5 Things I’m Loving This Week

Our fall intern—and Butler senior—Meghan Stratton is all about enjoying the outdoors right now.
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So, let’s talk about Broad Ripple Avenue being closed to traffic. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with the closure, depending on if I’m a pedestrian or driver. But man, there is just nothing like walking down that street with the warm late summer sun on your face.

Many restaurants, like my favorite, Ripple Bagel Deli, have expanded their outdoor seating onto the street. Other restaurants with newly-expanded patios include Small Cakes, Union Jack Pub, and Condado Tacos. This setup makes for the perfect meal and people watching session. I recently moved into a Broad Ripple apartment and can’t wait to explore the neighborhood. 


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The Pacers Bike Share program is one of my favorite ways to sightsee around Indy. Being able to walk out of my apartment, check out a bike, and ride all around town is such a pleasant way to spend a day. I really enjoy leisure bike riding, especially along the nearby Monon Trail. Additionally, another perk is being able to easily return the bike and never having to store one in my apartment.


So, this one’s a mini-road trip. But I’m making the drive up to Indiana Dunes National Park next weekend for Labor Day, and I could not be more excited—currently half my Safari tabs are dedicated to this vacay. This will be my first time visiting the socially-distanced shoreline, and I can’t wait to experience the surrounding outdoor activities like hiking and birdwatching.


Holcomb Gardens is one of those places where time seems to stand still. Just north of Butler’s main campus, the gardens include acres of wooded forests and sprawling greenery and the iconic Carillon bell tower stands as a welcome symbol for all Butler visitors. These gardens are the perfect hidden study spot while the weather’s still warm. My personal preference is to hang a hammock and read, if I don’t fall asleep!


The Canal Walk in downtown Indianapolis is the perfect mix between the great outdoors and an urban lifestyle. The water and scenery is such a gorgeous oasis, and the pathway makes for a great walk or run. My favorite part is the prime location, it’s so easy to make an entire day out of walking, shopping, and eating downtown.


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Canal Walk, Indy. #nofilter #noedits

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