For students new and old, check out some of these options of things to do in Vermillion, as suggested by Steve Howe, executive director of the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce.
1. Kayak the Missouri River.
SH: “That is an amazing amenity that most students don’t know about or appreciate because it’s down a couple miles away is all, but it’s out of sight, so it’s out of mind.”
2. Check out the National Music Museum.
SH: “It has amazing collections that are world-class. It’s an amazing place.”
3. Go to a different restaurant every week, and see if you can get to them all.
SH: “There are a ton of restaurants. I think they could go to a different restaurant once a week. I think you’re going to be surprised how many dining options are available.”
4. Check out Spirit Mound.
SH: “It’s not very exciting to look at all the time, but from historic perspective it is.”
5. Go on a bike ride following historic Lewis and Clark route.
SH: “There’s a marker down at Cotton Park, and that’s the actual location where Lewis and Clark landed when the Missouri River ran there and they came ashore and walked up to Spirit Mound. So, maybe they can take a ride following the path of Lewis and Clark, from Cotton Park to Spirit Mound.”
6. Check out some of the interesting Main Street shops.
SH: “Sharing the Dream is this one (shop) where they have all these handmade crafts from Guatemala and all the money that they raise there goes back to Guatemala to fund schools and healthcare facilities and things so they should definitely take that in.”
7. Go to the events at the Vermillion Area Arts Council.
8. Go to the Chili Blues Cook-Off, which will be held Oct. 8 at the Washington Street Arts Center.
SH: “Near D-Days, go to Chili Blues where they have live music and a chili cook-off.“
9. Take in the Parade of Lights, which will be held Nov. 30.
SH: “Come downtown and enjoy the Parade of Lights. It’s the first weekend in December.”