2012 Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana is hosting the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI for the 2011 football season. Lucas Oil Stadium is hosting the Super Bowl on February 5, 2012. Many roads have been under construction lately with repaving or sidewalk repair to beautify Indianapolis along with flowers and trees planted. Visitors can explore Georgia Street Super Bowl Village, find an array of restaurants to sample, and tour many local attractions.

One of the big events to see is the Georgia Street Super Bowl Village. Three blocks on Georgia Street were reconstructed from Pennsylvania to Capital Avenue. It will open for 10 days starting on January 27 through February 5. It provides a way for fans or nonfans not attending the game but can still be a part of the Super Bowl atmosphere. Capital Avenue will host a four-line Zip Line for $10 a ride. Two stages will be erected to feature more than 80 bands. Tailgate Town provides interactive game playing and tailgate competitions for football fans. People will be able to get drinks and mingle, enjoy concerts while huddling in warm zones with heaters.

Some local places to eat are Claddagh Irish Pub, Ike & Jonesy’s, and Slippery Noodle Inn. I would recommend the chicken spinach melt at Claddagh and Slippery Noodle plays great music. Some pricier places to eat are St. Elmo Steak House, McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant and Eagle’s Nest. Eagle’s Nest is in Hyatt Regency Hotel where diners can enjoy dinner with a view of Indianapolis as the room slowly spins. Mass Ave hosts several delicious eateries. Scottish foods are served at MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar, but if you order the burger then fold it up. The Rathskeller serves pricey German food and beer. Remember to check out the fireplace before you leave. The children will enjoy Bazbeaux Pizza. Other notables to eat at are Yat’s and Aesop’s Tables then listen to music at the Chatterbox Jazz Club.

Some local downtown attractions are at the White River State Park and in the Historic District. The White River State Park includes the Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater. Next door is the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. NCAA Hall of Champions sits along the canal near the State Museum. Across the bridge is the Indianapolis Zoo. The Historic District has several free museums to tour. Tour the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Circle that houses the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum. Also, tour the Indiana War Memorial Museum and Veterans Memorial Plaza. The Rhythm Discovery Center located under Weber Grill near the Art’s Garden has exhibits on drums. Take carriage rides around downtown Indianapolis starting from the Circle.

The weather may be cold in February but there are many activities to enjoy inside and outside while visiting Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.

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