The 15 most Instagram-worthy places in the Indy area

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If you're visiting Indy or just want to be a tourist in your own city, there are plenty of places to pose for that perfect Instagram picture. From iconic downtown spots like the canal and Monument Circle to some that are a little farther out in Hamilton County, almost all of the places on this list are public spaces that won't cost you a dime to visit.

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1. Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park

This free park offers fun, contemporary art that you can climb and play on. From the large white fiberglass skeleton of Funkybones, made famous by John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, to the yellow, wildly shaped benches that are all around the 35-acre lake, there are plenty of places to stop and take photos. Near the parking lot, check out a basketball court with curved metal that imitates the motion of a bouncing ball. We dare you not to take a picture.

How to get there: 1850 W 38th St, Indianapolis

2. The Bottleworks District

Final touches are being put on at the "Living Room Theaters" in the Bottleworks development on Massachusettes Ave. In Indianapolis on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Bottleworks is a former Coca Cola bottling plant turned development for a variety of businesses.
Final touches are being put on at the "Living Room Theaters" in the Bottleworks development on Massachusettes Ave. In Indianapolis on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Bottleworks is a former Coca Cola bottling plant turned development for a variety of businesses.

Newly constructed, the Bottleworks District is a collection of new buildings and the repurposed Indianapolis Coke bottling plant. The art deco architecture and brick streets crisscrossed with string lights give the area an old-fashioned, romantic charm and make it an ideal place to snap some pictures for the feed. While you're at it, you can enjoy a meal at the Garage food hall or a restaurant, check out the Bottleworks Hotel, see a film at the Living Room Theaters or play pinball and duckpin bowling at Pins Mechanical Co.

How to get there: 850 Massachusetts Ave. Suite #190, Indianapolis

3. The Minton Capehart Federal Building

The Minton Capehart Federal Building on North Pennsylvania Street in Downtown Indianapolis.
The Minton Capehart Federal Building on North Pennsylvania Street in Downtown Indianapolis.

It might seem an unlikely spot for influencers to gather but the colorful walls on the outside of the Minton Capehart Federal Building make for a playful, pastel background for those wanting to add some brightness to their feed. Located on Pennsylvania Street, this building is across from Veterans Memorial Park.

How to get there: 575 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis

4. Downtown Noblesville

The downtown square in Noblesville is a scenic place for an Instagram photo. Pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.
The downtown square in Noblesville is a scenic place for an Instagram photo. Pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

If you happen to be north of Indy, Noblesville's historic downtown is worth a stop if the idea of old brick walls and little shops makes you excited. Walking around the courthouse square will bring you back in time and beautified alleyways provide for a cute urban backdrop. As the Hamilton County seat, the French Renaissance-style courthouse in the middle of the square was the county courthouse from 1878 to 1992 and now houses administrative offices.

How to get there: 33 N. 9th St. l21, Noblesville

5. Monument Circle

Monument Circle is a great place to snap an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.
Monument Circle is a great place to snap an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

This iconic Indianapolis landmark may seem too obvious to list but an Indianapolis vacation or staycation wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Circle, the center of the "Circle City." With the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the middle with steps and two pools of water surrounding it, it's a nice place to rest, protest or attend the annual lighting of the holiday lights. If you want the whole monument in your picture, you can also snap pictures of it from further down Market and Meridian Streets, the roads that intersect at the circle.

How to get there: 111 Monument Circle, Indianapolis

6. The Canal Walk

There are many places to stop on this picturesque walk to prove that you're in Indy, but one of the best spots is just outside of the State Museum, in White River State Park. It's especially beautiful at dawn or dusk. You can also see some great murals as you walk under bridges.

How to get there: 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

7. Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture at Newfields

Are you an art nerd or just a lover of love? Find the LOVE sculpture by pop artist and Indiana-native Robert Indiana at Newfields' Indianapolis Museum of Art. The metal sculpture is currently inside the museum, in front of a colorful geometric patterned wall that make the letters pop. While you will have to pay for a ticket to the museum to take photos in front of the metal sculpture, the money will be well spent. After exploring the museum, you can take a stroll through the gardens of the Lilly mansion, also on the grounds of Newfields, a dreamy place for outdoor pictures.

How to get there: 4000 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis

8. The _ndy signs

This spot outside Lucas Oil Stadium that features a moveable *NDY sculpture is a great place to snap an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.
This spot outside Lucas Oil Stadium that features a moveable *NDY sculpture is a great place to snap an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

These signs were made for social media, created with a space for people to stand and be the I in Indy. They rotate around the city but right now can be found at these locations (check website for up-to-date locations):

9. Peyton Manning statue

The Peyton Manning statue on the north east corner of Lucas Oil Stadium is a great place to snap an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.
The Peyton Manning statue on the north east corner of Lucas Oil Stadium is a great place to snap an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

Colts fans love taking photos with the statue of their beloved former quarterback Peyton Manning, located on the northeast side of Lucas Oil Stadium. Manning was the Colts' quarterback from 1998 to 2011 and took the Colts to the Super Bowl twice, winning in 2006.

How to get there: 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis

10. Marquee of the Madam Walker Legacy Center

Walker Theater, with its historic building on Indiana Avenue is a great place to snap an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.
Walker Theater, with its historic building on Indiana Avenue is a great place to snap an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

Get a picture in front of a building of one of Indianapolis' most impressive success stories. Madam C.J. Walker, the wealthiest self-made businesswoman and Black woman in America at the time of her death in 1919, moved to Indianapolis when she was 43 to build a manufacturing plant for her beauty products. The triangular building on Indiana Avenue that was built as Walker's factory and headquarters also served as a multipurpose building that included a shopping mall and beauty school at one time. It had had a performance venue that hosted jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Patti LaBelle as well. The center now hosts performers, lectures and cultural education in its restored space.

How to get there: 617 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis

11. You are Beautiful sign

This sign on the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square is not only a great backdrop, but also an inspiring message to send to your friends. It's also visible at night thanks to LED lights and was installed by a nonprofit called the Department of Public Words.

How to get there: 1043 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis

12. Famous Hoosier murals

A mural on East Michigan Street, featuring Pacers great Reggie Miller, is good place for an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.
A mural on East Michigan Street, featuring Pacers great Reggie Miller, is good place for an Instagram photo in Indianapolis. Pictured Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

You may have to get creative with photo angles but if you want your picture taken with literally larger-than-life Indiana greats, it will be worth it. Former Pacer basketball player Reggie Miller and writers Kurt Vonnegut, Mari Evans and James Whitcomb Riley all have spots in the city. Here's where you can find them:

Reggie Miller: On the side of The Haugh, also known as "The Mich:" 127 E. Michigan St.

Kurt Vonnegut: On the side of the Massala building: 345 Massachusetts Ave.

Mari Evans: On the side of Moar Tea's building: 448 Massachusetts Ave.

James Whitcomb Riley: On the side of Lockerbie Lofts: 640 E. Michigan St.

13. Brickyard Crossing Golf Course

Requires money: Did you know there's a golf course that has four holes in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? It's the perfect Indy photo op for those who love golf, although this is one that requires money. On the first hole inside the track, you can stand on a hill and have a 360 degree viewpoint of the track. If you squint, you can also make out the Indianapolis skyline.

How to get there: 4400 W. 16th St., Indianapolis

14. The covered bridge at Potter’s Bridge Park

Potter’s Bridge in Noblesville is a great spot to snap an Instagram photo. Pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.
Potter’s Bridge in Noblesville is a great spot to snap an Instagram photo. Pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

The only remaining covered bridge in Hamilton County, Potter's Bridge is the perfect place for a fall photo shoot. The bridge is a part of a 66-acre park and straddles the White River. The bare wooden inside of of the bridge and the painted white outside both make great backgrounds for solo or group photos that will exude Indiana rural charm.

How to get there: 19401 N. Allisonville Road, Noblesville

15. Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens

Requires money: If you're looking for pictures in a tropical paradise, Garfield Park Conservatory has your back. It's $2 for admission to the conservatory that houses an indoor rainforest. The sunken gardens and fountains outside are free to visit. Note: Professional photographers must obtain a photo permit if they wish to take photos or videos for commercial use or for occasions including engagements, weddings, senior photos and prom.

How to get there: 2505 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis

Contact Pulliam Fellow Lilly St. Angelo at lstangelo@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter: @lilly_st_ang

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