7 Things You Have To See In Indianapolis, Besides The Motor Speedway

7 Things You Have To See In Indianapolis, Besides The Motor Speedway

Despite the plague of potholes, Indianapolis has a lot to offer!

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I've lived in Indianapolis to go to school for the last 2.5 years and I have come to really enjoy the city. It is full of interesting things to do and see - and a lot of great places to eat. Here are 7 of my favorite places in and around Indianapolis.

1. Indianapolis Museum of Art

The amount of things offered by the IMA - or Newfields - is endless, and I could write an entire article on just that. From four stories of wonderful art exhibits to acres filled with gardens and more art, you could spend a week there and not have seen everything.

2. Monument Circle

At the heart of downtown Indianapolis is monument circle. It is one of my favorite places to spend time. There are many things around the monument - notably Rocket Fizz (a soda shop) and The Chocolate Cafe (a chocolate shop) - and you can climb the monument itself! In the winter season, there are lights around the monument. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the circle to get into the Christmas spirit!

3. Mass Ave

AKA Massachusetts Avenue, is an awesome place to shop and eat in downtown Indianapolis. I've taken my family to multiple restaurants along this diagonal road and we've never had a bad meal. There are many cute shops and tasty places to eat.

4. Cake Bake

The Cake Bake is a lovely place to get drinks and cake in Broad Ripple. Broad Ripple is an area towards the Northern part of Indy with a lot of bars, restaurants, and shops. Cake Bake has award-winning desserts that are absolutely worth trying if you're in the area!

5. 317 Burger

My go-to place for dinner in Broad Ripple is 317 Burger. They have a range of really great range of burgers and similar sandwiches. Their garlic fries are absolutely worth trying if you're in Broad Ripple!

6. Electric Scooters

All over Indianapolis, there are now Limes and Birds - electric scooters that you can use to travel! They're really fun and inexpensive, my mother and I used them to travel a few hundred yards just for fun. long-time the $2.

7. Carmel Arts District

While Carmel, Indiana is outside of Indianapolis proper, it's only about half an hour away from downtown Indy!

There's a long-time and exciting arts district in Carmel full of unique and local artists selling these unique works.

If you are ever passing through Indianapolis or if you're a long-time resident, check out any of these 7 places for a great experience.

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The 10 Best Things About Rhode Island

Who said RI is not Awesome!
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With Rhode Island being such a small state people wonder what is so great about it. There are so many attractions that lead people to "Little Rhody" from the Newport Mansions to the RISD Art Museum. RI's beautiful beaches are also a plus for the locals who live here year round. But what is the best things about Rhode Island? With so many great things to choose from here is what I thought was the best things Rhode Island has to offer.

1. Del's Lemonade


With its numerous flavors and iconic cup imagery Del's is a Rhode Island staple. My personal favorite is mixing watermelon and lemon together!

2. Caserta's Pizzeria

Located on Providence's historic Federal Hill. If you are looking for a good slice of pizza Caserta's is the place to go.

3. Providence


It is basically the smaller version of Boston! No really, and that is where the city gets all its charms from.

4. Scarborough Beach


Forget Newport, this is the prime place to catch some waves. Personally, I think the water is better and Narragansett tends to be a litttle less touristy.

5. PPAC (Providence Performing Arts Center)


When you are too poor to catch a Broadway show so you go see the national tour instead. PPAC has become an awesome venue in recent years with lots of different plays, musicals and dance troupes coming to perform.

6. The Cliff Walk


Preferably after the tourist season because then you can actually walk on it. The Cliff Walk offers some breathtaking views and a little adventure.

7. Waterfire

There are a lot of Waterfire's during the summer and early fall so you can always catch one. Plus, it is free and provides great pictures.

8. Party Pizza


Some make think it is a disgrace to pizza everywhere, but it is still good. Nobody really understands why party pizza exists, but we never question it. Especially, after you stuff five pieces into your mouth.

9. Crook Point Bascule Bridge



It has become somewhat of a local monument for the locals. My friend and I always do a bit of site seeing around here.

10. Allie's Donuts


Home of the Donut Cake! Allie's makes probably the best donuts around here and that is not an understatement.

And there you have it! While, I think these are 10 best things about Rhode Island there is obviously so much more. If anything RI's quirky local eateries, beautiful landscape, as well as up and coming attractions are what make it special. Rhode Island has so many things to offer it is hard to choose. Personally, I think the food is the best, but my New York/New Jersey friends beg to differ.



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12/10: If You're A Student Without A License, Know That You Can't Always Rely On Other People To Drive You

Picking me up must have taken time away to do the things that he needed to do.

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Compared to most college students, I am one of the only people that did not get their license yet and I have to take my driving exam soon. Driving is very important! Most of you who are reading this already know the reason why, but let me show you my perspective on its importance.

All of my friends had their licenses during senior year. When I had to attend hangouts, asking my friends to drive me to places was fine at first. Later on, it got very annoying. There were times when my friends cannot drive me to places because of restrictions and laziness. I did not go to a few hangouts because I wanted to lessen the trouble in asking my friends to drive me. I am not saying that they were selfish, but there are some things for me to keep in mind when it comes to driving. As a result, I persuaded my parents to teach me how to drive and they agreed after I told them about my situation. I learned how to drive throughout the summer time and I have to take the exam next month.

One true fact about me is that I am a commuter. Commuting is nice especially when going back to your comfortable bed and eating healthy homemade food. However, I still have to depend on myself when coming home. My mother usually picks me up after she returns from work, but it is still hard for her because picking us up takes away her time to cook dinner. There's also my sister's boyfriend who picks me up from college as well. Picking me up must have taken time away to do the things that he needed to do. Maybe it is best that I get the driving exam done with by the first try.

Someday, we will go somewhere and who will help us get there? The answer is only us. Everyone has their own lives and we should not disturb anyone who is busy. Once I receive my license from the driving exam, I will do what it takes to drive on the road. If my friends invite me to another hangout, I am going to drive myself to the hangout. I will help others if needed, but I have to see if getting to their address is safe or dangerous before I decide to help them. No matter what, I must be the one to control the wheel because I am the only one that can move myself to my desired destination.

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