What do you do in Indiana?

11 Apr

Sometimes, I get jealous. Like the time my high school boyfriend took a family friend to (her) winter formal because she didn’t have a date, or the time I lost the student body elections to the “popular girl” who was voted for secretary all four years of high school, or when I realized that I am one of the very few Indiana bloggers, segregated from all the fun blogging activities in other parts of the country. Wait, what?

They (whoever “they” is) say that trends take about five years to get from the coasts to the Midwest. Read: When I started doing Zumba, 2 1/2 years ago, there were five people in my class. My gym was on the verge of canceling the class. Fast forward to the present day, and the class is overcrowded. Everyone in Indiana is freaking out about Zumba, but I’m guessing it’s been popular in California for at least five years now? This is just one example of the slowly moving trends, but blogging is another. I am kind of jealous of the bloggers in NYC and Orlando that can call up another blogger and meet for a “fun lunch date”, just because. If you wanted to meet me for a fun lunch date, the closest restaurant nearby is Applebee’s. We are living large in the Indianapolis suburbs ;). So Indiana might not quite be there (there, meaning- trendy) yet, but let me assure you, we are not how they make us out to be.

This (insert sarcasm) lovely ABC show is supposed to depict a family living in Indiana. My mom and I watched it last week, and we were a little appalled. Why does Indiana have to be considered “average”? Why are the characters wearing clothes that were popular ten years ago? Why does their kitchen look like something out of a 70s sitcom (just watch it- it does)? If you have not been to Indiana, let me assure you, it is not all cornfields and cows (believe me, I had to be convinced when I moved here, too). So, in case you are ever heading to Indiana, or passing through on your way to somewhere more exciting ;), I thought you would like to know everything that “The Hoosier State” (yes, that’s what we’re called) has to offer. And perhaps we can schedule a blogger meet-up while you’re here :).

Everyone is not walking around in overalls, feeding their cows, or shucking their corn. When I first moved to Indiana, the cornfields overwhelmed me. But, it’s gets better :).

If you like sports, we have…

Indianapolis Motor Speedway– home of the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400; The Speedway also has a museum and offers a track tour, both of which are pretty cool to see at least once.

Lucas Oil Stadium– home of The Colts, and next year’s Superbowl

Conseco Fieldhouse– home of The Pacers; Conseco also houses concerts, ice skating shows, and other sporting events

I saw Tay Swift at Conseco, she’s sporting an Indiana jersey 🙂

Or, if you’re more into the arts and/or museums, we have…

Indianapolis Museum of Art– This museum is FREE to the public, and  one of the best places to go on any occasion. In the summer they have outdoor movies on the lawn, shown on a projector screen. People line up a few hours before the movie to get a good spot and picnic.

We saw Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis– Best. Children’s. Museum. Ever. Okay, so maybe I’m biased because I’ve been there so many times, but it is really fun. There are four floors of exhibits;  it takes at least a whole day to see everything. Right now they have a Barbie exhibit, and it is the coolest thing for a little girl (or a grown up girl, like me 🙂 ).

Wonderlab Museum– This is in Bloomington, basically on Indiana University’s campus. It is completely hands-on, making it perfect for kids and adults who feel the need to be constantly doing something.

Indiana State Museum– Here, you can learn all about the history of Indiana, of course. Did you know that Michael Jackson and Florence Henderson are both from Indiana? This also houses the state’s largest movie theater- a six-story IMAX Theater.

And, of course you have to eat…

Traders Point Creamery– Their restaurant, The Loft, features all organic, locally grown food.

Bazbeaux Pizza– I am not a huge “pizza person,” but many of my friends are obsessed with this pizza. They have tons of options, including a whole wheat crust.

Tegry Bistro–  This sushi place has become a once-a-week stop for me. Their avocado sushi and vegetable fried rice are the best I’ve ever tried, and the prices are very reasonable.

Or, if you’re the scholarly type, we do have options when it comes to education…

Purdue University– This is where I first went to college, for a year.

Indiana University– I love this campus!

Jill Behrman 5K at IU

Butler University– Now known as the school who made it to the NCAA Championship two years in a row!

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology– One of the best engineering schools in the country, right up there with MIT.

Okay, so I think you get my point :). If you’ve ever wondered what Indiana has to offer, now you know. We do, of course, have many more things to do, more places to eat, and more colleges than I listed :).

If you’re ever in the area, come say hi. For the record, I do not live on a farm.

However, do be prepared to see corn.

Remember this?

That, my blogger friends, is not an exaggeration.

Where are you from?/What is your favorite thing to do in your state?

Do you live in a part of the country where you can easily do blogger meet-ups?

Have you ever been to Indiana?







18 Responses to “What do you do in Indiana?”

  1. cupcake dynamite April 11, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    my roommate went to IU!! at least you have a tiny connection to nyc now 😉


  2. Fun Simple Sweet April 11, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    I have been to Indiana once! I have cousins who live there. I was very young though, 8 or 9 years old, so I don’t remember very much. I do remember that it is very flat! haha Very different from Pennsylvania. That’s where I’m from. I actually want to move to Florida asap, but there are some nice things about PA. I think the thing that I like the most is that we do get all 4 seasons. And I’m originally from northeastern PA so I’m only about 2 hours away from NYC! I dislike how far away from the beach I am, though.

  3. Jess April 11, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    I was in Indianapolis for a swim meet in high school/8th grade. It was fun! We went to the zoo:)

    • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      Ah, the zoo… I didn’t mention the zoo because it’s really not that big, compared to other cities 🙂 But it can be fun!

  4. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) April 11, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    My mom is actually from Indiana and went to school at Ball State. We haven’t visited in a while.

    I love VA, there is so much to do. Northern NY, on the otherhand there isn’t much too do but I love how small it is.

    • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

      I looked at Ball State when I was a senior in high school..I have a few friends that go there. I’ve only driven through VA, but it looks really pretty!

  5. Michelle April 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Great ideas! I’ll definitely keep these in mind for if I ever make it there for work or for fun 🙂

  6. scatterbrainjane April 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    One of my old friends is from Indiana so I know about the hoosiers? Basketball? haha i think.

    I’m from Wisconsin and we are always known for farm town and cheese but really we arent at all. At least where I live isnt like that.

    I’d love to do a blogger meet up with everyone! Are you going to HLS 2011?!

    • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

      Yeah…we are definitely a basketball state, haha. I’ve driven through Wisconsin, and from what I saw, it was really pretty!

      Maybe I’m more out of the loop that I thought I was, but what is HLS?? I’m assuming it’s a blogging conference? I just don’t know which one!

  7. thebalancebroad April 12, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    LOVE.this.post. 🙂

    You wrote it perfectly! It describes to a tee how I feel about Indiana, too. I get a little defensive when people knock our state. Sure, it’s definitely not the prettiest landscape or the largest in population, but my favorite thing is that the people here truly are nice. And we LOVE sports!

    • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 12, 2011 at 7:45 am #

      Thank you :)…I was hoping you could relate!

      Exactly…the people are nice…there’s something here that just brings people together…probably sports :).

  8. yourdailygrace April 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    I actually love finding things to do every where I go, no matter what the perception is you can always find cool places! My favorite part about vacations are the exploring not really the relaxing so if I’m ever in Indiana you can bet I’d be finding lots of things to do! I live in Orlando and have never ever done a blogger meet up, I’m not one of “the cool Orlando bloggers” so I’ve never really made a connection with any of the more popular bloggers from this area. I am endlessly jealous of people in NYC though because there are so many food options there and I’m clearly food obsessed:) Oh and if I am ever in Indiana you’re now obligated to meet up with me!

  9. Christine @ Merf In Progress April 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    I was born in Indiana, in Lafayette. My dad went to Purdue 🙂

    Now I live in DC. There are plenty of bloggers here, but the only time I ever did a meetup was a few weeks ago when a ton of bloggers were in town for a marathon.

  10. Alexis July 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    I live in Indiana and always have. Surrounded by corn on all sides of my house. I live right near Indianapolis, but there isn’t much to do for an underage person, I think. Especially a broke one, haha. As far as states go, I don’t particularly like Indiana, but at least we’re better than Ohio. 😛 Haha.

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