ATA Show 2017 logoThe 2017 ATA Trade Show takes place Jan. 10-12 in Indianapolis. Whether you’ve visited the city many times or this is your inaugural visit, you’re sure to find gems yet to be discovered. Here are some sights and restaurants throughout the city and near the Indiana Convention Center that are worth a visit.

Indianapolis is home to historical landmarks, beautiful sights, world-class entertainment, and elegant, local restaurants that you won’t want to miss while attending this year’s ATA Trade Show.

 

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White River State Park

Indianapolis is home to White River State Park, which includes the Military Park, the Central Canal, and White River itself. Within and around the park are the White River Gardens, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, NCAA Hall of Champions, IMAX Theater, Indiana State Museum, Victory field and its premier outdoor concert venue, and the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn. Tours of this entertaining and beautiful state park are offered by foot, or you can rent bikes, Segways, or even paddle boats. The canal walk on Indiana’s Central Canal is also popular for tourists and locals. This canal was dug in the 1800’s to try to facilitate interstate trade. This canal stretches North through the White River State Park, and there’s a waterside boardwalk for walkers, runners, and sightseers. Gondola Ridos offers old world gondoliers to experience the mystique and beauty downtown Indianapolis has to offer. This charming ride lets you experience breath-taking canal views with a pleasant overview of the city.

Indy - White River State Park photo

White River State Park

Indianapolis is home to a one-of-a-kind canal experience that resembles beautiful Venice, Italy. Along with the canal, there are many things to keep yourself occupied while strolling around in Indy. The 19 Stars of Indiana Art is a bicentennial art celebration that proudly presents a gallery of all sorts of different types of art, ranging from sculptures, to paintings, to design work, and much more. What is unique about this art exhibit is that it shows achievements from those who were born, raised, or worked in Indianapolis. The Old National Center is also among one of the top places to visit in Indianapolis. It was constructed in 1909, and is a significant and historical landmark that hosts some of the best entertainment in the city.

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Bartini’s Premier Martini Lounge is a martini-based bar that hosts some of the city’s best DJs for nightclub goers. They feature 30 different types of martinis with flavors ranging from key-lime to s’mores served at three huge bars that encompass the dancefloor. Indianapolis is also home to SIK, or Speedway Indoor Karting, which has one of the largest indoor racing experiences unlike one you’ve ever had before. This speedway has the 1911 two-story bar and grill that directly connects to the indoor carting facility for all ages.

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Mesh on Mass

Indianapolis has many unique, local restaurants that are worth considering during your visit for the ATA Trade Show. Mesh on Mass offers dishes in a casual environment that would be ideal for business meetings, romantic evenings, or just a night out with some friends. Rathskeller Restaurant is a German-based restaurant housed in a historical, architecturally notable German building. Built in 1894, this is Indianapolis’s oldest restaurant. They serve traditional German cuisine, and provide live music. For you beer-lovers, they also have brews and microbrews from Germany, Europe, the United Kingdom, and North America. Rick’s Café Boatyard is a full-service restaurant and bar on the waterfront of Eagle Creek Reservoir, providing an elegant dine-in experience with a calming waterfront scenery surrounding the restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Indy - Eagle Creek Reservoir photo

Eagle Creek Reservoir

If you’re looking for a high-class breakfast and lunch dining experience, Café Patachou would be an excellent option worth considering. This café serves high-quality, made-to-order, made-from-scratch gourmet breakfast and lunch. This restaurant has a unique dining setting, and has breakfast that would seem too good to be true.

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Eagle’s Nest

One of Indianapolis’s more elegant and unique restaurants is The Eagle’s Nest, which is located on the rooftop of the Regency Hyatt Hotel Indianapolis. This one-of-a-kind experience includes American cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients, and it provides a panoramic view of Indianapolis. This is the only 360 degree revolving rooftop restaurant in Indy, and it is one of the most impressive restaurants in Indianapolis.

This city is packed with landmarks worth visiting, lots of entertainment, and delicious, local cuisine.