When I registered to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) annual conference, I didn’t think too much of the venue. Yes, I’ve never been to Indiana. So I was a bit excited to check off another destination on my quest to visit each state in the U.S. (I’m getting closer, peeps!) Other than that, I imagined it would be an iffy, industrial looking downtown area.
I was wrong.
I arrived in Indianapolis and immediately sort of loved it. I can’t vouch for any other part of the city. I didn’t see much other than downtown. But downtown Indianapolis was clean and, well, super cute. (How’s that for a fantastic description?) Our hotel was a quick walking distance to the convention center, yet far enough away that I often wandered the streets and had a look around. I loved the stone street-ways. And the state museum being so close. And the rolling park and river walk. And did I mention the turquoise fire hydrants? Yes. Their fire hydrants are painted turquoise. Who wouldn’t love a town with such bright spectacles for curbing fires? It also didn’t hurt that I absolutely loved the conference. It was inspiring and fun and geeky and sort of perfect. (Especially since I got to kick it with a couple of penguins and watch a free 3D viewing of To the Arctic.)
I probably wouldn’t go to Indianapolis for a vacation all its own — you all know I’m more the mountain/jungle type and less the city type. But I must say, if you’re nearby, downtown Indianapolis is certainly worth the stop.