Mass Ave Cultural District

Mass Ave is one of the most vibrant and pedestrian-friendly areas of downtown Indianapolis. Stretching along Massachusetts Avenue from 9th to 13th streets, it’s home to some of the best restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment venues in the city. You’ll find restaurants offering everything from farm-to-table cuisine to ethnic eats, plus chic cocktail lounges, live music venues, art galleries, and boutiques to browse. Some top spots to check out include Room 4, Hotel Tango Distillery, Mesh on Mass, Nine Irish Brothers, and the Murat Theatre. Many restaurants and bars offer patio seating during warm weather months, so you can soak up the lively atmosphere of this bustling arts district.

Fountain Square

Fountain Square is one of the hippest neighborhoods in Indy, known for its funky vintage shops, cutting-edge galleries, locally owned eateries, and lively nightlife scene. Located just southeast of downtown, this historic neighborhood has undergone major revitalization in recent years while retaining its artsy, indie vibe. Some top spots to hit up with your party bus include Duckpin Bowling Co., La Margarita Restaurant & Bar, Kuma’s Corner, White Rabbit Cabaret, and Fountain Square Brewing Co. Be sure to check out the neighborhood’s signature feature – the 121-year-old ornate cast iron fountain that gives the area its name.

Broad Ripple Village

For a taste of classic old-school Indy, head to Broad Ripple Village located just north of downtown along the White River. Known for its laid-back vibe and plethora of local businesses, it’s home to a main street lined with eclectic shops, independent eateries, and neighborhood taverns and pubs. Some top picks include BRICS ice cream, 20 Tap, Three Sisters Cafe, The Vogue Theatre, and the Broad Ripple Farmers Market. The Monon Trail also runs right through the heart of the neighborhood, so you can work up an appetite hiking or biking this scenic rails-to-trails pathway.

Fletcher Place

Tucked away just southeast of downtown, Fletcher Place is one of Indy’s best kept secrets. This historic neighborhood exudes small town charm with its tree-lined streets, lovely Victorian homes, and welcoming local businesses. It’s home to several cozy neighborhood taverns, chef-owned restaurants like Bluebeard and Milktooth, and Red Key Tavern – an iconic bar and grill that looks like it’s straight out of the 1950s. Other popular spots include Hotel Tango Distillery, Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Co., and Square Cat Vinyl record shop.


For a glimpse into Indianapolis history, make a stop in Irvington on the east side. This neighborhood was once a stop on the Interurban Railway electric trolley route in the early 1900s. Today, it still retains much of its historic small town charm, with a quaint main drag dotted with antique shops, boutiques, and cafes housed in historic buildings. Top spots to visit include Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, Black Acre Brewing Co., Irvington Vinyl & Books, Irvington Farmers Market, and The Legend Irvington Cafe. Many buildings have been carefully restored, so be sure to admire the beautiful architecture along the way.

Garfield Park

Escape the city hustle and bustle with a visit to Garfield Park on Indianapolis’ south side. Home to one of the largest municipal parks in Indy, this neighborhood offers a relaxing dose of nature and recreation. Your party bus group can stroll through the sunken gardens, conservatory, and formal flower beds in the 128-acre park. Or head to the Garfield Park Arts Center to browse art galleries and catch a show at The Tarkington theater. Nearby Garfield Brewery and Tin Roof offer patio dining and craft brews after a day outdoors. If you visit in summer, don’t miss the summer concert series at the MacAllister Amphitheater.

Canal and White River State Park

This downtown green space offers scenic riverfront views and numerous attractions perfect for exploring with your party bus rental. Stroll along the Central Canal with its picturesque bridges and gondolas, or rent a kayak, gondola, or pedal boat from Wheel Fun Rentals. Other top spots include the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions, Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, Victory Field baseball stadium, and Military Park. With lush lawns, water features, and walking paths, it’s a beautiful area to soak up some sun or enjoy a catered picnic.

Indiana Avenue

For a taste of history, culture, and community, head to Indiana Avenue just northwest of downtown. Once a thriving hub of African American business, arts, and jazz during segregation, this area has been revitalized in recent years. Stop by popular spots like Walker Theatre, Madam Walker Legacy Center, Major Taylor Velodrome, and Flanner House. Many restaurants and shops are owned by local residents dedicated to restoring the neighborhood. Events like the Indiana Avenue Jazz Fest and Community Day celebrate this rich heritage.

Wholesale District

The Wholesale District just south of downtown Indianapolis mixes old and new with converted warehouses now housing trendy shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Stop by Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery, Wiseguy Lounge, or Repeal Restaurant housed in former industrial spaces. The Murphy Arts Center and Madam Walker Legacy Center celebrate African American heritage, while Tube Factory Artspace is home to resident artists’ studios. When the weather warms up, you can even catch a drive-in movie at Tibbs Drive-In. With its blend of history and revitalization, the Wholesale District is the perfect place for urban exploration.

Chatham Arch

Chatham Arch offers a unique blend of historic homes and modern development just north of downtown Indianapolis. Stroll the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets to admire beautiful Victorian homes and churches built in the late 1800s. Then check out popular spots like Bluebeard, Amelia’s Bakery, Chatham Tap gastropub, and Circle City Industrial Complex. Sites like the former Coca-Cola bottling plant-turned-retail space show how this neighborhood mixes old and new. Don’t miss the Kurt Vonnegut Museum celebrating the famous Hoosier author who was born here. From historic architecture to hip new hangouts, Chatham Arch has something for everyone.

Bottleworks District

The newly redeveloped Bottleworks District in the northside of Indianapolis combines dining, shopping, and entertainment all in one place. Built within and around the former Coca-Cola bottling plant, this neighborhood hub includes food halls, boutiques, a movie theater, cocktail lounges, Stereo Arcade bar, and more. Sun King Brewery, one of Indy’s most popular local craft breweries, is located here as well. With its industrial-chic architectural details and pedestrian-friendly layout, Bottleworks District is ideal for strolling, eating, drinking, and simply taking in the energetic ambiance.

Book a Bus With Us

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