Looking to celebrate and give your mom the best experience this Mother's Day? Look no further than Downtown, complete with bustling retail areas, trademark museums and sporting venues, and 350+ unique dining opportunities, all in an accessible 1.3 square miles. We've complied a list of the best places and programming to enjoy Downtown with the mom in your life. Where does your mom fit on the list? Is she the queen of arts and crafts? The maven of sports knowledge? Or does shopping make her day? Check out our list of suggestions and save big with our Special Mother’s Day Hotel Rates. Every mom deserves some time away. Why not make it Downtown!
Do you get your love of food from your mom? Bond over a great meal or discover a new sweet treat at these must-visit culinary trademarks Downtown. After filling up, take a stroll along the Canal Walk, discover the Cultural Trail on a Pacers Bikeshare, or go sightseeing in Monument Circle. Take a long weekend and enjoy our Special Mother’s Day Hotel Rates when booking your stay.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Tasting at Tea’s Me Cafe
Enjoy this time to celebrate your mom with a Mother's Day Afternoon Tea Tasting at the well known Tea’s Me Cafe. You will try a few new teas and learn about the benefits while sampling a few sandwiches as well! Tickets are $25, and the memories will last a lifetime.
Some meals are best served outside! Head over to Bottleworks Hotel for brunch in the Gallery Courtyard and dine al fresco. Enjoy mimosas and a bloody mary bar as well as live music and a chef-attended buffet with seafood, an omelet station and tons of desserts. Every mom will receive a long stem rose at the end of the brunch. Reservations are required so book yours now and give your mom the best day yet!
Enjoy artfully selected brunch at the Hyatt Place this Mother's Day. The menu features roasted airline chicken breasts with wild mushroom jus, beef medallions with red wine demi, horseradish baby reed mash, roasted garlic broccolini, and so much more. All moms will receive a thank you rose!
SoChatti is the place to be for the chocolate loving mom. With its innovative chocolate-making process and sampling experiences, this visit will be a definite win. Take mom to a chocolate tasting, or purchase a gift card so she can choose a time to go on her own. To celebrate Mother's Day, SoChatti will offer a 10% discount on all gift cards $50 or more. Dive deeper into SoChatti's delicious creations, from tart cherry fruit nectar to its special May themed mimosa, "May Flowers."
Treat mom to a dinner out at St. Elmo’s and don't skip the legendary Shrimp Cocktail! Want to enjoy St. Elmo's at home? Send your mom some love by shipping her a bottle of the beloved cocktail sauce, or a St. Elmo signature cocktail (Espresso Martini, Old Fashioned, Cherry Vanilla Bourbon, and Cosmopolitan). All orders are 10% off now through Mother’s Day.
Creativity is how some mom’s get things done. If your mom is looking for a hub of arts and culture, Downtown is the place to be! From candle making to one-of-a-kind galleries, mom is sure to love spending a day viewing and making art with you. After a leisurely stroll out on the town, grab a bit to eat and get some rest at your discount hotel room, courtesy of our Special Mother’s Day Hotel Rates.
Penn & Beech Candle Co.
Take mom out to Penn & Beech and craft her very own customized candle by participating in a signature candle pouring activity. Your mom can create the scent that is as unique and amazing as she is. This is a gift to feel good about as the candles are made with premium natural oils which do not contain metals or contaminants.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Take mom to the Eiteljorg Museum and lean about cultures of the West and Native America though a diverse array of visual art. Is mom a fan of photography? Explore the works of the legendary photographer Dorothea Lange, now on display until August 6. Her iconic portrait, The Migrant Mother will be available for viewing, as well as other portraits from the Great Depression, World War II and beyond.
This mom is on the go and ready for all the sports action! Keep the energy up with an exciting Indiana Fever game, or get some exercise with a yoga class. Afterwards, get some rest at your discount hotel room, courtesy of our Special Mother’s Day Hotel Rates.
I Got it From My Mama!
YogaSix is hosting a Sculpt & Flow class for Mother’s Day. This class is a perfect blend of yoga and weight training in a heated practice room. Y6 Sculpt & Flow is the best of both worlds: a total body workout plus a killer yoga vibe. Grab your mom and expect a fun playlist with high energy music throughout the class. And the best part? Moms "flow" for free!
Take mom to an Indiana Fever Game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, kicking off with a preseason game against the Dallas Wings on Saturday, May 13. See Aliyah Boston, the WNBA first draft pick, in action as she prepares to dominate center court this year.
It might be Mother’s Day, but mom loves a great free activity for the whole family. Come celebrate the city’s legacy in racing and participate in the state’s largest, free outdoor festival for kids on Monument Circle. Don’t worry mom, this might seem like a carnival, but the displays are educational and interactive, so kids get to exercise their minds AND their muscles.
Sometimes mom just needs to relax and unwind. The Conrad Hotel with its comprehensive spa amenities is the perfect place to do just that. Mom can enjoy a variety of treatments, a swim in the infinity pool, and enjoy a refreshing glass of champagne to wind down in the evening. Enjoy a day-pass with access to the Conrad's pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna for $75.
Sometimes, you don't need an agenda to have fun Downtown! Embark on your own shopping adventure with mom, and find an assortment of boutiques and gift stores around every corner. From Silver in the City and Stout's Shoes on Mass Ave to Windsor Jewelry on Monument Circle, you are sure to find the fashionable, the unique and generally just the best ‘shopping finds’ around. Be sure to book a room using our Special Mother's Day Hotel Rates and have mom prop up her feet and relax afterwards.
Stout's might be an old icon, but it is also full of the latest fashion trends for your feet. Be sure to stop in here with mom, and find the perfect footwear for the rest of your shopping weekend.
Known for its unique items and beautiful jewelry, there is truly something for everyone at Silver In the City. Here, you'll find plenty of Indianapolis inspired items made by local artists and a team that loves connecting with customers to find that perfect gift. And if you haven’t found a gift for mom - this is the place to look! This Mother's Day weekend, the store will have fresh floral bouquets from local designer Paula Schoultz in addition to gifts, cards and chocolates - everything you need to celebrate the mom in your life.
Mom would love a stop at Indianapolis' premier jewelry store, Windsor Jewelers, right on Monument Circle. Browse a variety of items or create a custom design as unique as your mom. View its collection of Swiss timepieces from the most famous jewelry designers around.
Some of the most overlooked and interesting places to shop are within our local museum gift shops. Be sure to check out the handmade items and pottery at the Eiteljorg; historically themed items at the Indiana Historical Society Market; and a variety of items at the gift shop inside the Indiana State Museum.
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."