Downtown Indy Cultural Districts

Indianapolis is bursting with pride over its six unique Cultural Districts: The Canal and White River State Park, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Market East, Mass Ave and Wholesale District. Four of the six districts have homes directly in Downtown Indianapolis, while Fountain Square is just a mile southeast. You've probably heard of or even visited several of these areas before, but here's a more detailed look to really understand all that each district has to offer.

The Canal and White River State Park

Whether it's a relaxing stroll, vigorous run, afternoon at the ballpark, interacting with dolphins, discovering Indiana history, exploring Native American art, learning about Lincoln or enjoying an outdoor concert, the Canal and White River State Park has surprises for everyone. This is not your typical park or waterway. Discovery runs through it. Scattered throughout the Canal and 250-acre White River State Park are some of the city's most inspiring museums, attractions and celebrations.

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Fountain Square

Looking for out-of-the-ordinary experiences in Indianapolis? Look right down Virginia Avenue to Fountain Square and discover a vibrant neighborhood as unique as the people who call it home. It's close in. far out. Great food, uncommon shops, noteworthy architecture and distinctive entertainment make Fountain Square a must-see destination in Indianapolis. This historic community has a town square and central fountain, much like a European village. It also boasts a concentration of visual, literary and performing artists who live and work in the neighborhood. Throughout the district enjoy the city's best Greek and Mediterranean food, round-the-clock burgers and breakfast, jumbo tenderloins, hand-dipped shakes and Italian dishes like none other. For shopping, the district features several antique stores, a huge music store, home and garden needs and much more.

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Indiana Avenue

Head west in Downtown and discover an area unlike any in the city. Indiana Avenue is the anchor of the district that stretches between the Central Canal and White River, encompassing many neighborhoods and IUPUI. It is where history, music, restored neighborhoods and spirituality come together to showcase Indianapolis's rich African-American heritage. It's rhythm. reborn. As early as the 1800s, this area was a vibrant social, commercial, residential, spiritual, educational and economic community. 

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Mass Ave

Mass Ave puts a whole new angle on excitement, one that promises to be 45 degrees from ordinary. Known as the Arts and Theater District, a free-spirited and friendly mood spills from the many venues sprinkling the Avenue. Five performing arts theaters call Mass Ave home, each one distinctive in its own way. Numerous art galleries make the Avenue the place to experience top-notch art. Independently-owned restaurants serve up some of the best meals in town. Don't expect to find any mass production in Mass Ave's locally-owned niche stores. While visiting the Avenue, take time to stop and admire the original outdoor art, rich architecture and historic neighborhood feel. Permanent and rotating outdoor art pieces pepper the Avenue, along with exclusive art galleries. Mass Ave doesn't just offer dining - it offers a memorable experience. 

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Market East

An emerging district in Downtown Indy, Market East was established April 16, 2014. Exciting projects are breaking ground or being contemplated on the near eastside. Come see how Downtown Indy’s emerging district showcases modern, green buildings and well-known historic landmarks. Boundaries for Market East are: Delaware Street on the west, New York Street to the north, East Street on the east and the train tracks on the south. The District features bustling public spaces, healthy green activities and connectivity to the rest of Downtown Indy. An historic attraction anchoring Market East is the historic Indianapolis City Market. Stroll through the renovated landmark and enjoy a glass of wine or Indiana-brewed beer. Grab lunch or the ingredients to make dinner. Purchase unique gifts. Satisfy the inner foodie in you. Or simply hang out with family and friends.

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Wholesale District

Bright lights and marquees highlight the best performances in town. Doormen in tuxedos greet guests. Circle Centre mall delights the most meticulous shoppers. Bustling sidewalks overflow with excited visitors taking in the scenery. Monument Circle beckons all. Welcome to the main event. Amidst Downtown's historic buildings and newest skyscrapers in the heart of the business district, you'll find the biggest names and the brightest attractions the city has to offer. In the Wholesale District, entertainment is front and center.

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