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Welcome to Indianapolis!

Tips for Visitors
Indiana Sales Tax is 7%
Ticket Scalping is Legal
Alcohol Laws
You must be 21 to buy alcohol.
The legal BAC limit for driving is .08%
Bars can serve alcohol until 3 a.m. if they wish.
We have liquor stores everywhere and good prices.
Only liquor stores sell cold beer
State Lottery
Off Track Betting downtown at Winner's Circle Pub
The nearby towns of Anderson and Shelbyville have horse tracks and casinos.
There is riverboat gambling on the rivers surrounding the State.
Try down at Evansville or Lawrencburg or up north by Gary and Chicago.
Links to Indiana Gambling
Roads & Parking
Indianapolis has been referred to as the Crossroads of America.
Indy is intersected by more segments of interstate highway than any
other metropolitan area.  More than half of the nation's population
lives within a day's drive of Indianapolis.
The speed limit on the highways within Indianapolis is 55 MPH.
The speed limit on Interstates outside of the city is 65 or 70 MPH.
People usually drive 60-70 MPH on the 55 mph city highways.
Keep it under 70 mph and you shouldn't get ticketed.
Speeding tickets in Indy are $150.
You can turn right on a red light unless its posted that you can't
Beware, the police sometimes patrol in plain cars or SUV's.
Indianapolis Room tax is 18%  Restaurant tax is 9%, Car Rental tax is 17%
(Surrounding counties have lower taxes.)
Individuals can buy or sell  tickets to sporting events, concerts, etc.
You can smoke in casinos.
You cannot smoke in restaurants and bars.  Many bars have an outdoor area in
which you can smoke.  Currently you can smoke in bars in Fishers (NE side),
Beech Grove (SE side), Greenwood (South)
Indinanapolis and surrounding towns.
The gold lines are the major highways.  It takes about 1/2 hour to get from one side of the city to the other using 465
You may have someone tell you to meet them at The Circle - the center of the city.
There is a tall monument there, called The Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  Rising 284 feet from
street level, it is just 17 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty.
Market Street and Meridian street intersect at the circle.
City Size & Demographics
361 Square Miles, making Indy the 12th largest city in the U.S.
Single family average home price is $120,600
There is a skywalk and tunnel system downtown
Convenient walkable access from hotels to the city's best restaurants, performing arts,
entertainment, sports, museums and parks. Using the skywalks to get around is a great way to
navigate the city while staying indoors.
Indianapolis is a clean and relatively uncongested city.  
Compared to a big city like Chicago, Indy is a small town.  
However, our murder rate per 100,000 people exceeds Chicago's which is 15.1 homicides per capita.
In 2013, Indianapolis saw 140 homicides to its 822,000 citizens for a homicide rate of 17 per 100,000 people.
In 2017, a record 155 murders were reported.  See my update on
2018 Indy Homicides.
The Circle
The brick road is circular around this monument and traffic flows one-way: counter-clockwise.
This area is why one of Indianapolis' nicknames is "The Circle City".
It is occasionally blocked to traffic for various festivals.
The Indiana Symphony's theater is on the circle.
You can go inside the monument when it is open.
Lights are hung up on the monument during Christmas.
2007-2011 the median income was $42,704.
61.8% White
27.5% Black  
9.4% Hispanic
2.1% Asian
57% own
(2010 Census)
Warm beer, wine, liquor may be found in groceries, drug stores, convenience stores.
List of Smoking Places Around Indy - Bars, Hotels, Cigar Bars, Hookah bars
Getting Around
You do not have to pay for street parking after 9pm.  Instead of putting coins
in a meter, you will see a sign in front of your parking spot with a number.
You must look for a nearby Parking Payment Box and pay there using this
number.  You can use cash or credit card.
Happy Hour is illegal.  However, bars are allowed to have an all-day drink specials.
Indiana State Flag
19 stars = Indiana was the 19th State in the union.
Torch represents liberty and enlightenment
Indiana prohibits all forms of marijuana use.  [Update - CBD oil has been legalized.]

Any amount can get a first time offender 6 month in jail and a $1000 fine.

A joint can get a person with a prior drug offense 1 year in jail and a fine of $5,000.
If they have more than an ounce, or sell to a minor, it is a felony punishable by 1-6 years
imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
City Guide Home
Indiana Bands
Bars & Taverns
--Craft Breweries
Coffee Shops
--Music Venues
--Play Venues
--Comic Stores
--Beer Fests
Laws, Tips & Maps
Things to See
Indy Speedway
Shopping Malls
--Art Galleries
--Unique Shops
--Antique Stores
Smoking Allowed
Note: as of 2018, you can now buy carry-out alcohol on Sundays in Indiana.