all sitting within close proximity of each other. The new
Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an urban greenway designed
specially for pedestrians and bikers, connects visitors to
chef-owned restaurants, boutique shops, and entertainment in six thriving cultural districts. Visitors can rent
bikes at many area hotels, rental outlets, or through the
new bike-share program.
Vibrant culture day and night
Indy’s energy continues long after the workday ends.
From happy-hour hotspots to late-night live music, craft
beer to crafted cocktails, downtown Indy buzzes with
activity at nearly any hour. St. Elmo Steak House serves
what Travel Channel named the world’s spiciest dish, the
World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail. Indiana’s oldest
bar, The Slippery Noodle Inn, was once notorious bank
robber John Dillinger’s favorite watering hole and now
hosts live blues nightly. And The Libertine serves small
plates of local fare and artisan cocktails in a swanky, speak-easy-esque atmosphere. Attendees also shouldn’t miss
taking a stroll through Mass Ave and Fountain Square, two
eclectic neighborhoods where locals venture to sip Sun
King (a popular brand of local beer) and play bocce ball.
Indy’s connectivity, walkability, and convenience make
meeting planners’ jobs easier by keeping the budget
intact and ensuring a memorable and productive experience for attendees. Tying everything together into a
neat meeting package is Indy’s legendary hospitality. The
city’s friendly disposition and hospitality has earned such
a reputation that a name has been coined for it — Hoosier
Hospitality. So when it comes to hosting meetings and
conventions, delivering exceptional customer service
and paying attention to every last detail is just naturally
part of Indy’s DNA. .
WHAT MAKES INDY THE MOST
CONNECTED MEETINGS DESTINATION
IN THE COUNTRY?
A RECORD NUMBER OF CONNECTED HOTELS
Indianapolis has more convention center-connected hotel rooms than any other U.S.
city — 4,700, to be exact. Those guestrooms
also connect to Lucas Oil Stadium and hundreds of shopping and dining options in Circle
Centre mall. In total, Indy has 7, 100 rooms in
downtown within walking distance of 250
restaurants and attractions.
A NEW URBAN PATHWAY
The innovative Indianapolis Cultural Trail
connects the Indiana Convention Center and
surrounding hotels with dining, shopping, and
entertainment options in six vibrant cultural districts. The $63-million, eight-mile urban greenway replaced a lane of car traffic in the core of
downtown with a bike- and pedestrian-friendly
path, earning it recognition as the “biggest and
boldest step of any American city” by the New
York City–based Project for Public Spaces.
VERSATILE EVENT SPACE
The three-block, European-inspired boardwalk
known as Georgia Street connects the Indiana
Convention Center with 68,000 square feet of
meeting and event space at Bankers Life Field-house, home of the Indiana Pacers. Georgia
Street can also serve as a unique outdoor event
space with food trucks, live bands, and more.
A WATERWAY THAT SURPRISES
The scenic Central Canal winds through White
River State Park, the nation’s largest urban
state park, connecting downtown Indy to major
museums, memorials, public art, and 250 acres
of green space.