Indianapolis, Indiana – This time I’m heading out to the Midwest of the United States. I was able to visit 3 states on this one trip but I’ll be covering each location in a different article to make it easy to navigate. After this trip, this would make 15 states so far since I started my journey last year in 2016! Still got a lot to go though.
- IND is a small airport that is easy to navigate. At my time of travel, there was a lot of construction so a few things were moved temporarily. Be sure to check maps for your terminal.
- To take an Uber/Lyft from the airport, head to the ground transportation level and there is a designated rideshare pickup area outside.
- Weather in Indianapolis (Indy) can be unpredictable. The day I was there was warm and sunny but the locals were telling me they had plenty of rain just the day before.
- Indianapolis is somewhat a walk-able city when you’re in the downtown area but if you plan on venturing to the outskirts, I would recommend a car or some sort of rideshare app.
- There are self-service electric cars you can rent downtown known as Blue Indy but you’ll need to setup a membership before time.
- When you’re in the downtown area, be wary of the homeless. I was surprised to see that there was a good amount of homeless people in the area. Some will approach you and tell you some sort of story about needing money to catch a bus to the next state. It’s hard to tell if it’s the truth but don’t be surprised if you are approached.
- Not a lot of places open early. I arrived at 6am and was looking for a good breakfast spot but was surprised not much was available downtown.
Places to Visit as a Tourist
Unlike the past few states I’ve been to, there aren’t as many “tourist” spots to go to but there are a few that you should consider checking out while you’re in the area:
- Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument
- Indiana State Museum
- Broad Ripple
- Indiana World War Memorial Plaza
- White River State Park
- Lucas Oil Stadium
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Indianapolis Zoo
I wasn’t able to try many places during this short trip but the few I did try were really good!
- Milktooth – Famous breakfast/brunch restaurant that has unique dishes and flavors. All dishes are served as is by the chef and they will not take any requests to modify their recipe. The menu rotates based on ingredients they have. Breakfast isn’t served until 9am but you can come by earlier to get pastries and coffee. Get their Dutch Pancake.
- Yolk – Another breakfast spot that is quite popular since it’s near The Alexander Hotel. It’s in a newer shopping plaza so has nice seating outside as well as traditional American breakfast dishes.
- City Market – A building filled with different food stalls. As mentioned earlier, not many of these are open early so you need to come later in the day to enjoy. There is a famous crepe stand in this market worth checking out if you enjoy sweets.
- The Tamale Place – Fresh handmade tamales, tortillas, etc. They have a few locations but also one inside City Market. Corn here is grind fresh into masa daily.
- Tip for “Mat Surfing” is to always call or contact the school ahead of time to see if you are even allowed to take a drop-in class or come by for an open mat session.
For this trip, I visited Professor Alan Stockman who owns Carlson Gracie Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu (http://www.carlsongracieindy.com/)
Professor Stockman and his wife run the academy located a little south of Indianapolis in Greenwood, IN. Upon arrival, you’ll notice that there are two entrances. The school recently expanded and now includes two training areas. The mats and setup there were really nice. Super comfortable to train on and totally clean.
I was there for their open mat session that had a good amount of people. There were about 15-20 students on the mat ranging from white belt to purple. I was able to get about six rounds in during the session and met some amazing people. The students here are high-level and technical! Both the guys and girls were great rolls. I even rolled with Professor Stockman, which was really cool. He showed me a new adjustment to the armbar that I’ve yet to try yet but will definitely try when the opportunity comes up.
After training, I was able to exchange contact information with some of the students and we talked about my BJJ journey so far across the US. Really good people and I really hope our paths cross again!
Overall, a really good school that I’d highly recommend for travelers or locals in the Indianapolis area. Thank you to Professor Stockman and your wife for having me and giving me a ride to the Greyhound station after class. Shoutout to Marshall for an amazing roll. If you get a chance, you gotta come roll with this guy. He’s super talented and technical. Brianne as well for pushing me to do one last roll before I left. That girl has a great guard game and is quick on her feet too so watch out!
Had a great time at Carlson Gracie Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu. If any of you guys are in Los Angeles let me know!
Indianapolis was a nice city to getaway to. I didn’t have too much time here so can’t say too much. The people I met were really nice at both the academy and locally at stores. Since it’s a smaller city I would definitely recommend combining this trip with another city or state. Chicago is nearby as well is Louisville and Cincinnati which were my next two stops…
Indianapolis, Indiana – July 2017
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