Warm weather ushers in great deals downtown


Students view the Indianapolis skyline from the James Whitcomb Riley grave at Crown Hill Cemetery. Photo by Alex Pope.

Alex Pope, Reporter

As warm weather makes its way back to Indiana, outdoor activities and inexpensive deals in Indianapolis are starting to return as well.

On March 4 and April 1, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will be hosting “Cereal Cinema.” On the first Saturday of each month, people can go to IMA and see a family friendly movie while eating from a cereal bar for only $5. March 4 will be a showing of “Robin Hood,” and “Follow That Bird” will be screened on April 1Tickets are available on IMA’s website.

Directly across the street from IMA’s “100 acres” art park is Crowne Hill Cemetery which features 374 acres of free trails and is where the James Whitcomb Riley grave is located. From Riley’s grave, visitors can pay their tributes by leaving money for the Riley foundation on the grave while taking in panoramic views of the Indianapolis skyline.

“The James Whitcomb Riley grave is my favorite place in the city, there is no better way to see Indianapolis than from this spot,” junior Hannah Flint said.

For more free hiking, Holiday Park in Indianapolis offers 94 acres of nature trails, an arboretum, and a nature center all for free. Here visitors can visit the “Indianapolis Ruins” as well as hike winding trails along and throughout the White River.

“I go to Holiday park a lot, there are some really steep trails that actually are a good workout and it is a very large park for being completely free to the public,” senior Casey Montgomery said.

The Indiana Pacers Bike Share program offers eight dollar, 24-hour bicycle rentals with locations scattered across Indianapolis’s cultural trail. For eight dollars, customers can bike Indy’s 8-mile long cultural trail which connects neighborhoods, cultural districts and entertainment amenities such as the Indianapolis Zoo and White River State Park.