Say hello to summer, Indy!

It’s summer in Indianapolis! Huzzah! The weather is warming up and there is so much to do around the city. We kicked off summer with 2 of our favorite activities mini-golf at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Italian Street Festival.

Mini-Golf at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Let’s start with mini-golf. It’s back for the second year and it’s even better than last year. Nestled in the sculpture terrace, the mini-golf course consists of 18 holes created by local and regional artists. This year’s theme is “Natural World” featuring animals, landscapes, and waterways of Indiana and the Midwest.

There’s a snack shack with food and colds drinks for all ages. Old-fashioned picnic tables offer a nice place to kick back and relax.

Something new this year is the addition of umbrellas and water bottle stands throughout the course – a huge plus during the hot and sometimes sweltering Midwest summer months! THANK YOU!

Admission is free for museum members or $8 (6 years and older). Play is first come, first serve.

When you’re finished, walk to the back of the terrace and check out Numbers 0-9 by Robert Indiana.

Italian Street Festival

Early June is also host to a long-time Indy tradition – the Italian Street Festival. This 2-day event is a fundraiser for Holy Rosary Catholic church and is set across the historic neighborhood of Fletcher Place.

Get ready to get your Italian on! The parishioners roll up their sleeves and prepare homemade meatballs, ravioli, pizza, antipasto salad, tiramisu, and cannoli for the masses – literally.

And if that’s not enough, you can sit back and listen to the live music in the park, join a game of Bocce ball, or take a spin on a carnival ride or two. For a touch of the Old World, don’t miss the parade in honor of the Virgin Mary that makes it way down Stevens Street prior to Saturday mass.

Looking for other things to do this summer around town? Check out this fab 36 Hour profile of Indianapolis recently published in the New York Times.

Dorothy Hoffman is the creator of the travel blog, Squirts and Seniors. Dorothy is a Gen X-er who writes about traveling with her young son and aging parents.