What do you do when you're broke and dying to get out of the house? This is my Top 10 Favorite Activities List when my purse strings, have vanished.
Number 10 Duckpin Bowling This activity isn't free, but it isn't super expensive and it is a ton of FUN! Duckpin bowling is used with miniature balls and pins, but it's basically the same concept as regular bowling. What makes this so fun in downtown Indy is the retro styled, bowling alley. Everything is hardwood, antique looking chairs, and great city views. They take walk-ins, but if you're planning on going with a large group, it would be best to make reservations.
Located inside the Fountain Square Theater.
Number 9 Easley Winery For only $5 you can do a tasting of one of Indy's oldest and best known wineries. They usually have live music from May to the end of September in the garden, so you can spend a Saturday afternoon, listening to live music, for just $5!! That's quite a deal. If wine isn't your thing, try Sun King Brewery right down the street. The price to sample a flight of beer is $6.
Number 8 Museum Free Nights Almost all Indianapolis Museums offer 1 free night a month. It usually falls on a Thursday at different times of the month. There are other free days on holidays as well. To check out more info on local Indianapolis museums, check out my post on the Top 10.
Number 7 Pleasant View Orchard Now, this is a seasonal activity from July 4th through Halloween, which is why it's closer to 10. This orchard is actually located right on the other side of Marion County, close to the 2nd exit of I 74 E. This place has, hands down, the best cider slush, for the best prices. The caramel apples are delicious and on Saturdays and Sundays they offer apple biscuits, elephant ears, and my personal favorite, apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
Apple Cobbler from Pleasant View Orchard.
Number 6 Indianapolis Libraries There are several different libraries in the downtown area. A few of my favorites are the Central Library, it has 6 floors of books, movies, music, art, and architecture, the Kurt Vonnegut Library, and the Indiana State Library where you can research your family history.
View from the top of the Central Library.
Number 5 First Fridays Once a month, on the first Friday, there are places all over the city where you can view new art exhibits for free. One of the most popular areas to do this, is Mass. Ave. But there are several other neighborhoods which have adopted this practice, Fountain Square, Garfield Park, and Irvington. This is a fun way to get out of the house, not spend much, and meet new people with similar interests.
Number 4 Explore Abandoned Places Okay, okay. This is not official and legally, I should say, do it at your own risk. This is something I do, and love! I drive around the city looking for abandoned areas to explore. Now, if the sign clearly says Private Property, Trespassers will be Shot, I don't go. But if there are no signs, and no indication of being filled with something or someone I don't wish to encounter, I go for it. I have several places on my list where I go on a regular basis to photograph, but there is a girl on Instagram, @oliveeyeah2.0 , who does outstanding work in the Indianapolis area of Urban Exploration.
Number 3 Strolling the Indianapolis Neighborhoods One of my favorite things to do, is drive to one of Indy's little boroughs and explore the changes. These neighborhoods are always adding restaurants, shops, and other fun stuff to look at. My favorite strolls from top to bottom are; Fountain Square, Broadripple, Mass Ave, Irvington, and 10th. I like Fountain Square the best because it has many hidden alley ways full of street art and Nook and Cranny businesses. Broadripple favors to my sense of hippieness, Mass Ave has it's progressive snazz, Irvington's history and scary hauntings, and 10th's culture and grit.
Number 2 Visiting IndyParks 100 Parks! Indianapolis has some amazing parks with tons of different features. There are at least 100 of them. This, I know because a few years ago they had the Indy Parks Challenge, which was a scavenger hunt where you had to go to each park to answer the clue question. It was a lot of fun! My favorite parks are Southeastway, Holliday, and White River. Eagle Creek is really nice, but I hate having to pay. I think that is stupid. I understand if they want you to pay to swim, but to just visit the park? And then, what's even more annoying is, it isn't covered by the state park annual pass because it's not a state park. Anyway, there is always something to do at one of Indy's parks, so check them out!
Hiking trails at Southeastway Park.
My #1 Free Activity
Igers! Yes, it is a thing. People who get together in different parts of the city and take pictures. I love this, but I love photography. This isn't just for photography, though. You could substitute your own hobby by joining a Meet Up group or some other type of club where people who have the same interest as you get together to enjoy it.
This is one of my pictures, featured in the @igersindy feed.