Released May 10, 2016

Indiana’s Bicentennial Bucket List


Contact: Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, [email protected] 

INDIANAPOLIS — As Hoosiers are celebrating the bicentennial year in various ways, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has created Indiana’s Bicentennial Bucket List to help promote traditions and oddities around the state.

“We’ve put the bicentennial bucket list together for Hoosiers and non-Hoosiers alike to experience something new about Indiana this year,” said Aja May, vice president of marketing. “We get asked all the time what is fun to see and do in Indiana, so our staff of Indiana experts put together the list to share.”

Indiana’s Bicentennial Bucket List is organized by location and each task is labeled by category. The list includes something to do in all 92 counties.

The 10 categories include sports, museums/memorials, holidays/seasons, arts, food/drink, outdoors/state parks, general fun activities, shopping, unusual and festivals. Listed below are the locations included on the list.

There are three examples of things to see and do below each location. Please click on the region to see a PDF of the bucket list.


  • Eat a Coney Dog at Fort Wayne’s Coney Island [Allen County] 
  • Visit Michael Jackson’s boyhood home in Gary [Lake County] 
  • See freshwater jellyfish in Olin Lake [LaGrange County]



  • Visit Cataract Falls, the largest waterfall in the state [Owen County] 
  • Cut down a Christmas Tree from Bohman Tree Farm in Greensburg [Decatur County] 
  • Visit Nancy Kerlin Barnett’s grave in the middle of E 400 in Franklin [Johnson County]


  •  Go fishing at the Fairbanks Landing Fish and Wildlife Area [Sullivan County]
  • Ski, snowboard or snow tube at Paoli Peaks in Paoli [Orange County] 
  • Tour the WWII ship, USS LST 325, in Evansville [Vanderburgh County]

For more information, please call 317.232.1637 or visit online at   

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The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.