Whether your parents are coming to town for IUPUI commencement or just to help you move out, you’re going to need some ideas to keep them busy. Here are some favorites with a little something for everyone.
For the food aficionado
Indianapolis is not short on dining options. Our staff recommends brunch at the James Beard-nominated Milktooth. Or try the Indianapolis City Market. With its variety of food stalls, it’s a great way for everyone to get something they like. No need to agree on just one restaurant!
Bonus: Head to the market May 4 for First Friday and add art and music to your plate.
For the movie maven
Three words: Avengers. On. IMAX. We can’t think of a better way to see the action than on the Indiana State Museum’s gigantic screen.
For the nature nut
There’s always White River State Park just off campus. Farther afield is Eagle Creek Park where, for $5, you have plenty of hiking, birdwatching, boating and more. If you like your nature tamer, tiptoe through the tulips at Newfields’ Hello Spring and maybe pick up a Mother’s Day gift while you’re at it.
For the sports fan
Take ‘em out to the ballgame, and let Mom and Dad buy you some Cracker Jack. The Indianapolis Indians play at Victory Field May 3-6 and May 11-13. If the national pastime isn’t how you – ahem – roll, Naptown Roller Derby is hosting Star Wars Night May 5.
For the history buff
Indianapolis has more war memorials than any U.S. city other than Washington, D.C., so you aren’t short of options. VisitIndy.com has a great list, including the USS Indianapolis Memorial along the canal. You can also check out the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site or cruise through history at Crown Hill Cemetery, where you can visit Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley for the memorial and the hilltop view. Tours are also available. Just be respectful, as it is a working cemetery.