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What To Do Near Franklin College

About 20 minutes north of Franklin College is Indiana’s bustling capital, Indianapolis.

Indy provides students with scenic parks and gardens, museums, theaters, a zoo, comedy and dance clubs, lots of shopping, and many other possibilities for an afternoon or weekend getaway.

The town of Franklin also offers big-time fun that won’t empty your wallet. Just a few blocks from campus, students have the opportunity to enjoy the Artcraft Theatre, an old-fashioned cinema featuring oldie-but-goodie films and even live performances. There is also a roller-skating rink and bowling alley mere minutes away from campus, as are many diners and gift shops. Popular chain restaurants and Wal-Mart are also conveniently close.

These are just a few of the most popular places to visit in the Franklin and Indy areas. Feel free to check them out by clicking on each to be directed to their Web site or a review page. You can also visit Discover Downtown Franklin’s website or Festival Country Indiana for a more comprehensive list of what Franklin has to offer.


The Willard
Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant
Enzo’s Pizza
Chili’s Grill & Bar Restaurant
Olive Garden

Aspen Tap House
Mesh on Mass
St. Elmo Steak House
Café Patachou
Old Spaghetti Factory
Iaria’s Italian Restaurant
Yolk (breakfast, lunch, brunch)
Yats Restaurant
Harry & Izzy’s


Elite Salon Spa Studio
Jefferson St. Barber Shop
Cathy’s Barber Shop


No 7 Salon and Spa
Spa in the City
Red’s Classic Barbershop


T-Shirt Express
Brick Street Boutique
Greenwood Park Mall
Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall
Bed Bath and Beyond
Best Buy


Circle Center Mall
Fountain Fletcher District
Broad Ripple Village
Wholesale District
Boomerang BTQ
Silver in the City
Mass Ave Arts District

Sports/ Leisure

Artcraft Theater
Canary Creek Cinemas
Franklin Skate Club
Rascal’s Fun Zone
Hi-Way Lanes
Freedom Springs Aquatics


Lucas Oil Stadium
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Victory Field
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
NCAA Hall of Champions – INDY
Dallara IndyCar Factory
Indy Canal
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Action & Atomic Duckpin Bowling
Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant
GlowGolf Mini Golf
Perry Ice Rink
ActiveIndy Tours
Greatimes Fun Park
Trails in Indy Parks
Indy Eleven


Johnson County Museum of History


Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The Eiteljorg Museum
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Murat Theater
Rhythm! Discovery Center
The HandleBar Indy Pedal Pub
Indianapolis Monument Circle
Broadway in Indianapolis
Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum
Indiana World War Memorial