You Don’t Want to Miss a Trip to Indianapolis
Home of fast cars and a one-of-a-kind culture, Indy is the place to be.
Indianapolis, Indiana, or just “Indy” as it’s known to the locals, is a city renowned for its hospitality in the heart of the Midwest that should not be overlooked. From its rich history and culture to its sports and entertainment, Indy offers something for everyone. DJ BBQ loved every second he spent in the Circle City and filled each moment with new experiences. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider visiting Indy on your next trip!
First and foremost, Indy is a city that is steeped in history. One of the most famous landmarks in the city is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indianapolis 500, the most prestigious event in Indy Car racing, has been held annually since 1911, and packs in over 300,000 fans every Memorial day weekend, not to mention millions of viewers on NBC. The museum at the Speedway is also a must-visit for any racing enthusiast, featuring more than 25 winning cars from the 100+ years of the Indianapolis 500 and much more. Another historical site that should not be missed is the Indiana State Museum, which offers a fascinating look at the history of the state from its early days to the present. Dating back to 1934, the Conner Prairie outdoor museum is nationally acclaimed with activities for all ages and immersive experiences across 800 acres. Don’t miss The Indianapolis City Market, which opened in 1886 and still operates today with over 30 local eateries and vendors, as well as facilitates tours of its unique and haunting underground catacombs.
For those who enjoy the arts, Indy has a thriving cultural scene. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is a world-class institution with a vast collection of art from around the world, housing over 54,000 art pieces. The museum also hosts many special exhibitions and events throughout the year. One of the newest art spaces on the block is Gallery 924, opening different shows every first Friday of the month. The Indiana Repertory Theatre is another must-see for theater lovers, offering a wide range of productions throughout the year. If artsy nightlife is more your vibe, check out The Cabaret, where you’re invited to “prepare for a full evening of refined revelry.” With live performances from top Broadway stars, jazz artists, and international cabaret acts, every show is an unpredictable and unique experience!
Indy is also home to several top-rated sports teams, including the NFL’s two-time Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts and the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Sports fans can catch a game at Lucas Oil Stadium or Gainbridge Fieldhouse and experience the electric atmosphere of these professional sports venues, or visit the interactive museum at the NCAA Hall of Champions, the headquarters of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
If you’re looking for a fun day out with the family, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a must-visit. Holding the distinction of being the largest children’s museum in the world, it offers a wide range of interactive exhibits that are sure to delight children and adults alike! Another great option is the Indianapolis Zoo, which features a world-class selection of animal exhibits and shows, as well as a serene and captivating botanical garden. Additionally, the city offers numerous parks and outdoor spaces, such as White River State Park and Eagle Creek Park, where families can hike, picnic, and enjoy nature.
Finally, Indy is known for its delicious cuisine, with a wide range of dining options available. From traditional Midwest fare to international cuisine, there is something to suit every palate. Some of the city’s most popular restaurants include St. Elmo Steak House, Plumps Last Shot, and Bronzinni Pizza. The drink scene is also expansive, with Indianapolis being named the #3 beer city in the U.S. in 2022 by USA Today, and hosts dozens of craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Be sure to check out the unique and quirky tiki bar called the Inferno Room, and the Slippery Noodle Inn—one of the oldest bars in Indiana!
Indy’s historical presence, thriving cultural scene, top-rated sports teams, family-friendly attractions, and delicious cuisine are certainly worth checking out for yourself. Why not plan your next trip to Indianapolis and discover all that this city has to offer?
If you’re interested in any of the places DJ BBQ went to in the episode, please check out the links below.
This historic city, once known for its textile industry, is growing fast from one of the Southeast’s hidden gems into one of its most popular destinations. Main Street is the lifeblood of Greenville, as it is the central street lined with cafes, boutiques, retailers, restaurants, galleries, and much more. The street is covered by a canopy of trees, which helps fortify the “green” in Greenville. At nighttime, twinkling lights shine through the trees, making it truly a walkable city no matter the time of day. From catching a live event at NOMA square or grabbing a bite and browsing shops at One City Plaza, to taking in the breathtaking views at Falls Park on the Reedy River or a game at Fluor Field (a mini replica of Fenway Park!) you can always find something to do on Main Street.
You won’t ever find yourself getting bored here. Around three hundred times a year, Downtown hosts events for all kinds of interests, from concerts to craft beer, culinary, or arts festivals. Greenville is known world-over for its two signature annual events, euphoria and Artisphere. In its 18th year, euphoria brings out the best in the culinary community with cooking demonstrations, tastings, wine seminars, and even celebrity chefs offering multi-course dinners. Better yet, proceeds from the event go to a local nonprofit that spreads funds to local charities related to sustenance (hunger & health), music, and children. Celebrating its 19th year in 2023, Artisphere is a cultural art event formed by ~135 visual artists representing 17 different artistic mediums. Local restaurants also join in the fun, with local favorites lining Main Street, bringing out their best dishes and unique flavors crafted just for the festival.
Enjoy live music performances and other art-related experiences all weekend long. But that’s not all! Every Saturday morning between May and October, the TD Saturday Market brings 75 local vendors with live music for everyone to enjoy. Art is ever-present in Greenville, and this is further proven by its citywide arts program that has placed more than 125 pieces across downtown.
You can’t talk about Greenville, SC without mentioning its green spaces. Falls Park on the Reedy is 32 acres of breathtaking park space with the stunning pedestrian-only Liberty Bridge and a web of pedestrian pathways that connect it to Cleveland Park—122 acres of everything a park could want, including Greenville Zoo. Because of Greenville’s proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are eight well-known waterfalls with a wide range in hiking difficulty.
On the shore of the Reedy River, Peace Center is where performing arts have developed their heart in Greenville. Ballets, orchestras, and theatre productions keep the stage alive and bustling. Close to Main Street sits Heritage Green, Greenville’s urban arts and cultural area, which contains museums, theatres, galleries, and the county’s main library.
Perhaps a sip is what you’re really after? Greenville is home to 20+ breweries and is 7th in the nation for most craft beer breweries per capita. If you came for the drinks, stay for the food. Greenville has diverse eateries to satisfy any palate. You’ll find everything from Afghan cuisine at Aryana, El Salvadorian from Sabor Latin Street Grill, Georgian from Keipi, Israeli from Pita House, and Southern Homestyle at OJ’s Diner to name a few!
The community is strong and charming with treasures for you to find everywhere you go. As you may have seen from Lost In, DJ BBQ discovered mouthwatering barbecue at Henry’s Smokehouse, mind-blowing tacos at Asada, unique drinks at Juniper, and a one-of-a-kind Georgian dinner experience at Keipi. Beyond the food, he had an all-encompassing shopping experience at Mast General Store, thrilling ride at BMW’s Performance Drive, and a relaxing time throwing axes at Group Therapy. What more could you ask for?
If you’re interested in the Places DJ BBQ visited above, you can find them listed below:
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P.S. Don’t leave your doggy friends behind on this vacation because Greenville LOVES dogs! Dog-friendly hotels, parks, restaurants, breweries, shops, and hangout spots abound. Find more dog-friendly information here.
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