Indianapolis Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in Indianapolis

1 Wholesale District

Perched on the southern side of Indianapolis, Italianate and Romanesque architecture dominates this neighborhood. An arts and entertainment enclave is at home here, with galleries, artist’s lofts, coffee houses, eclectic bars and cafes. At the historic art deco era Indiana Theater, the Indiana Repertory Theater performs dramatic offerings throughout the year. Classical music lovers can enjoy the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theater. The Wholesale District is also home to the massive Lucas Oil Stadium, where the 2012 Super Bowl took place. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the spot to enjoy an Indiana Pacers game. [Photo courtesy of Lucas Oil Stadium]

2 Downtown

Hip and happening, downtown Indianapolis is home to arts and culture as well as beautiful green space. Skyscrapers mark the neighborhood amid a mix of businesses, shops and museums. The Indiana State Museum is located here in the heart of the expansive White River State Park. The museum features science, art, culture and Indiana history exhibits as well as an IMAX theater. Visitors looking to walk on the “wild” side can check out The Indianapolis Zoo. The NCAA Hall of Champions is a must for sports fans and shoppers will enjoy the Circle Center mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the U.S. Outdoor aficionados can bike or ride the popular Cultural Trial or take a stroll through White River Gardens, a botanical garden with over 1,000 varieties of plants. [Photo by Serge Melki / flikr]

3 Massachusetts Avenue

One of Indiana’s main historic and cultural districts, Massachusetts Avenue is a hotbed of local boutique shops, restaurants and cafes, bars and theater. This neighborhood is the heart of Indianapolis’ arts scene. The beautiful Athenaeum Building houses the American Cabaret Theatre, where intimate and exciting musical performances take place. The 32-year-old Phoenix Theatre offers unique, cutting-edge contemporary theater on two stages, all year long. Visiting this neighborhood isn’t complete with out a stop at the venerable Rathskeller, the oldest restaurant in town, in operation since 1894. The restaurant features classic Bavarian cuisine and a stage where performers serve up everything from blues to polka. [Photo courtesy of Rathskeller]

4 Lockerbie Square

In the northeastern area of Indianapolis is the Lockerbie Square Historic District, the oldest residential neighborhood in the city, with gorgeous architecture including Italianate, Queen Anne and Federal-style homes on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking tours are a must in the area, and the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana guides visitors at 25 residences. The James Whitcomb Riley Museum, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, built in the style of Germany’s Cologne Cathedral are also located here. Had enough history? There are shops, cafes, and bakeries, and restaurants and antique stores, too. [Photo courtesy of James Whitcomb Riley Museum]

5 Broad Ripple

North of Downtown and adjoining Indiana University, Butler University, and Purdue University-Indianapolis, Broad Ripple Village is a designated cultural district with an exciting arts and entertainment scene. Located along the banks of the White River, this vibrant neighborhood is popular among students and is home to comedy clubs, art galleries, eclectic local shops, bars, dining and music clubs and more. Broad Ripple Village is also the location of the Indianapolis Arts Center, where an impressive annual summer Arts Fair is held. The largest art fair the state, this event features local, regional, and nationally renowned artists, food, music and beer. [Photo by Valerie Everett / flickr]

6 Carmel

Just north of downtown Indianapolis, Carmel is a bustling business enclave and the location of the beautiful Palladium Concert Hall, a modern, acoustically near-perfect music destination for music fans and a variety of performers. The Palladium is part of the three-pronged Center for the Performing Arts, which also includes the Center's Studio Theater and the Tarkington for dramatic regional and national touring productions. A lively art and design district offers galleries, restaurants and nightlife. The great outdoors also beckons; the Monon Trail runs between Carmel and downtown Indianapolis, and is a coveted destination for bike riders. A $24.5 million water park is another recreational treat. [Photo courtesy of Center for Performing Arts]