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Highlights some Indianapolis activities, neighborhoods, and resources for new Butler students and their families

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Afar magazine's Wayfarer gives some ideas on How to Have the Best Time Ever in Indianapolis; its travel guide spotlights additional fun such as sculptures, art galleries and art centers, coffee shops, and more.

Indianapolis gets high praise from, which says it's a great place to live,  has one of the top 10 downtowns in the country, and that "in many ways Indy has been ahead of its time."

NUVO Newsweekly, a free weekly Indianapolis alternative newspaper, offers seasonal guides to Indianapolis as well as highlights each week. Paper copies are available the week of publication but the online versions remain available throughout the year.

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Introduction to Indianapolis

Welcome to Indianapolis! 

Indianapolis is a great location for Butler University and its students. The city offers students a plethora of internships and other professional or academic opportunities. In addition to these rewarding experiences, when students aren't planning their future careers, the city has plenty to offer during your free time.

This guide provides information on some of what Indianapolis has to offer Butler students and their family members. Use the sections, located at the top of the page, to navigate the guide.

You may have seen shots of Indianapolis during NCAA coverage, Colts games, the Indianapolis 500 or other racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the HGTV show Good Bones, or even read about an Indianapolis book-themed dining spot in a feature about five bookstore pubs around the country. The Washington Post in May 2016 highlighted some of Indy's appeal and progress.

Several resources for newcomers to Indianapolis give a nice overview of the Circle City. You can astound your friends and family as you learn "fun facts" about Indianapolis. The Travel Channel has wonderful photos in its City Guide to Indy. The National Parks Service Discover Our Shared Heritage includes places that spotlight Indianapolis living history. And TimeOut Chicago outlines some of Indy's charms. Some people even consider Indianapolis the best city in America.


Eating in Indy

Dine your way through 2016 with this checklist of Indy’s top local eateries. #EatLocal #LoveIndy

Posted by Visit Indy on Monday, January 25, 2016

Where To Eat  from Visit Indy features soul food, bring-in, outdoor dining, donut shops, Farm-to-Table, food trucks, vegan and vegetarian, and steak restaurants. Local Eats filters include 24-hour, take-out, worth-the-drive, vegetarian, plus specialty and ethnic cuisine listings.  Gluten Free diners have options too. 

This isn't just local prideTravel Channel and Food Network shows have filmed in Indianapolis, including Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives; Man vs. Food; Eat Street; Top 5 Restaurants; and The Best Thing I Ever Ate.  Zagat provides Chicagoans with 10 Reasons to Drive to IndianapolisThe Saint Louis Post-Dispatch found it's easy to Eat Your Way Through Indianapolis, including enjoying chicken and waffles. 

But if you prefer local sources, blogs such as Indy Restaurant Scene, yahoo's cool places to eat, and are a place to find restaurants that might not be on other lists. Open Table features the most booked restaurants in Indianapolis, with a separate list for steak lovers.  NUVO Newsweekly’s best of explorations include Indy’s new restaurants



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Useful Websites

Indianapolis Monthly magazine spotlights restaurants, shopping finds, local culture, interesting people, and offers an Indy Visitor Guide

Virtual Tourist  carries opinions on dining, shopping, nightlife, things to do, and more.

Here's how Hotel Travel views Indy, from dining tips to safety and local etiquette.


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