Summer is just around the corner which means we Hoosiers will have more time to go exploring. It’s time to rid ourselves of bad weathers’ cabin fever and move on out — outside that is!

Indiana definitely has something for everyone. Here are some great ideas to add to your summer bucket list.

Corydon, located in southern Indiana, is home to Indiana Caverns. This is where you will find Indiana’s longest caves. You can either walk a tour or go exploring via boat.

In the northern town of Albion you can visit The Black Pine Animal Sanctuary which houses all types of animals, including the exotic ones. Mostly funded by visitor fees you can check out some amazing rescue animals and support a good cause at the same time.

Nothing says summer like sun, water and beaches. To the north we have Monticello’s Indiana Beach, and to the south you can enjoy Lake Monroe near Bloomington. Indiana Beach also offers an amusement park, and lets’ not forget Holiday World down south and Six Flags, just a road trip away. We have several choices to swim, lounge in the sun or take the boat out for a spin. Parke County’s Raccoon Lake is one beautiful option, and not too far away.

Elkhart is home to more than a million blooms and offers free tours of Quilt Gardens from June to October.

The Indianapolis Cultural trail connects several of Indy’s most popular districts such as Fountain Square, Fletcher Place, Mass Ave, the Canal and White River State Park and Broad Ripple. What a great opportunity to boost your exercise routine with beautiful scenery while walking, jogging or biking.

Beginning in August the Indianapolis Colts Training Camp takes place at Anderson University in Anderson.

A trip to the Indianapolis Zoo is sure to fill everyone’s day with fun. Perhaps a trip to the Children’s Museum can find it’s way to your calendar this summer as well.

The Festival of Murals in Wayne County is a summer-long competition which has local artists creating murals and other masterpieces. What a great way to enjoy beautiful art with a Hoosier theme.

July is filled with county fair choices all around us and lets’ not forget the Indiana State Fair Aug. 2-18.

If you are interested in seeing Indiana from a totally new light you will want to visit Midwest Balloon Rides in Fishers.

Wine lovers might enjoy a road trip to southeastern Indiana to visit Ertel Cellars in Batesville; Ridge Winery Tasting Room in Vevay; Stream Cliff Farm in Commiskey; and three wineries in Madison: Lanthier, Madison Vineyards Estates and the Tomas Family Winery. Visiting all six wineries should definitely bring you to official wine aficionado status.

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival in South Bend brings all your favorite Shakespearean works to life throughout the summer.

Indiana offers 25 state parks to enjoy, with Brown County being the largest. Other parks just a short drive away include Turkey Run, Shades, Lieber, McCormick’s Creek, and Indiana Dunes.

Popcorn lovers can celebrate this salty favorite at Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival each summer.

On each first Friday during the summer, the Old National Centre in Indianapolis hosts a huge gathering of food trucks appropriately titled Food Truck Fest.

For those who prefer to stay closer to home, there is definitely a lot of choices to fill your time this summer including — Rotary Jail Museum and Tannenbaum Cultural Center, General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, Ropkey Armor Museum, Cabbages and Kings Antique Mall, The Lane Place, Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Coal Creek Cellars and Indiana Zipline Tours Inc.

Lets’ also not forget our local Vanity Theater which offers musicals and plays throughout the year; the Strawberry Festival begins today with food, entertainment and arts and crafts for all; and Waynetown will hold a fun-filled day on June 29 with the Waynetown Freedom Festival, ending the festivities with a fireworks display.

Kids can be sure to find plenty to do with our libraries offering summer reading programs for all ages. Swimming and water fun is available at both Milligan Park and Waynetown’s Tremaine Park. You can also contact the Park and Rec Department for information on available youth summer programs and camps.

Make this summer the best yet — get out and explore Indiana.

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