Sunday, September 9

10 Best Things to do While in Indianapolis for SATW 2012

A few suggestions for the several hundred travel writers in Indianapolis for SATW 2012. Traditions, unique shops and more wait for your discovery and delight.
Below is a list of 10 you don't want to miss. Welcome to Indianapolis!

1) The Canal-With arguably the city's most peaceful scenery, paddle boats and walkways, this three-mile popular spot at White River State Park is the perfect place to go for exercise, photo ops and relaxation.

2) Indiana Repertory Theatre-(400 W. Washington St.) Within steps of many hotels downtown, IRT as locals call it, is currently offering its 2012-13 season opening show Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde which has opened to rave reviews.
3) Teapots n' Treasures-(7 E. Market St.) The very definition of eclectic, this tiny shoppe is still a secret from most and is filled to the rim with fresh teas, a diverse collection of teapots and more.

4) St. Elmo Steakhouse-(127 S. Illinois St.) The world famous shrimp cocktail draws the rich and powerful, celebrities and locals alike to prove they can handle the heat.

5) War Memorials-As the city with the most war memorials outside of Washington D.C., Indy's memorials can be found throughout the downtown area, including along the canal and on The Circle, many within walking distance.

6) The Elbow Room-(605 N. Pennsylvania St.) Hit this place up between 4-7 p.m. for their $5 and under menu, including pulled pork nachos, antipasto/hummus plate and trio dip tray containing Bo-Bo's spicy crab dip.

7) Eiteljorg Museum-(500) W. Washington St.) Quest for the West exhibit (through Oct. 7) features 50 of the nation's top Western artists. Go in time to lunch outdoors overlooking the canal.

8) The Canterbury-(123 S. Illinois St.) Serving authentic high afternoon tea is just one more way the historic hotel sets itself apart. Lush interior and attentive waitstaff make the scones and tea even more luxurious.

9) Mass Ave-For boutique shopping, including Silver in the City,  Mass Ave Wine Shoppe and Mass Ave Toys tucked in between a variety of eateries.

10) Shapiro's Delicatessen-(808 S. Meridian St.) Another world-famous eatery, this one creates sandwiches, including the locals' must-try Reuben sandwich since 1905.

Images: Izzy Evans/The Cnaterbury/IRT

Elizabeth J. Musgrave
 is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read her new column, Infused, at and and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on,, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.


Anonymous said...

Great top ten! Well played

mediakath said...

Very good list...tho you left off my Indiana State Museum and LS Ayres Tea Room...good that you put in some non-obvious choices.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave said...

Thank you both. I enjoyed compiling the list and putting in the out-of-the-way spots as well.

Kathy, you are correct. The Indiana State Museum and L.S. Ayres tea room are truly representative of our great city. Maybe I should have made a Top 20 list?

Wheeler Hall said...


I'm from Dayton, OH, and Indianapolis is one of my favorite cities to visit for a weekend. A co-worker of mine raves about MacNiven’s Scottish American Restaurant and Bar and pizza from Bazbeaux. Is MacNiven's worth visiting and does Bazbeaux have the best pizza in Indy?

Elizabeth J. Musgrave said...

Thanks, I agree, Indy is great for visiting and living!

Absolutely, hit MacNiven's while in town. It is fabulous, make sure you get scotch eggs ~ they are the best place in town for those.
Bazbeaux pizza is very good, as is Jockamo's but...

I would be sure to go to Mackenzie River Pizza. Then you can brag to your friend about the newest great pizza place in town. It's worth the drive to the north side ~ definitely.

Make sure you get their chocolate chip cookie sundae dessert, it's big enough to share. Here is the link.