After a mercurial spring, I am so ready for summer: Muggy, sweaty, stultifying, tick-infested, crime-rate-increasing, glorious summer. Here’s why.
Indianapolis Indians Minor league baseball is so much more fun that major league. Where else can you see giant meat product puppets racing each other, sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at the top of your lungs, and drink above-average beer?
Indianapolis Greenways If I wanted to, I could run all the way from Carmel to downtown Indy on trails. (Yeah. Like that's going to happen.) My favorite stretch is the Central Canal Towpath. It doesn't get as clogged with strollers as the Monon, and the canal draws turtles, herons, and the occasional muskrat.
Indianapolis Museum of Art Summer Nights Film Series Grab some low lawn chairs and a picnic dinner and head over to the IMA, where they show favorite movies under the stars on Fridays at 5:30. The first one this year is the Iron Giant on Friday, June 24.
Indy JazzFest It's June 17-19 this year. JazzFest always has a great eclectic lineup. '05 includes Buselli-Walarab Jazz Orchestra, the Commodores, Tony Bennett, and the David Sanborn Group.
Lake Monroe Indianapolis, exactly, but it is a great recreational lake. Half the lake is designated a "no wake" zone for those who prefer puttering and fishing to tearing around on jet skis. And strict housing regs keep the lakeside looking pristine. I've even seen bald eagles flying overhead.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony on the Prairie Imagine a warm breeze caressing your cheek as the orchestra accompanies the setting sun. I'm no classical music snob, but this is transporting.
Indiana State Fair Best. People. Watching. Ever.
So what else is worth doing in or around Indianapolis in the summer?
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