Indianapolis has a lot in common with Cincinnati.
- It’s consistently ranked as a great weekend getaway
- It has a great deal of neat, old architecture
- It has numerous cool bars and restaurants
- And many more we're about to explore
So what are Indy's equivalents of our favorite Queen City locales? Here are six places that'll give a Cincinnatian a little taste of home in the Circle City:
- Indy’s Fountain Square
Love Fountain Square? Of course you do! Well, Indy has it’s own little downtown attraction called Monument Circle. Officially named the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, it's the most iconic spot in downtown Indy and it's a perfect starting point for exploring everything from Lucas Oil Stadium to Circle Centre Mall.
Also worth checking out is the nearby Indiana War Memorial, a stunning building that just may be Indy's version of Union Terminal.
- Indy's Findlay Market
Ok, Findlay is clearly our favorite, but Indy's downtown City Market is a treasure for all the same reasons Findlay is. Firstly, it's old. Like, founded in 1821 old. Secondly, like Findlay, it has a little bit of everything and carries the full-fledged, cosmopolitan city vibe.
- Indy’s Rhinegeist
Indianapolis may not have the brewing history of the Queen City, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have one heck of a brewery scene! What’s their answer to our Rhinegeist and MadTree? How about the nationally-acclaimed Sun King Brewing?
Stop by their original downtown location or hit up their newer spot out in the ‘burbs.
- Indy's Smale Riverfront Park
Indy may not be on a big river like the Ohio, but just like Cincinnati, Indianapolis has an urban park with plenty of space for walking, picnics, and even kayaking.
And right on the edge of downtown, the Canal and White River State Park Cultural District is not only a large park, but a gateway to everything from museums to the zoo to the minor league Indians baseball stadium.
- Indy’s Over-the-Rhine
Like Cincinnati, Indianapolis has plenty of little hot spots like Broad Ripple (similar to Clifton), but the newest, coolest place to be right now in the Circle City is Massachusetts Avenue (known colloquially as Mass Ave).
Just a few blocks from downtown, Mass Ave features plenty of new bars, shops, and restaurants. In fact, Mass Ave. is so cool, our very own The Eagle has a location there now.
- Indy’s “Flying Pig”
Every great city has it’s thing. Louisville has the derby. Cincy has the Flying Pig (and W&S Open). And Indianapolis has the Indianapolis 500.
Arguably the most prestigious auto race in the world, the speedway welcomes over 200,000 people every Memorial Day weekend. No trip to Indy is complete without a trip to the track for a tour or stroll through the museum. And the sheer size of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will blow your mind.
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If you’re looking for a great weekend getaway, don’t overlook Indianapolis. It's just up I-74, and you’ll love it for all the same reasons you love the Queen City.