Indiana 200 Bucket List

Indiana 200 Bucket List


To commemorate Indiana's bicentennial, we've compiled a list of 200 things you should see, activities you should do, and food and drinks to try in 2016. How many will you check off of your bucket list?

Things to see

  • Clabber Girl clock billboardIndiana's oldest billboard, erected by Clabber Girl in the 1930s just east of Terre Haute, with a working clock.
  • The famous "Big Peach" in front of the produce market near Bruceville. it's 20 feet tall and stands next to a Washington Monument replica.
  • Two trees growing out of the towers of the courthouse in Greensburg. They've been there over 100 years. 
  • Giant popcorn box at the Jasper Gift Basket and Popcorn Company. It's 17 feet tall.
  • Touchdown Jesus at Notre Dame.
  • The Jackson home in Gary, where Michael, Janet and all the Jackson 5 grew up.
  • Giant shoe at Basketball Hall of FameGiant sneakers at the Steve Alford Inn and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle.
  • A calf being born at Fair Oaks Farms.
  • The world's largest ball of paint in Alexandria.
  • The giant limestone table and chairs in downtown Bloomington.
  • The giant Nestle Quik bunny sign near Anderson.
  • The Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, with the columns from the original Ball family mansion at the entrance.
  • The dome on the hill at the Sisters of St. Benedict.
  • The League Stadium in Huntingburg, where they filmed A League of Their Own.
  • George Rogers Clark MemorialThe George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, a National Monument.
  • The Tulip Tressle in Greene County, a 2,295' railroad bridge built 100 years ago known as the most spectacular in Indiana.
  • A themed water ski show by Lake City Skiers in Warsaw.
  • All the rescued animals at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point.
  • The rainforest animals at Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden.
  • West Baden domeThe giant dome at West Baden, once known as the 8th Wonder of the World.
  • The Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and one of only 8 saints from the U.S.
  • The Fourth of July flotilla contest and parades on the northern lakes.
  • The animals and historic buildings at the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City.
  • The beautifully restored pipe organ at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Michigan City.
  • The balloon race that opens the Indiana State Fair.
  • The Miller House in Columbus.
  • Incredible collection at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum.
  • The grave in the middle of the road in Franklin.T.C. Steele
  • The T.C. Steele home and studio.
  • The Old Fashion Barbershop in a Caboose in McCordsville, where you can check out the antiques, murals and toy trains while you wait for your haircut.
  • Garfield the cat statueEleven statues of America's favorite lasagna-loving fat cat, Garfield, in Jim Davis' hometown in Grant County.
  • The lights on Monument Circle at Christmastime.
  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville.
  • Fall foliage on the hills of Brown County.
  • The beautiful pieces at Zimmerman Art Glass in Corydon.
  • Carmel Art & Design District.
  • The amazing handiwork at Clay City Pottery Company.
  • The falls at Cataract Falls in Lieber State Recreation Area and Falls of the Ohio State Park.
  • Grissom Memorial in Mitchell.
  • Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in Jasper.
  • The fireworks at Thunder Over Louisville in Jeffersonville.
  • Toyota Visitors CenterHow they build automobiles at the Toyota Visitors Center in Princeton.
  • Vintage and current cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
  • The old Lerner Theater in Elkhart.
  • Indiana's oldest zoo—Potawatomi Zoo.
  • The giant candle outside Warm Glow Candle Store in Centerville.
  • The 15' statue of Larry Bird outside Hulman Center in Terre Haute.
  • The collections at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.
  • The Dancing Ann electronic sculpture on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.
  • Thousands of sandhill cranes at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Widlife Area as they migrate in the spring and fall.
  • The Historic Hoosier Gym, home to the fictional Hickory Huskers, in Knightstown.
  • The campus of Culver Military Academy, including the Logansport Gates donated as a thank you for help during a flood.
  • A show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville.
  • Lyles StationThe community museum at Lyles Station near Princeton, where freed slaves made their home in 1849.
  • A Fort Wayne Tin Caps game at Parkview Field.
  • A sunset over Lake Michigan.
  • The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country.

Things to do

  • Toboggan RunZoom down the Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park.
  • Climb to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indy.
  • Walk across the suspension bridge at Turkey Run State Park.
  • Find all 31 covered bridges in Parke County.
  • Ski or snowboard at Paoli Peaks or Perfect North Slopes.
  • Go to the three-day Bean Blossom Blues Fest.
  • Conquer the 3 Dunes Challenge.
  • Wolf ParkHowl with the wolves at Wolf Park in Battle Ground.
  • Climb in the world's largest toilet at kidscommons in Columbus
  • Face your fears at Eagles Wings Zipline in Leopold.
  • Ride a Segway at White River State Park.
  • Tailgate before eating at Bonge's Tavern in Perkinsville.
  • Go to the Indiana State Fair.
  • Lincoln Boyhood MemorialWalk in Abe Lincoln's childhood footsteps in Spencer County; see the landing where he took the flatboat trip that set him on the path to end slavery..
  • Mail a letter postmarked "Santa Claus, Ind."
  • Tour the City Market Catacombs.
  • Visit every Indiana cave.
  • Sleep in a floating cabin at Patoka Lake.
  • Spirit of JasperTake a dinner ride on the Spirit of Jasper train.
  • Have some laughs at the Red Skelton Museum in Vincennes.
  • Enjoy all four seasons at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.
  • Pedal the Handlebar with a group of friends in downtown Indy.
  • Stay overnight in a former jail cell at the Old Jail Inn in Rockville.
  • Visit the Stations of the Cross at the Shrine of Christ's Passion in St. John.
  • Annie Oakley PerfumeryTake a tour and sample not-yet-released products at Annie Oakley Perfumery in Ligonier.
  • Walk the labyrinth at New Harmony.
  • Visit the Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse at Ball State University.
  • Sit with the Brickyard Battalion to cheer on the Indy Eleven.
  • Stroll 5,000 square feet of collectibles at Indiana's oldest independently owned toy store: Kokomo Toys & Collectibles.
  • Do the chicken dance at the Jasper Strassenfest.
  • Lincoln State Park AmphitheatreSee a show or concert at the Lincoln State Park Amphitheatre.
  • Go to the Indianapolis 500 at least once.
  • See the Andy Griffith Show impersonators at the Mayberry in the Midwest Festival in Danville.
  • Hike the northern hardwood forest, wooded swamp and wet prairie of the Maple Wood Nature Center in LaGrange County Nature Preserve. 
  • Apple Festival of KendallvilleGo to the Apple Festival of Kendallville.
  • Go cliff-diving at White Rock in St. Paul.
  • Rent a pontoon on Lake Shafer.
  • Put the pedal to the floor at Badlands Offroad Park in Attica.
  • See the amazing collections at Indianapolis Museum of Art.
  • Go skydiving in Michigan City.
  • Go to a basketball game at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler Univerisity.
  • Visit the historic canal town of Metamora.
  • Spring Mill State ParkGo back in time at the Pioneer Village in Spring Mill State Park.
  • Find gems at Squire Boone Caverns.
  • Take a tour at Crown Hill Cemetery, where notable people like James Whitcomb Riley, Benjamin Harrison and Col. Eli Lilly are buried.
  • Go to the James Dean Festival.
  • See a concert at Klipsch Music Center.
  • Check out the independent films at the Indy Film Festival.
  • Go to the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne.
  • Take a picnic to Symphony on the Prairie.
  • Go to the Monon Bell Game between DePauw and Wabash—Indiana's oldest football rivalry.
  • Compete in the homemade raft race at the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne.
  • Shop and dine along the brick roads in Zionsville.
  • Visit the International Circus Hall of Fame in Peru and see their local circus.
  • Take your picture with EVERY Santa statue in Santa Claus.
  • Stay overnight at Clayshire Castle, a medieval castle replica in Bowling Green.
  • Canal in White River State ParkRide on a gondola in White River State Park.
  • Go to a Pacers or Fever professional basketball game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
  • See all things college athletics at the NCAA Hall of Champions.
  • Learn about the triumph of forgiveness and the human spirit at CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute.
  • Ride the Thunderbird and the famous wooden roller coasters at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.
  • Gather with friends at the Lake James Sandbar, a favorite hangout for water volleyball and Frisbee. 
  • Take in a concert at the Vogue in Broad Ripple in Indianapolis.
  • Watch practice and meet some players at Colts Camp held at Anderson University.
  • Attend a cross country event at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute.
  • Attend a concert of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.
  • Attend the Headless Horseman event at Conner Prairie.
  • Walk across the 4 Big Bridge in Jeffersonville.
  • Falls of the Ohio State ParkWalk the fossil bed at Falls of the Ohio State Park.
  • Hunt for morel mushrooms in the spring.
  • Take in an Indianapolis Indians game at Victory Field.
  • Shop for anything and everything at Croy Creek Traders Fair in Reelsville.
  • Go boating at Lake Monroe.
  • Get fresh produce at Kercher's Sunrise Orchard.
  • Shop at Edinburgh Premium Outlets.
  • Clements Canoes on Sugar CreekRent canoes at Clements Canoes Outdoor Center near Shades State Park and spend the day paddling down Sugar Creek. 
  • Go hiking at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.
  • See a movie at the drive-in theater in Rockport.
  • Ride horses at Natural Valley Ranch in Brownsburg.
  • Go to the Feast of the Hunters' Moon in Lafayette to revisit a 1700s Fort Ouiatenon.
  • Take a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • General Lew Wallace StudyTour General Lew Wallace's study in Crawfordsville, where he penned Ben Hur.
  • Explore 125 acres of fields, wood and gardens surrounding author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter's cabin in Rome City.
  • Ride a sky-high bicycle at Science Central in Fort Wayne.
  • Challenge yourself on The Village of Winona Bike Trails.
  • Go to the Lotus World Art & Music Festival in Bloomington.

Things to try

  • Zaharakos guy and orchestrionThe Big "Z" colossal sundae at Zaharakos in Columbus.
  • Old Fashioned Cream Pie at the Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery in Shipshewana.
  • The famous shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo Steak House or Harry & Izzy's.
  • The Duane Purvis burger at the Triple XXX Diner in Lafayette (peanut butter on burger).
  • Burgers and shakes at Cammack Station in Muncie.
  • The world's best gummies at Albanese Candy Factory in Merrillville.
  • Wine made from honey at New Day Meadery.
  • The award-winning pretzel bratwurst sandwich at the Schnitzelbank in Jasper. 
  • Joseph Decuis PatioA Wagyu beef steak at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke.
  • A glass of tomato juice at French Lick Resort, where Chef Louis Perrin first created and served it in 1917.
  • Something delicious from the Overlook Restaurant, beautifully situated over the Ohio River in Leavenworth.
  • Cookies from the Abbey Bakery at St. Meinrad Archabbey.
  • Ladies eating ice cream at Blueberry FesivalBlueberry soft serve ice cream at the Blueberry Festival in Marshall County.
  • Baked oatmeal with steamed milk at The Electric Brew in Goshen.
  • The Dark and Stormy drink at Constant Spring in Goshen.
  • The yeast rolls at The Beef House in Covington.
  • Santa's Candy CastleChestnuts roasted on an open fire (for real) at Santa's Candy Castle in—where else—Santa Claus.
  • Anything deep fried at the Indiana State Fair.
  • Your luck at any of Indiana's casinos.
  • Wine tastings at any of the 70 Indiana wineries as you wander along 9 wine trails.
  • Ice cream at Lucy's in Amish country, an amazing walk-up ice cream parlor.
  • 5-star seafood at Captain's Cabin on Crooked Lake.
  • Homemade root beer at Carson's Drive-In in Michigan City.
  • Pizza at the New Bethel Ordinary in Wanamaker.
  • A delicious meal at Indiana's oldest restaurant, The Log Inn in Haubstadt.
  • Crab Cake Mac at the Scenic View Restaurant in Bloomington.
  • A Hearth Side Supper at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park.
  • Hob Nob Pot Roast SandwichThe Pot Roast Sandwich at Hobnob Corner in Nashville.
  • Garlic cheeseburger at Marvin's Restaurant in Greencastle.
  • Ice cream or a shake at Ivanhoe's in Upland.
  • Breaded tenderloin at Mug-n-Bun in Speedway.
  • A cup of house-roasted Rex Coffee at the Clabber Girl Bakeshop in Terre Haute.
  • A combo meal at Mr. Happy Burger in Logansport.
  • Java Haute's "Toddy Iced Coffee" in Terre Haute—the original cold brew.
  • ladies at Olivery WineryOliver Winery's red.
  • Steak at Janko's Little Zagreb in Bloomington.
  • Superior meats, seafoods and cocktails at Old Colonial Inn in Kentland.
  • Stuffed pizza at Key Pizza in Hammond.
  • Dessert at Glory Days in Clay City.
  • Anything at Umi Grill in Terre Haute.
  • A handmade and hand-tied tamale at The Tamale Place in Indianapolis.
  • Pizza at Papa's Culver with walls covered in vintage album covers.
  • Hot chocolate at South Bend Chocolate Company.
  • Pork brain sandwich at the West Side Nut Club Festival in Evansville.
  • A tall sandwich at Shapiro's Deli in Indianapolis.
  • Red GeraniumThe Red Geranium in New Harmony.
  • Everything delicious at Grey Brothers Cafeteria in Mooresville.
  • A burger at Bub's Cafe in Carmel.
  • Ice cream at Jiffy Treat in Ellettsville.
  • A treat at Zesto Ice Cream in New Albany.
  • Rise n Roll BakeryA cinnamon caramel roll from the Rise and Roll Bakery just east of Middlebury—known as "Amish crack."
  • Fried chicken at Fireside Inn in Enochsburg.
  • A Spanish dog at Gene's Root Beer in Anderson.
  • A homemade cinnamon donut and apple cider slushie at Anderson Orchard.
  • Your favorite toppings at Volcano Pizza in Elkhart.
  • A new wine at Huber Winery in Starlight.
  • Pancakes with fresh-from-the-tree syrup at the Maple Syrup Fair in Parke County.