How to Plan a Low-Cost Summer Staycation

IUPUI students get a handful of breaks per year – even if you attend both summer sessions, you still get several weeks off between the spring, summer, and fall terms. So what do you with that free time? If your dream vacation isn’t in the budget, you can put together a pretty decent staycation in and around downtown Indianapolis.


Check out these fun (and affordable) things to do in Indy:

Indianapolis Scavenger Hunt

This isn’t just a summertime event, but the Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt is definitely more fun when the weather is nice. Download the free app, gather some friends, and hit the streets of downtown Indy. Solve riddles, answer trivia questions, and complete photo challenges, as the app guides you to some notable landmarks and locations.   

Sunrise Yoga on the Canal

If you’re a morning person, drop in on a 45-minute yoga class on the Downtown Indy Canal Walk. Registration is required, but the classes are free and scheduled for 6 a.m. every Wednesday, from June 5 to August 28.

Summer Under the Sails

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June and July, admission to the Eiteljorg Museum is free, and guests can sit outside and enjoy live music beginning at 6 p.m. Snacks and a cash bar are available, and the outdoor area is dog-friendly.

Indy Eleven Soccer

The Indy Eleven matches at Lucas Oil Stadium aren’t free, but tickets are usually available in the $15-$25 range. Take your bicycle and avoid the parking fees – the stadium has bike racks.

Getting Around Downtown

Indianapolis has a great network of downtown trails and bike lanes, along with bikes and scooters for rent near IUPUI and elsewhere. It’s easy to get to wherever you want to go, especially when you live at River West Flats.


Our apartments within 2 miles of IUPUI are perfect for students and people who enjoy getting out and enjoying the city. With easy access to the White River Trail, free bicycle storage, and a complimentary shuttle, you’ve got plenty of options for exploring staycation destinations. Plus, you’re in the perfect location to see the July 4 fireworks over the canal.


Come take a look at River West Flats. Call to schedule a quick tour: (317) 743-2758.

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