30 Date Ideas in Downtown Indy - wearing a mask!

Downtown Indy is the best destination for unique dates. Check out these fun ideas for socially-distant, safe outings.

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Shining A Light on Monument Circle

The Signature Salute plays nightly, 365-days-a-year on Monument Circle. It starts with a 10-minute countdown and concludes with a 5-minute presentation. Coordinated audio, video and light projections featuring the sounds and images of historic significance unfold across the surrounding building facades and statues on the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Four beams of light soar skyward from each quadrant lighting Victory (atop the Monument), signaling Indianapolis as the Crossroads of America.

Mass Ave

If you enjoy outdoor public art, take a stroll along Mass Avenue and admire talent of many different artists. The Mass Ave Arts & Theater Cultural District boasts unique, one-of-a-kind art in various locations that can't be found anywhere else in Indianapolis. Don’t forget to dance with Ann Dancing.

Monuments & Memorials

Downtown Indianapolis displays the second largest number of war memorials in the U.S. next to Washington, D.C. Take your own walking tour and explore them all while learning about Indiana history.

Artsgarden

Located above the busy intersection of Washington and Illinois streets is the Indianapolis Artsgarden, a unique glass-domed structure suspended 17 feet over street level and rising to 95 feet above the ground. Owned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Artsgarden provides hundreds of free arts performances and exhibits in a typical, non-Covid year. Grab a bite from Circle Centre’s food court and enjoy the view dining in the Artsgarden. Call (317) 631-3301 for more information.

Cultural Trail

Take a walk or bike ride along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The world-class trail links all six Indianapolis Cultural Districts. Discover art and natural beauty any hour of the day on this fully lit, safe path through Downtown. Stop for a bite anywhere along the way at one of Downtown's 200+ restaurants. Don't let colder months stop you: Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.’s keeps the Trail clear of snow and ice throughout winter.

Art at the Alexander

Ooh and aah your way through the Alexander Hotel, Indy’s hip art hotel curated from local and international artists. Browse works of art that reference or are inspired by Hoosier state culture and history. See a portrait of the Indianapolis hair-care tycoon Madam C. J. Walker made from 3,840 combs, a wall-mounted installation made from vinyl records, stream-of-consciousness text cut from reflective stainless steel and much more. On your way out, pop into Plat 99 (open Thursday – Saturday) and sip on a cocktail under the light of 99 vibrant hand-molded acrylic lamps.

Indianapolis City Market

In an Old World atmosphere, the Indianapolis City Market boasts shops and restaurants offering fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers and imported foods and coffees. A variety of food stands offer traditional, ethnic and specialty cuisines. From May through October, visitors will find the Original Farmers' Market on Wednesdays. Call (317) 634-9266 for info.

Picnic at White River State Park

Located in the heart of Downtown, White River State Park is Indiana's only urban state park. Take advantage of the 250 acres of green space and enjoy a picnic in the area when no concerts are taking place. While you’re there, check out the many sculptures that adorn the area. Call (317) 233-2434 for more information.

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Award-winning Beer

For the beer lovers, stop at Sun King Brewery on Fridays for a $6 growler fill on various beers to bring home for date night. You won’t be disappointed when you try this award-winning beer. To learn more, call (317) 602-3702.

Easley Winery

Visit Easley Winery to pick-up a bottle of wine for you and your loved one. More than 2,000 wine and grape-related gadgets, home accessories, glasses, wine racks and more are available. Call (317) 636-4516 for more information and check back frequently for updates on in-person wine tastings and tours.

Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum in Downtown’s White River State Park is the crossroads of everything interesting, educational and unique about the state. The Indiana State Museum features original works of art, hands-on exhibits, science and history and an atmosphere that invites discovery and exploration. Call (317) 232-1637 for more information. Tickets are $16 for adults.

Discover the past

The Indiana Historical Society has award-winning exhibits and publications, millions of archival items from Indiana’s past and many spaces for you to enjoy. See history brought back to life through immersive time-travel experiences and hands-on exploration. Take that someone special to learn about Indiana’s unique stories. Admission is $13. Call (317) 232-1882.

Pacers Bikeshare

Indianapolis was recognized by Away.com as one of the “Best Cities to See from a Bicycle Seat” in the world. Rent a Pacers Bikeshare and enjoy bike ride around Downtown Indy. The Pacers Bikeshare is $1 to ride and 15 cents per minute for the duration of the trip with no time limitation. Get a bike by visiting any station kiosk or downloading the BCycle App. Spend the day exploring Downtown in a new way.

Share Vonnegut love

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library is the perfect spot to take your sweetheart to discuss the principles of free expression and common decency. Schedule a tour to visit Vonnegut's home. Admission is $12. For more info, call (317) 652-1954.

Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is one of two museums east of the Mississippi that showcases Native-American and Western art. The museum has one of the best Native American and Western art collections in the world, including traditional and contemporary work. IUPUI students and faculty receive FREE admission. Adult tickets are $15 online or $17 at the door. Call (317) 636-9378 for more information.

Garfield Gardens and Conservatory

Walk through The Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden and see hundreds of different plants and flowers. Even in the winter months, you can find flowers blooming in the conservatory. While taking the most beautiful Instagram photos, you and your partner can also learn about the various plants from all around the world. Standard price is $2 per person and special event admission is $4 per person.

Shrimp Cocktail

Did you know that St. Elmo Steak House goes through more than 760,000 shrimp and 65 tons of beef each year to please guests looking to savor these world-famous culinary delights? Lovebirds on a budget can stop in for an appetizer and try St. Elmo’s renowned shrimp cocktail with its famous fiery sauce for $15.95. Head upstairs to check out the prohibition-era bar, 1933 Lounge and order the signature “Elmo Cola.” (You can also get the shrimp cocktail at Harry & Izzy’s).

NCAA Hall of Champions

Start your date at the NCAA Hall of Champions, complete with two levels of interactive exhibits. All 23 NCAA sports are represented and include trivia, video highlights and college artifacts. Play basketball in a 1930s retro gymnasium or watch current games on seven TVs. Be sure to check out special, rotating exhibits. Admission is $5. Call (317) 917-6084 for more information.

Wine Bar

Table for two! Bring out your inner wine connoisseur at Tastings, A Wine Experience. Voted Best Wine Bar since opening its doors in 2009, Tastings offers half off bottles of wine on Sundays. With two outdoor patios, Tastings is a great place to see and be seen. For more information call (317) 423-2400.

Yoga Class

Looking for a relaxing date with your partner? Calm your minds and stretch out during an Invoke Studio Community Yoga or Pilates classes (or check out the online studio). Classes are suitable for all levels, including beginners. Invoke classes are offered throughout the week at various times. For more information call (317) 631-9642.

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Dine in or Carry out

Downtown restaurants are ready to serve you. Take your special someone to your favorite spot or try carry out from somewhere new. Get out and support local. It's a win-win!

Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre focuses on new, contemporary theatre. The Phoenix doesn’t produce shows that have already been done in Indy, so shows are always different and unique. Catch a livestream show from the comfort of your home and check back frequently for in-person show announcements. Call (317) 635-7529 for more information.

Duckpin Bowling

Action Duckpin Bowl, in the Fountain Square Theatre Building, is the only authentic Duckpin Bowling in the Midwest. In addition to the eight lanes of bowling, Action Bowl has a café area with a vintage pool table. Windows surround the cafe for a magnificent view of Downtown Indianapolis. Open bowling costs $40 per hour and reservations are recommended. For more information call (317) 686-6006.

Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo was the first in the nation to be accredited as a combined zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. A wintertime Zoo visit is unlike any other. Come face to face with Arctic fox, tigers, walrus, sea lions and many other animals that love colder weather. Then dash indoors to touch sharks, see orangutans and much more. Prices and hours vary seasonally (closed Mondays & Tuesdays in February). Call (317) 630-2001 for more information.

Newfields

Check out exhibitions highlighting art from around the world or meander through the beautiful outdoor gardens of Newfields situated on 152 acres of land. Visit 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park Acres. Adjacent to the Museum and located on 100 acres that includes woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake, 100 Acres is one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of site-specific artworks. Don't miss Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture. Admission to the 100 Acres is free; admission to Newfields is $18 for adults. For more information call (317) 923-1331.

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Get your performing art fix through the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indiana’s only fully professional live theatre venue, where patrons can experience provocative new work and world classics. The IRT is currently presenting virtual performances. Check back frequently for in-person show announcements. Virtual tickets are $30 tickets to any performance. Call for more info (317) 635-5252.

Take a Brew Tour

Treat your significant other to the greatest beer tasting experience in Indy. Indy Brew Bus is a fun way to visit multiple craft breweries Downtown. Each tour visits four breweries and participants receive a Personal Sampling Scorecard to keep track of favorites. Tickets are $52 per person. For more information, email info@indybrewbus.com.

Pedal Pub

Indy’s first pedal pub holds up to 16 people each. The HandleBar is a great date idea for a large pod. Bring beer, wine and snacks and get ready for a great tour of Downtown. (Don’t worry – the bikes are equipped with electric assist to help whenever you need it.) Brunch tours are $35 each (8-12 riders) or schedule a 12-passenger private tour at $23 each. Call (317) 620-1448 for more info. 

The Fieldhouse

Catch the Indiana Pacers or Indiana Fever in action at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Call (317) 917-2727.

Live Comedy

Enjoy the night with continuous laughter at Helium Comedy Club. You and your date will not be disappointed with the live standup comedy and other performance artists with national entertainment credits. Call (317) 349-4800 for more information.

Plan your Date

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