You may have lived in the city of the circle all the life or be relatively new to the city. But have you ever heard what the others say about Indianapolis? Two decades ago, it may have been, "Why do I have to spend the weekends here?" Indianapolis has been recognized as the amateur sports capital of the world over the years; It has flourished in much more.
Indianapolis is not only the 13th largest city in the United States, but it's a great place to live, work, play, eat, shop … and the list goes on. Most people residing in Indianapolis are proud of their city, but may not know ALL the fun facts that can be shared with friends, family and visitors.
Think of this "Brag Session" session in Indianapolis.
Boast of culture
• Indianapolis Cultural Trail, A legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick is a world class urban bicycle and a pedestrian pathway that connects neighborhoods, cultural districts and entertainment services, and serves as the city center for everything central greenway system of Indiana. The eight mile route allows users to pass and go through many destinations that make Indianapolis a recognized leader of the arts community. The trail will end in 2012.
• Indianapolis has the Indianapolis Museum, The Children & # 39; s, not only the largest museum of this type in the world, but also the "best museum" of Child magazine. Among the interactive, attractive attractions are the Dinosphere; with rugosa dinosaur skeletons of vital size and simulated fossil excavations. In 2006, the 43-foot Fireworks of Glass was installed, the largest permanent glass sculpture ever created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Since then, the museum has expanded even more, adding a fabulous lobby, new exhibits and much more.
• Indianapolis is the seat of the Madame Walker Theater Center, which is a memorial to the first female millionaire created in America, Madam CJ Walker.
• The Indianapolis art museum was rated by USA Today as one of the 10 most prominent places to make marriage proposals, in front of the famous LOVE sculpture. Next to the museum and located on 100 hectares, which includes forests, wetlands, meadows and a 35-hectare lake, there are 100 hectares: the Virginia & Fairbanks Virginia Park Fairbanks. The park opened in June 2010 and is one of the largest museographic art parks in the country, and the only one that has the permanent commission of site-specific works of art .
• The Indianapolis zoo is the zoo, the aquarium and the botanical garden combined only accredited to the nation. The sample of the zoological Ocean & # 39; s presents the largest tank of touch in the world shark; while Dolphin Adventure offers the first vision experience of dolphins totally submerged in the world. During the summer of 2010, the Indianapolis Zoo opened its new exhibition: the cheetah: the race for survival.
• The former National Center (originally called the Murat Temple when it opened in 1910) is the most important temple in the Sanctuary of North America.
• Indiana State Museum presents art, science and culture. The museum not only has exhibits inside, but also exhibits it with its 92 stroll county, exteriors made with Indiana materials and much more. It will feature Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition September 25 – January 16, 2011.
• Indianapolis hosts the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, one of the two museums in the Mississippi, with native and western American art. A new exhibition with replicas of national treasures, Jingle Rails, will be presented in November 2010. Each canyon, table, lodge, Mt. Rushmore and even the replica of Indianapolis & # 39; Monument to the soldiers and their own sailors, made with natural materials by renowned artist Paul Busse.
• Indianapolis is only in Washington, DC, in number of monuments and monuments commemorating veterans.
• The 35th race of the OneAmerica 500 Mini-Marathon Festival takes place on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The Mini has run out during the last nine years with 35,000 registered and 4,000 additional participants at the 5K 5K start line. The Mini-Marathon is the largest marathon in the United States and, in general, the sixth largest event in America.
Everyone would agree and there are many things to do in downtown Indianapolis. People of all ages can entertain in numerous museums and historical sites, performing arts and theaters, memorials and parks, important sports sites and several unique attractions.
If you want to see what's only in Indianapolis, discover Indianapolis & # 39; The cultural districts.
Indianapolis is proud of its six unique cultural districts: Broad Ripple Village, The Canal and White River State Park, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave and wholesale district. Four of the six districts have houses directly in downtown Indianapolis, while Fountain Square is only one mile southeast and Broad Ripple Village nine kilometers north-east. Districts show different pockets of cultural opportunities that thrive in the city. You will find delightful public art, unique galleries, inspirational museums, picturesque shops and recreational attractions. Feel hungry for exquisite restaurants, ethnic dining and cafes. Laugh out loud or dance at night in one of the dozens of nightclubs and theaters. The districts also have your ticket to practice sports and professional shows.
The center of the city is home to baby elephants, Duckpin Bowling, an interior carousel that works, a world class symphony orchestra, an "Indiana" 55-foot sculpture, the Monument to soldiers and sailors and much more to explore
In recent years, Indianapolis has continued its reputation for incredibly new attractions, such as the rhythm. Discovery center in 2009, cheetahs: race for survival at the Indianapolis zoo in 2010 and lots of new residences in the center to be close to the action.
Enjoy the food and the shops in the center
• The Circle Center shopping and entertainment center, the city center, celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2010.
• Indianapolis is the venue of the 1886 city market, which has continued to be a market for the market & # 39; Since the spring of 2011 is undergoing a reform of the sector to further improve the market.
• Indianapolis & # 39; Mass Ave, one of the few streets in diagonal that remain in the original 1821 plate, is the arts and entertainment district of the city center, where people live, work and play in the same area of eight blocks.
• The center of Indianapolis has about 300 establishments to eat and drink.
The gastronomic options are endless that range from national meals like Capital Grille, Fogo De Chao, Weber Grill, Palomino and Ruth & # 39; s Chris to the unique local hot spots like Saffron Cafe, R bistro, Harry & Izzy & # 39; s and Pizza Bazbeaux.
• The famous shrimp cocktail of St. Elmo Steak House was dubbed "World's Spiciest Food" for feed criticism and the Travel Channel blogger in May 2009.
• The Slippery Noodle Inn is the oldest and most continuous bar in Indiana (since 1850). He won the Keeping the Blues Alive – Blues Club of the Year of the Blues Foundation.
With more than 210 stores in the city center, residents and visitors can enjoy everything, from the most modern trends, as unique as Windsor Jewelry Company or At Home in the City / Silver in the City, to the popular national chains such as Nordstrom, Carson Pirie Scott, TJ Maxx and Border & # 39; s.
The JW Marriot hotel will open its doors in 2011. It is the largest JW Marriot in the world with 1,005 rooms and 145,000 square feet of space for meetings and events. You will join more than 30 hotels and bed and breakfasts in the city center.
• TripAdvisor has named Conrad Indianapolis as one of the 25 best American hotels in its Travelers & # 39; s Choice 2010.
Boast of sports
• Indianapolis is the only city that has four professional sports teams, which play within a radius of four blocks, all in the heart of the city center. (NBA Pacers, WNBA Fever, NFL Colts and Triple-Indians)
• In 2012, Indianapolis will host the Super Bowl XLVI at the Lucas Oil Stadium. The spectacular new center opened in 2008.
• Lucas Oil Stadium was named sports equipment of the year in May of 2009 by Street and Smith & # 39; s SportsBusiness Journal.
• The Fieldhouse Council was ranked as the best NBA scenario for The Orange County Register.
• Indianapolis is the home of a world soccer caliber football team. In 2010, the Indianapolis Colts returned to Super Bowl XLIV. In 2006, the Indianapolis Colts dominated the Chicago Bears for a Super Bowl XLI win.
• Indianapolis is the only city that has hosted the NCAA Men & # 39; s Final Four times in a decade: 1991, 1997 and 2000. The city center was once again hosted in 2006 and 2010 and is scheduled for 2015. In 2005, the city hosted the Fourth Final of the city for the first time the NCAA Women & # 39; s and will have it again in 2011. (Sports news named Indianapolis as "Better Fourth final host" that there was no better basketball city than Indy. ")
• The basketball in Indianapolis is in March. The city hosts basketball tournaments Big Ten Men & # 39; s & Women & # 39; s from 2008 – 2012. The Tourney Women & # 39; s also visited in 2007. Indianapolis hosted the World Basketball Championship, held every four years in 2002. This was the first time in the event with a 52-year history that had taken place in the States United
• The Indianapolis 500 race is the world's biggest sports event. Coincidentally, the second largest is the Brickyard 400.
• A national focus shone in Indianapolis, as we host the 2006 National Gymnastics National Championships at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Circle of Stars of the Invitational Gymnastics will be in Indy, January 2011.
• Indianapolis hosted the United States swimming championships and the ConocoPhillips Swimming Championships in July 2009. Indianapolis also hosted the 2008 Olympic scuba trials in the United States.
• In 2006 and 2007, the city hosted the American championships for outdoor field and field at Indiana A. Michael Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium.
• Indianapolis ranked the second best sports host city in the United States in May 2009 at the 100 sporting events that you should watch live by Robert Tuchman
Of course, Indianapolis won its presumed rights from the amateur sports capital of the world. The Indian Speedway Motor Speedway has long been known as the icon of the city. The incorporation of Victory Field, "the Best Small Ballpark League in America" according to Sports Illustrated, as well as the last Conseco Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium style, have joined the city's sports image. . In addition, the USHL Indiana Ice is a top-level junior hockey team that entertains the Indianapolis community.
During a certain season, sports enthusiasts are sure to find an Indianapolis team at a demonstration or event to attend. From the annual Circle City Classic or Indiana High School Athletics Association championships to basketball tournaments Big Ten Women & # 39; s & Homes & # 39; s of basketball, the action does not stop.
In addition, several national government organs have originated or transferred their headquarters in Indianapolis, including the Black Coaches Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the US Gymnastics Federation, USA Track & Field, USA Diving, Inc., USA Swimming Synchronized and others.
Presume international competitions and awards
• The American Pianists Association has been supporting young aspiring artists for more than 25 years. Unique scholarships, both classical and jazz, offer important opportunities for American pianists from 18 to 30 years to advance their career. Each scholarship is worth more than $ 75,000, including cash prizes, fees, advertising, and recording opportunities.
• The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art program has awarded more than $ 1.5 million in grants and art purchases without restrictions and has added more than 125 pieces of art by 35 artists of long American life to his permanent collection for the last 10 years. This biennial program is unique to the world for the Native Americans and the first nations and has been the distinction of having "the best collection of contemporary art native to the world."
• The Indianapolis Prize, presented by the Indianapolis Zoo, is the largest individual monetary prize (100,000 dollars) for the conservation of animal species in the world and is delivered as a gift without restrictions to the chosen honor. The Award is awarded every two years to a person who has made extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts involving a single animal species or multiple species.
• The Indianapolis violin international competition takes place every four years. Music lovers from all over the world focus their attention on "The Indianapolis", now considered one of the most respected music competitions in the world. The 17-day festival, from September 10 to 26, 2010, has talented violinists from around the world.
Boast of the future
You can think that the city center is full. It is not true. The pace of development remains constant, with more than 3,300 million dollars of new construction by the end of 2015. Since 1990, 7.900 million dollars have been invested in the city center.
So, the next time someone asks you about your city, you can quote David Letterman, a native of Indianapolis. "I am very, very proud of the fact that I was born and spent most of my life in the wonderful community of Indianapolis. It's a great city."
Thanks, Dave. We think that Indianapolis is also quite wonderful.