From lush parks to incredible regional theater, Indianapolis is one Midwestern city that knows how to balance its farming heritage with a healthy dose of modern urban appeal. Wildly green in the summer, and still jam-packed full of Hoosier hospitality and classic museums through its colder months, this place is filled with attractions for honeymooners of every tribe and type – from outdoor enthusiasts to culture buffs.
In Indianapolis, we like to start with the iconic. Robert Indiana’s world-famous – and often replicated, photographed, and parodied – LOVE sculpture is in permanent residence at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and happens to be a perfect launching point for Indy’s honeymooners and pop art lovers alike. The museum itself features a constant rotation of exhibitions and events, and is much involved with fostering local exploration of art and nature. Adjacent attractions include the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, which is one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and Oldfields – Lilly House & Gardens. Lilly House is a 26-acre estate and national historic landmark from the 1930s, and the gardens make a dreamy Indianapolis wedding venue.
Another contributor to the cultural playing field, the Indiana Repertory Theatre has made its home in Indianapolis and is well known in the city for its excellent performances and selections from a wide range of theater. Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is a must-explore sight, and connects the five different cultural districts in downtown Indy along a world-class bike and pedestrian path.
The Indiana War Memorial Plaza, which contains two museums, three parks and two dozen acres of monuments, makes Indianapolis second only to Washington D.C. itself in terms of acreage dedicated to United States veterans. The Soldiers and Sailor Monument is a state-wide favorite, awe-inspiring to locals and city visitors alike.
If your brand new spouse’s love language is fast cars, don’t forget to stop by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where you can find them in spades. The adjacent Hall of Fame Museum is entirely dedicated to automobiles and auto racing, and is also a historic landmark.