Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Indianapolis? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Indianapolis?”
It makes sense that Indianapolis, one of the most Midwestern of cities, is a lot like Midwestern people. It’s polite and inoffensive, a real “how’re ya doin?” type, the kind of city that would stop mowing its lawn to have a neighborly chat about the humidity. But there’s a lot more beneath the surface, a whole lot of culture and ideas and strangeness if you just pull back the curtain — experimental brunch joints, hidden museums, cat cafés and weird twists on bowling. You just have to know where to find them, and that’s why we’re here. These are the best things to do in Indianapolis right now.