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New in town, or thinking about making a change? It can often feel challenging to set out and explore your new surroundings when you’ve just made a big move, but being open-minded and planning ahead can pay off as you discover unique things about your new community. Here are some steps you can take to make the most of your experience.

Look at a Map!
This might sound overly simple, but if you haven’t familiarized yourself with the layout of your new community, this will help you get oriented, identify major cross streets, and plan your exploration.

Start with the Basics
Begin by exploring essential locations you’ll need on a regular basis such as supermarkets, banks, and post offices. This will help you establish a sense of familiarity and convenience in your daily life. If you live at the Madison at Greenwood Apartments, you have an Aldi, Sam’s Club, Kroger, and Target all within just a few miles of your apartment. You’ll also find the Greenwood Library just 0.3 miles from The Madison, and the Greenwood BMV a little over half a mile away.

Take a Walk or a Bicycle Ride
Sometimes just stepping out the front door for a walk helps develop a general feel for the area. Pay attention to street names, landmarks, parks, and recreational areas. And if you’re looking for nearby walking or cycling destinations, Craig Park, Old City Park, and City Center Park are all within walking distance of The Madison at Greenwood.

Meet the Locals
Meeting people familiar with your new town is an excellent way to discover hidden gems. Strike up conversations with neighbors and ask for recommendations on places to visit, eat, or engage in activities. They may offer unique perspectives and suggestions. When you live in new apartments in Greenwood like The Madison, it’s often a comfort knowing that many of your neighbors are also new to the area and might also be getting acquainted with their surroundings.

Visit local attractions
Research and visit the prominent attractions in your new town, such as museums, historical sites, parks, or natural landmarks. These places often provide a glimpse into the town's culture, history, and natural beauty. The Greenwood Commercial Historic District is nearby and features a variety of classical revival style architecture and buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ray Skillman Classic Car Museum is a short drive, and the Southside Art League on East Broadway features a gallery exhibiting local art as well as instructional classes in a variety of media.

Explore the culinary scene
Try local restaurants, cafes, and food markets to immerse yourself in the local culture and discover new flavors. Ask locals for their favorite eateries or look up reviews online for recommendations. The Greenwood Farmer’s Market takes place from April through September on Saturdays just a mile from The Madison at Greenwood, and if you’re looking for places near Madison Ave. in Greenwood, try Roscoe’s Tacos, Jockamo’s Upper Crust Pizza, The Suds, and Egg Roll Number 1.

Join community groups or clubs
Participating in community groups, clubs, or local organizations can introduce you to like-minded individuals and help you build connections. Look for groups and classes that align with your interests or hobbies, such as sports clubs, book clubs, or volunteer organizations.

Attend local events
Keep an eye out for local events, festivals, or celebrations happening in your new town. These events often showcase the community's vibrancy and provide opportunities to meet new people. Check event listings in local newspapers, on community bulletin boards, or on online platforms. Free summer and fall concerts take place every week at The Greenwood Amphitheater, which is a quick 3-minute drive from The Madison.

Be open-minded and curious
Finally, approach your exploration with an open mind and a sense of curiosity. Embrace the opportunity to discover new things and the unique aspects of your new town. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new experiences.

If you’re searching for a new home base and friendly community to explore on the south side of Indianapolis, stop in and see us at The Madison, brand new Greenwood apartments for rent in a terrific neighborhood. Call (855) 785-0497 to schedule a tour today.