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Bloomington's Best Parks for Families

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Splash Pad Summers are meant to be spent outdoors, and our community is fortunate to have a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities. Whether your family is into hiking in the wilderness or riding water slides at the pool, you've got multiple options for both. So many options, in fact, that's it's sometimes hard to sort through them. We've done the legwork for you, with our list of the best parks and outdoor recreation spaces for families. Bryan Park 1100 S. Woodlawn Ave. The crown jewel in the Blo …

Top Events in Bloomington for August, 2016

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Charlie Brown August is a month of split personalities. It starts out a little quieter, still missing those IU students, and folks trying to cram in a few more fun activities during summer vacation. Then it ends with an influx of energetic students and more action throughout the campus and city. Throughout the month, there are events to help you hold on to summer for a little longer. Here are our top picks for August. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown That lovable loser and the Peanuts gang come to life  …

IU Summer Theatre is a Dream

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Written by Teal Strabbing, the group services guru and most trendy staffer at Visit Bloomington. What's my favorite play? Without a doubt it would have to be Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, so I jumped at the chance to watch the dress rehearsal of IU Summer Theatre's production of it! I like to think of it as one of the first romantic comedies, with some fantasy and fairies mixed in. I love watching shows in the Wells-Metz Theatre, which is in the round. You get a more stripped- …

Dinner and Drinks on the Patio

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Outdoor dining The first sign of spring in Bloomington is a pair of flip-flops and short shorts on IU students. The second sign of spring is the opening of restaurant and bar patios. These outdoor spaces stay full from the early spring to late fall. The food is just as tasy outside as in, and the people watching is certainly more exciting on a patio. We've picked a few of our favorites, but we'd love to hear from you - what's your favorite patio dining spot? Anatolia Big Woods Bloomington Cardinal Spirit …

Top Events in Bloomington for July, 2016

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Concerts in the Park It's already been pretty hot this summer, but July really starts cooking - the temperature and the number of events! It's hard to pick just eight, but this sampling will get you started (with plenty of events indoors in the magical air conditioning). Find many more events on our events calendar. Performing Arts Series The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department produces a number of free concerts throughout the month. The Tuesday concerts take place at People's Park at 11:30 (all m …

4th of July Celebrations for 2016

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Monroe Lake Written by Betsy Sweeny, intern, and Teal Strabbing, Sales & Services Coordinator. Looking for fun things to do and see in Bloomington for the 4th of July? Bloomington's patriotic festivities kick off on the 1st and continue through the 9th. We've got racing, live music, ice cream, lakes, a parade, and plenty of fireworks. Hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July, maybe we'll see you around town at one of these fun events! On July 1st drive on over to the south side of town for the Bl …

Top 10 Prettiest Spots on the IU Campus

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IU Greenhouse For a campus that's consistently ranked among the most beautiful in the country, how can we possibly narrow down the list to the top 10? You're right, we can't. So here are 10 gorgeous spots on campus that run the gamut from well-known favorites to hidden gems, but we know it's not exhaustive. Please share your memories and other favorites in the comments! 10. The Greenhouse It's probably one of those buildings you've passed a thousand times before, but next time you're nearby, swing in fo …

10 tips to get the most out of Taste of Bloomington

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Taste of Bloomington The Taste of Bloomington is a one-day culinary extravaganza, with tons of food, drinks, music, kids' activities, and socializing in the heart of downtown. Head to Showers Plaza on June 18, but not befeore you read these expert tips from seasoned Taste attendee Laura Newton. 10. Parking doesn't have to be tricky. Neighborhoods near the site of Taste get a bit crowded, so don't be afraid to park at the Convention Center and take a stroll up the B-Line Trail right to City Hall. It's a good  …

Sneak Peek: Arts Fair on the Square 2016

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Arts Fair on the Square Tom Duffy The third Saturday in June is one of the best days to visit Bloomington for two simple reasons: food and art. The Taste of Bloomington is a huge food festival where attendees can eat and drink products from local restaurants and producers while enjoying live music. Check out our top 10 tips to get the most out of Taste. But this blog is about the art. One of the best art festivals in the region takes place on the courthouse square, thus the simple yet descriptive name Arts Fair on the Square.  …

Try something new: Make natural soap with the experts

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Soapy Soap Maybe you're a skin-care fiend, or maybe you've never given a second thought to what creepy chemicals might be living in your soap. Either way, I bet you don't know what the "volcano technique" is, or whether oatmeal or coffee (yes, coffee) is more exfoliating. You also probably don't know how cool it is to explore a local soap-making facility and then make some yourself. Julie gets to check the temperature on our soap-to-be You get to do just that at Soapy Soap, a local natural soap compa …

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