Museums, green spaces, shopping, entertainment, dining; Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the best destinations for solo travelers. Combine all the activities with Midwestern hospitality and you’ll have a relaxing and enjoyable itinerary. After all, isn’t relaxing and enjoyable the goal of the solo travel?
Getting Around Indianapolis
How you get to Indianapolis is one thing; however, renting a car is the best mode of transportation once you get there. The public transportation isn’t as up to par as some larger cities, but it is getting better. Most, if not all, lodging accommodations have free parking for guests. There are several choices in lodging, from large hotel chains to bed and breakfasts. I prefer the bed and breakfast alternative for safety reasons. Try the Nestle Inn or Harney House, both located in downtown Indy. Also, try the Stone Soup Inn or Village Inn, Restaurant, and Spa both located in the Old Northside neighborhood.
White River State Park
Start your visit by spending the day at White River State Park. Whatever your interests, WRSP probably has something you’ll enjoy. The Indiana State Museum is your best bet for science, culture, public art, and history. The Eitlejorg Museum is one of two museums east of the Mississippi featuring Native American and Western art and culture. The world class Indianapolis Zoo is part of the park, too. If you’re into sports, definitely go to NCAA Hall of Champions. Attend a minor league baseball game at Victory Field. The Imax Theater, perhaps a concert, green space galore, and a good meal at the Sky City Café round out your visit to the White River State Park.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
You could spend a day at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. There you’ll find several events and activities, including films, performances, and Meditation Hikes on Friday evenings. The hikes take place rain or shine, so be sure to dress accordingly. Visit Indianapolis Museum for more info.
Want more adventure?
Visit Conner Prairie Interactive History Park for the event, Follow the North Star. You’ll portray a runaway slave in pursuit of freedom while you’re being pursued. Be forewarned; this isn’t for everyone. Visit Conner Prairie for reservations. It was one of the most enlightening events I’ve ever attended.
Eagle Creek Park
Eagle Creek Park is one of the largest city parks in the US. Pack your lunch and spend the day in over 5,000 acres of water sports, green spaces, and the greens, as in golfing. Take in a nature class/talk while you’re there, too. Go to Eagle Creek Park for a schedule of events.
Finally, spend some time shopping for souvenirs at Circle Center Mall, or, for a more unique shopping experience, try Broad Ripple Village, or Mass Ave District. While you’re on Mass Ave, check out MacNivens Scottish American Restaurant & Bar. Try the Scotch Eggs, they’re delicious!
Enjoy your solo visit to Indianapolis, IN!