Romantic Stops in the Crossroads of America

by Christopher J.

July 14, 2023


There are many romantics in the know who know that Indianapolis is a well-kept secret destination for romance in the Midwest. You want the full range of things to do together with your partner? Consider this expansive collection of fun, delightful, exciting experiences to share. You can even go from the world’s biggest one-day sporting event – the Indianapolis 500 – to the mind-blowing smallness of the Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections.

With a bustling big city scene surrounded by expansive areas of rural charm right in the heart of the Midwest, Indianapolis truly has it all…if you know where to look. Even lifelong Indy natives might not have any idea that are within driving distance of the following quirky but romantic spots:

  • Veal’s Ice Tree – As if borrowed from the Disney film Frozen, be chillingly amazed by this feature in the thick of winter.
  • The architectural ruins and stunning wonders of Holliday Park in the heart of summer.
  • The freakish novelties, eccentric pieces and distinctively odd works of art by local artists with Sideshow Art & Odditorium, popping up around Indy year-round.
  • The option to take a private tour and maybe even buy a star to commemorate your love at the Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium at Butler University.

Any time you pass through the “Crossroads of America”, you’ll be surrounded by tons of choices of what to explore. History…sporting events…a great art scene distinguished by the Indy Cultural Trail, where you and your partner can spend the day or the weekend enjoying a self-guided tour that leads you through 8 miles of trail that connect all the attractions of the 6 cultural districts in downtown Indianapolis…it’s all there! The trail includes engaging series of outdoor sculptures and contemporary art perfect to enjoy together on a lovely day. You can rent and ride bikes together along the trail, too.

If Indy offers one thing it’s a cornucopia of fantastic and fascinating options of romantic things to do and cultured places to explore.

But enough foreplay. We’ve been teasing you too long. Time to get to the ultimate in seductive experiences for couples visiting Indy. The easiest and most logical place to start is the Sybaris Pool Suites. Heck, the International Hospitality Rating Bureau voted it “The Most Romantic Getaway” in the United States. You have a nice selection of poolside suites that range from Chalet or Majestic to Paradise or Deluxe. You can check out all of them in advance on the Sybaris website.

The hotel achieved its decades-long reputation for romance by heightening the sensual experience for lovers. Rooms sport an enhanced ambiance with features such as private swimming pools – heated and with a steam jet – and whirlpool tubs in the bedroom area. Many suites are romantically amplified by massage chairs, a misting steamroom, a light rain waterfall, and even some with a bedroom loft with 10-foot water slide.

Now we’re going to ramp that up even further for you with a world-class lovers suggestion: Sybaris Pool Suites are located just a few miles from the Castleton-Indianapolis Lover’s Lane store location. On your way to spending a luxuriously naughty night at Sybaris, pop into Lover’s Lane before you check-in so you can stock up on all your sensual needs to create and treasure the perfect romantic evening! Because we all know that – say it with us – Couples that play together stay together!

Then in the morning – or whenever – you wake up refreshed and raring to go, there are a number of fun and interesting things to do before you’re ready for another lover’s romp at Sybaris the next evening.

Step back in time and enjoy an intimate tour via a private, horse-drawn carriage from Blue Ribbon Carriages. You have your choice of cozy and comfortable conveyance, either a classic clip-clop or a Cinderella carriage. 

Set in the tree-lined Old Town section of Indy, the Carmel Arts & Design District serves as a hub for all things creative, including an array of showrooms, galleries, and premier interior designers. That’s where you will find the aforementioned and most-eclectic Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections. You’ll also have a pleasant time perusing antique stores and specialty shops. Laid-back cafes and restaurants offer sidewalk dining along the way. There’s even a fishing pier and a trail that are highlights of Meadowlark Park.

If you haven’t yet appeased your art jones, you’re also relatively close to the Indiana Museum of Art at Newfields. You can visit regularly changing art exhibits. You can saunter through the beautifully landscaped gardens. You can shop. You can dine. In the summer, you can also settle in under the stars and be entranced by the Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series.

If you’re more a fan of football than Formula 1 race cars, you’re always a welcome guest in the kingdom of Lucas Oil Stadium, Home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. There, you can also enjoy a variety of live music concerts, from rock and roll superstars such as Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts to the Drum Corps International Championships.

Seeking something more daring, a little racy? You have your choice of gambling and horse racing activities at Horseshoe Indianapolis or Harrah’s Hoosier Park. You’re guaranteed a fabulous and lively evening of premiere gaming and entertainment among a vibrant crowd that will never disappoint if you’re into people-watching. Savor the cuisine at Harrah’s collection of dining options, including an All-American steakhouse. Or get energized by cheering on the harness racers. Or take your chances in the 54,000-square foot casino. Even if you don’t win big, you know you’ll still be lucky in love!

If you’re looking for something a little calmer on the arts and cultural side of activities before heading back to your lavish suite at Sybaris, tuck into a delicious buffet dinner while you check out a great performing arts show. Located in College Park on the northwest side of the city, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre stands as one of only a handful of full-time Equity dinner theaters in the U.S. The theater is open year-round and offers musicals, plays, and even a live theatre show especially for kids.

Okay, all you romantics, time to visit Indianapolis for an intimate, picturesque and passionate getaway! Whether you want to be exhilarated by the fastest Formula 1 cars in the world, a great NFL football team, and a fabulous horseracing and casino extravaganza, or to be completely enchanted by beautiful art, unique architectural ruins, or dazzled by the stars. Whatever path you choose, you’ll also be boasting about the delicious meals and fine dining you’ve tasted, all before retiring to a cool poolside suite to treasure amorous adventures to your heart’s content. 

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