B-RIP OUTDOOR DINING
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.
BIKE ABOUT TOWN
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.
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Broad Ripple at Westfield and Monon is our 2nd most popular station so far this year! Pacers Bikeshare provides quick access to Broad Ripple Avenue, seen here, for plenty of local eats and also connects @broadrippleindy to downtown Indianapolis via the Monon. Watch our story for some views around Broad Ripple!
VACAY: INDIANA EDITION
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.
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What a wonderful weather Wednesday! Enjoy it by taking a peaceful journey along one of our 14 distinct trail systems. Check out our other trails online! Do you know which trail this is? Please follow CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Stay prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, and appropriate footwear. Remember to keep your park clean by packing out what’s brought with you as well. For more information please visit the park’s status page. Photo by DGray #indianadunesnps #indianadunes #indiana #indianatrails #hikeindiana #hikingindiana #marramgrass #lakemichigan #michiganlake #sunnyindiana #nps #findyourpark
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.