How to See Indianapolis on a Budget

Whether you’re here for business or for pleasure, Indianapolis is a wonderful city to visit and explore. And fortunately, it is also home to many affordable options for sightseeing, dining, attractions and accommodations.

So don’t break the bank – here are some great ways to save money when traveling in this capital city.

Sightseeing & Attractions

Walk Along the White River

A city built along the White River, a visit to Indianapolis just isn’t complete without taking a tour of the White River State Park. Covering over 250 acres, the Park is one of 6 designated cultural districts in Indianapolis. Stroll through the Park to enjoy green spaces, public art, segway tours, memorials, and much more.

Get on the Water at the Indiana Central Canal

If you’re interested in more outdoor activities, spend an afternoon at the Indiana Central Canal – a canal system dug in the early 1800s. Stretching north through White River State Park to 11th Street, the Canal provides an excellent environment for walking, running, biking and sightseeing. Rent a pedal boat or kayak and head out on the water!

Browse Eclectic Goodies at Broad Ripple

For a taste of local shops and culture, head over to the Broad Ripple Village, just 6 miles north of downtown Indianapolis. Here you’ll find all kinds of entertainment and shopping options, ranging from vinyl record shops, to vintage stores, to Big Hat Books, and many more.

Check out the Indiana State Museum

Though not free, the ticket prices for the Indiana State Museum are quite reasonable and certainly worth the cost. Spend a rainy afternoon touring the Museum, examining exhibits of art, science, and culture – specifically, the Age of Ice, Ancient Seas, Birth of the Earth, Enterprise Indiana, and the Crossroads of America.

Eating & Drinking

Staying at an extended stay property gives you the option of cooking your own meals – a nice alternative for the budget conscious traveler (especially on longer trips).

If you are interested in the culinary scene in Indianapolis, try some of these highly recommended budget eats:

  • Mann’s Grille – Fondly regarded as a local ‘truck stop’ type eatery, Mann’s is sure to delight with their delicious homestyle menu chock full of offerings under $10 each. Head to Mann’s for breakfast or lunch and enjoy the best of home cooking.
  • Long’s Bakery – Those with a sweet tooth will rejoice as they enjoy the fine delectables at Long’s. Think cinnamon fries, cakes, donuts and more – all at hard-to-beat prices.
  • The Original Aunt Polly’s Pizza – Hot pizza, ribs, wings, sandwiches and sides. What more could you want from your local pizza joint? Aunt Polly’s has been serving up goodness since 1970 – and is still going strong.
  • Caplinger’s Fresh Catch – A family run business in Indianapolis’ Northeast, Caplinger’s has been serving up fresh seafood for over 70 years. Come in for an affordable taste of alligator, clams, oysters, mussels, snow crab, and much more!


Extended stay travel accommodations are an excellent option for traveling on a budget, providing you with a lower overall price, as well as the amenities to prepare some of your own meals. Take a look at the InTown Suites properties available in the city’s East, North, and Northwest areas, starting at just $179.99 a week.

6 Outdoor Things to Do in Memphis

Along the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, Memphis is known for many delights, sights, and attractions. But it’s no secret that much of what makes Memphis a truly remarkable place to visit is the beautiful weather, as well as the never-ending list of things to see and do outdoors.

We won’t lie – the summer temperatures in Memphis are hot. Really hot. But with the sun shining, it’s also an incredibly beautiful and exciting time to visit the city, with ample entertainment options to choose from, and many sights to see.

So if you find yourself in Tennessee this summer, be sure to include a stop in Memphis, where you’ll find not only a host of exciting outdoor things to see and do, but also two of our InTown Suites extended stay properties – perfect for an affordable visit to the city.

Stroll Along the Mississippi.

Lace up your walking shoes, grab a coffee or a picnic and set out to one of the beautiful parks bordering the famous Mississippi River. Walk along the water’s edge to witness the sights and sounds of one of the most famous rivers in the world.

Spend a Day at Overton Park.

A 342-acre public park in the very heart of Memphis, Overton Park offers a nine-hole golf course, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Zoo, Rainbow Lake, several playgrounds, and much more. It’s easy to spend a day here, so be sure to allot time for proper exploration!

Listen to Music on Beale Street.

Any visit to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without at least one evening spent on Beale Street to take in some live entertainment, as well as the remarkable part the street has played in both the city’s history as well as in the history of blues.

Take a stroll down Beale Street and see what there is to see – chances are, you’ll run into some outdoor live music that’ll be worthy of a stop – especially in the Handy Park area.

Explore the Botanic Gardens.

Boasting over 23 speciality gardens – and over 96 acres – the Memphis Botanic Garden is home to the likes of roses, cacti, irises, herbs, and much more. Bring the kids along and let them play and explore in the latest addition to the gardens – My Big Backyard.

Take an Adventure to the Mud Island River Park.

Take a stroll along the Riverwalk, an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River flowing from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans. Most cities and small towns along the river can be found on the scale model, which also boasts history and facts about the river along the way.

Visitors will also enjoy bike trails, pedal boats, rafts, and a host of other fun outdoor activities.

Catch a Ball Game.

Find yourself in Memphis on a sunny day? Head over to AutoZone Park, a minor league baseball stadium that the Memphis Redbirds call home. AutoZone is a beautiful park right in the centre of downtown Memphis offering plenty of great food options in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

What are your favorite outdoor things to do in Memphis?