Blending historical Midwestern charm with a trendy atmosphere and strong sports culture, Indianapolis, Indiana is a unique vacation destination with plenty to offer. From trendy lofts to historic townhouses, there are plenty of unforgettable Indianapolis vacation rentals to choose from. Book your stay today. Don’t forget to visit the world-class sports complexes and diverse museums such as the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest children’s museum. Here are the most exciting Indianapolis neighborhoods where you can find your new home away from home, offering scenic parks, entertainment, and a vibrant city culture.

1. Wholesale District

At the heart of downtown Indianapolis, this cultural district wows visitors with its high-rise skyscrapers, trendy apartments, and chic lofts within easy walking distance of world-class entertainment. Enjoy some shopping at Circle Center Mall, or catch an Indiana Pacers game at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. You can also walk from your rental to explore breweries and grills along the bustling streets before gazing at the stunning cathedral architecture of St. John the Evangelist.

2. Fountain Square

Named for its European-esque town square with a fountain at its center, this lively neighborhood is a place to enjoy multicultural restaurants, art galleries, and antique shops between busy days visiting top Indianapolis attractions. An urban rental home or classy apartment here puts you just east of the bustling streets and entertainment of downtown.

3. Speedway

If you’re traveling to catch a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, what better neighborhood to find a rental than the one next door? Speedway boasts a laid-back residential atmosphere along with basic amenities at Speedway Shopping Center, and Brickyard Crossing offers an invigorating game of golf for some afternoon fun.

4. Meridian-Kessler

This residential area north of downtown Indianapolis presents vintage homes with expansive yards where you can enjoy a barbecue beneath the shade of mature trees. This walkable neighborhood is also next door to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, home to one of the state’s biggest annual events as well as concerts throughout the year.

5. Lockerbie Square

The first national historic district in downtown Indianapolis rests in the northeast corner of the downtown area. Lockerbie Square carries an old-fashioned charm with historic mansions, townhomes, and renovated cottages along cobblestone streets. Despite its small-town feel, this neighborhood puts attractions such as the Old National Center and the Indianapolis City Market at your fingertips.

6. Bates-Hendricks

Just south of the downtown area is the quiet community of Bates-Hendricks, a neighborhood where turn-of-the-century homes line the streets. When you’re not enjoying the shopping and big-venue events in downtown Indianapolis, take a stroll through Send Triangle Greenspace or Hendricks Park before enjoying live music at a laid-back lounge on Prospect Street.

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7. 16 Tech

Making up the more modern side of Indianapolis that houses the booming tech sector, this upbeat neighborhood rests in the upper northwest corner of the city with easy access to downtown. Places to stay here range from upscale apartments to trendy lofts housed in a re-purposed baseball stadium, and views of Fall Creek and White River create a tranquil atmosphere.

8. Mass Ave

This vibrant cultural district is known as Indianapolis’ Arts and Theater District for a reason. Theaters and art galleries await alongside coffee bistros and trendy restaurants in this urban neighborhood. Looking for more entertainment beyond the Murat Theatre in the Old National Centre? Catch a classic play at cabaret-style Theatre on the Square, or take the kids to a magic show at IndyFringe.

9. The Upper Canal

Green spaces and urban convenience combine in this modern neighborhood on the north side of downtown Indianapolis. Enjoy a jog or bike ride along the canal, test your swing at one of the golf courses along the White River, or browse the Indianapolis Museum of Art before kicking back at your canal-view apartment, vacation home, or hotel room.

10. Garfield Park

A few miles south of downtown, this family-friendly neighborhood offers up plenty of opportunities to relax at its namesake park, which is also the oldest in the city. Take the kids to the playgrounds, stroll through the sunken gardens, or catch a performance at the MacAllister Amphitheater.

11. Herron-Morton Place

Head just north of downtown to find this residential gem where upscale modern homes and historical multi-story houses mingle. Herron-Morton Park is the perfect place for an afternoon walk, but the neighborhood is also home to exciting annual events such as Oktoberfest, the Talbot Street Art Fair, and Rock ‘N Romp. Find a home away from home along the quiet streets, and enjoy easy access to the downtown area thanks to bus routes along the main avenues.

12. Holy Cross

Just east of Lockerbie Square is Holy Cross, a neighborhood that straddles the border of downtown and the suburbs with residential streets and a beautiful view of the Indianapolis skyline. Take a stroll through old Highland Park, and check out the Victorian homes and historic cottages that surround it. When you’re ready for a little more adventure, the entertainment of the downtown districts is just a short bike or bus ride away from your cozy Holy Cross rental.

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