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What to do in the Circle City - Indianapolis

A January 2003 trip to Indianapolis by funandsun

Quote: Indianapolis, better known as the Circle City, is a town full of excitement, magic and a love of sports. Monument Circle stands in the middle of this mid-western city awaiting visitors from all corners of the globe.

What to do in the Circle City - Indianapolis

Overview

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Indianapolis houses hotels, shopping, and museums, and is known as the amateur-sports capital of the world. You can catch an NBA, WNBA, or NFL game; a minor league baseball game; watch an Indy car, Nascar, or Grand Prix race; visit the Veledrom; go to the Pan Am Plaza for ice skating; see a hockey or an arena football game; or watch some tennis at the RCA tennis championships. If college sports are more to your liking, then the NCAA Hall of Fame is for you. Ever wonder what a "Hoosier" is? Well so does everyone from Indiana, affectionately known as Hoosiers. There are dozens of theories on where this title came from, the most popular being that the Old West people who lived here would...Read More

St. Elmo Steak House

Restaurant | "St. Elmo's Steakhouse"

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St. Elmo's Steakhouse has a rich heritage in Indianapolis, as it has been in town for 100 years and has captured various "best steakhouse" awards. The style and decor of the steakhouse are that of an old Chicago saloon. All of the waiters wear tuxes. The seating in the past had been rather cramped, but due to a recent expansion, there are now more rooms, an open kitchen seen from the bar, and the addition of a large wine cellar. St. Elmo’s prides itself on its steaks, but offers seafood as well. The filet is out of this world! While your meal does come with a potato, salads must be purchased separately for an additional $5. There is no need to worry about being hungry after you leave h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2003

St. Elmo Steak House
127 South Illinois Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225
(317) 635-0636

Charbonos

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Charbonos has a distinctive setting that makes you feel as if you're in a wine valley in California or Europe. The setting is dark, with grape vines and vineyard decor. Charbonos offers a variety of steaks, seafood, and pasta. While the dinners range from $15 to $17, the salads are extra. A kids' menu has your typical chicken nuggets, spaghetti, and three or four other items priced at around $5, including the drink. The kids also get a pack of wicky sticks to keep them busy. (Wicky sticks are 6-inch-long, sticky little bendable sticks that kids can bend, stick together, and make creatures or words out of. They come with about eight in a package. Sometimes they’re fun for adults as well!) The nic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2003

Charbonos
128 State Road 267
Indianapolis, Indiana 46123
(317) 272-1900

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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Attraction | "Indianpolis Children's Museum"

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The Children's Museum encourages curiosity and learning by offering hands-on exhibits and experiments. Offerings vary from the Cinedome Theater (a theater in the round--additional fee for this feature) and a Planetarium. The planetarium is included free with the price of admission, however, make sure to go to the first level outside of the planetarium to get a ticket for the scheduled show as soon as you arrive, so the show you want to see doesn't sell out before you get there. The museum changes its exhibits periodically. Once they had a walk-in cockpit and half airplane, where you could sit at the controls and pretend to fly. At Christmas they have Santas from all over the world tell stories fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2003

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana

Circle Centre Mall

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Attraction | "Circle Centre"

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With four floors and two blocks of shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and a Gameworks virtual reality studio, there''s plenty to keep you and your wallet busy for the day! Circle Centre has many of the popular stores such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Parisian, Eddie Bauer, Disney Store, Victoria''s Secret, and many other specialty stores. Their food is out-of-this-world also. They have a typical food court section along with other restaurants such as Johnny Rockets, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, and the Alcatraz Brewing Company. For those interested in the night scene, one of the floors is open until the wee hours of the night with night clubs. Circle Center is dire...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2003

Circle Centre Mall
49 West Maryland St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 681-8000

Indianapolis Zoo

Attraction

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The zoo is located on the west side of Indianapolis on the outskirts of downtown, next to Victory Field and the White River. The zoo is open year-round with different activities available, depending on the time of year. During the summer months, there is a water play area at the entrance. Kids get a kick out of playing in this area, where shooting jets of water come out of the ground. During the winter, it's time for "Christmas at the Zoo." A spectacular array of lights brightens the paths. For the younger crowd, there's also a Santa for kids to tell their Christmas wishes to. There are many other activities other than merely walking around looking at the animals. A free dolphin show t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2003

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W. Washington St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46222
(317) 630-2187

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The museum is located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, just a few miles west of Butler University. Make sure not to plan a visit on Mondays, when they're closed. If you get hungry while visiting the museum, two different restaurants are offered on site--one fine dining and one cafe. There are also a souvenir shop and a greenhouse, which you can tour and which also sells unusual flowers and plants to take home with you. The museum has numerous exhibits and collections. There are many paintings and sculptures to view in this large, multi-floored building. The art varies between contemporary, American, European, Asian, African, and South Pacific, along with drawings, prints, and photographs. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2003

Indianapolis Museum Of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, Indiana
(317) 923-1331

Mini-Marathon

Attraction | "Indy 500 Speedway"

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The town of Speedway sits just to the west of Indianapolis and is well known for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500. Every May, you can hear the roar of the engines from miles away. The track was built in 1909 and came into the Hulman family in 1945, remaining in the Hulman/George family ever since. The entire track was originally built with bricks. When the track was updated and paved, the Speedway wanted to keep the essence of the previous track. To do this, the original bricks still remain and mark the start/finish line of this 2.5-mile oval. There have been many changes and additions over the years. Ten to twenty years ago, there were two types of people that went to the 5...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2003

Mini-Marathon
Downtown Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Conseco Fieldhouse--Home of the Pacers

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Many events and concerts take place at Conseco Fieldhouse, such as Nelly, Tim McGraw, the Harlem Globetrotters, Elton John, and Billy Joel. However, the most loved event is during basketball season. Conseco Fieldhouse is the home of the Indiana Pacers. This season, the Pacers are at the top of their game, with opponents finding it extremely difficult to capture a win in their house. "In 49 other states it's just a game, but this is Indiana." The Pacers, now an NBA team, began as an ABA team with the likes of George McGinnis, Mel Daniels, and Roger Brown. Now Reggie Miller tops the Pacers chart and is especially known for his "Boom Baby" three pointers! The Pacers are known for having o...Read More