At first we thought a day would be enough for a Indianapolis romantic getaway. Little did we know but this town in Indiana offers a whole spectrum of romantic things to do for couples.
Have a romantic Italian themed day with gondola rides, enjoy desert in a revolving restaurant at the highest dining room in the city, watch the night sky at the one of the largest public observatories in the world, drink hot chocolate and gaze at the Christmas lights on the Circle. Complete your Indianapolis romantic getaway with a cabaret dinner or go to a live jazz venue.
Read on to find out about those and other romantic things for a Christmas, winter and Summer Indianapolis romantic getaway.
Book your room at a romantic hotel or one of the bed and breakfasts in downtown Indianapolis. Romantic Indianapolis b&b include the Looking Glass Inn, Stone Soup Inn and the Inn at the Villa.
A Romantic Indiana Hotel: The best luxury hotel for a Indianapolis romantic getaway is at the Conrad Indianapolis, Indianapolis,IN.
Indianapolis has a typical mid-western winter. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 34 degrees.
Enjoy the best hot chocolate in town at South Bend Chocolate Company's chocolate shop on the Circle. Coupes can cozy up on their romantic getaway in Indianapolis with a hot cup of cocoa. Perfect during the Holidays, so you can see the dazzling Christmas lights on the Circle.
Visit the Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium 4600 Sunset Ave. The observatory and planetarium are open to the public on a regular basis from late January through late July, and mid September through early December.
The current planetarium program focuses on the planet Saturn, its weather, its many moons, and its ring system. At the end of the Saturn portion of the program the dome of the planetarium comes alight with a tour of the night time sky pointing out stars, constellations, and planets currently visible in Hoosier skies. Saturn is uniquely align with Earth right now with its rings appearing nearly edge-on. This alignment only occurs every 14 years.
Indianapolis romantic getaway in Summer
The city is warm in the summer, with average highs in the mid-80s in June, July, and August.
Make your Indianapolis romantic getaway complete with a visit to Conner Prairie, where the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs outdoors all summer long, accompanied by the flickering lights of candle-lit wine-and-cheese picnics.
On Friday nights, the Indianapolis Museum of Art has outdoor movies on its terrace – the perfect place for a romantic candle-lit picnic in the evening.
On First Fridays Various galleries in downtown Indianapolis open their doors to art lovers . Explore the art galleries, theaters, restaurants and bars on Mass Ave, in Fletcher Place, Fountain Square and the Stutz Building. During the warm months outdoor musicians and performers take to the streets, adding to the atmosphere.
Stroll through the lovely Holcomb Gardens and Butler Woods, on the campus of Butler University, and enjoy the fountains, formal gardens and woodland scenery.
Summer Events to Enjoy on your Indianapolis romantic getaway
Early June Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Fest
Mid-June Indy Jazz Fest
Late August-Early September Indy Fringe Festival -- A 10-festival of local, national and international theater groups, performance art, visual artists and dance groups - uncensored and unique. Fun, entertaining, and unlike anything else.
Have a romantic Italian themed day without going to Europe.
For a Venice like experience in the heart of downtown Indianapolis to the White River State Park. There you can stroll over 3 acres of gardens and pathways along the White River, visit some of the museums, a zoo and the Hilbert Conservatory, which is the showplace for different flowers, plants, and special attractions throughout the year. There is also an outdoor concert venue so check for performances.
after a romantic picnic you can enjoy a gondola ride at the on Ohio Street Basin at White River Canal. Yes -- there will be italian singing, striped shirts, hats and red sashes.
There are several great choices for a romantic restaurant on your Italian themed day.
Ambrosia 915 E. Westfield Blvd. (Broad Ripple) For a romantic Indianapolis night out enjoy a nice, relaxing, homemade Italian meal with elegant and light decor.
Capri on 2602 Ruth Dr is a Locally owned Italian restaurant with a dark wooden collection of comfy couches and a few televisions. Live music all week and a good selection of wines
Amalfi's is on 1351 W. 86th St. on the southeast corner of the intersection of 86th Street and Ditch Road on the north side of Indianapolis is the place to go for authentic Italian in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Amalfi Ristorante Italiano became an instant hit in 1991 and has continued to hold a special place in the hearts of food aficionados ever since. Today, Mario DiRosa and his mother, Pina, continue to rule the kitchen and roll the gnocchi, while Mario’s wife Joni runs the operations and warmly greets all who come in search of the best Italian cuisine.
Italian music provides a relaxing atmosphere in which meals could be truly enjoyed and the conversation could flow for hours. The wine cellar is stocked with exquisite selections sure to enhance any meal.
Top Romantic things to do for couples on an Indianapolis romantic getaway
Visit Zionsville with its brick streets and charming, historic shops.
Make reservations at the Eagle's Nest to see the sunset and have dessert at the highest dining room in the city, sitting atop the Hyatt downtown. You'll love The Eagle's Nest's revolving 360-degree view of Indianapolis.
The Garfield Park Conservatory houses 10,000 square feet of plants from all over the world. The Sunken Gardens, built in 1916, are three acres of European classical formal gardens. Gardens change based on the season.
Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens 4000 Michigan Ave is a beautiful 22-room mansion located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Visit the 26-acre gardens which feature many pathways and fountains and a museum.
Walk the streets of Lockerbie Indianapolis' oldest surviving neighborhood. With amazing array of Victorian, fine examples of vernacular cottages and high-style brick residents from the mid to late 19th century the architectural styles abound in this historic, completely restored neighborhood.
Head to the flea market at the Fairgrounds 1202 E. 38th St. Is Indianapolis' best monthly flea market, since 1976. Held once a month at the State Fair Grounds, where hundreds of vendors sell antiques and vintage goods.
Top Romantic things to do for couples on a Indianapolis romantic getaway in the evening
American Cabaret Theatre 401 E. Michigan St. ACT is a cabaret-style theater that serves food and cocktails during the performances. Many of the shows feature song/dance/acting routines with upbeat and fun-filled performances, featuring classics and new works..
The Jazz Kitchen 5377 N. College Ave. Voted one of the top 100 jazz bars in the world by DownBeat magazine, serving up jazz, salsa and American fusion food. Music six days a week. Wednesday features live jazz and soul/neo-soul/neo-jazz DJs, Thursday is Indy's biggest salsa night.Best Romantic Indiana Weekend Getaways for Couples
At Cabins & Candlelight, you'll find a romantic log cabin getaway unlike any other in central and west-central Indiana. Pamper yourself in a luxurious cabin complete with a 15-foot stone fireplace with gas-burning logs, an oversized whirlpool bathtub, screened back porch, a queen-size bed, gas grill and a full kitchen stocked with breakfast food.
A romantic Indiana Getaway just 45 minutes northwest of Indianapolis perfect to enjoy honeymoons, luxury, nature a peaceful getaway and a Romantic escape.
Located in the heart of Bristol,Indiana, The 1875 Murphy Guest House Bed and Breakfast reflects the romantic charm and character of the Victorian Era. 3 beautifully appointed rooms all with luxurious beds and linens, a private bath, and a sitting area, overlook our ever changing gardens. Each morning awaken to the aroma of a candlelight gourmet breakfast, with lavender bread and lemon curd a signature treat.