Editor's Itinerary: What to Do Inside When It's Freezing in Indianapolis

Spring may arrive one day...but for now it's cold! We have indoor fun for the ultimate Indy "insider"

Visiting Indianapolis and wanting to avoid the cold? Try out these indoor—and warm—activities.


Cast your eyes on some breathtaking and inspiring interiors in houses of worship around town, including: Christ Church Cathedral, just off Monument Circle, which offers frequent organ and choral concerts in its striking Gothic Revival sanctuary. Pick up self-guided tour brochure. The largest building in the world devoted to Freemasonry, Indy's Scottish Rite Cathedral, features neo-Gothic architecture and a 54-bell carillon; free tours are offered between 10 am and 2 pm M-F, and the third Sa of each month.


Housed in a can’t-miss, neoclassical limestone building soaring above the memorial plaza below, the Indiana War Memorial Museum chronicles the history of Indiana’s veterans from the Battle of Tippecanoe to the present day. The hushed, inspiring Shrine Room is a must-visit. Downtown's Indiana State House is the seat of state government, home of the Governor's office, the General Assembly, the Supreme Court, and other state officials. The beautiful stained-glass rotunda is a must-see.


Indy is a sporty town, so don’t think us flip for putting athletics third in our lineup! Near-sacred ground for some? Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, where the 1954 state basketball title game, won by the underdog Milan High School team, inspired the movie “Hoosiers.” If you feel like having a few "swish" moments of your own, hit the glossy wood floors of the 1930s-era replica gym at the NCAA Hall of Champions.