When people from outside of the city hear "Indianapolis", they don't always know what to expect. Being a city in midwest USA, it can be hard to make a name for yourself like bigger cities such as New York City and LA have done for themselves.
Just because it's not a major tourist destination doesn't mean it isn't packed full of fun and exciting things to do, though! Indianapolis happens to be a city that's full of local art exhibitions, gorgeous parks and monuments, and of course, super friendly people.
We know that it can be hard to find money to do all the things you want to do, and oftentimes, in cities like Indy it seems as if you have to spend money to have fun. That's far from true, though! A lot of the amazing, gorgeous, and exciting things going on in Indianapolis are totally free, meaning you can do even more of them, and have an even better time doing it!
April is almost upon us, which means warmer weather, and absolutely no excuse to be cooped up inside like you may have been all winter. Try something new and exciting this month, whether it be a visit to a new gallery, taking a walk through a park you've never been to, or trying your hand at photography so you can show others just how beautiful Indiana really is.
This list is full of totally free places for you to check out this April around the city. You may not be able to cross off all of them, but why not try something new every week?! Happy April!
30. Spend a day relaxing in the Arts Garden
There's usually some sort of free activity happening here, but even on laid-back days, the Arts Garden is the perfect spot to kick back and relax, get some homework or reading done, or take some photos with your friends.
29. Go for a bike ride on the Cultural Trail
Taking a bike ride on the Cultural Trail is the best way to see what the city has to offer. If biking isn't your thing, you can always walk or jog! The trail is eight miles in length, and displays $26 million in public art; don't forget your camera!
28. Take some photos in the Garfield Park Conservatory
If you're looking to spice up your Insta, but can't quite afford a vacation to a tropical destination, the Garfield Park Conservatory might have to do. Here you'll find over 500 tropical plant varieties, and a waterfall, both of which make for some pretty cool photo ops.
27. Take a tour of Easley Winery
Sure, you may love drinking wine, but have you ever been curious about the hard work that goes into making it? Every Saturday and Sunday at noon, you can get a free tour of Easley Winery! If you'd like to sample a drink or two, you'll simply have to pay $5.
26. Go for a stroll around Monument Circle
Monument Circle is one of those spots in Indy that lets you catch the perfect glimpse of Downtown. It's a great spot to do some people watching, hang out with friends, or soak up the sun on a nice spring day.
25. Browse the Indianapolis City Market
While we can't promise that you won't be tempted to spend money, we can promise that you'll definitely have a good time. The Indy City Market runs Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
24. Conquer the Downtown Indy Canal Walk
This trail is just a short 1.5 miles long, but it's the perfect way to spend a nice spring day by yourself or with friends! The trail shows off some of the city's best contemporary architecture too, so you'll enjoy a walk with a view.
23. Go window shopping at Circle Centre Mall
You may not have money to spend right now, but it's still good fun to go out and try on all the clothes you wish you could afford! Circle Centre Mall has a great selection of stores for you to browse around.
22. Spend a day reading at the Central Library
Maybe you haven't had time lately to read that new book you picked up, but you'll never have time if you don't make it! The Central Library is a great spot to get some studying done, or read up on a subject you've always been curious about! Not to mention, the building itself is totally gorgeous.
21. Plan a picnic in Military Park
If you can't afford a romantic restaurant date, a picnic in the park is a great alternative! Bring a blanket, your favourite snacks, and get ready to have a relaxing day with your loved one or friends!
20. Tour the city's art galleries on the first Friday of the month
On the first Friday of the month, you can explore over 25 Indy art galleries for no cost at all! No matter what sort of art you're into, you'll definitely find a cool new spot to check out every month.
19. Take a tour of Sun King Brewing Company
Every Thursday and Saturday, you can take a tour and get a taste of Sun King Brewing Company. The tours run for approximately 30 minutes on the hour, and will teach you a ton about local brews!
18. Go on an adventure in Lockerbie Square
Lockerbie Square is one of the most historic neighbourhoods in Indy. There's plenty of gorgeous, architecturally amazing buildings for you to check out on your visit here, you'll be in total awe.
17. Visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art
While certain parts of the museum are always free, if you're looking to explore the whole thing, you can at no cost on the first Thursday of each month from 4 - 9 p.m.
16. Climb the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
This monument is one of the most beautiful in Indy, and is definitely worth admiring not only from afar but from close up as well. Put on your running shoes and climb your way up to the glassed-in observation platform to get a different perspective.
15. Volunteer at the Humane Society of Indianapolis
If you love animals as much as I do, a day of volunteering at the Humane Society will leave you feeling amazing. Something about spending time with animals always warms your heart, and there's nothing quite like giving back to the community to life your spirits!
14. Visit the ruins of Holliday Park
Holliday Park is another great spot to visit in Indianapolis. It's home to the "Races of Man" statues, all made out of Indiana limestone. The statues were originally homed in NYC, but were moved to Indy in the 1950s. The park also has gorgeous gardens, walkways, fountains, and more!
13. Hear the story of Madame Walker
Every third Friday at the Madame Walker Theatre, you can hear the story of the successful cosmetologist and self-made millionaire Madame Walker being told by a Freetown Village actor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Who knows, hearing her story may lead you to find a new role model!
12. Go for a walk through White River State Park
Indianapolis has no shortage of gorgeous parks for you to enjoy, especially once the warm, spring weather rolls around. Take your pup, friends, family, or significant other and enjoy a day of fresh air!
11. Check out Indy Reads Books for free cultural events
Indy Reads Books always has something cool going on, even for people who aren't into reading. If you want to learn more about the city, meet new people, or are just looking to kill some time, check out their event schedule for cool free things happening!
10. Visit the Glick History Centre
It never hurts to know more about your city. If you're curious about Indianapolis' history, the Glick Centre is the perfect place to gather information, and better yet, it's totally free.
9. Go people watching on Mass Ave
If people watching is your thing, Mass Ave should definitely become your new favourite hangout. This spot always has some obscure people doing interesting things, sure to entertain you, or at least give you a funny story to tell.
8. Head to the Indiana State Police Museum
If you're interested in learning more about the Indiana Police Force, this could be a pretty cool spot to spend a few hours! You can see what it's like to sit in a police car, sans being arrested.
7. Spend a day checking out 100 Acres
This outdoor art and nature park is one of the coolest places to spend your spring in Indy. The outdoor art instalments are totally interactive, so you can climb around, take photos, and get a unique perspective. The park itself is very beautiful and is the perfect spot for a walk or picnic.
6. Take a tour of the Indiana State House
Guided and self-guided tours of the Indiana State House are offered daily and are always free. See what knowledge you can pick up about our state's government after spending some time exploring this beautiful building.
5. Take a ride on the downtown monorail
If you've spent all day walking, a quick break on the monorail will let you still check out the city while getting some rest. Hop on at Methodist Hospital and ride the loop around for some cool views!
4. Spend the day outside at the Cool Creek Park & Nature Centre
Get in touch with nature and spend the day outdoors! You're bound to see some gorgeous sights and cute, fuzzy little creatures if you hang out long enough.
3. Watch the sunset from Monon Trail
If you're looking for a new and unique spot to watch the sunset, Monon Trail should be on your radar! This lowkey little spot offers perfect views any time of year! If you'd rather watch the sunrise, that's a great option too!
2. Feel like a kid again at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis
There's no shame in coming back here, even if you're not a kid anymore. A visit to one of the world's largest kids museums is sure to keep you young at heart! Admission is free on the first Thursday of every month from 4 - 8 p.m.
1. See how many cool photos you can get of street art around Indy
I personally always appreciate good street art. If you have an eye for photography, pick up your camera and go on a tour of the city! See how many cool photos you can get of local art.