Hey seniors, try this bucket list this summer

Before heading off to your next life challenge, enjoy what Indy has to offer


Amy Hayes

The butterfly exhibit at the Indianapolis zoo offers colorful displays. Admission is included with a zoo ticket.

High school does not last forever, and it seems that every day is passing by faster and faster. A new batch of kids come in, meanwhile some of us are leaving. Sophomores turn into juniors, juniors become seniors and seniors take their next step into life.

That may not seem as much stress, but as these next few weeks pass, the stress will appear. As college is getting closer, you may not have that much spare time in your hand. No one really likes the idea of having stress in our life, so why not get rid of it for a while.

So while you’re still in high school and before leaving for college (if that is your intended destination), enjoy some of the simpler things available to Indianapolis residents. Try this list of fun, inexpensive things to enjoy in Indianapolis:

–Cash may or may not be a problem, but if it is, you can always grab a couple of friends and head on downtown to the canal. Take a little walk, and a couple of pictures. If you have some spare change, always feel free to rent one of their bikes, or pedal boats. Biking or walking around the canal trail and Cultural Trail is a great way to enjoy downtown.

–If you’re more into a New York type of feel, then head down to Mass Ave. Mass Ave. has many different little shops that you can walk into. You could buy some delicious cupcakes, cute necklaces, chill at Starbucks or even walk into many of the jewelry shops.

–If you’re more into fashion and would rather spend a couple hours shopping, Circle Center may be the place for you. Shopping is one of the greatest things in life, so why not take away your stress by shopping till you drop. Spending money right before college may not be the best idea, but walking into college with a whole new style just may be worth it.

–Maybe you are just into cars so take in a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The museum is currently now open, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March- October. It’s 8$ at ticket for an adult, 5$ for a youth. Then children under 5 get in for free. The museum is open every single day of the year, except for Christmas day.

–Spend a day at the Indianapolis zoo and while there be sure to walk through the butterfly exhibits and the gardens which surround that exhibit. If you have not seen the butterfly exhibit, it is included with admission to the zoo and is well worth the hour or so it takes to take in these beautiful creatures. And the gardens are pretty dynamic as well.

–If you have the money, Indy is full of museums that are worth visiting — the Children’s Museum is world famous, the Eiteljorge Museum always has interesting exhibits and the Indiana State Museum is extremely historic.

–Indy has a couple of neighborhood places with great little eateries. Fountain Square on the east side of downtown is a fun lunch-time destination as is Broad Ripple on the north side.

–Indianapolis is very bicycle-friendly. In addition to the canal and Cultural Trail downtown, try riding north on the monon trail or use the trails in Eagle Creek Park. There are plenty of fun places to bike ride in town.

Those are just a couple of the many fun things you can do in Indianapolis. So don’t sit around wondering what to do, get out of your house and enjoy the simple things our city has to offer.