There is so much more to Indianapolis than racing. Not only is this capital city home to world-renowned museums but Indy was also named the second best city in the U.S. to find a job by Glassdoor. From the low cost of living to the best milkshake you will ever taste and the booming craft brewery scene, it’s no wonder why people are flocking to Indianapolis.
Low Cost of Living
Ranked #18 on the list of 2017 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living by Niche, Indy is affordable while still offering big city amenities. You’ll be able to enjoy a high standard of living and with top-rated schools across the city, it’s also a great place to raise a family.
Booming Job Market
To go along with the low cost of living, it’s also fairly easy to find a job in this capital city. Glassdoor named Indy the second best city in the U.S. to find a job due to the plentiful job openings and the high overall job satisfaction. Your career is sure to thrive in Indy!
Incredible Restaurants and Breweries
If you’re a fan of farm-to-table meals and locally crafted brews, Indy will not disappoint. The Fletcher Place neighborhood is home to both Milktooth, a trendy brunch spot, and Bluebeard, whose menu varies daily based on locally sourced ingredients and also offers out-of-this-world craft cocktails. If you’d like to splurge on a delicious steak dinner and possibly dine with a few Colts players who are frequent patrons, be sure to check out The St. Elmo Steak House. And if breweries are your jam, there are plenty of options, but Cannon Ball, TwoDeep and Black Acre Brewing are local favorites.
Fountain Square, just south of downtown, was actually the city’s first commercial district but it has gone through a huge resurgence and redevelopment. It should be your go-to for incredible boutiques, indie record shops, nightlife, independent restaurants, coffee shops, as well as a booming art scene. Fountain Square also has a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that easily connects you to downtown Indianapolis. Right next to Fountain Square is the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, which is also in the middle of a revival. Residents in Bates-Hendricks get the perfect mix of being within walking distance to downtown and Fountain Square, while still having a homey, community feel.
Museums and Attractions the Whole Family will Love
It’s hard to find someone who wouldn’t recommend the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which is truly entertaining for both children and adults alike. The Indianapolis Museum of Art, now known as part of Newfields, is internationally renowned and is now taking on a new emphasis of combining art with nature, which is fitting because it’s located inside the White River State Park. Of course, no Indy museum recommendation would be complete without mention of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. We also highly recommend the Indianapolis Zoo, which is unique in that it not only offers a zoo, but also features a botanical garden and an aquarium right in the heart of downtown!
With the White River flowing through the city, the accompanying White River State Park is full of trails and pedestrian bridges to walk or bike along. You’ll be able to enjoy the attractions that the park is home to throughout the year, including art exhibits hosted by the Museum of Art, which we mentioned is located inside the park, and live concerts out on the lawn in the summer.
Indy is also a golfer’s dream! There are countless numbers of pristine courses in Indianapolis proper as well as surrounding areas. See for yourself here. South of downtown, you’ll find the popular Perry Park, which offers an outdoor pool to enjoy in the summer and an expansive ice staking and hockey rink in the winter.
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