City Guide 2018

The Indianapolis Monthly City Guide is an annual relocation guide produced by the publishers of Indianapolis Monthly.

A Walk in the City

It was a gorgeous, sun-filled mid-October day, a last blast of warmth before the chill of fall set in and the kind of weather of which I hate not taking advantage. So at lunchtime, I changed into my Nikes and went for a walk, heading west from our offices on Monument Circle.

My destination was White River State Park, a favorite for office-dwellers like myself looking for a little fresh air. But instead of sticking to the typical Canal Walk loop, I took the route less traveled—really, a path I had never trekked at all, despite strolling past it several times. I picked it up near an old entrance to the Indianapolis Zoo and continued west.

On either side of the crushed-gravel trail (whose name I later learned is River Promenade) were hundreds of massive limestone boulders, some carved with images of structures, such as the Empire State Building, that were crafted with the Southern Indiana material. Below and to my right, the White River continued its flow through the city. The zoo’s Dolphin Pavilion and Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center towered above on my left.
The walkway was quiet, minus the crunching of sneakers. The views were great. A lovely canopy of trees provided shade overhead. It was the perfect location for a little mid-day exercise and mind-clearing, and I had to ask myself: How was it, that in 32 years of living in Indy and nearly 6 years of working downtown, I had never checked it out? It goes to show that there’s always something new to uncover, even in a place you’ve called home for years.

It’s our hope that this City Guide will inspire you to discover everything Indianapolis has to offer, including a brand-new outdoor attraction at the world’s largest children’s museum (p. 7), must-attend events (p. 10), a wide range of entertaining arts groups (p. 31), buzz-worthy independent restaurants (p. 40), and so much more. For a crash course on the city, we encourage you to crack open the books for Indy 101 (p. 14).

Enjoy exploring your new home, no matter which path you take.

Laura Kruty

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