Well, it seems like everyone else is making a "things to do in..." thread, and since I'm going to Indinapolis this weekend, I could use some assistance from the Throbbing Brain as well.
This will be the first time this Illinoisan will set foot in the great state of Indiana, so I'm absolutely clueless. I know Indianapolis is famous for auto racing, basketball, and has several historical sites. It's also the state capital. But other than that, I haven't really a clue what there is to do there and what else I need to do to get the Indianapolis experience.
I will only be there for about 36 hours and I have the feeling that much of the weekend's itinerary will be dictated by the person I'm traveling with and the people I'm visiting and whose house I'm staying at. However, I feel there is the chance that I could be asked "well what do you want to do?" or times where I'll have some freedom to go explore the city.
So, let 'em rip...what are your suggestions on things to do, museums to visit, parks to visit, neighborhoods to visit, places to eat at, etc? Also, what should I know about the city?...Bad Areas? Nice areas? Places that are good during the day but seedy at night? High-traffic areas to detour around? Downtown parking situation? Things that are very cheap/affordable?