Whether you’re Indy locals looking for new things to try or travelers wanting to make the most of your Indianapolis visit. We’ve put together a list of our favorite things to do in Indianapolis for couples. There’s a little bit of everything on this list—from treetop ziplining and speedway racing to romantic rooftop bars and gondola rides. In addition, don’t forget to document your time together with an epic surprise proposal or couple’s photography session. Get in touch with us here for more information.
Plan Your Trip | 25 Things to Do in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Museums & Historic Sites
Newfields / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Nature and the arts come together at Newfields, Indiana’s most prized collection of galleries and gardens. This expansive park features endless attractions and immersive experiences. If you’re a local, enjoy taking in the sunset and a movie under the stars with The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series, featuring films of every genre. Check out the list of showings here.
Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites at White River State Park
If you’re up for a historical scavenger hunt, the Indiana State Museum is actually a network of 12 distinct historic sites and museums spread throughout the state. Exhibits include art galleries, natural history labs, mansions and landmarks, and a 1,000-year-old Native American community. The home base for this museum network is located within White River State Park.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
I know you might be thinking this doesn’t belong on a list for couples, but playing and exploring together can be very romantic! Think outside the box and revisit your childhood days together. This award-winning museum will reignite your imagination. Avoid crowds by planning your visit in the off-season when kids are in school, and visit in the afternoon when field trips have finished up.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
If you’re visiting or new to Indianapolis, this iconic Indy 500 speedway is a must-see! Learn more and book your visit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Experience the moving stories of Native American culture through performing and visual arts at the Eiteljorg Museum. No two visits are the same—exhibits rotate regularly, and markets and festivals are now returning in person!
Other Noteworthy Indiana Museums:
- NCAA Hall of Champions
- Indiana War Memorial
- Soldiers & Sailors Monument
- Rhythm! Discovery Center
- Oldfields Lily House & Gardens
- Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library
Outdoor Activities in Indianapolis
Canal Walk & Gondola Rides
There’s nothing more romantic than the Indianapolis Canal Walk and a gondola ride with Old World Gondoliers. If you’re dreaming of Italy, satisfy your appetite with a bite at Mama Carolla’s, followed by a sunset stroll along the canal and a gondola ride to end the night.
Garfield Park & Conservatory
These sunken gardens feel like you’ve stepped into your own fairytale. Explore the lush gardens, scenic walkways, and romantic seating areas to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. (Garfield Park & Conservatory is an excellent proposal location as well!)
White River State Park
White River State Park is a hub for downtown Indy restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. This urban state park boasts plenty of green spaces and many of the sites and attractions on this list. If you’re the spontaneous type, you can easily head over to White River State Park and find endless things to discover. Check the calendar for seasonal markets, festivals, concerts, and events.
Indy Racing Experience
Take a few laps on the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an NTT IndyCar Series Car with the IndyCar Experience. Book your experience here for an unforgettable thrill!
Other Indianapolis Outdoor Activities:
- Waterpark in Carmel – Lazy River & Cabanas!
- Indianapolis Zoo
- Back 9 Golf & Entertainment
- Go Ape Treetop Adventures
Indianapolis Dining & Drinks
Traders Point Creamery
This farmstead creamery and restaurant feels like a home away from home. Their organic, all-natural local ingredients make their farm-fresh dishes extra delectable. After exploring the farm and garden, savory cheeseboards and sweet, creamy treats will satisfy your hunger. They even offer yoga sessions and brunch! (PS—this is a beautiful rustic proposal location or wedding venue with four event spaces, too! We’re happy to coordinate with the venue to provide photography for you!)
Fountain Square Cultural District
This historic theater district spans several blocks and features fantastic local cuisine, breweries, entertainment, art galleries, studios, and more! Try the Rooftop Garden Cocktail Lounge for an extra romantic vintage-themed evening.
While Fountain Square District showcases Indy’s theater history, the Bottleworks District displays the city’s industrial history. This renovated industrial-chic district is home to The Garage Food Hall, an indoor warehouse marketplace filled to the brim with dishes designed by culinary masterminds and local vendors. Check the current vendor lineup here. Bottleworks has a gorgeous hotel if you feel like making a night or weekend of it!
Just for Fun
As a few extra noteworthy activities to appease every couple, be sure to check out these fun attractions:
Experience Indy Like a Local with Nathan Phillips Weddings
Let us know what you have in mind for your couple’s portraits, surprise proposal, or engagement session. We can suggest the best Indy locations for your photoshoot! Get in touch with us here for more information.
You can also find location ideas from recent photoshoot on Instagram @nathanphillipsweddings.