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The Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Dubbed the most “walkable downtown in America,” the Indianapolis Cultural Trail makes it possible, and enjoyable, to work and play without needing a vehicle. Completed in 2013, the 8-mile urban bike and pedestrian path runs through six cultural districts, seamlessly connecting downtown to the city’s top dining, shopping, cultural, and entertainment attractions.


  • Paths are safe, well-lit and marked with unique crosswalk signs.
  • Easily recognizable, trail users can access and follow the trail without the need to search for signs.
  • Dotted with lush-green gardens, well-manicured trees, and an array of public art displays, the 8-mile trail is aesthetically pleasing (no unsightly views of parking lots) and a walker’s paradise.

Indy’s Cultural Districts and Attractions
801 W. Washington St. | 0.3 Miles from Hotel

  • Indy’s 250-acre state park offers numerous outdoor attractions, including the Central Canal Walkway, White River Gardens, Military Park, White River Promenade, The Lawn (concert venue) the Indianapolis Zoo, and Historic Old Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge.
  • Museums include: Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum & NCAA Hall of Champions.
  • More Things to Do: Cruise along in a Gondola ride, rent a Segway or Surrey, explore Art in the Park, catch a baseball game or sing along at a concert.

Virginia Ave, at Shelby & Prospect St. | 2 Miles from Hotel

  • Fountain Square Cultural District resembles the quintessential European village town center, complete with vintage stores, antique shops, great pubs, and excellent restaurants.
  • Retro, artsy, and family-friendly, the district is also known for its vibrant arts scene, numerous entertainment venues, and live musical performances.

100 W. Washington St. | 0.6 Miles from Hotel

  • Bright lights, big names, and major attractions highlight the best performances in town.
  • Home to Lucas Oil Stadium, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and Hilbert Circle Theatre, the Wholesale District is Indy’s one-stop destination for world-class entertainment.
  • The district also features the towering Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Circle Center Mall, and an array of dining options.

617 Indiana Avenue | 0.7 Miles from Hotel

  • Known as “Funky Broadway” and “Yellow Brick Road,” the Indiana Avenue District is a hub of entertainment, featuring some of the hottest jazz spots in the Midwest.
  • Explore dazzling art galleries, unique restaurants, and numerous historic attractions.

339 Massachusetts Avenue | 1 Mile from Hotel

  • Spanning five blocks, the lively streets of Mass. Ave. are lined with an eclectic array of theatres, art galleries, boutiques, and farm-to-table restaurants, and speakeasies.
  • Beer aficionados can grab a cold one at the historic Rathskeller biergarten or try local craft beer at Ralston’s Drafthouse.
  • The district also boasts the nation’s oldest shoe store, Stout’s Shoes (est. 1886).

6323 Guilford Ave. | 8 Miles from Hotel

  • Featuring a diverse mix of bars, cozy pubs, restaurants, breweries, and clubs, the scene at Broad Ripple Village is perfect for night owls and party goers alike.
  • With a focus on independent businesses and one-of-a-kind shops, the neighborhood also offers a uniquely Indy shopping experience.

Be Connected to Indy’s Districts

JW Indy is connected to the extensive network of enclosed, overhead walkways, providing downtown hotel guests with central access to many of Indy’s districts and top attractions.

Indianapolis Bike Trails and Pacers Bikeshare
With Pacers Bikeshare, all travelers, including families with kids, can enjoy the safe, scenic bikeways of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

The 8-foot wide bike paths, curbed and specially paved, go where people want to go. Explore Indy’s best attractions, including museums, restaurants, coffee shops, stores, brewpubs, and entertainment venues.

There are 29 bike stations located throughout the trail, conveniently near all the top cultural, dining, shopping, and entertainment attractions.