Downtown Indianapolis

Downtown Indianapolis, also known as Mile Square, dates back to the city’s founding in 1820.

Welcome to Indianapolis

Downtown Indianapolis, also known as Mile Square, dates back to the city’s founding in 1820. Meatpacking and metalworking quickly emerged as the major industries, with the development of automobile manufacturing following quickly behind. The population of Indianapolis surpassed 100,000 in 1890, and the city continued to grow in the 20th century. Today, the city boasts a population of 887,000 people and has become a bustling urban city to call home. 
Since the city’s early days, the downtown district has grown to encompass six-and-a-half square miles in total and now includes nine neighborhoods. It’s home to everything from condos to single-family homes, so you can be sure to find something that best suits you. Mile Square is jam-packed with cultural and social activities, offering locals and visitors alike plenty to do.

What to Love

  • An abundance of cultural and social activities 
  • The vibrant, thriving downtown district 
  • Learning about history at the Indiana Historical Society

Local Lifestyle

With a lively and vibrant ambiance, downtown Indianapolis appeals to residents from a diverse array of backgrounds and ages. It is home to everyone from families with young children, city-commuting professionals, college students, or anyone who wants to be close to the action. 
Residents can look forward to plenty of perks living in downtown Indianapolis, and the downtown’s pedestrian-friendly layout is at the top of the list. In fact, Downtown boasts a walk score of 81, which officially makes it the most walkable neighborhood in Indianapolis. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Get ready to shop until you drop at Circle Center Mall, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. A premier shopping destination, the mall consists of prime retail, dining, and entertainment choices. If you’re looking for a more local experience, check out Mass Avenue Arts District. This five-block area abounds with theaters, restaurants, and art galleries. Browse through Silver in the City to find a gift for your special someone.
From hole-in-the-wall restaurants to upscale eateries, Mile Square has it all – and plenty in between. Celebrate a special occasion at Harry & Izzy’s, an elegant steakhouse known for their inspired take on steak, seafood, and pizza. Complement your meal by ordering off of the notable wine list, which boasts reds and whites from across the globe. Those looking for a more laid-back restaurant can head over to Nada, a neighborhood joint known for its colorful interior and classic Mexican fare.

Things to Do

Regardless of your interests or activities, Downtown Indy has plenty to keep locals entertained. The city is home to the world’s largest children’s museum, professional and college sports teams, and miles of recreational trails. Watch the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts play live at Lucas Oil Stadium. This multi-purpose stadium also hosts a diverse array of national and international events throughout the year. 
Learn more about the early days of Indianapolis by visiting the Indiana Historical Society, an interactive museum, library, and theater. The history center offers guests the chance to explore the Hoosier state’s rich and varied history through exhibitions, lectures, and community events. 
To get outside, soak up the sunshine by taking a stroll on the Canal Walk, which cuts through the heart of downtown. With a designated path, this 1.5 mile stretch of the Central Canal provides visitors with stunning views of downtown.


Downtown Indianapolis is served by the Indianapolis Public Schools district and offers students with close access to a number of top-notch schools, including:
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School, 1-5
  • South Creek Elementary, PK-5
  • Paramount Brookside, K-8
  • Perry Meridian Middle School, 7-8
  • Herron High School, 9-12, earned gold in College Success Award for 2019, 2020, and 2021

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