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Did you know Indianapolis...

  • …is the 14th largest city in the U.S. Indianapolis is a multi-cultural city with a wide array of sports, arts, culture and activities for singles, couples and families.
  • …has one of the lowest costs of living of all major metropolitan areas
  • …is a major sports hub with professional basketball, football, baseball, hockey, soccer and other collegiate teams.
  • … is the headquarters of the NCAA, hosted the 2012 Super Bowl, and several Big10 and NCAA championships. The Natatorium on IU’s Indy campus is a world class venue for swimming. .
  • …has the nation's largest municipal park fully within a city limit. Eagle Creek Park, located just 15 minutes from campus, is six times the size of Central Park in New York. With a 1,400 acre lake and 3,900 acre park, Eagle Creek offers a nature preserve, cross country skiing trails, swim beach, 18-hole golf course, canoe, kayak, catamaran and sailboat rentals, wind-surfing lessons, pedal boat rentals and over 10 miles of hiking and biking trails.
  • … has a diverse population that celebrates and shares their culture through year-round festivals. Festivals include the French Market, Irish Festival, Italian Street Festival, Chinese Festival, German Fest, Middle Eastern Festival, the Indy Greek Festival, African Festival and Indy Pride Festival..
  • … is the capital of the state of Indiana. State health policy is made here. Known as the Crossroad of America because it is centered along major North/South and East/West interstates which help contribute to its vibrant growth, Indianapolis is a major government and education center in the Midwest.
  • … has gondola rides through downtown. Indianapolis is one of the few downtown areas in the US featuring a Canal Walk offering a waterside promenade for strolls, jogging, skating, biking and boating. The walk features pedal boat rentals, bike rentals, gondola rides, murals, bridges, fountains, waterside cafes and waterfalls. It is lined by attractions including the U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial, Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, the Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana State Museum/IMAX and NCAA Hall of Champions.
  • … is home to the largest and most famous Children's Museum in the US. Fascinating for both children and adults.
  • … is a center of excellence for music. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1930, performs year-round in historic Hilbert Circle Theatre. Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University is home to the Indianapolis Opera and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. The Indianapolis Children's Choir has received international acclaim and has been performing since 1986 and each year Indianapolis hosts some of the top names in jazz at the Indy Jazz Fest..
  • …is a center for live theater with something for all tastes. The nation's oldest continuously operating civic theater group, The Indianapolis Civic Theatre, performs at Marian Hall Auditorium. Indiana Repertory Theatre, the state's largest equity theater, presents more than 300 performances annually and is housed in the Indiana Theatre. Formerly of New York City, the American Cabaret Theatre is popular, while Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre presents Broadway shows, concerts, and dinner.
  • … is The Auto Racing Capital of the World. Indianapolis hosts to the two largest single-day sporting events in the world and the largest drag racing event in the world: the Indianapolis 500, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and the NHRA U.S. Nationals
  • …is where you can swim at the same facility the world's top Olympic swimmers and divers use for training. The Natatorium, just a short walk from Riley Hospital, is open to residents, faculty and students. Residents and their families receive discounted membership passes.
  • …is where the largest U.S. wine competition outside of California is held every July during the Indy International Wine Competition.
  • … has one of the largest and oldest art museums in the United States with a permanent collection of more than 50,000 works. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is also a showcase for national and international exhibitions.
"While the city lays claim to 10 world-class sports venues, that is just a fraction of its cultural institution tally: 14 museums, 21 galleries and 25 performing arts centers and theaters" The Washington Post
"Cosmopolitan with Midwestern appeal, Indianapolis is becoming one of America's favorite cities." Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler
"[Indianapolis] also has a growing cultural scene that goes well beyond its venerable art museum. Indianapolis now has dozens of art galleries, as more artists make the city home. It's also one of the Midwest's most child-friendly destinations." Hour Detroit magazine
"…(the) Circle City - named for the impressive roundabout that sits at the geographical heart of downtown - is buzzing with a new cosmopolitan vibe." Time Out Chicago