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Category - Outdoors

Friday, July 16, 2021

Playing Sink the Biz at Nick's English Hut, hiking through the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, taking a photo at Sample Gates — there are certain things you have to cross off the B-Town bucket list to truly experience Bloomington. The same goes for fall in Bloomington: take part in as many items on this... Read More

Thursday, July 15, 2021

There's nothing like fall in Bloomington. Between Indiana University football, seasonal festivals, and the stunning fall foliage that paints our city in golden tones, an autumnal visit to B-Town is a must on any traveler's fall bucket list. Take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Southern... Read More

Monday, July 12, 2021

There’s a long list of reasons to visit Bloomington during the fall season, but we’re giving you the scoop on the best-of-the-best activities a visitor should seek out during an autumnal voyage to make the most of a fall trip to B-Town. From pumpkin patches to college football, you won’t want to... Read More

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve is comprised of a 109-acre lake surrounded by a 1,200-acre nature preserve. The stunning grounds are located mere minutes from Indiana University's campus, a pleasantly shocking discovery for those who have never stumbled across the serene property. Take a break from the... Read More

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Bloomington offers a variety of family-friendly outdoor activities during every season. Whether you're here for a mid-week trip or a weekend getaway, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy while making memories to last a lifetime. Spring A Day at the Park Bloomington boasts several... Read More

Monday, June 28, 2021

Lake Lemon is Monroe County's second-biggest lake, offering 1,650 surface acres for water activity, as well as other outdoor amenities for visitors to enjoy. While Monroe Lake is the biggest lake in the area, Lake Lemon offers nearly every feature Monroe Lake offers with the added bonus of less... Read More

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Whether you're planning a romantic date, exploring B-Town with your kids, or you simply want to enjoy a meal under the sun, Bloomington offers a few top-notch picnic spots. Grab some blankets, pack your basket, and head to one of these perfect locations for a 10/10 B-Town picnic experience. The... Read More

Thursday, June 24, 2021

For those looking to get active while in Bloomington, there are plenty of activities available to get your blood pumping. With an assortment of outdoor attractions, urban trails, and specialty recreation, there's an option for every level of fitness, from those who want to fit in a simple walk to... Read More

Friday, June 18, 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 summer. Lace up your walking shoes and give these five... Read More

Thursday, June 17, 2021

One of the best, easiest, most fun activities for families is taking a trip to the park to play on the playground. For kids, playgrounds are kingdoms full of imagination, exploration, adventure, and fun. For adults, a trip to the playground offers a chance to enjoy the outdoors and relax as the kids... Read More