Broad Ripple, Indiana is just six miles north of downtown Indianapolis. Broad Ripple is an eclectic mix of residential neighborhoods, nightlife, shops and restaurants, arts, and other curiosities. The beautiful district is also conveniently located close to the Red Line, which runs from Indianapolis to the University of Indiana and provides easy access to several neighborhoods. Broad Ripple’s quirk and personality put it on the map as one of the most popular Indianapolis area destinations.
One of six cultural districts in Indianapolis, Broad Ripple features work from local artists and artisans in its shops, galleries, and even outdoors. The ArtsPark is a unique twelve-acre area on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center that is home to dozens of Hoosier-made sculptures and sensory experiences. The ArtsPark also hosts concerts, festivals, and youth camps among other activities and entertainment options.
Broad Ripple hosts a year-round open-market known as the Broad Ripple Farmers Market (BRFM) which features locally grown produce, meats, eggs, and artisanal foods. The popular market brings the Broad Ripple community together as many vendors offer fresh products of every season. The Broad Ripple Arts Fair and Taste of Broad Ripple Festivals also showcase the area’s cultural offerings.
An alternative to downtown Indianapolis clubs and bars, Broad Ripple is a nightlife destination unlike any other in Central Indiana. Local pubs, sports bars, and dance spots are within walking distance of each other. Neighboring Vogue theatre is both a bar and a concert venue for touring acts year-round.
Broad Ripple provides easy access to outdoor activities. The nearby White River and Canal are ready for kayaking and canoeing. The Monon Trail, a 16-mile bike and pedestrian path cuts through Broad Ripple and is lined with restaurants for some relief from all that exercise.
Just miles from Butler University, Broad Ripple maintains a youthful vitality due in large part to the energetic student population. Established neighborhoods of charming bungalow-style homes are met with new townhomes and apartments, bridging the gap between the new and the old, and making Broad Ripple a place to live and play for people of all ages. Broad Ripple also connects the popular suburban city of Carmel to Indianapolis; one of the many features that makes the neighborhood highly desirable.