Top Ten Favorite Things to do in Indy

Indianapolis!!! Also known as Indy, Naptown, or the 317, this is the place where I grew up and somewhere that I am so thankful I will always get to call home, no matter where life might take me. Growing up in the suburb of Fishers, I have had so much fun exploring the city and discovering fun things to do around downtown and other surrounding areas. I have compiled a list of all my favorite things to do in Indy and I hope that whether you are just in town visiting or happen to be a local, that this inspires you with some new things to do to have some fun. Here we go!

1. 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is such an incredible museum, but for me as a college student, paying an eighteen dollar admission fee just doesn't seem entirely worth it. A couple weeks ago my friends Olivia, Genna, and I headed to the museum to explore and enjoy the art. We had heard that the outdoor grounds were free, and we began to wander around. Not five minutes later a sweet worker came up to us and asked us where our stickers were. Confused, we explained how we thought this part of the museum was free. She elaborated upon the face that only the 100 Acres are free, and that the Newfields portion of the museum still requires the eighteen dollar fee. We still aren't quite sure how we wandered into there without a pass, but she nicely escorted us out to the free grounds. While we were disappointed at first, we realized all that the free part had to offer. There are ONE HUNDRED acres to explore and it is entirely free to the public. This includes things such as the famous Funky Bones (as seen in the movie The Fault in our Stars) and endless trails to walk. We had a blast walking around, talking, and enjoying everything this art and  nature park had to offer. I definitely plan on going back sometime soon.

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The head of Funky Bones

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2. Broadripple Murals

One of my favorite things to do when I'm bored or in need of a fun new insta post is to head to Broadripple and take pictures in front of the various murals around the town. Bripp is such an artsy spot in Indy and there are so many fun walls and photogenic spots. Just by wandering around you should be able to find most of these in the main couple of blocks. Also, if you have time and love ice cream as much as I do, check out BRICS!

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3. Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

Located in Noblesville, Indiana and thankfully only a short drive from my house, Ruoff is where you can find me during the summers. I love nothing more than live concerts with friends, and this outdoor amphitheater will always feel like home to me. Some may know it by Klipsch, Verizon, or even Deer Creek, but no matter what the name, this place is full of fun and good times. I'm planning to do a blog post reviewing concert season 2018 at the end of the summer, so be on the look out for that! If you're in Indy anytime during the summer, be sure to check out the schedule and see a concert here, you definitely will not regret it. 

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4. Spencer Farms

Once again located in Noblesville, Spencer Farms is the cutest idea ever!!! The biggest draw here is that you get to hand pick strawberries. Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits and when I heard about this, I knew I had to check it out. I'm not sure if it was just when I went in the season, but the strawberries were much smaller than those you would find in the grocery store. I was hesitant to try them because I wasn't sure if they would be very good, but they were truly some of the best I have ever had!!! 10/10 recommend. This is such a fun thing to do with friends, your family, or even a cute date idea!

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5. Geist Reservoir 

Located right in the middle of Fishers, Geist is a spot that holds so many memories and fun times for me. While the water might not be the absolute cleanest ever, it is so fun to get out there and cruise around, perhaps meet up with friends in Cocktail Cove, water ski and tube, or even rent kayaks and explore!! Not to mention the beautiful homes that line the lakeside. It's so fun to go on boat rides and just look around at all the amazing houses. Even if you don't have a boat that can go on the lake, there are fun restaurants that sit close by with amazing views, such as Wolfies! This reservoir really does have something to offer for everyone.

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6. Indiana State Fair

Towards the end of the summer, the state fair pops up and it instantly becomes the main attraction for everyone in Indy, young and old. I have always gone with a big group of friends and we have so much fun riding the crazy rides, playing games, people watching, seeing the animals, and of course trying all of the ridiculously delicious fair foods. Last year my friend Zach ate a DONUT BURGER. Yeah. A donut on each side instead of the bun. Absolute craziness. If you find yourself in Indy towards the end of the summer, the fair is an absolute must see.

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7. Flat Fork Creek Park

A fairly new addition to Fishers, this park has become one of my all time favorites. It includes everything from a fishing pond, a super tall hill that overlooks the city (and transforms into the ultimate sledding hill in the winter), fun treehouses, and even mountain biking trails. I love coming here with friends and having picnics in the treehouses or even just walking the trails and talking. It is usually fairly busy, especially in the summer, and I definitely get a little too excited when people are there walking their dogs and offer to let me to pet them. If you're wanting to get outdoors and have a park experience like never before, Flat Fork is the place to be.

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8.  Tibbs Drive-In

I had always wanted to go to a drive in movie theater and when my boyfriend, Joe, suggested we go last year, I couldn't have been more excited. We headed there in his big truck, parked and set up some pillows and blankets (not to mention coats because it was October and it gets cold!!!) and had so much fun seeing a movie in a somewhat unconventional way like this. It took us a minute to figure out the radio and how to hear the movie but once it started it was awesome, it truly felt like taking a step back into time!

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9. Cake Bake Shop

This is truly perhaps one of the cutest places I have ever been to. Not only is the outside of the shop adorable, but the inside is the sweetest thing you've ever seen! The decorations are precious, suited to the season, and make you feel like you have just walked inside a little princesses or fairy's house. I can't even think of any other words to describe how cute this place is!!! Everything is so dainty and you can tell the owner put a lot of time into the decor. Not to mention, the cake is amazing. The slices are so big you'll definitely take some home, but it is absolutely worth it!

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10. Go Ape! Treetop Adventure

An entire adventure and zip lining course through the trees at Eagle Creek Park, Go Ape is truly one of the most fun and unique experiences I have ever had! I've always loved to zipline, but it is usually so quick and over in about thirty seconds. At Go Ape, you get to go over and over again through different areas, and it feels like the fun will never end! I loved experiencing this with my dad, a friend, and her dad and I can't wait to go back soon. This is a little bit pricey, but worth it for the fun & adrenaline rush!!

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Overall, I hope you have enjoyed reading about my favorite things to do in Indy! If you try any of these suggestions, or have other favorite things of your own, I'd love to hear about it in the comment boxes below. Have fun exploring the 317!!!

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