Here are a few suggestions to make your trip to the Indianapolis area as enjoyable as possible.
Except for the very walkable downtown area, you’ll get more out of your visit to Indy if you have a car. There’s plenty of parking all around the city (parkindy.net). Be aware that the bus system (indygo.net) is not tourist-focused nor does it travel outside the Indianapolis city limits. Cab services are available but typically only by advance arrangement (Yellow Cab, Indy Airport Taxi, Uber).
There’s an old Hoosier saying about Indiana weather: “If you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes and it will change.” This is especially true in summer, where a morning can start as a gorgeous sunny day and end with a drenching thunderstorm. For summer, pack clothing suitable for blissfully warm (or even hot) weather, as well as rain, and consider making contingency recreational plans if your intended activities are primarily outdoors. It’s wise to check a good weather app on your smartphone for the latest conditions.
Travelers on a special diet should look for restaurants with gluten-free menus. If an eatery happily accommodates gluten-free customers, chances are the staff and chef are educated about and sensitive to other dietary needs.
Each restaurant handles food prep differently. Inquire every time about ingredients used and cross-contamination. Emphasize that you have celiac disease or a food allergy, so that staff take your questions and concerns seriously.
Your smartphone and the Internet will enhance your travel experience. Download apps on your mobile device to find restaurants with high ratings from diners who have food allergies and sensitivities. Log onto restaurant websites for menus. Use opentable.com to make reservations and alert staff to your dietary needs.