Hotspots in Indianapolis, IN

Pepsi Coliseum Ice Skating

Ice skating during the winter is a lot of fun, but when it's literally freezing outside, you might not enjoy it as much. Why not spend an afternoon ice skating at the Pepsi Coliseum? Ice skating is a great winter activity in Indianapolis, and doing it indoors -- where it's not quite as cold - is a great option. When the Indianapolis Ice aren't playing, the Pepsi Coliseum is often opened for public ice skating session. Admission and skate rental prices are reasonable. Check the website for cost and dates and enjoy a fun winter activity in Indianapolis!

Krannert Park

Formerly a YMCA, Krannert Park is part of the Indy Parks and Recreation Department. Locals love the trails and ponds in the partially wooded outdoor area, the year-round indoor pool and the seasonal outdoor Aquatics Center. However, Krannert Park has endless activities and classes for the kids, including swimming lessons for children as young as six months, dance classes, baby ballet, dance and karate. During the summer, the options are even greater and include a summer day camp, so check the Krannert Park website.

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

If you're looking for a fun way to escape Indianapolis' cold winter weather for a few hours, plan a night at Beef and Board's Dinner Theatre. Beef and Boards is a great winter activity - you can enjoy dinner and state-famous entertainment at the same place. In fact, over 155,000 people attend a show at Beef and Boards each year. An in-house chef prepares a delicious buffet and there is a full-service bar. For entertainment, you can enjoy Broadway shows or concerts. Tip: If you enjoy dinner theatre, you can purchase a VIP membership which entitles you to 2-for-1 tickets.

NCAA Hall of Champions

A museum and exhibition center, the NCAA Hall of Champions is a great stop for college sports fans and anyone interested in sports in general. You'll find several exhibits, including the Hall of Champions Football exhibit, where you can view autographed footballs, jerseys, a replica of the Heisman Trophy and other memorabilia. You can also try out a downhill skiing simulator or hit the 1930's style gymnasium to shoot free throws.

Moris-Butler House

Are you looking for a fun winter activity in Indianapolis -- where you can forget about the freezing temperatures for a few hours? Visit the Moris-Butler house and momentarily escape to the Victorian era. Built in 1865, the Moris-Butler house museum will give you a taste of 19th century architecture, art and family life. You can even enjoy an afternoon tea experience, complete with musical performances and historical information. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your spot. Don't forget to check the website, as the Moris-Butler house closes on a handful of days each year for special events and holidays.

The Slippery Noodle

The Slippery Noodle, established in 1850, is a landmark and Indiana's oldest bar in operation. Known for its colorful past, one of its most famous patrons was the notorious John Dillinger. It's rumoured that the slugs of his target practice still remain in the back wall.

Loaded with histortical charm, the Slippery Noodle now features live local, national and regional blues sensations seven days a week. With all the entertainment going on, the Slippery Noodle also offers a full service menu and bar. The pressed tin ceiling and original tiger-oak bar add to the quaint charm of the Slipery Noodle. At the Slippery Noodle,the atmosphere is warm, the music is live and the people are friendly.

IMAX Theater

If you are looking to escape the winter cold, check out the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum. The IMAX offers a unique movie-going experience for adults and kids alike. With screens -- some 3D -- that are up to eight stories high, half the size of a football field and big enough to project a life-sized whale, you can't go wrong. You can choose from traditional IMAX documentary style films that are between 45 minutes and one hour in length and digitally re-mastered Hollywood blockbuster movies. Seeing a movie is a fun way to escape the winter weather. Why not make your movie an experience at IMAX?

Indianapolis Artsgarden

Built over 15 years ago, the Indianapolis Artsgarden is a beautiful place to visit and escape the cold Indianapolis winters. If you're looking for a winter activity in Indianapolis, consider attending an event at the Artsgarden. Over 300 free performances and exhibits are offered here each year. The glass building is over seven stories tall and is a magnificent place to catch views of the city. Bonus tip: If you are looking for information on Indianapolis art events, visit the Cultural Concierge in the Indianapolis Artsgarden -- you'll find maps, visitor guides, ticket information and more.

White River State Park

Located in downtown Indianapolis, White River State park is a 250-acre area that includes parks, water features and cultural, educational and recreational activities. Enjoy a picnic with your dog in the grassy areas, or stroll along the water, through the trees and over bridges. White River State Park includes many places to see, some of which are dog friendly. Just remember to keep your dog leashed at all times and to always clean up after him!


Located in the heart of Broad Ripple, Landsharks is a remarkable place to get drinks and dance the night away. For the second consecutive year, it has been voted best singles bar in Indianapolis. If you are single, the odds are definitely in your favor.

Landsharks is small, the music is contagious, the people are friendly and it is perfectly located to be part of one of the best pub crawls you will ever experience. Start at Landsharks and then make your way to the Mineshaft Saloon, Average Joes and then finish up at Rock Lobster.

Landsharks is also perfectly located to hit La Bamba's burritos after a night of drinking. Nothing stops a hangover dead in its tracks like a super steak burrito as big as your head.