Friday, February 12, 2010

Family Friendly Fun!

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Bloomington, Indiana: A Great Place for Family Fun

Discover the top 10 Family-Friendly Attractions in Bloomington

Bloomington – Looking for a great place to take the family this summer? Look no further than Bloomington! Nestled among the beautiful rolling hills and forests of southern Indiana, Bloomington truly offers something for everyone. Already well-known as the home of Indiana University, the Hoosier National Forest and two of Indiana’s best and oldest wineries, Bloomington is also home to lots of exciting, unexpected and even (don’t tell the kids) educational things to do for visitors of all ages. From outdoor adventures to scientific discoveries, this Indiana community will surpass your expectations!

Though there are hundreds of things to do in Bloomington, let’s get down to the best of the best with, what else, a top 10 list! No matter why you’re here, be it a campus visit for an older sibling, one of the many youth sports events hosted in Bloomington, or just a family vacation, you’ll want to check out this list of the Top 10 Family-Friendly things to do while you’re in Bloomington:

1. Visit WonderLab Museum, named one of the Top 25 Science Centers in the country by Parents Magazine. Climb a two-story grapevine, learn what makes hot air balloons float, watch the bee colony make honey and much more! Special Family Science Nights are held throughout the summer in the WonderGarden, right outside the museum.

2. Rent a boat at Lake Monroe. Fish a little, swim a little – just enjoy some good old-fashioned fun in the sun. Lake Monroe is Indiana’s largest inland lake and it’s located adjacent to the Hoosier National Forest – combined they provide thousands of acres of water, beach, forest, trails and fun!

3. Get climbing at Hoosier Heights Indoor Climbing Facility. Hoosier Heights is a great place to learn about outdoor adventure – even if the weather’s bad! Learn the basics of rock climbing in a safe, indoor environment. Instructors are on hand to lend some advice and equipment can be rented on site.

4. Explore the world at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. From Australia to Zimbabwe, the Mathers Museum has objects and artifacts from all over the world. See how people in other parts of the world live and maybe even learn something new about your own culture!

5. Take a tour of Dillman Farm to see where jams and jellies are made. Dillman Farm is famous for their apple butter, jams and jellies. Their latest addition is the Cookhouse Store with gourmet fudge and homemade frozen custard – the perfect place to do some taste testing after that tour! (Tours must be arranged in advance – call 812-825-5525.)

6. Take in a show at the restored Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Take in some nostalgic music with the Good Ol’ Summertime music series, catch an afternoon movie matinee from the Golden Age of Hollywood or enjoy one of the Buskirk-Chumley’s special family shows featuring Saturday matinee performance times, affordable prices and lots of fun!

7. Take a step back in time at the Wylie House. Learn how people in Bloomington lived in the 1880’s. The Wylie House is the restored home of Andrew Wylie, the first president of Indiana University. Guides are on hand to explain the details of nineteenth century life from trundle beds to heirloom seeds.

8. Check out the campus of Indiana University – see if you can find a limestone statue resembling Donald Duck. There are lots of hidden treasures on the campus of IU. Check out the many limestone carvings around campus and the beautiful landscaping. Stop by the Bloomington Visitors Center for a list of things to look for. Oh, and when you find Donald, he’ll be wearing a mortarboard – that’s one smart duck!

9. Visit Assembly Hall to see the NCAA National Championship banners that the Hoosiers have won over the years. Don’t forget to stop by the Varsity Shop on the lower level for a souvenir or two! Memorial Stadium is right nearby, as is Armstrong Stadium where the annual Little 500 Bicycle Race takes place.

10. Explore Bloomington’s many city parks facilities – take a stroll along the Rail Trail or the paved Clear Creek Trail, wander through downtown on the B-Line trail or check out the new Upper Cascades Skate Park or Wapehani Mountain Bike Park for some adventure on wheels!

For more information on any of these family-friendly activities, hotel information, a complete calendar of events or to find out more about the hundreds of great things to see, do and experience in Bloomington, contact the Bloomington Visitor Center at 812-334-8900 or 800-800-0037, or go online at www.visitbloomington.com.  

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