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May 7, 2021

What I Wore Walking in Indianapolis and Some Pictures

Happy Friday! I'm not sure that this post qualifies as an "outfit post" as we haven't really taken blog pictures while in Indianapolis, but I did find a few of photos to share so I decided to do the post anyway.

We can't take many weekend overnight trips during Spring (and Fall) as my daughter has several hours of dance lessons on most Saturdays leading up to their performances, but this past weekend the studio was closed and the forecast called for nice weather so I decided to plan a weekend trip to Indianapolis, which is just a few hours drive away from us. 

While we've driven through Indianapolis on several occasions, we never actually visited the city (besides taking a few pictures at the Indy500 race track many years ago) so I looked up what there is to do and see and thought it was perfect for a quick weekend getaway. White River State Park is right there in downtown Indianapolis, so we walked along the Canal, visited the Zoo and Botanical Garden as well as walked to see the state capitol building. Yes, lots of walking!! There are also several Museums located in the area but we didn't visit any as the weather was beautiful and I wanted to enjoy the sunshine outside. 

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I had planned to visit the zoo first thing in the morning the next day, so I made sure to book a hotel room very close by, and we were within walking distance of White River State Park and the zoo. We didn't stay at the Marriot, but the Fairfield Inn which you can see next to the Marriot. We had a top floor room and had a nice view of the Museums and Museum grounds across the street. 

It was a  warm (but windy) day so I decided to wear a navy blue tank top and a thin button down shirt over it. Everything I'm wearing has been in my closet for some time, the only thing new-ish are my AG Prima jeans. 

Shirt Jackets have been a big trend here in the States this spring, while I'm personally not a huge fan of those because they all seem oversized and a bit more masculine than I like them, I do like this button down as it's cut more feminine and is not actually a jacket but just a thin shirt. There are snaps on the sleeves so you can fold them up a bit and snap into place and that's the way I like to wear it. This button down was a  hand-me-down from my dear sister from Germany. 

The tank top was picked up at Marshall's a couple of years ago, and one of my favorites. It's by Rachel Zoe. It's the same one I've worn hiking on this occasion

My crossbody bag is by Baggialini, this bag is so perfect for travel with plenty of zippers and there was even room for my knit cardigan in it which I threw on the next morning when we went to the zoo (it was chilly in the morning.) 

My slip-on sneakers are the Taos Rubber Soul in Charcoal Wash and I've worn these on both days. Thought I might develop a blister but did not even after all these hours of walking. That said, I kind of wished I had brought my Taos Star lace up sneakers, as I have those in the wide width and they may have been a smarter choice. I could have definitely just thrown them into the duffle bag "just in case" but ended up not bringing them along. 

Above is what I had worn to the zoo the next day, same jeans, sneakers and bag, I just switched out the shirt with a linen top I had purchased from LOFT last year and (not shown) a knit cardigan which I had stuffed into the bag. 

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And here are a few more snapshots:

White River. A great place to enjoy the sunshine! This is a pedestrian/bicycle only bridge and the zoo is at the other end of it. 

Lots of turtles on the river. 

We did not walk down this beautiful alley, as it was in the opposite direction of the Canal Walk, and I wanted to walk along the Canal then towards to State Capitol. The building on the left side is part of the Indianapolis Zoo and on the right side is the river down below. 

The beginning parts of the Canal. On the left side you can rent canoes or paddle boats and the right side houses one of the museums. 

We love touring State Capitol buildings but didn't go inside this one. It was probably closed at this time on a Saturday.  

I would have loved to take a closer look at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument but too much was going on with some sort of gatherings so I didn't get a chance to. Maybe that's something to visit on a weekday instead of a Saturday evening. 

A pretty area in the botanical garden.

I always love visiting butterfly gardens, this one is called Butterfly Kaleidoscope. Both the botanical garden and butterfly garden are included in the price of the Zoo admission. 

Note: As with most places at the moment, advance tickets are required when visiting the zoo/gardens.

Another beautiful butterfly on an equally beautiful flower.

And then a few animal photos from the zoo.

We did also see their Dolphin Show but in my opinion it wasn't comparable to the one at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago or the Chicago Brookfield Zoo. If you do plan on viewing the Dolphin show, make sure to arrive early as these tickets are gone quickly (due to a restricted amount of people allowed to be inside the building at a time). You don't have to pay extra to see the dolphins, but you do need the tickets you pick up at the desk, and those can't be purchased online.

My thoughts about the city:

We enjoyed the walk along the canal. I wasn't a fan of all the scooters driving around everywhere downtown as I almost was run over twice during the short time we were there. Sometimes it really felt like they came out of nowhere! 

The zoo and botanical garden (which was the actual purpose of the visit) unfortunately left me a bit underwhelmed. They were ok, but I've visited some pretty amazing zoos and gardens in my life and these were just ok. Maybe because some parts were under some sort of construction/repair. Surely worth a visit when you are in town, but maybe not worth it for the main reason of a visit if you live 4 hours away. 

Thanks so much for visiting!

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the 4 M's said...

Great outfits for walking. I love my Baggialini bag when we are traveling. Indianapolis looks like a cool city to visit but the scooters would probably annoy me too. I am the same way with zoos. Some are much better than others. I think my favorite one in the US so far has been the Saint Louis zoo and it is free!

R's Rue said...

Great look and beautiful photos.

Joanne said...

Looks like you had perfect weather! What a fun little mini getaway.

Claire said...

love your outfit! it's great for walking. here in Canada it's not warm yet! Can't wait for summer!

Ellibelle said...

Yes, that's a beautiful zoo! We've visited that one years ago, it would have been another option but thought it would be fun to see another city :-) I love that it's still free!!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much!

Ellibelle said...

We really couldn't have asked for better weather!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much. It's gotten cold again here too. Our weather is so unpredictable at times!

Amy Johnson said...

My kids live in a suburb of Indianapolis and they have been to the zoo twice now, but I haven't. My granddaughter loved the butterfly exhibit and keeps talking about when a butterfly landed on her finger. That downtown looks so pretty. I've been avoiding going to any downtowns of any cities because of all the protests/riots, but I sure would love to see Indianapolis' downtown eventually. We thought of going to the zoo when we visited the kids, but the Colombus zoo isn't that much farther and seems like it would be nicer.

Ellibelle said...

It really is a pretty downtown area, especially along the canal and worth visiting when in town.
My husband grew up in Columbus, OH, and we visited that zoo before as well (many years ago). It's another beautiful one but too far for us for just a weekend trip.

Lovely said...

This sounds like a wonderful getaway! Great outfits and beautiful pictures!

Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

I've only been to Indy once but remember it being a fun city! Your photos of the butterflies are beautiful!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Shelbee on the Edge said...

Ellie, this looks like an amazing place to visit! I have never been to this part of the U.S. before but your photos are certainly compelling me to not count it out as a vacation destination! Your outfits are perfect for this kind of city exploration! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.


Ellibelle said...

Thank you, it was a fun weekend trip!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Jill!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Shelbee!

mummabstylish said...

Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing them. Your outfit is perfect too. Jacqui x

Mica said...

It's a shame you didn't love the zoo but good you still had a nice trip! I like your first outfit with all the blue, that shirt is a great layering piece! :)

Hope you are having a good weekend :) Thank you for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkUp!

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csuhpat1 said...

Nice pics of a city that I have always wanted to visit.