Indianapolis really comes alive after dark—especially in the blocks surrounding the J.W. Marriott (our location for this year's JCDL 2013). Over 200 restaurants and clubs, live music and shows, and a four-story shopping mall are all within a short walking distance. You’ll be in the heart of downtown Indy, whether you're ready to relax or have some fun. Indy’s Attractions Two downtown landmarks, Monument Circle and Indiana War Memorial Plaza, are among America's great urban spaces. The Circle centers the city and furnishes its “Circle City” calling card. The White River State Park offers a unique blend of green space (Military Park, the Central Canal, White River itself) and cultural attractions - including the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens; the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; and the Indiana State Museum. A bicycle is a great way to explore downtown Indy (Bike's can be rented downtown at Bicycle Garage Indy. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the nation’s largest (and it’s free for general admission!). The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is also the largest in the world (and the best according to Child magazine). If all that touring makes you thirsty, visit one of Indy’s wineries or breweries.
Dining Out in Indianapolis
Downtown Indy has many great restaurants. Many more of these great Indianapolis restaurants are within walking distance or just a short cab ride away. With options ranging from world-famous steak houses to sushi restaurants and sports bars, Indy has something for every taste!
Shopping in Indianapolis
With 5 shopping districts, Indy offers everything from the convenience of a 100+ store shopping mall in the heart of downtown, to the satisfying adventure of exploring one-of-a-kind shops, like the Indy CD & Vinyl record shop, Artifacts art gifts, and Big Hat Books (among many, many others). Indy has a lively mix of shopping options for everyone.
Only in Indianapolis
The Travel Channel® declared Indy's St. Elmo Steak House a steak paradise. Their world famous shrimp cocktail is an Indy tradition. Indy's walkable/joggable/bike-able Cultural Trail was deemed “an astonishing and amazing vision” by Andy Wiley-Schwartz of the Project for Public Spaces who added, “There's really nothing like this in the world.” Also, a short ride from downtown is the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum which offers history and insight as well as tours to our city's namesake race.
Come take a look, and see for yourself what Indy has in store for you at JCDL 2013.
For other recommendations please check out these IUPUI student made videos produced for the recent ACRL 2013 Conference held in Indianapolis on YouTube.