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Indianapolis, Indiana – Travel guide for the sports fan

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If you’re traveling to Indianapolis, Indiana or just passing through, here are several sports stops that you may be interested in checking out for the sports fans, with family or without – where to play, eat, stay or just have an experience.

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Indianapolis Sports and History

Indianapolis is the home to ten professional sports teams including the Indianapolis Colts (AFC/NFL) and the Indiana Pacers (NBA). They also hosted the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. There are sporting events to entertain you and your friends and family all-year-round. The city also hosts the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the ginormous Indianapolis Sports Park known as “Everyone’s Playground”.

The National Art Museum of Sport

Inside the University Place at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is one of our nation’s largest collections of fine art. There’s no cost to experience this one-of-a-kind museum; however there is a fee for parking in the University’s parking garage.

  • Location: 850 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Call for weekend and holiday hours)
  • Phone: 317.274.3627

Food during your stay

You’ll always find great food in downtown Indianapolis but where are the true hidden secrets? The best way to find a great deal and great food is ask the locals. If you’re staying at a hotel ask the staff where they eat and what price range you’ll looking at – explore outside of those average chain restaurants you can find in Anytown, USA. You’ll also benefit by reading the reviews of eateries on YELP. Here are a few unique choices in the downtown area:

Tata Cuban Café

Celebrities, athletes, locals and visitors frequent this local Cuban hotspot. They won the Best Cuban Restaurant in Indianapolis in 2011. With a selection of Cuban sandwiches as well as their traditional dishes like Yucca with Mojo sauce, Pollo Cienfuego, Arroz Con Leche and sweet plantains, you can see why so many call this their favorite Cuban eatery.

  • 137 West Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Open for Lunch: Mon-Fri 11-2:30 p.m., Sat. Noon to 2:30 pm.
  • Open for Dinner: Mon-Fri 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays
  • Phone: 317.686.0855 or Downtown Delivery: 317.449.2012

The Flying Cupcake

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth but can’t figure out what to get at the candy store, try an Indy Original Cupcake – with flavors like Lime in the Coconut and Going Bananas Cream Pie, you can’t pass this unique bakery. They even have delectable delights for Vegans and Gluten free diets – with names like Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate and Viva Las Vegan Vanilla and priced right from $2.75 for regular cupcakes, $3 for filled and $3.50 for Jumbo size – you’ll want to try more than one.

  • Location: 5617 North Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208
  • Ph: 317.396.2696
  • Hours: Call for the hours and location nearest you

Yats – Cajun Creole

Enjoy New Orleans style Southern comfort foods like Gumbo, beans and rice, chicken creole and jambalaya. The menu changes daily; check online or call. There are 3 locations with affordable prices under $6 for a full entrée.

  • Location: 659 Mass Ave., Indianapolis, IN
  • Ph: 317.686.6380
  • Hours: Mon to Thur 11-9 and Fri to Sat: 11 to 9

Where to Stay?

Depending on your budget you’ll be able to find a variety of hotels from the inexpensive 2-star up to the 4-star hotels and suites, they include Holiday Inn Express, Embassy Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Sheraton as well as budget rooms from Motel 6, Indy Lodge, Days Inn & Suites, Indy Hostel and Red Roof inns. An alternative is to rent a home from one of the locals - click this site; however this would be best for large groups to split the cost.

Enjoy your visit to Indianapolis and if you have any tips on vacationing or passing through this great city, leave your comment below.

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