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Monday, March 29, 2021

The Ultimate IU Bucket List

Categories: Indiana University, Arts & Culture, The IU Student Perspective

It's your senior year, which means bidding Bloomington a bittersweet farewell come May. You're preparing to say goodbye to friends-turned-family and professors-turned-mentors, but have you thought about your goodbye to the college town that turned into home? Bid adieu to the town that's come to mean so much to you by visiting as many local spots and experiencing as many B-Town things as possible. Use this bucket list to help determine what you've already done, what you'd like to do once more, what you can do before you graduate, and what you'll have to come back to Bloomington for:

  1. Sing Sweet Caroline as the Big Red Pep Band play the tune during a basketball game at Assembly Hall
  2. Grab a slice of award-winning 'za from Mother Bear's — don't forget to sign your name on the wall before you leave
  3. Relax in the Cox Arboretum between classes
  4. Play a game of Sink the Biz at Nick's English Hut
  5. Kiss your significant other under the Rose Well House at midnight for good luck
  6. Watch a free movie at the IMU 
  7. Dine at a 4th Street restaurant
  8. At night, lie on your back with your legs propped against the side of the Eskenazi Museum of Art and watch the light totem change colors
  9. Grab a coffee from Soma
  10. Order breadsticks with cheese sauce from Pizza X
  11. Go to a wine tasting and sit by the pond at Oliver Winery
  12. Take on a short stack of chocolate chip pancakes from Village Deli
  13. Snap a photo of you shaking Herman B Wells hand
  14. Snag an oversized leather chair at the IMU and spend the afternoon studying
  15. Indulge in scoops of grasshopper ice cream from Chocolate Moose and cookie monster ice cream from Jiffy Treet
  16. Attend the Little 500 men's and/or women's race
  17. Eat Sunday brunch at the Tudor Room 
  18. Experience Kilroy's Breakfast Club during Homecoming weekend
  19. Attend a concert at The Bluebird
  20. Go on a hike at Griffy Lake
  21. Treat yourself to an upscale dinner at Janko's Little Zagreb
  22. Dip your feet in Showalter Fountain
  23. Gaze down Kirkwood Avenue from the Sample Gates and enjoy the moment
  24. Go to the Lilly Library to see an original Gutenberg Bible and other rare books
  25. Take a photo of a beloved IU squirrel in Dunn Meadow
  26. Munch on a bag of kettle corn popcorn from a local farmers' market
  27. Rent a pontoon at Monroe Lake with your friends
  28. Climb the Hickory Ridge Fire Tower and marvel at the sweeping views of the Hoosier National Forest
  29. Watch a performance at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, then go to BLU Boy Chocolate Café and Cakery to buy macarons
  30. Walk around downtown and see a concert during Lotus Festival
  31. Order the Hotbox Special from Baked! in the middle of the night
  32. Stroll the grounds of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center
  33. Tailgate before an IU football game, then cheer on the Hoosiers from inside Memorial Stadium
  34. See a show at the IU Auditorium and a movie at the IU Cinema
  35. Order wings and watch a game at BuffaLouie's
  36. Buy center stage tickets to The Nutcracker 
  37. Grab a drink from The Upstairs Pub and hang out with friends on their elevated patio
  38. Look at stars from the Kirkwood Observatory
  39. Walk around downtown during the Canopy of Lights and shop for gifts at your favorite locally-owned stores
  40. Go to Flat Rocks at Monroe Lake to skip rocks

Looking for a B-Town bucket list? Check out The Ultimate Bloomington Bucket List.



Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's also a proud Indiana University alumna, mom to seven cats, and Formula 1 enthusiast.