Skip to Main Content

Indianapolis, Indiana: The Idle

A group of stadium seats are positioned under an awning in the median of an interstate. Created in 2019 by Tom Battista, who thought people might like to sit and watch cars. Indianapolis, he said, doesn't have mountains or an ocean, but it has traffic.

800 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis, IN
In the median of I-65. To visit, take exit 110A. Park on E. McCarty St. -- on the west side of the interstate -- walk north to Virginia Ave., then walk east along the Virginia Ave. paved sidewalk until you reach the median. You'll see the entrance on the right.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About The Idle

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

The Idle.

The Idle

A small park is near the area were two interstates merge. You can sit in stadium seats overlooking the I-65 and I-70 interstate interchange.

[Doug Dirr, 03/27/2022]

In the early years of the interstate highways, people in rural areas would set up lawn chairs and picnic blankets on the embankments and watch the cars go by. This is a more self-aware nod to the same mesmerizing pastime.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Bizarre MuralsBizarre Murals, Indianapolis, IN - < 1 mi.
Duckpin BowlingDuckpin Bowling, Indianapolis, IN - < 1 mi.
Elvis Last Concert PlaqueElvis Last Concert Plaque, Indianapolis, IN - < 1 mi.
In the region:
The Walking Man Project, Anderson, IN - 33 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Indiana Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Route 66 Experience: Metal Muffler Man, Springfield, Illinois (May 27-Jun 2, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights