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Category - Outdoors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter in Bloomington is fickle. Sometimes it's mild and rainy, sometimes is frigid cold and snowy. And it can go from one to the other in a matter of days (or sometimes hours). I prefer a snowy winter, when it's less than 30 degrees and the big, fat snowflakes cover the tree canopy so the city... Read More

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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... Read More

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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... Read More

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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... Read More

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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... Read More

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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... Read More

Monday, May 12, 2014

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... Read More

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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... Read More

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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... Read More

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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... Read More