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Get to Know Indianapolis: 5 Neighborhoods to Check Out

You can experience Indianapolis like a local by exploring some of its hippest—and most historic—districts. From shopping Indy-based labels to ponying up to the bar for a craft brew, you will find all the elements for a memorable visit.

Here’s a look at five vibrant neighborhoods to explore in the Circle City:

Get in Touch with Local Artists in Fountain Square

The Fountain Square district gets its name from the cast-iron fountain of the Greek goddess Hebe that’s located at the intersection of Virginia Avenue, Prospect Street and Shelby Street. A hub for the local arts scene, Fountain Square is also home to iMOCA, which features national and local contemporary artists, and the White Rabbit Cabaret, an edgy burlesque and comedy club.

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Take a stroll along the Indianapolis Canal Walk. (Photo: Alamy)

Find Plenty of Culture in the Canal and White State Park District

Get a breath of fresh air in the Canal and White River State Park Cultural District, home to the Indianapolis Canal Walk and some 250 acres of parkland. As its name suggests, this district also boasts some of Indy’s best known cultural attractions, such as the Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis Zoo.

Love the Nightlife in Broad Ripple Village

Broad Ripple Village really comes alive at night with popular bars like the beer-centric Union Jack Pub, but is also great to explore during the day. Check out art galleries, boutiques and cafes, and be sure to take a stroll through the 12-acre sculpture garden at nearby Indianapolis Arts Center.

Shop Local along Massachusetts Avenue

“Local” is the mantra along Massachusetts Avenue, where you will find a range of locally owned shops, restaurants and bars, as well as public art installations. You can shop for stylish home décor at Chatham Home, pick up a book for Sunday morning reading at Indy Reads Books and relax over cocktails at The Chatterbox Jazz Club.

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Stay for a game in the Entertainment District. (Photo: Alamy)

That’s Entertainment in the Wholesale District

The Wholesale District is the heart of Indianapolis’ entertainment scene. Set amid downtown’s skyscrapers, this district includes plenty of high-end shopping; Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts NFL team; and the Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.