Surrounding the beautiful campus of Butler University lies the Butler Tarkington neighborhood, just 10-15 minutes north of the center of downtown. The university’s campus is a delightful place to explore, and includes Holcomb Gardens and Observatory, Hinkle Fieldhouse (home of Butler Bulldogs basketball), and Clowes Memorial Hall, featuring a wide range of world-class cultural performances.
Homes in Butler-Tarkington were built in the early 1900s by upper class families, and are well-built with ample yard space. The area has remained a desirable place to live through the years, and most of the neighborhoods are very well maintained and are a genuine pleasure to walk through.
Around the 5500 north block of Illinois Street you’ll find restaurants, specialty groceries, sweet treats, and locally owned businesses that specialize in providing personalized service. To the east of Butler-Tarkington, the area around 54th Street and College Avenue has developed into an exciting place to find locally owned businesses, restaurants, live music, and much more.
Nearby you’ll want to discover Holliday Park, one of the most popular green spaces in Indianapolis. The 94 acre park features hilly hiking trails along the White River, a playground area, a nature center, and the recently renovated “Ruins”, featuring architectural details and sculptures salvaged from a historic New York building. The Central Canal Towpath runs through the Butler-Tarkington area, and the 20+ mile Monon bike and walking trail is also close by for other opportunities to exercise on foot or by bike.
To the west you can find the world-class Newfields (otherwise known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art), a destination that deserves an entire day’s visit on its own. All ages can enjoy its gallery exhibits of famous artists representing many styles and eras; a hike or stroll through the surrounding formal gardens and greenhouse; and the 100 Acres Art and Nature Park featuring sculpture along wooded trails. And beyond IMA you’ll find an exciting array of restaurants and small grocery stores featuring delicacies from around the globe, from Peruvian and Ethiopian cuisine, Asian, Middle Eastern, and so much more. Just south of Butler-Tarkington is the world renowned Indianapolis Children’s Museum, with programs and events of interest to all ages.
Find out more about the area at the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association website.