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20 Things All Butler Students Need To Do In Indianapolis

Get out the "Butler Bubble" and discover Indianapolis. Own Indy rounded up the 20 must-do's in the 317, and we're giving away awesome prizes for Butler students who check some off of the list between April 6th and April 20th. Use the hashtag #ownindy to share a photo of what you did and you'll be entered to win free Hoosier apparel from United State of Indiana, tickets to Indy Eleven and Naptown Roller Derby, and gift cards from local vendors like the Ripple Bagel Deli and Hubbard & Cravens!

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1. Indianapolis Museum of Art

The most iconic piece of art in Indianapolis, Robert Indiana's LOVE statue is a must-see. It marks the entrance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is just a short walk from campus. Pack a picnic, grab some friends, and make sure to get a picture. That's just a starting point, though - there's 152 acres waiting to be explored! As a student, you get free admission into the museum, special exhibits, the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres, and the Lilly House & Gardens - just bring your student ID. Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

The most iconic piece of art in Indianapolis, Robert Indiana's LOVE statue is a must-see. It marks the entrance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is just a short walk from campus. Pack a picnic, grab some friends, and make sure to get a picture. That's just a starting point, though - there's 152 acres waiting to be explored! As a student, you get free admission into the museum, special exhibits, the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres, and the Lilly House & Gardens - just bring your student ID.

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

2. Soldiers and Sailors Monument

The only place to get the real Circle City experience is top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. But bring your hiking boots, because it's 32 flights to get this glorious view of Indianapolis. You're rewarded with a 360 view to the edges of Indy from 284 feet in the air - only 15 feet short of the Statue of Liberty. Once you get your workout in, head across the circle to South Bend Chocolate company for a snack - you've earned it.Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

The only place to get the real Circle City experience is top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. But bring your hiking boots, because it's 32 flights to get this glorious view of Indianapolis. You're rewarded with a 360 view to the edges of Indy from 284 feet in the air - only 15 feet short of the Statue of Liberty. Once you get your workout in, head across the circle to South Bend Chocolate company for a snack - you've earned it.

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

3. Holcomb Gardens

Take advantage of the glorious spring weather and stroll down to Butler's Holcomb Gardens. String up a hammock and study or lay out a blanket to snooze in the sun. Make sure to visit the iconic Persephone statue, too! Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Take advantage of the glorious spring weather and stroll down to Butler's Holcomb Gardens. String up a hammock and study or lay out a blanket to snooze in the sun. Make sure to visit the iconic Persephone statue, too!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

4. Visit A New Cultural District

Broad Ripple is great, but it's only one of the six districts in Indianapolis. Whether you're ponying up to a pint of local brew, shopping for hand-made art collectibles, taking in a play or live show, enjoying a succulent farm-to-table dinner, or just soaking up the sights of one of the most walkable cities in America, these neighborhoods offer the best of Indy. Check out this personality guide to the Cultural Districts, pick one, and start exploring!Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Broad Ripple is great, but it's only one of the six districts in Indianapolis. Whether you're ponying up to a pint of local brew, shopping for hand-made art collectibles, taking in a play or live show, enjoying a succulent farm-to-table dinner, or just soaking up the sights of one of the most walkable cities in America, these neighborhoods offer the best of Indy. Check out this personality guide to the Cultural Districts, pick one, and start exploring!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

5. Visit the Indianapolis City Market

Open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturdays, the Indianapolis City Market brings the best local vendors to one spot. You'll find more than just fresh produce here; there's ice cream flavors you've never dreamed of, artisan-crafted tea and coffee blends, and authentic ethnic spices. Grab a bite to eat while you're there, or bring home some ingredients to make your own fresh, locally grown dinner.Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturdays, the Indianapolis City Market brings the best local vendors to one spot. You'll find more than just fresh produce here; there's ice cream flavors you've never dreamed of, artisan-crafted tea and coffee blends, and authentic ethnic spices. Grab a bite to eat while you're there, or bring home some ingredients to make your own fresh, locally grown dinner.

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

6. Take a walk along the Central Canal

Whether it’s a relaxing stroll or an invigorating run, the Central Canal is a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers and sightseers alike. Burn some calories, catch some rays, and explore one of the most beautiful cities in the Midwest - it's a win-win! Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Whether it’s a relaxing stroll or an invigorating run, the Central Canal is a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers and sightseers alike. Burn some calories, catch some rays, and explore one of the most beautiful cities in the Midwest - it's a win-win!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

7. Read a book by an Indiana author at the Indianapolis Public Library

The Indianapolis Public Library is a number of things: a beautiful building with amazing architecture and design, an inspiring place to study and work, and the perfect place to pay homage to great Indiana authors. The library put together a list of Hoosier-made books, and it should be your goal to read at least one!Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

The Indianapolis Public Library is a number of things: a beautiful building with amazing architecture and design, an inspiring place to study and work, and the perfect place to pay homage to great Indiana authors. The library put together a list of Hoosier-made books, and it should be your goal to read at least one!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

8. Visit the sculptures at White River State Park

White River State Park has more than just concerts. Check out the extensive public art collection sprinkled throughout the green space - you can't miss The Tent, which stands 3’ tall and 14’ wide. Built from tubular stainless steel, it has nearly 500 panels of polished stainless steel, and is painted on the outside of each with 23 bright colors!Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

White River State Park has more than just concerts. Check out the extensive public art collection sprinkled throughout the green space - you can't miss The Tent, which stands 3’ tall and 14’ wide. Built from tubular stainless steel, it has nearly 500 panels of polished stainless steel, and is painted on the outside of each with 23 bright colors!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

9. Browse a local art gallery

Indianapolis has over 15 permanent galleries and even more displays appear each month during First Friday. From public, free galleries to more quirky to professional spaces, we do art well in Indy. Choose on of these 11 must-see galleries in downtown Indy and make a visit. Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Indianapolis has over 15 permanent galleries and even more displays appear each month during First Friday. From public, free galleries to more quirky to professional spaces, we do art well in Indy. Choose on of these 11 must-see galleries in downtown Indy and make a visit.

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

10. Sun King Brewery’s tasting sessions

For the 21+ crowd, catch a tasting session at Sun King Brewery, open from 10 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday. It's the perfect way to start the weekend after your Friday afternoon classes - although major props if you make a tasting trip at 10 AM on a Tuesday! Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

For the 21+ crowd, catch a tasting session at Sun King Brewery, open from 10 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday. It's the perfect way to start the weekend after your Friday afternoon classes - although major props if you make a tasting trip at 10 AM on a Tuesday!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

11. Thirsty Scholar

Located on the corner of 16th and Pennsylvania, The Thirsty Scholar is a versatile, all-ages gem. During the day, you can get some work done while you enjoy a great cup of coffee. If you're of age, you can enjoy their great wine and beer selections. And everyone can enjoy the live music, often featuring talented Butler musicians.Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Located on the corner of 16th and Pennsylvania, The Thirsty Scholar is a versatile, all-ages gem. During the day, you can get some work done while you enjoy a great cup of coffee. If you're of age, you can enjoy their great wine and beer selections. And everyone can enjoy the live music, often featuring talented Butler musicians.

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

12. Friday Night Swing Dancing at Fountain Square

Ditch the bar scene for one night, and head to the Fountain Square Theatre for swing dancing. Whether you need to impress the lady-friend or entertain the whole crew, it's sure to be a good time. Two left feet? No worries! The one hour instructional starts at 7:30 PM, and the band starts at 8:30 PM.Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Ditch the bar scene for one night, and head to the Fountain Square Theatre for swing dancing. Whether you need to impress the lady-friend or entertain the whole crew, it's sure to be a good time. Two left feet? No worries! The one hour instructional starts at 7:30 PM, and the band starts at 8:30 PM.

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

13. Naptown Roller Girls

We love our Dawgs, but there's nothing cooler than Roller Derby. Recently voted Best Local Amateur/Collegiate Sports Team in Indianapolis, the Naptown Roller Girls are the pride and joy of Indy's alternative sports. You can grab tickets at various locations around town - just remember to bring your dollar bills, it's cash only!Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

We love our Dawgs, but there's nothing cooler than Roller Derby. Recently voted Best Local Amateur/Collegiate Sports Team in Indianapolis, the Naptown Roller Girls are the pride and joy of Indy's alternative sports. You can grab tickets at various locations around town - just remember to bring your dollar bills, it's cash only!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

14. Eagle Creek Park

Pack your bag and get out of your comfort zone. Just a 15 minute drive from Butler, Eagle Creek Park is home to 1400 acres of water, 3900 acres of forest, and 5 trails of varying difficulty. Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Pack your bag and get out of your comfort zone. Just a 15 minute drive from Butler, Eagle Creek Park is home to 1400 acres of water, 3900 acres of forest, and 5 trails of varying difficulty.

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

15. Local Donuts

Don't stop at Indy's craft beer; Indy boasts some of the best craft donuts in the nation, as well. Try them all: GADCO, Rocket 88 Donuts, Long's Bakery, and The Donut Shop on Keystone are a few to consider. And don't forget to stop by the Dancing Donut, which just opened on 54th Street! !Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Don't stop at Indy's craft beer; Indy boasts some of the best craft donuts in the nation, as well. Try them all: GADCO, Rocket 88 Donuts, Long's Bakery, and The Donut Shop on Keystone are a few to consider. And don't forget to stop by the Dancing Donut, which just opened on 54th Street! !

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

16. Local Coffee Shop

Nothing goes better with donuts than 16 ounces of delicious black coffee. After donuts, go on a local coffee date to Hubbard & Cravens, Bee Coffee Roaster, Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company, Tinker Coffee Co., or any of the dozens of local coffee shops in Indianapolis!Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Nothing goes better with donuts than 16 ounces of delicious black coffee. After donuts, go on a local coffee date to Hubbard & Cravens, Bee Coffee Roaster, Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company, Tinker Coffee Co., or any of the dozens of local coffee shops in Indianapolis!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

17. Brunch

There's nothing better than a Saturday morning brunch. Actually, I lied. There's nothing better than a Saturday morning brunch at local Butler University favorite restaurants Cafe Patachou, Ripple Bagel & Deli, and Good Morning Mama's just a few minutes from the school. If you're feeling a bit adventurous, try out Milktooth in Fletcher Place!Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

There's nothing better than a Saturday morning brunch. Actually, I lied. There's nothing better than a Saturday morning brunch at local Butler University favorite restaurants Cafe Patachou, Ripple Bagel & Deli, and Good Morning Mama's just a few minutes from the school. If you're feeling a bit adventurous, try out Milktooth in Fletcher Place!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

18. City-County Observation Deck

The City-County Observation Deck is only open from 10 AM to 3 PM. Take a break from campus life and head downtown for the most amazing views of Indianapolis you can find!Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

The City-County Observation Deck is only open from 10 AM to 3 PM. Take a break from campus life and head downtown for the most amazing views of Indianapolis you can find!

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

19. Indianapolis Record Stores

Hit up Indianapolis record stores for some local music: check out Indy CD & Vinyl for a Sleeping Bag CD, LUNA Music for a Brother O' Brother CD, or if you're looking for something a little more alternative, stop by Vibes Music for some great local punk and metal releases. Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

Hit up Indianapolis record stores for some local music: check out Indy CD & Vinyl for a Sleeping Bag CD, LUNA Music for a Brother O' Brother CD, or if you're looking for something a little more alternative, stop by Vibes Music for some great local punk and metal releases.

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

20. Crown Hill Cemetery

If you're not scared, stop by Crown Hill Cemetery to visit the graves of some of Indy’s famous residents. The final resting places of John Dillinger, James Whitcomb Riley, and Pres. Benjamin Harrison can be found in the vast gravesite just minutes from Butler University and the IMA.Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

If you're not scared, stop by Crown Hill Cemetery to visit the graves of some of Indy’s famous residents. The final resting places of John Dillinger, James Whitcomb Riley, and Pres. Benjamin Harrison can be found in the vast gravesite just minutes from Butler University and the IMA.

Enter to win: Use #ownindy to share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, or post it to the Own Indy Facebook wall.

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