Indy Maven Summer Bucket List

2020 may look different than summers past—but there are still so many fun things to do, see, and conquer in Indianapolis and around the state.
Indy summer bucket list

If you’re anything like us, you may feel like you’ve been in a time warp—it was March…and now suddenly it’s summer. The days in between probably felt endless, yet somehow the 4th of July is just around the corner.

This summer is certainly a bit different than those past—with social distancing guidelines still in place—but tis the season for cookouts and humidity nonetheless. We put together our own little bucket list of things we want to do, see, and conquer in Summer 2020. There is more than corn in Indiana, after all, as the old Indiana Beach commercial goes, not that we won’t be throwing some cobs on the grill, too.

Hopefully, you’ll find some ideas here—and share any you have with us on social media.


—Pick up a box of Nicey Treat pops (order pickup in advance online) – toasted coconut and strawberry mint are among our faves. 

—Take a socially-distanced hike around Holliday Park, Eagle Creek, or a lesser known trail. 

—Have an at-home DIY sushi night with a kit from Sushi Boss

—Hit up a drive-in movie with your partner or your pals.

—Plant your own vegetable or herb garden

—Have a picnic in a quiet spot (even if it’s your own backyard).

—Buy a hammock where you can read, sleep, daydream, drink…the possibilities are endless. 

—Hand wash and detail your car. It somehow feels like less of a chore in a bathing suit. 

—Perfect your water skiing skills (or learn!) on Lake Wawasee or Lake Maxinkuckee.

—Continue to support Black women-owned businesses.

—Visit the Newfields Gardens or Butler’s Holcomb Gardens and get back in touch with nature after many months inside.

—Live out one of the most romantic scenes in The Fault in Our Stars and visit Funky Bones in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.

—Start a new book series. Find a pool to read it by.

—Enjoy the view on the Central Canal Towpath by foot or bike.

—Support your local farmer’s market to shop for fresh produce and foods. 

—Update your porch or patio to turn it into your own private retreat.

—Grab a tube and enjoy a lazy day floating down the White River

—Give your old t-shirts a facelift with a tie-dye kit. It’s all the rage right now.

—Do a random act of kindness for a stranger: Leave a note on someone’s car, pay for the person’s coffee behind you, leave quarters at the laundromat…you’ll brighten someone’s day.

—Hit up your local Dairy Queen for a Snickers Blizzard.

—Wear SPF every single day.

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