Also known as Fort Ben, Fort Harrison is a state park that was established in 1996. This park offers an unique blend of history and scenery, and has something for everyone. History buffs can explore the historic Citizen's Military Training Camp and the Museum of 20th Century Warfare. Nature lovers can visit the Nature Center or simply walk through the trails of this green oasis. Other activities at the Fort Harrison State Park include fishing, hiking, ice fishing and cross-country skiing. It is also home to the Fort Golf Resort & Conference Center. There's even a dog park on-site, so you can give your furry friend a great day out.
Known as Indiana's oldest bar, The Slippery Noodle Inn has seen its share of action. It's a hub for blues in the area, and it has been home to countless wild shows over the years. There's still live blues being played seven days a week. Being located in a great sports town, the Noodle makes itself available to sports fans as well, hosting many a celebration. Even when there's nothing going on, the place is still packed with happy diners and drinkers chowing down on the hearty menu, featuring everything from traditional bar fare to steaks and pastas, and drinking everything from martinis to micro brews.
IndyFringe Basile Theatre is an event venue dedicated to the IndyFringe festival. This 100-seat theater also hosts musicals, concerts, art expositions, and festivals like DivaFest and Onyx Fest throughout the year. Every season it brings forth unique and innovate programs and shows for its patrons. The place also holds community events, workshops and similar functions on a regular basis. Basile Theatre can be hired for private celebrations and drama rehearsals too. For more details, call ahead or check website.
Black Acre Brewing Co is an artisan brewery that brews beers in small batches and focuses on producing quality concoctions. To taste their amazing collection, opt for a brewery tour or head to the taproom to lay-back and relax for a while. Not only can you order from a great selection of drinks, but the restaurant also has on offer small plates, sandwiches and other light snacks. Street Lamp, Natural Liberty and Ghost Bees are just some of the bar menu offerings. The best time to visit is during Wednesday's when patrons can participate in quiz nights or Thursdays when they can enjoy half price on wine bottles. If you are looking for a fun, casual space, the cozy, laid-back atmosphere at the taproom won’t disappoint.
Herron is a great place for art lovers to get a taste of up and coming trends in the art world. A couple of galleries here are open to the public, and they showcase nothing but fresh work by students, faculty and others. Additionally, if you time your visit right, you might find some bargains at periodic art sales. See website for enrollment info and more.
Established in 1864, Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery is set in an expansive space and is the final resting place of many notable personalities, from Caroline Harrison to Etheridge Knight. Famous poets, senators, governors, artists have all found a place at this funeral home. To commemorate the legacies of these famous personalities, Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery organizes tours to enlighten both locals and tourists about their achievements and stories. Both private and public tours are conducted with varied themes. The Heritage Tour being the most popular among locals and tourists. Other tours include African Americans, Women of Crown Hill and Actors, Artists, Architects & Musicians. They also have a specialized tours for photographers. If you are interested to know the histories of iconic celebrities, visit their graves and pay respect, head to Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery and get ready to be amazed by their stories.
The historic Fountain Square Theatre Building is a hub of retro-themed activity. The building itself is located just outside of downtown Indianapolis. It has a soda fountain, a steakhouse, an inn, and even a pair of duckpin bowling alleys! See website for full listing of events.