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Category - Outdoors

Monday, May 3, 2021

Almost every outdoor destination in Bloomington shares a common variable: water. Lakes, rivers, and springs can all be found just minutes away from the hustle & bustle of downtown. Monroe Lake, the largest inland lake in Indiana, resides in Bloomington, along with the smaller-but-still-popular... Read More

Friday, April 30, 2021

Sometimes you want to get out of the house and roam around town without spending any money, and Bloomington is the perfect place to do just that. Our community offers a long list of free things to do for a variety of interests, from activities for kids and live music events to nature explorations... Read More

Friday, April 30, 2021

Monroe County offers an incredible assortment of nature hikes for every experience level. Certain hikes have a peak season when it comes to the beauty of the surrounding nature, and the following trails are known to be a special treat during spring. Lace up your walking shoes and give these five... Read More

Friday, April 30, 2021

When it comes to fishing, Monroe County has a great selection of lakes, creeks, and ponds to cast your line. With 10 stocked bodies of water to choose from and miles-upon-miles of shore to fish on, you'll have a new location to try each time you embark on a fishing adventure. Please note: All people... Read More

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bloomington is home to a long list of great outdoor destinations. While they're all incredible during any time of the year, certain places seem to really shine during specific seasons. While you're visiting B-Town this spring, check out the following parks, trails, golf courses, nature & wildlife... Read More

Friday, April 2, 2021

Disclaimer: In order to protect public health and safety, all farmers’ market vendors & shoppers are required to wear a face covering. Farmers’ markets may also limit the number of people inside the market area at any one time. Please be courteous to our farmers and food vendors who have been... Read More

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Southern Indiana is full of hidden gems that create magic within our landscape. Whether you're looking to explore secret waterfalls or romp around a wetland preserve, Bloomington has hikes full of beautiful sights and memorable outdoor experiences in-store. Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Photo... Read More

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Disclaimer: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we realize some visitors may not currently feel comfortable dining inside restaurants. In the meantime, please support your favorite local restaurants with carryout or delivery instead! Be prepared to wear face coverings, practice physical... Read More

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Disclaimer: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we realize some visitors may not currently feel comfortable dining inside restaurants. In the meantime, please support your favorite local restaurants with carryout or delivery instead! Be prepared to wear face coverings, practice physical... Read More

Thursday, March 18, 2021

With incredible outdoor activities, a spirited sports community, a growing culinary scene, and much more, Bloomington offers a bit of everything for everyone. The opportunities for entertainment, education, and exercise are vast, but to get you started, we've put together a list of classic... Read More