HU Students, Here is Your Huntington County Bucket List

First of all, welcome to the beautiful campus I have called my home for the past four years. In one week I will walk across a stage in a big room full of people I have grown so fond of, people I wish nothing but good things for, and people I hate to leave.


The time you have at Huntington is limited and it can be so easy to only experience the campus side of things – more commonly called the HU bubble. The reality is that there is more to Huntington than HU.


In my last semester, I was privileged with the opportunity to fulfill my internship requirements at the Huntington County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Through that experience, I have learned so much about Huntington County and what it has to offer. Spoiler alert: it has more to offer than you probably think.


So when you are looking for something to do in the next one to four years, check out these places to eat, shop, and play. Think of it as a bucket list I wish I would have had back when I was a freshman.


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Johnny’s Cinnamon Rolls



Johnny’s – must get cinnamon rolls

Nick’s Kitchen – birthplace of the tenderloin

Moose & Mollie’s – gelato and other treats

Rusty Dog – get a burger, I don’t even care what kind

Brick House Grill – everything is yummy

Vinatelli’s Italian Café – hello, garlic knots

Kim’s Katered Affair – must get cookies

Joseph Decuis Emporium – farm fresh meat

The Rusty Pan – pizza, pizza, pizza, pizza



Mazie’s Flowers



The Trove – hello HGTV

Paper Moon – everything is quirky and cute

The Dream Center – thrift

The Bee Hive Shop – local, delicious honey

Turn the Page Books and More – books for fun!

Markle Exit 286 Antique – it’s like a whole other world

Mazie’s Flowers & Gifts – I love everything here

Antiqology – all of the soda



Salamonie Lake – feed the carp just off the pier at Pirates Cove Marina



Salamonie Lake – feed the carp!

Forks of the Wabash – take a peaceful stroll

Tel-Hy Nature Preserve – take a hike overlooking the river

Sunken Gardens – you have to go at least once and remember to take a picture

Pulse Opera House – the good kind of drama

Huntington Drive-In Theater – two movies and a jungle gym

J Edward Roush Dam – take a break from the stress

Huntington Bike Routes – use the bike for more than racing to class










Of course, your four years will look different than mine and there will be new places to visit, so keep on the lookout for those! As you may have noticed, this is not an all-inclusive list, for that visit There you will find descriptions and contact information for each place listed and so much more. Enjoy your time on campus, but be sure to have experiences off-campus as well. I sincerely hope that your time at HU is well spent. Do more Huntington University.




Shana Christian-Reents, Visitor Bureau Marketing Intern, Huntington University

Posted by Huntington Intern at 4:01 pm