1. We Have One Of Those Circles That People Drive Fast On
I’m pretty sure when everyone in the world hears the word “Indianapolis” their brain automatically fills in “Motor Speedway” after it. We are the Circle City and proud of it. But to be honest…
2. Most Of Us Aren’t Racing Fans
For the racing fans that might read this I said “most of us.” I don’t want any Jeff Gordon fans trying to gun me down. Events surrounding the races can be fun, but enjoying those events and tailgating at the track doesn’t make you a racing fan. It’s not that we’re ashamed of the racing heritage. But in my experience, most of us from Indy don’t care all that much. Hey look! They’re turning left! Wait a sec… they’re turning left again!
3. We’d Rather Watch Our Beloved Colts
This used to be a basketball city, but the Manning machine turned it into a pigskin worshipping epicenter. You should go to a game at least once. The fans are way nicer than any other football teams, and Lucas Oil Stadium is great. If you can’t score a ticket head over to either Blue Crew Sports Grill in Castleton, or Indianapolis Colts Grille right downtown.
4. Hope You Like Craft Beer
There are so many players in this game right now. Sun King, Flat 12, Fountain Square, Triton, Bier, Three Wise Men, just to name a few all make wonderful brews. Who would’ve thought one of America’s most obese cities would drink so much beer?
5. Reggie Miller Can Convince You To Move Here In 9 Seconds
This is the greatest moment for one of Indianapolis’s greatest players. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should watch this video so you don’t embarrass yourself when you’re at a party and people are trying to prove they have been Pacers fans their whole life. We’ll always love Reggie, and chanting the name Reggie at sporting events. You think it’s a coincidence this list has 31 points?
6. Be A Kid Again At (Or Just Take Your Kids To) The Childrens Museum
I spent so much time there as a kid I primarily tell time via loop de loop water towers. How old can I be and it not be weird that I’m pretending to be a dinosaur excavator?
7. You’ll Be Inspired At The Indianapolis Museum of Art
You’ll just start saying IMA for short after you move here. Free admission year round, Summer Nights outdoor movie screenings, world renowned art exhibits, and the gardens make this place a great quick stop or full day. You can probably score a date with anyone if you tell them you’re going to the IMA.
8. This Lady Is Not A Crossing Guard!
9. You Need To Be A Die Hard Fake Fan Of The Indians
Victory Field is a “must do” event during the summer, especially on firework nights. This is one of the best AAA baseball stadiums in the country. You’ll have a great time grabbing a Sun King, (sort of) paying attention to the ball game, having a great view of the city, and probably heckling outfielders if you sit in the lawn. Not that we condone such behavior.
10. Scotty’s Brewhouse Is Our Best Friend
Brewhouse is Scotty’s last name, right? This restaurant was originally launched by Scott Wise in Muncie, but it’s taking over the whole state. There are currently three in the Indy metro area. Those of us that are of the connected generation appreciate Scotty for his social media savvy. Oh, and the Mofo Mustard sauce.
11. Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads
Since the winters are nearly unbearable and because of developments in the downtown convention center area, you can get around without stepping outside via the skywalk system. Hop around between Lucas Oil Stadium, The Convention Center, Circle Center Mall and more, and laugh at the peasants on the sidewalk.
12. You Can Find A Job Here
CareerBliss named us as the ninth best city to find a job, and Forbes lists us at No. 24 for Best Places for Businesses and Careers. It’s becoming known as the “Silicon Valley of the Midwest.” At least that’s what people from Indy are saying. No bias though right?
13. All Other Fancy Restaurants Pale In Comparison To St. Elmo’s
This is easily the most upscale place in the whole city. If you feel like eating the best steak the state has to offer, their famous shrimp cocktail, and dining with the stars (Colts players), then you might want to save a year’s worth of cash.
14. Unigov Might Confuse You A Little Bit
In 1970, the city and county government consolidated into one. When you’re looking at numbers you’re seeing statistics for all of Marion County, technically making it the 13th largest city on paper. It’s not exactly comparing apples to apples though. It’s the 29th largest metro area just behind Columbus, OH. Just a heads up for if you’re moving here expecting densely populated neighborhoods. You’ll need a car for sure. Good thing it’s…
15. Easier To Get Around Than… Someplace That’s Not Easy To Get Around
Thanks to 465, it doesn’t take long to get anywhere, and the city sprawls because of the interstate system. One might argue that it’s easy to find parking because well… there usually aren’t many people trying to find parking. But it’s easy! And for those living closer to downtown, biking is a breeze because…
16. The Cultural Trail Is Perfect
Because of the Cultural Trail, Indianapolis is on the map for being a trailblazer (ha!) of bold ideas like this. City officials from all over the world have been coming to see what we’ve done. The trail is full of art, cheerful visitors (in the summer), bike paths, and connects to so many great places in town.
17. Silver In The City Is Like A Hipster’s Moving Truck Wrecked And Everything Spilled Out
For all the dainty, local made, hipster-esque materials to fill your apartment (or suburban house most likely) this place is awesome. I’m a huge fan and every time I’m on Mass Ave I spend at least 45 minutes in this store. When you’re done buying bacon themed gifts you can cross the street and…
18. Be Amazed By The Culinary Wizardry Of Subzero Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
I’m gonna guess that freshly made ice cream and frozen yogurt via liquid nitrogen isn’t a normal occurrence where you’re from. You’ll feel like a kid being amazed at the workers doing their thing. I’m no expert but this is seriously the best ice cream I’ve ever had in Indy. They also have lactose free options.
19. You’ll Be Spoiled With Live Music
The Rathskeller’s beer garden and The Lawn in the summers, Radio Radio, Old National Center, The Vogue, Birdy’s, The Hoosier Dome, Melody Inn, and The Irving Theater will keep you entertained. If you’re feeling brave you could go to The Emerson Theater at 10th and Emerson. I can’t believe my parents were cool with letting me play and go there as a high schooler.
20. If You’re Gonna Play In Indiana, You Gotta Have A Pork Tenderloin In The Band
I actually didn’t know this growing up because it was just a normal part of our food culture, but this is what we’re known for in Indiana. The best kind of pork tenderloin is when the diameter of the pork is twice the size of the bun. Speaking of food…
21. It Doesn’t Get Fresher Than The City Market
The historic City Market just keeps growing in popularity. You’ll love checking out the vendors, wine and cheese shoppes, and retailers. On certain days of the week, there are 16 rotating taps of Indiana craft beers in the Tomlinson Tap Room. It’s a one stop shop for fresh produce, baked goods, fish, and meat. And since I’m already talking about my favorite food group…
22. Goose The Market Is Like A Meat Museum
The kind of museum where you go and stuff your face with sandwiches meant to make you go OMGZ! These guys know what they’re doing when it comes to preparing a sandwich with perfectly cured and cooked meats. You can find a treasure trove of craft beer and wine in the basement.
23. You Can Pretend You’re In A Fancier City On The Canal
This is easily my favorite part of the city to just take a stroll in. It’s so clean and elegant, and makes me say things like “clean and elegant.” You’ll come across European style bridges, modern designs, Segway tours, gondolas, the Indiana State Museum, and the NCAA Hall of Fame at the end of it.
24. We Naptowners Actually Love The Skyline
We know it’s not a massive skyline you can see from space, or one that strikes awe and wonder in everyone who sees it. But seeing the skyline reminds us of home, all the fun we have downtown, and it’s a symbol of pride.
25. You Need To At Least Pretend To Hate Tom Brady
Unless of course you’re a girl that doesn’t care about football. If you’re from Indiana and you’re an out of the closet Patriots fan, then I have no words for you. You’re excused if you’re from Boston, but make sure to let people know you’re from there or else you might get deported by Robert Mathis himself.
26. Most People Are Indoctrinated Into Being A Purdue, Notre Dame, Or I.U. Fan
If you went to one of these schools, you have every right to be a die-hard fan. Please keep the double sided I.U. Basketball and Notre Dame Football fanboy-ing to a minimum. Here at Movoto Real Estate, we’re a little partial to Purdue with our founder being a Boilermaker and us having an office near campus. Go Boilers!
27. The Pacers Are On Fire
It took a while for the team to rebuild after our best friend Ron Artest aka “Metta World Peace” ruined everything. Paul George is the whole state’s current man crush. During the lull hardly anyone would go to games, but so far this season there have been 20 sellout crowds.
28. Our Neighborhoods Are Making A Name For Themselves
Having distinct neighborhoods is something Indy has lacked historically. However, recent cultural upswings are looking great for distinct areas like Broadripple, Fountain Square, and Irvington.
29. “Devour Downtown” Does Not Mean You Eat The Buildings
Instead of letting everyone slip into a deep seasonal depression in winter, Devour Downtown gives the people of Indy a reason to venture away from their homes. For about two weeks, you get to sample Indianapolis’s best eats for a major discount. This is the only opportunity I really get to eat at famous St. Elmo’s.
30. You Won’t Be Making Any Weekend Trips To Pawnee, IN
Sorry to break it to “Parks and Recreation” fans, but Pawnee is a completely fictional town. It’s filmed in “Hollyweird”, but my guess is you know about 10 different Ron Swanson type guys if you’re from Indiana.
31. You’ll Never Get Mad At The Guy Blogging About Indy
There are so many things to love and, if you’re like me, you love this city with all of its ups and downs. There’s far too much to mention in even 31 points, so let us know some things you love about Indy in the comments!
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