Summer has officially begun, so it’s time to start checking things off your summer bucket list. But let’s face it: it’s really, really hot this week, plus thunderstorms are on the radar for the next couple of days.
So how can Hoosiers enjoy summer when stepping outside makes us want to cry? Check out our Ultimate Summer Bucket List (Inside Edition) for all the exciting (and air conditioned) activities you can’t miss.
Visit the state’s first cat cafe in Indianapolis
Catch a free planetarium show at Ball State University
The Charles W. Brown Planetarium at BSU is an immersive theater where state-of-the-art technology transforms the 52-foot dome into a simulation of the night sky as seen from Earth and from space.
Go to a Peru Amateur Circus performance
Or, visit the circus museum in French Lick.
Cool off with some ice cream
Browse the Medical History Museum
Take an educational trip to some historic sites
- Grouseland is a former home of President William Henry Harrison
- A small building in Corydon served as the state’s first capitol
- The Culbertson Mansion was the beautiful home of one of the richest men in the state
- The Levi Coffin house was once “grand central station” for the Underground Railroad
Discover something incredible at the Lily Library
Indiana University’s archival library in Bloomington never ceases to amaze. From a first-edition copy of Frankenstein to rare Orson Welles recordings to four Academy Award statues to the largest collection of mechanical puzzles in the world, there’s always something new to discover.
Feeling nerdy? Visit the Hall of Heroes comic book museum
Located in Elkhart, the Hall of Heroes includes action figures, props and collectibles celebrating the history of comic books.
Check out a museum you’ve never visited before
Indiana has no shortage of museums all over the state, but you could check out a few in one day in Indianapolis:
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
- Newfields Indianapolis Museum of Art
- Motor Speedway Museum
- Eiteljorg Museum
- Indiana State Museum
Go underground: the hidden catacombs of Indianapolis
Another underground option: Bluespring Caverns
Check out the Basketball Hall of Fame Museum
Are you really a Hoosier if you aren’t passionate about basketball? Brush up on your hoops history at the 14,000 square foot museum that promises to bring you close to the action of Indiana high school basketball.
See the recently-renovated West Baden Springs Hotel dome
The historic West Baden Springs Hotel is shining a little brighter after a series of renovations last year. When you step into the dome at night, the atrium lights up with all of the colors of the rainbow.
Eat your way through the state on one of the food trails
The Indiana Foodways Alliance has created nearly 20 separate trails for Hoosiers to enjoy food around the state. Don’t miss the pie trail, Soda-licious trail, Spirited Brews, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, or BBQ.
Take the kids to the free indoor playground at Columbus Commons
The Commons in Columbus is a community gathering place, event space and, for the youngest visitors, a sprawling, brightly colored indoor playground.