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An IU Senior's Mandatory Bloomington Adventure List

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Steffi Wong This is a special guest post from our fabulous intern, Steffi Wong. Here at Visit Bloomington, we only get to enjoy her presence through the end of the 2014 fall semester, and then she'll be finishing her senior year at IU and will be off to new adventures. We asked her to write a post about all the Bloomington things she'll miss the most. Naturally, the list is pretty long! ----------- It's my senior year at IU and I am a native Bloomingtonian. Since I've lived here my whole life I have go …

11 Sure Bets in B-town for November, 2014

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the romp Somehow, every November I think I'll take it easy in my social life, and then my calendar fills up with arts, athletics, or culinary adventures almost every night of the week. Bloomington's just got too much going on, so I figure I'll wait to catch up on sleep until I'm at the in-laws' for Christmas. If you're like me and you can't make your mind up between all the events, here's a list of 11 (I couldn't cut it down to the Top 10) things to do in Bloomington this November. Even more great ev …

Staff Picks: Fall Foliage

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Sample Gates in Fall Is Bloomington any more beautiful than in the fall? One could make the case for the lovely spring scenes with magnolias and tulips, or the canopy of twinkle lights covered in a light snow, or even the lush green canopy of summer. But to me, this Tree City USA town was meant to be covered in bright reds, oranges and yellows. And because this is a community that makes green space a priority, there are probably hundreds of places that offer a gorgeous autumn view; even in the middle of town you …

Halloween delights and frights throughout October, 2014

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Glass Pumpkins Whether you're afraid of the dark or a horror movie superfan, Bloomington has plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween. Check out this list of the top events across the city, and feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments! 5th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch October 11 Monroe County Courthouse lawn Free Come pick out your very own handmade blown glass pumpkin at the 5th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! There will be over 400 glass pumpkins for display and sale, all made by me …

Staff Picks: Summer Swimming

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Splash Pad July in Indiana means scorching hot days with humidity high enough to be visible by the naked eye. I'm sweating just thinking about it. So what does one do to keep cool during these unbearably hot days? Go swimming, of course! We're lucky, around here there are plenty of places to go swimming, each with their own unique assets. So our staff has provided their favorite places to cool off during the summer months. Mike- The spillway on Monroe Lake is my favorite place to go swimming. It' …

Birding in Bloomington? May is the Month!

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rose-breasted grosbeak The beauty of spring is all around us right now... flowering dogwoods, lovely gardens, and - my favorite - singing birds. Have you listened to the musical songs outside our doors each morning? The birds that flew south for the winter have returned, and the males are busy attracting mates and establishing territories, much to our listening pleasure. The reports of rose-breasted grosbeaks visiting feeders are on the rise. This handsome bird is a favorite of many folks, but they only pass throu …

Morel Hunting in Bloomington

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Morel Mushroom It's that time of the year again in Bloomington. No, I'm not talking about the warm weather, blooming flowers or chirping birds. I'm talking about mushrooms - more specifically, morels. If you've never hunted, found or eaten a morel mushroom, then you're truly missing out on one of spring's most eventful and delicious fleeting mysteries. Where to Begin I'd recommend going morel hunting with someone who has experience in finding and identifying these fungi. If they're really nice the'll show  …

A Morning with IndiGo Birding Nature Tours

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Birding - Setting Off If you love birds, you're going to love this new addition to Bloomington's visitor options - IndiGo Birding Nature Tours is a brand-new business created by local naturalist David Rupp so he could share his love of birds and nature with visitors (and residents) in Bloomington. Did you know that Bloomington is a birding hot spot in the Midwest? We're very lucky to have a number of fantastic birding locations right here in our area - places like Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve, Monroe Lake, …

What's on Your B-town Bucket List?

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B-town Bucket List We're about one month away from Indiana University's graduation weekend... and that means there are thousands of Hoosiers getting ready to graduate and leave Bloomington to begin exciting new adventures. We wish them well and hope to see them back to visit at some point, but in the meantime we've put together a list of classic only-in-Bloomington, off-campus experiences every student should be sure to have before graduation day. Here are thirty things to add to your B-town Bucket List: See …

Eagle Watch Weekend 2014

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Eagle Watch Weekend Have you ever wondered why they hold the annual Eagle Watch Weekend at Lake Monroe in January, instead of say... June? While it might be more enjoyable to search for the elusive eagles in the sky during warmer weather, it would actually be a lot harder to spot them! Eagle Watch Weekend is arguably Indiana's premiere annual eagle-watching and birding event. Rest assured, the scheduling of such an important event takes into account the best time of year for successful eagle-spotting on Monroe  …

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