In 1830, a group of history enthusiasts formed a club around a pledge to delve deep into their state’s history and record each decade’s goings-on. So were the humble beginnings of the Indiana Historical Society, now an expansive home for artifacts, images, and a library, all showcasing the state's rich past.
One of the facility's main attractions, the Indiana Experience sculpts the Indiana Historical Society's research into interactive exhibits and programs to forge personal connections between modern populations and their regional predecessors. Within, actors interpret the lives of historical figures and interact with three-dimensional re-creations of historic photographs in the You Are There series. In the most recent You Are There, City Under Water, visitors can help with the recovery effort after the great flood of 1913, interacting with volunteers to help the flood sufferers and exploring the Wulf’s Hall Relief Station.
The William H. Smith Memorial Library also maintains a can't-miss archive of documents that explore Indiana's history, including films, sheet music, and historic newspapers, as well as more than 1.7 million photographs. When hunger makes its way onto agendas, visitors can dine indoors at Stardust Terrace Café or outdoors on its canal-side patio.
For the past 50 years, people of all ages, faiths, and cultural backgrounds have gathered at the Arthur M. Glick JCC for attractions ranging from book festivals to a seasonal water park. Inside its 20,000-square-foot fitness center, visitors can break a sweat in the aerobics studio—with a spring floor that cushions joints—or swim laps in the six-lane competitive pool. During group workouts, athletes relieve stress with yoga poses, tone their physiques with boot camps, or practice Zumba moves to use with their up-and-coming boy band.
Through the JCC's educational programs, visitors can make their brains as well-toned as their bodies. Members cultivate their creative side with film screenings, art exhibits, and shows from celebrated performers. Alternatively, adult education classes can impart expertise on topics such as social media, cooking, calligraphy, and music. During the summer months, kids can learn and play at the JCC's camps, and adults can build their environmental expertise in the community garden, rather than by donning a tree costume in an effort to understand life on the other side.
For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.
The cooks at Barlo's Pizza believe every pizza should be thoroughly delicious. That's why they offer a bold guarantee: if a customer orders a less-than-stellar pizza from any other area restaurant, Barlo's Pizza will replace the uneaten portion with slices of their own cheesy, savory pies.
Barlo's Pizza makes it easy to feed a group of any size. Diners can order gourmet pizzas in sizes that range from 10 to 29 inches, or opt for a high-value family-bundle meal. The spot's cooks cater to different dining preferences by crafting hand-tossed dough into Chicago-style deep-dish pies as well as gourmet flatbreads. Other specialties include saucy buffalo wings and sumptuous pasta dishes. Diners can enjoy a leisurely meal in a spacious dining room, or order take-and-bake menu items to go for when too many pizza dinners out have made your oven lonely. On Friday nights, local singers and acoustic bands entertain the crowd.
At any given time, the rowers making their synchronized strides across the Eagle Creek Reservoir could be adults or youths, Olympic-level competitive athletes or recreational paddlers out for exercise and sun. This variation in ages, backgrounds, and skill levels is in keeping with the Indianapolis Rowing Center's mission of popularizing the sport regardless of socioeconomic status or past experience. Upon opening the center in 1982 at Eagle Creek Park, the founders began to instill their nonprofit, Olympic-level training and competition knowhow unto rowers of all levels. Oarsmen buzz about the boathouse March–November, getting tips and taking lessons from a staff that includes a 2008 Beijing Olympian as well as collegiate-level competitors. Over time, the IRC has created a regional hub for rowing with its many programs for high-school, collegiate, and adult athletes as well as hosting collegiate rowing championships.
For extended-stay business travelers who need a comfortable space to settle into, or families looking for cozy, home-like accommodations on Indy’s northeast side, the newly renovated Residence Inn Indianapolis Fishers delivers spacious apartment-style suites full of fashionable creature comforts. The 78 studio, one- and two-bedroom accommodations all boast enviable features such as flat-screen TVs, luxury bedding and attractive full kitchens with upscale granite counters and stainless-steel appliances. Free WiFi, a complimentary hot breakfast, an indoor pool, a high-tech fitness center and a travertine patio with outdoor barbecue are all part of the package here, and the hotel’s I69-adjacent location puts Fishers, Carmel, Castleton, Keystone and downtown Indianapolis within easy reach.