If you’re lucky enough to be traveling to the tropical paradise of Indianapolis to support the Wisconsin men’s basketball team at the Big Ten Tournament over spring break, you’re going go want to make sure your off-court activities rival those of your friends in Miami and Cancun.

Here is a list of places to check out in Indy to make sure that your trip down towards the covered bridge capital of the world is up to par.

Places to Eat

Bub’s Burdgers & Ice Cream


Leave your mark in Indy by putting your picture on Bub’s wall of “Champions of the Big Ugly” by finishing the one-pound “Big Ugly” burger. Bub’s also offers smaller hand-pattied fresh burgers if you aren’t up the one-pounder challenge.

Edwards Drive-In

Edwards offers a variety of items on its menu, but the staple is its pork tenderloin sandwich and onion rings. Wash that down with homemade root beer made from a 50-year-old recipe.

Bazbeaux Pizza

In the heart of downtown Indianapolis on Massachusetts Avenue, Bazbeaux Pizza rivals Ian’s with its unique topping combinations. Pair up your slice with the famous garlic cheese bread.

Get your drink on

MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar


On Massachusetts Avenue, MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar sports a Scottish-American theme and offers a wide variety of craft brews and wine.

The Rathskeller

If you are feeling a little homesick after two whole days away from Madison, you can feel like you are back at the Memorial Union at the Rathskeller on East Michigan Street. The menu features a wide variety of German beers and there is always live music on the weekends

When not eating or drinking

NCAA Hall of Champions


If you can’t get enough of basketball, or sports in general, check out the NCAA Hall of Champions where all of collegiate athletics are honored with video highlights and memorabilia from the NCAA’s past. It also features a 1930s-style basketball court for you to enjoy.

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