Indianapolis Apartments for Rent
Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Downtown Indianapolis
Steam-Powered Clock Near Indiana State Museum
An early-morning view of the Indianapolis skyline.
Lilly Science Hall and the reflecting pool on the University of Indianapolis campus.
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The Capitol Building in Indianapolis
“When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash,
Then I long for my Indiana home…”
Sure to bring tears to the eyes of any Hoosier, this song written by the team of MacDonald and Hanley has been an annual tradition at the city’s most spectacular event, the Indianapolis 500, since 1946.
Tourism has become a vital part of the economy of Indianapolis, and the city plays host to numerous conventions and sporting events; the most well known, of course, is the annual Indianapolis 500. The city hosted the Super Bowl for the first time on February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium downtown.
Along with its revitalized downtown area, Indianapolis is enjoying a new wealth of art and culture. The city has designated six official Cultural Districts: Broad Ripple Village, Massachusetts Avenue, Fountain Square, The Wholesale District, Canal and White River State Park and Indiana Avenue, all with historic and cultural significance to the city.
These areas are experiencing an exciting rebirth and are becoming major centers for tourism, commerce and residential living. The Cultural Trail, a world-class, 16-mile urban bike and pedestrian path, connects these six downtown districts and serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system.
Visitors will find the signature dish of Indianapolis at St. Elmo Steak House, a fixture in the city since 1902. The restaurant’s shrimp cocktail is the only appetizer on the menu, and its notoriously hot cocktail sauce led to the dish being named, “the spiciest dish on the planet” by the Travel Channel in 2009.
Indianapolis has been the “Racing Capital of the World” since 1911 when the first Indianapolis 500 was held. Today this open–wheel automobile race takes place each Memorial Day weekend on a two and one-half mile oval track. The Indy 500 is the largest single–day sporting event in the world, hosting more than 257,000 permanent seats in addition to a large infield area. The 500 Festival is a month-long cornucopia of events celebrating the Indianapolis 500. The event features a “mini-marathon,” the largest half-marathon in the US featuring 40,000 participants pounding the Indy 500 track, and culminates in a parade the day before the race.
It’s easy to see there’s much more than moonlight on the Wabash in today’s Indianapolis. If you are looking for an Indianapolis apartment, get ready for the festivals, the fun, and the culture of this amazing city.