Top 5 Hidden Gems in Indy

We all have our favorite standbys for a good time. But when our adventurous streak strikes, some of the best fun can be found in new adventures.

Here are five of our not-so-secret hidden gems for excitement.


1. Mr. Muffins Trains

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Mr. Muffins Trains is open Tuesdays-Saturdays for all the train lovers in your life. Between the large-scale trains and the oodles of cityscapes, there’s plenty for kids of all ages to enjoy. Best part? The pricetag = FREE. More info here or call {317} 569-1999.

Address: 177 W. Main Street, Atlanta, Indiana 46031


 2. Downtown Hospital Monorail

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Speaking of trains, the elevated monorail {proper name: Indiana University Health People Mover} in downtown Indianapolis is one of those hidden gems you hardly hear about. Well listen up: It’s free, runs between Methodist and Riley Hospitals and is rarely crowded aside from doctors and staff. Park in the Methodist Hospital parking garage and catch the shuttle from there.

Address: 1701 N. Senate Avenue, downtown Indianapolis


3. The Public Collection

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Hidden gem? More like hidden in plain sight. The Public Collection – in partnership with Indianapolis Public Library – has nine mini libraries stationed around the city. They’re creative, artistic and unique-looking thanks to the artists who designed them. And they’re packed full of books passersby can take home. More info here.

Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, City Market, Monument Circle and more

4. Kids Ink Bookstore

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Sure, they’re next door to a cupcake shop but Kids Ink holds their own with plenty of kid-centric reads and knowledgeable staff. Seasonal storytime activities dot their calendar but what will really thrill is the autographed bathroom wall in the back. Search for your favorite youth writer’s signature. More info here.

Location: 5619 N. Illinois Street, Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, Indianapolis

5. Garfield Conservatory and Sunken Gardens

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What a little slice of heaven in Indianapolis – this beautifully lush setting is worth the mini $2 admission fee. Peruse the conservatory, watch the fish and head outside for a unique view of the gardens. More info here or call {317} 327-7183.

Location: 2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis

There’s no shortage of fun in Indianapolis. Keep this list handy for the next time your family is on a quest for something new to do!

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