There is Something for Everyone in the Circle City.
Try St. Elmo’s world-famous shrimp cocktail, enjoy live music at the Slippery Noodle, the region’s best Blues club, or get a taste of culture at one of four museums in the area. They don’t call it The Crossroads of America for nothing! There are more than 200 restaurants and clubs, live music and shows, and a four-story shopping mall all within blocks of the JW Marriott Indianapolis. Whether you’re ready to relax or cut loose – you’ll find just what you need in the heart of Indianapolis.
And when it’s time to turn in, your room is steps away— Downtown Indianapolis has a campus-like feel, with no tedious shuttling back and forth through endless traffic, like in a lot of convention cities.
A City Of/By/For Sports Lovers
It’s probably not a surprise that Indianapolis is a natural destination for people who love sports—any or all sports. Pro ball? Tour the homes of the Colts, the Pacers and Indiana Fever, or catch a game at Victory Field, which Sports Illustrated called “the Best Minor League Ballpark in America.”
Cross the street to try your hand at various college sports—shooting hoops in a Hoosiers-style gym mock-up, whacking a tennis or golf ball—in the NCAA Hall of Champions. Or come ready to swim laps at the world-famous Indiana University Natatorium, site of more than a dozen world records.
If you want to really let off steam, Indianapolis boasts miles of scenic running on the Hoosier Cultural Trail (not surprising in the city that hosts the nation’s largest half-marathon). And if golf is your game, you’re in for a treat: Indy is home to celebrated golf course designer Pete Dye and professional golfer Fuzzy Zoeller — while you’re here, you can play some of the mid-west’s best courses, including a course built in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the venue that hosts the worlds first- and second-largest one-day sporting events – perhaps you’ve heard of it?
In February of 2012, Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI and the city received widespread critical and fan acclaim.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell said Indianapolis is the best host city the Super Bowl has ever seen. The level of organization, coordination and community involvement was unmatched for an event of this size. When the bright lights pointed on the Circle City, years of planning and preparation resulted in one of the most successful and socially connected Super Bowls ever.
Bring the Family. No Car Necessary. There is Plenty to do Downtown While You’re at The Summit.
If the weather’s fair, they can walk a block or two to rent bikes, paddleboats, or Segway personal vehicles on the Central Canal, right in the middle of White River State Park—where they can also stroll in and around two wonderful museums and across a grassy bridge over the river to the Indianapolis Zoo (one of Trip Advisor’s Top Ten in America).
If those April showers do happen to carry over into May, there’s Circle Centre, a 4-story urban mall with stores ranging from Carson Pirie Scott to American Eagle. And if they do have keys to the car, they might want to drive a few blocks north to The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, which is America’s largest, and has been called “Best in the Nation.” by Child Magazine.
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