There’s still time to make Mother’s Day plans in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 9, 2014)— Downtown Indianapolis is offering plenty of outdoor Mother’s Day activities and indoor dining options this weekend.

It’s opening weekend for Old World Entertainment’s Gondola rides on the Indianapolis Canal. The business is expanding this year to two locations: at the north end of the canal and at Fresco Italian Café in the Cosmopolitan building.

“We are proud to be part of the rich cultural heritage here in Indianapolis on the trail here, on the cultural trail,” said gondolier Goffrodo Hutson.

Public boats are $25 per person and private boats are $150. Hutson said as of Friday the rides were more than half booked, so reservations are a good idea for Mother’s Day weekend.

One of the boats is the first gondola in Indianapolis history, the Black Swan.

“She’s 40 feet in length, making her the longest wedding gondola to operate in the U.S. from Venice,” Hutson said.

Passengers can bring their own wine and snacks for the ride, which includes Italian serenades.

Other downtown special events include the scavenger hunt at the Indianapolis Zoo, the Jazz Affair at Old National Centre and the annual Mother’s Day Brunch at the Rathskeller. The Indianapolis Indians play at home Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Kids eat free at Sunday games.

Some downtown restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Weber Grill are offering Mother’s Day dining deals and still have reservations available.

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