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Creative Corners – How to Spend a Weekend in Indianapolis
August 31, 2017
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Creative Corners - How to Spend a Weekend in Indianapolis

Spend a weekend in Indianapolis discovering the motor history, creativity and culture that keeps “Indy” firing. Beyond the famous race circuit is a city filled with history and art to uncover. Pack your walking shoes, because much of Indy is a city best experienced by foot – when you’re not in an Indy car that is!

The start line

If you are interested in attending a Motorsport event or driving/riding in an Indy car, then this will be your first priority. Check dates and availability before you plan your trip, and book well in advance. Indy Racing Experience offers various options for riding or driving an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track so significant in Speedway lore it’s been designated a National Historic Landmark.

I was happy to ride with a professional driver in a modified, two seat car, while James wouldn’t settle for anything less than taking the wheel himself. Indy Racing Experience allowed us to split their Ultimate Package between the two of us, saving us approx. $300 on purchasing the experiences separately.  The 2-3 laps fly by at 290km per hour, but you won’t get this same experience anywhere else!

Indy car ride with a professional driver | Creative Corners - How to Spend a Weekend in Indianapolis
Indy Racing Experience - riding with a professional driver

Tread the Cultural Trail

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail links many of the city’s, cultural and heritage hotspots. You can walk or cycle the 8 mile trail which is the perfect introduction to the city and its cultural districts, each with their own distinct personality. If you don’t have the time or inclination to complete the entire trail, I recommend the beginning at Monument Circle and wandering the Canal and Mass Ave portions of the trail. These offer the best public art and architecture and will take you passed Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

Soliders' and Sailors' Monument | Creative Corners - How to Spend a Weekend in Indianapolis
Soliders' and Sailors' Monument
Walk the cultural trail | Creative Corners - How to Spend a Weekend in Indianapolis
The Tent by Donald Lipski

Experience three in one

What most impressed me about the Indianapolis Museum of Art was that it’s not just a gallery, but shares grounds with a historic country estate and garden, and completing the trifecta is the nearby 100 Acres: Virginia B Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.

Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Museum itself is the ninth oldest art museum in the United States and the eighth largest. Since it was founded in 1883, the Museum has amassed a permanent collection of 54,000 pieces, including African, American, Asian and European works. I found the Modern & Contemporary Art collection to be particularly inspiring and will be sharing the highlights in a future post.

Indianapolis Museum of Art | Creative Corners - How to Spend a Weekend in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Lilly House

In the same location, you can walk through Lilly House – formerly “Oldfields”- a divine 22-room mansion and its 26-acre estate. The home was originally commissioned by Indianapolis Water Company executive, Hugh McKennan Landon in the 1910’s. In 1932, he sold the home to J. K. Lilly Jr. and his wife Ruth Brinkmeyer Lilly who made a number of extensions and renovations. The home now has eight rooms beautifully staged with historical accuracy, using mostly décor owned and used by the Lilly’s themselves. Additional rooms are used as museum exhibition space. Lilly House is included in Museum admission and definitely worth a walk through! If the weather is fine, make sure you take a walk through the surrounding gardens and Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse.

Lilly House (Oldfields)
Lilly House (Oldfields)

100 Acres: Virginia B Fairbanks Art & Nature Park

Virginia B Fairbanks Art & Nature Park is 100 acres of nature studded with site-responsive artworks. The Park encompasses various ecosystems including wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and a 35-acre lake. There are approximately 3mi of trails to explore in the dog-friendly Park. Picnics are encouraged however, no grills or fires allowed.

100 Acres: Virginia B Fairbanks Art & Nature Park | Creative Corners - How to Spend a Weekend in Indianapolis
Free Basket by Los Carpinteros (2010) at 100 Acres

Broad Ripple

The formerly mentioned Cultural Trail links up to the Monon Rail Trail, which will take you out to Broad Ripple. For weekend travelers, I recommend driving out the village and getting a bite to eat. Grab an ice cream at BRICS and wander a smaller section of the trail to get a feel for the cultural district which is home to Indy’s creative class. You will see why it is referred to as a “village” with its quaint, suburban feel, towpath views and the Patachou Foundation veggie patch.

Broad Ripple | Creative Corners - How to Spend a Weekend in Indianapolis
Patchou Foundation's veggie garden at Broad Ripple

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Creative Corners - How to Spend a Weekend in Indianapolis

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway incorporating adrenaline, art, and nature, Indianapolis is the right choice! Indy will provide you with the means to get your fill of motorsport, culture, and history, all in one walkable city.

Don’t forget to #explorelocal

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I’m Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I’m passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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