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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
  • …was host to the 2012 Super Bowl. Indianapolis' Super Bowl Village transformed the heart of Downtown into a ten-day, three-block festival of free family-friendly fun including live concerts, interactive games and tailgate competitions.
  • … is the Amateur Sports Capital of the World with year round major sporting events from Olympic trials for swimming, diving and synchronized swimming to rowing regattas and golf championships.
  • …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 some of the best hiking, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and sailing in the Midwest. Enjoy the peace and quiet of Eagle Creek Lake or the thrill of a sailing regatta on Geist Lake. Eagle Creek Lake is rated one of the top competitive rowing venues in the nation.
  • …has a monorail to take you between campus sites and hospitals in downtown Indy. Indy is easy to navigate with a campus bus system, bike paths, public buses and an easily accessible highway system.
  • …is home to the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts; home to the NBA Indiana Pacers; and hometown of one of the top WNBA teams, The Fever. Indianapolis is also home to the minor league baseball team the Indians , the Indiana Ice USHL team and the Indianapolis Trax of the MWHL.
  • …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.
  • …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 home to one of only 3 centers in the US designated as a US Tennis Association Certified Regional Training Center and is located on the IUPUI campus.
  • …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 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.
  • …is within a one hour drive of some of the most beautiful hiking areas in the Midwest. There is a state park within a 1 hour driving distance of every resident of Indiana. Diverse geography ranges from tall white sand dunes on Lake Michigan to the steep canyons at Turkey Run State Park.
  • …is home to the largest and most famous Children's Museum in the US. Fascinating for both children and adults, it is easy to find - look for the 3-story tall dinosaurs breaking out of the side of the building. The museum houses the largest water clock in North America, a place to dig for dinosaur bones, an indoor carousel, an area for building and floating your own boat and an "airplane" ride to Egypt where you experience the Egyptian culture upon "landing." The museum has its own planetarium and even an area for small tykes. An Indiana favorite for all ages.
  • …has a park just for your furry best friend. The Indianapolis Dog Park features an exercise obstacle course and running area. A great way to meet new friends and fellow dog lovers.
  • …is a major center for artists and writers. The Indianapolis Art Center is a not-for-profit community arts organization. The center consists of the Marilyn K. Glick School of Art with 13 art studios, a 224-seat auditorium, and a library. The Cultural Complex houses the Writers' Center of Indiana and ARTSPARK. The 12-acre campus sits on the edge of the White River and features a riverfront deck, outdoor stage, and sculpture gardens.
  • …hosts a world class zoo that has over a million visitors each year. The zoo plays a major role in worldwide conservation and research, including the world's first successful artificial insemination of an African elephant. The aquarium and dolphin show are internationally acclaimed.
  • …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 headquarters for the NCAA. Indianapolis has played host to both the Men's and Women's Final Four and will hold the Women's Final Four at least once every five years.
  • …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
  • …will be host to the 2012 Super Bowl to be held at Lucas Stadium in downtown Indianapolis
  • …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. The museum grounds include one of the largest museum art parks in the country and the only art museum to feature the ongoing commission of site-specific artworks. The LOVE sculpture on the front lawn has been voted as One of the Best Places in the United States to Propose by USA Today.
  • …is headquarters for the national offices of USA Gymnastics, Diving, Synchronized Swimming and Track and Field.
"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