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Romantic Guide to Indianapolis

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Indianapolis has a myriad of romantic things to do for a date night, a weekend getaway, or even a full vacation. When romance calls, Indianapolis answers, with pleasing parks, artsy museums, and picturesque eateries.

Good for
  • Couples
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Indianapolis Zoo

Zoos

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, Gardens

Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens

History Museums

Monument Circle

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

White River State Park

Parks, Gardens, Zoos

Central Canal

Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Eagle's Nest Restaurant

Restaurants

Best Chocolate In Town

Restaurants

The Keystone Fashion Mall

Shopping Malls

Late Harvest

Restaurants

Angela A's City Tips

  • Be sure to pack for the season — Indianapolis experiences all four!
  • Never underestimate the romantic power of an art museum or gallery!
  • Be sure to make reservations for dinner at popular restaurants, especially on the weekends.
  • Indianapolis Zoo
    Zoos
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    Angela A Says:

    The Indianapolis Zoo is home to over 2,800 animals on over 65 acres of the White River State Park. Meander together through natural settings to see special areas like Oceans, Deserts, Plains, and Forests. You will also have the opportunity to take a romantic stroll through White River Gardens, set on three acres with hundreds of plants of all kinds to admire.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Dolphin Presentation. Arrive early for a good seat, and if your loved one is a real dolphin fan, you can book ahead and organize an up close and personal experience!
    • The zoo closes 30 minutes after the gates close; opening times vary depending on the season, so check the website before arriving.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 127 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the worst in the country 12/16/2018
    • Christmas at the zoo 12/11/2018
    • Indianapolis Zoo
    Address:
    1200 W Washington St
    Indianapolis, IN 46222-4500
    Phone:
    +1 317-630-2001
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, Gardens
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    Angela A Says:

    The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers lovers of art a walk through its impressive indoor galleries and its manicured gardens. Expect to see paintings, sculptures, textiles, pottery, miniatures, and more.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The first Thursday evening of each month is free.
    • Parking is free.
    • The casual cafe serves light meals and snacks.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 127 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • wonderful experience 12/09/2018
    • A total experience! 12/01/2018
    • Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Address:
    4000 Michigan Rd
    Indianapolis, IN 46208-4196
    Phone:
    +1 317-923-1331
    Price range:
    $18 - $18
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Wed
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens
    History Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens is the perfect place to spend a romantic afternoon! This 26 acre estate is located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and it is included in the museum's general admission fee.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking is free at the museum's main lot.
    • Be sure to take the time to explore the impressive manicured gardens.
    • Audio tours are free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 127 things to do in Indianapolis
    • Gorgeous Holiday Lights 12/12/2018
    • Execllent historic mansion 11/06/2018
    • Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens
    Address:
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    4000 Michigan Road
    Indianapolis, IN 46208-3326
    Phone:
    +1 317-920-2660
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Wed
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Monument Circle
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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    Angela A Says:

    Take a romantic moment to take in the views from Monument Circle, overlooking downtown from the observation deck. The monument is surrounded by shops and restaurants, so you have lots of opportunities for a relaxing break.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The monument is decorated like a tree during the holidays.
    • Admission is free.
    • If you are both up for some exercise, you can climb the 330 stairs to the observation deck — or take the elevator to step number 290.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 127 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Christmas Joy 12/12/2018
    • Girls trip 2018 12/11/2018
    • Monument Circle
    Address:
    100 Monument Cir
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-2904
    Phone:
    +1 317-232-7615
    Hours:
    Fri - Sun
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • White River State Park
    Parks, Gardens, Zoos
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    Angela A Says:

    The White River State Park covers over 250 acres of fun in Indianapolis. The park has so much on offer that you and your partner could easily spend the day here, with museums, top attractions, bikes to rent, recreational activities, and plenty of green spaces to explore.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Specially-priced park passes that provide admission to museums and attractions are offered.
    • Visit the NCAA Hall of Champions.
    • You can even rent spaces here — just in case you have a special day in mind!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 127 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A wonderful park of artwork, trails, playgrounds and nice sights 12/11/2018
    • Lovely Park 12/11/2018
    • White River State Park
    Address:
    801 W Washington St
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-2734
    Phone:
    +1 317-233-2434
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Central Canal
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    Take a delightful stroll along the three mile Canal Walk.The Central Canal stretches through the White River State Park, and is full of ducks, paddle boats, and kayaks. For the ultimate romantic adventure, take a Gondola ride!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is a beautiful location for a romantic picnic lunch.
    • You may also rent bicycles or surreys.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 127 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden Gem In the city 12/11/2018
    • Beautiful 12/09/2018
    • Central Canal
    Address:
    337 W 11th St
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-3001
    Phone:
    +1 317-955-2389
    Other:
  • The Eagle's Nest Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, International)
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    Angela A Says:

    The Eagle's Nest Restaurant revolves at the top of the Hyatt regency, offering unbelievable views of downtown Indianapolis, perfect for a special evening. The menu consists of inspiring dishes, ranging from steak to pasta.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Reservations are strongly suggested, especially on the weekends.
    • Be sure to try the "Herb Crusted Prime Rib!"
    • This is a fine dining establishment, so be sure to dress accordingly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #106 of 1,774 restaurants in Indianapolis
    • The service would have to improve to be horrible.... 11/06/2018
    • Special event place for us 11/01/2018
    • The Eagle's Nest Restaurant
    Address:
    1 S Capitol Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3400
    Phone:
    +1 317-616-6170
    Price range:
    $40 - $80
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Best Chocolate In Town
    Restaurants
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    Angela A Says:

    The Best Chocolate In Town offers handmade gourmet chocolates that can often double as pieces of art! With a huge variety to choose from, you can truly indulge in this decadent experience, or stop in and pick up a gourmet selection to surprise your loved one.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to try the dark chocolate Guinness truffles!
    • Check out the Chocolate of the Month Club on the website.
    • Take home a tin of the chocolate covered popcorn.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #231 of 1,774 restaurants in Indianapolis
    • This is a MUST for my visits !! 09/16/2018
    • THE NAME SAYS IT ALL 08/18/2018
    • Best Chocolate In Town
    Address:
    880 Massachusetts Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-1633
    Phone:
    +1 317-636-2800
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Keystone Fashion Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Angela A Says:

    What better way to add to a romantic trip than to splurge on your loved one with a visit to Indianapolis' high end shopping mall? Anchor stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Burberry, Coach, and Apple.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • See a movie at the theater!
    • Try one of the many delicious dining options, like The Cheesecake Factory.
    • Check the "deals" section on the website for current sales.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 127 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to kill time 12/11/2018
    • All under one roof 12/02/2018
    • The Keystone Fashion Mall
    Address:
    8702 Keystone Xing
    Indianapolis, IN 46240-7621
    Phone:
    +1 317-574-6048
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Late Harvest
    Restaurants (American, Contemporary)
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    Angela A Says:

    Late Harvest serves its unique dishes in a warm, captivating atmosphere. The menu is extremely diverse, and this is truly a wonderful place to expand your dining horizons.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Couples
    Tips
    • On nice nights, the outdoor patio is open, and there is a fire pit and soft lighting.
    • The wine list is exceptional, so be sure to ask about pairings.
    • Save room for the "Sticky Toffee Pudding!"
    • Private dining areas are available if you are planning a special event.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #91 of 1,774 restaurants in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing! 12/06/2018
    • Interesting! 12/02/2018
    • Late Harvest
    Address:
    8605 River Crossing Blvd
    Indianapolis, IN 46240-2168
    Phone:
    +1 317-663-8063
    Price range:
    $25 - $45
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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