What can you do when Indy’s April showers bring *more* showers and you’re looking for something fun to do that won’t break the bank? Here are a few of my favorite indoor activities for when the rain clouds roll in!
This monument is majestic on the outside and has some amazing hidden gems on the inside! If you haven’t visited the breathtaking Shrine Room, it’s not to be missed. It’s my go-to for a peaceful, awe-inspiring hideaway on rainy days. Stepping into the Pershing Auditorium is like stepping back in time and the museum will please any history buff.
And did you know… Indianapolis is second only to Washington D.C. in the number of monuments dedicated to veterans? Pretty amazing.
Soldiers & Sailors Monument
Get a 360 degree view of the city from the observation deck. You can climb the 331 stairs for free or, for a buck, you can ride the elevator. Be sure to check out the museum, hidden below the monument, too.
Indiana State Museum
Located just off the canal, take a photo with the huge I-N-D-I-A-N-A sculpture and peruse the gift shop, which has some really fun and unique local gifts.
A library? Snooze fest, right? Wrong. Take the escalators to the very top for a unique and breathtaking view of the city. While you’re there, channel your inner child in the kid’s area, which has a green screen to make short videos, fun reading nooks and bubble domes in the floor.
Indy Reads Books
Check out this cozy, non-profit bookstore at the north end of Mass Ave. The proceeds fund their adult literacy program. How great!
Catacombs Tour at City Market
Strap your adventure boots on and explore the underground Indy ruins on a guided tour. For ten dollars, it’s definitely worth it. Schedule a tour today for a unique and unforgettable experience under the city!
Get your nerd on at this board game parlor. It’s new to Mass Ave and there’s no shame in my game when I say I love this place. The game library consists of some oldies but goodies, strategic and party games. Grab a beer and meet some new people!
Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium
For 5 bucks (cash only), you can be among the stars… and planets. The dome comes alive during the show and afterwards, take a peek through Indiana’s largest telescope to view the world around us.
My second favorite hidden gem in the city. For only two dollars, you can visit this tropical oasis filled with hundreds of aromatic flowers and luscious plants. Relax by the waterfall and soak in the sun as it streams through the glass pane windows.
Peruse the 40+ ethnic shops and bazaars located on Indy’s near west side. From Indian scarves to Mexican dresses to African drums – you can find wares from all over the world in one place. While you’re there, splurge on some Mexican ice cream or be adventurous and try one of the 50+ ethnic restaurants.
When rain showers are in the forecast, hopefully this list will provide you with some activities to get you started. I’d love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite rainy day Indy activities?
Casey Dell is a Success Manager at Salesforce.com and a graduate of IUPUI’s Kelley School of Business. She loves living and working downtown. As a former 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl staffer, Casey is ecstatic with the continual impact the Big Game has had on Indy. When she’s not fostering kittens, you’ll find her trail running, instagramming and dining al fresco!