Hello everyone! I’m so excited to tell all of you about the great city of Indianapolis, Indiana today! Since Carter is still young (and we spent the last year living up north) we haven’t experienced much of the city with him yet. But I will certainly tell you about the places that Jake and I love and where we can’t wait to take Carter!
I have to start with the zoo because, well, that’s where our story begins! Jake and I went to the zoo on our very first date! Then, four years later, we got married at the zoo!
My absolute favorite part is the Hilbert Conservatory. Butterflies fly all around you and, as you can see, often land on you! It’s so fun as an adult, I can only imagine how much a child would enjoy it!
I also love the Dolphin Pavillion. It’s a huge glass “bubble” where you can watch the dolphins swim around you! How cool is that?
Unfortunately, we haven’t been back to the zoo since the wedding (almost two years ago). But we’ll definitely be making a trip this summer. I’ve been wanting to see their new Cheetah exhibit that opened last year! I’m sure Carter will have a blast!
Another thing that we’ve loved to do through the years is walk along the Canal Walk. This is a three mile loop in downtown Indianapolis. It’s so relaxing to walk along the water on a nice, warm day. Carter’s first big outing was to the Canal Walk.
Just a couple weeks ago there were two beams brought in from the World Trade Center buildings for a memorial that’s being constructed along the Canal Walk. There’s also the USS Indianapolis National Memorial, as well as the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial.
Sometimes we just enjoy walking around downtown. The atmosphere is so much different there! Monument Circle is in the center and home to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. There’s also a big fountain there and some little shops/restaurants. Perfect spot to spend some time on a nice, summer day!
In the mood for some shopping? Downtown Indianapolis has you covered there as well with the beautiful Circle Centre Mall. Jake actually worked in this mall for a while back when we first moved to Indianapolis. It’s the home of many popular stores and restaurants. I love shopping here because there’s so much light that comes in through the glass ceiling.
Indianapolis is home to the largest children’s museum in the WORLD! I’ve never been there but absolutely cannot wait to take Carter! I’ve seen so many of my friends take their little ones and I think he’s getting to be just the right age to start enjoying some of the activities 🙂 They have so many awesome exhibits ranging from Barbie to Dora and Diego!
I know my dear friend, Carrie, would be disappointed if I didn’t include a section about the wonderfully awesome Indianapolis Colts! Their home is the new Lucas Oil Stadium, which is also where Super Bowl XLVI will be held in 2012! I can’t imagine how crazy this city will be, but I do know that I can’t wait for another season of Colts football to start!
I hope all of you have enjoyed this little glimpse into the wonderful city of Indianapolis. Big thanks to Carrie for having me today as a Tuesday Traveler!