popular attractions in Indy include the Indianapolis Children’s Zoo, Indiana World War Memorial, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, and NCAA Hall of Champions. The six-block long Indiana Convention Center regularly hosts meetings and conventions and connects hotels, dining, and shops by a skywalk.
Indy is a great city to be active and stay fit with more than 11,000 acres of parkland, 208 parks, 60 miles of greenway trails, 21 aquatic facilities, 16 family centers, 13 golf courses, 15 playgrounds, plus many nature centers, disc golf courses, dog parks, an ice rink, conservatory and sunken garden, arts center, Major Taylor Velodrome Park, a skate park and BMX complex.
Indy boasts two of the largest single-day sporting events in the Nation: Auto racing’s Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Brickyard 400. Sports fans can rally year round with NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, NBA’s Indiana Pacers, WNBA’s Indiana Fever, Triple-A Minor League Baseball’s Indianapolis Indians, North American Soccer League’s Indy Eleven, and Hockey’s Indiana Ice.
Ranked one of America’s Top 25 Best Shopping Cities (Forbes Magazine), Indianapolis also has many popular dining venues and nightclubs. Downtown Indy and Broad Ripple Village draw scores of people with live music, entertainment and comedy clubs.
Schools in Indy are among the Nation’s Great Schools, and the city has many prestigious colleges, including Indiana University. Families with school-aged children will find living in Indianapolis, or choosing a rental home here, is a great choice.
Indianapolis is a city rich in pride, cultural heritage, music, arts and recreation. Indy is a great place to call home. And when you choose to venture out from the crossroads of America, you’ll find you’re not far from most anywhere.