There is so much to do in Indiana, especially once it gets warm outside. From sporting events to cultural exhibits, fine dining to the great outdoors, Hoosiers have so much to do it can almost be overwhelming. Don’t worry! We’ve put together a bucket list of all of the best and top rated things to do in Indiana. If you’re lost on what to do this summer, use this bucket list for inspiration.
20. Visit the Indiana Dunes
Whether you've never been or haven't been in years, make sure a trip to the gorgeous beaches across the Indiana Dunes is on your list.
19. Explore Nashville
Nashville, Indiana is a charming small town in Brown County that you have to check out at least once. This historic artists colony has amazing antiques and crafts shops, fantastic art galleries, and lovely theaters and music venues.
18. Take in the Architecture in Columbus
Columbus is well known for its architecture, including its famous churches, North Christian Church and First Christian Church. If you've never explored these buildings, you have to add them to your list.
17. Enjoy the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
This year's festival takes place on September 10th, and you absolutely need to be there. If you've never attended one before, get ready for great food, great fun, and a ton of popcorn.
16. Discover Marengo Cave
This stunning cave offers two different tours that are great for groups of friends, couples, and even kids. Prepare to be amazed by checking out Marengo Cave this summer.
15. Enjoy Clifty Falls State Park
This amazing state park in Madison, Indiana showcases the beauty of the southern part of Indiana. Camp in the park, hike along the numerous trails, and take in the gorgeous falls. Explore downtown Madison while you're there, too.
14. Go to the Indiana State Fair
The State Fair is a staple for Hoosiers and if you haven't been, you absolutely have to check it out this year. From amazing food and rides, to animals, vendors, and musical acts, you won't be disappointed.
13. Camp out at Hardin Ridge
Hardin Ridge in Heltonville is located within the Hoosier National Forest, and is a popular place for camping. If you're looking for a fantastic rustic spot to escape to, you'll love Hardin Ridge. They offer nature walks, picnic areas, swimming, and boating.
12. Have Fun at Indiana Beach
Indiana Beach in Monticello is an awesome place to bring the family for a day trip. Enjoy roller coasters, water rides, and amazing food.
11. Win Big at the Tropicana Evansville Casino Riverboat
Formerly the Casino Aztar, this awesome riverboat casino is an experience every Hoosier should enjoy at least once in their lives.
10. Get Wild at Wolf Creek Habitat and Rescue in Brookville
Have you ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with wild animals? At Wolf Creek Habitats, you can. Visit these stunning rescued wolves, pet them, and learn more about wild animals.
9. Check Out the University of Notre Dame
If you've never seen this prestigious university up close, you absolutely need to check it out. Explore the stunning architecture and take a stroll around South Bend while you're there.
8. Learn About Your Dairy at Fair Oaks Farms
Want to show your kids where milk or cheese come from? Bring them to Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks to explore a real working dairy farm and meet some of the cows.
7. Stay at the Stunning West Baden Springs Hotel
This gorgeous French Lick hotel is a place everyone should visit, especially those of us who live in Indiana. Explore historic French Lick while you're there...that is, if you can bear to leave this beautiful hotel.
6. Get Cultured at the Indiana University Art Museum
Visit Bloomington to take a peek around this amazing museum of art. While you're at it, check out the rest of the campus.
5. Go for a Dip at White Rock Park in St. Paul
Feeling the summer heat? No worries. Go for a quick swim in White Rock Park. Looking for more adventure? Try zip lining or cliff diving!
4. Take a Trip to the Kesling Wetland
The Kesling Wetland is part of the Merry Lea Environmental Center located in Albion. This stunning property is part of Goshen College's learning center and is a sight you have to see for yourself.
3. Check Out the Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
This amazing museum, located in Speedway offers race lovers a glimpse into racing history. Learn more about your favorite drivers and view some of the most famous cars in this museum.
2. Explore the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
This popular children's zoo is one of the best places in the state to entertain kids and adults alike. Come explore the 1,000+ animals in this highly acclaimed zoo.
1. Eat at St. Elmo's Steakhouse
Any Hoosier who hasn't eaten at the famous St. Elmo's Steakhouse should try out this restaurant at least once in their lifetime. Find out what all the hype is about at this Indianapolis staple.
Which of these 20 awesome bucket list items do you want to check off first? How many have you completed so far?