Students attend National Conference as a way to invest in their professional future, but that doesn’t mean visiting Indianapolis will be all work and no play. There are tons of things to do and see in the city during your free time! Here are just a few of the attractions recommended by Visit Indy (which also happens to be one of the companies you can tour while at Conference):
- If you like the outdoors, consider visiting White River State Park, America’s only cultural urban state park. Located at 801 W. Washington Avenue, the park is home to the Central Canal and the White River itself, as well as cultural attractions such as the Indianapolis Zoo, IMAX Theater, and the Indiana State Museum. Visitors can travel through the park via bicycle, boat, Segway, or simply by foot.
- If you’re a shopaholic, visit a few of the eclectic boutiques in the Mass Ave Arts District (339 Massachusetts Avenue). Looking for a more modern shopping experience? Check out Circle Centre (49 W. Maryland St.), a four-level indoor mall featuring over 125 shopping, dining and entertainment options.
- Hungry? Downtown Indy has tons of dining options. Grab a sandwich at Shapiro’s Delicatessen (808 S. Meridian St.) or get your pasta fix at Old Spaghetti Factory (210 S. Meridian St.). If you’re 21 and over, have a couple of drinks at St. Joseph Brewery & Public House (540 N. College Ave.), located inside a historic church building.
- If you’re searching for the perfect photo op, snap a #selfie with one of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculptures, located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Also be sure to stop by the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which offers a 360-degree view of the city from its observation level. And for a picture that’s uniquely Indianapolis, become the “I” in Indy by posing alongside one of the three “NDY” sculptures around town.
- Last but not least, Indy is big on sports. Visit Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts and Super Bowl XLVI, or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the famed Indy 500 is held. And for a taste of collegiate sports, stop by the NCAA Hall of Champions.
Want to visit these cool places? Reminder: our chapter scholarship application is now open! Apply by Sept. 11 for the chance to have your conference registration fee waived. That way, you’re one step closer to attending conference and enjoying everything the Circle City has to offer!