Next month’s NFDA International Convention & Expo offers attendees an invaluable opportunity to participate in educational sessions, explore emerging trends and network with other funeral service professionals. Its convenient location at the heart of Indianapolis also boasts a wide range of entertainment and attractions. To help you make the most of your free time, we’ve pulled together a list of things to do while you’re in town.
Explore Downtown Indy
Just blocks from the NFDA convention, you’ll find Downtown Indy – a collection of some of the city’s best restaurants, museums, parks and entertainment. You can check out the City Market Catacombs Tour and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Monument Circle before grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants.
Stroll through the Canal Walk
Take some time to stroll through the famous Indianapolis Canal Walk, a three-mile loop conveniently located just a few blocks from the NFDA convention. While you’re there, rent a paddle boat, surrey or Segway, or enjoy a relaxing gondola ride – complete with a serenading guide.
Play a Round (or Two) of Golf
Indianapolis hosts some of the country’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses, including several designed by Indiana resident Pete Dye. Those of you attending the Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic will have an opportunity to enjoy Brickyard Crossing – a championship course built amidst the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We also recommend checking out the PGA list of the top nine public golf courses for other options in the area.
Enjoy a Local Show or Exhibit
Just one block from the Indianapolis Convention Center, you’ll find the Indiana Repertory Theatre where you can enjoy productions of The Great Gatsby and April 4, 1968 throughout the NFDA convention. The city is also home to several great museums including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.
Explore the Historic Old Northside Neighborhood
Don’t forget to explore a little of Indianapolis’s history while you’re in town for the NFDA convention. The Old Northside neighborhood offers visitors a small glimpse at the city’s past, complete with the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and the Indianapolis Propylaeum museum, just a short, 10-minute cab ride from the Convention Center.
Before you finalize your plans, we recommend visiting the NFDA convention page on the Visit Indy website for travel tips and special deals – including discounts on many of the attractions listed above. And, of course, be sure to stop by booth #904, on the left as you enter the Expo Hall, to say hello to our Homesteaders representatives and explore our new Tech Corner. To see more upcoming industry events, please click here.
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