Thursday, September 21, 2017
Fall Bucket List
Playing Sink the Biz at Nick's, seeing a show at The Bluebird, visiting the Farmers Market; there are certain things you just can't miss in Bloomington. The same goes for fall in Bloomington. To help you enjoy one of the busiest seasons in town, we've created this bucket list of things every Bloomingtonian and visitor should experience in autumn.
Visit Musgrave Orchards
After a few months of sweltering summer heat, we're ready to welcome the crisp autumn air that is coming our way (hopefully soon). As the season changes to fall, it's time to celebrate all of the seasonal goodies we love at this time of year. A trip to Musgrave Orchard is a fall must. Stock up on hand pressed apple cider and homemade caramel apples. You can also buy a variety of apples by the basket, local honey, soaps, and more. Don't forget to bring cash.
Climb the Hickory Ridge Fire Tower
The view from the fire tower is epic at any time of year but in the fall you can see the swath of gorgeous fall colors throughout the Hoosier National Forest. Don't forget to bring your camera and maybe your Fit Bit so you can track your steps. Learn more.
Pick a pumpkin at Oliver Winery
If you're looking for the perfect pumpkin for your porch, head to Oliver Winery. Every fall they stock their garden with gourds of all shapes, sizes, and colors so take a lap or two around the grounds to find the one for you. After you find your pumpkin, head into the tasting room and get a taste of their latest fall creation, apple pie wine. Make a day of it and pre-order a picnic and enjoy it on their porch. Learn more.
Explore Fowler Pumpkin Patch
If you're looking for a family-friendly pumpkin patch filled with activities to keep your little ones entertained for an afternoon, head to the Fowler Pumpkin Patch. They have thousands of pumpkins just waiting to be picked out. Small ones, BIG ones, green ones, white ones, the list goes on and on. Once you've picked your pumpkins you can go on a hayride, explore the corn maze, or say hello to the goats and donkeys in their petting zoo. Opening day is September 23!
Sample Fall Flavors
With Bloomington's incredibly creative culinary scene there should be no surprise that fall is a great time to eat in Bloomington. The Farmers' Market is bursting with seasonal foods like apples, pumpkins, and pies of all sorts. From apple cider donuts to persimmon ale and more, check out our Fall Flavors blog post for more can't miss foods around town this fall.
Pack a Picnic
The humidity is waning making it much more pleasant to enjoy a picnic outside. Gourmet snacks and other goodies can be found at Goods for Cooks or swing by Bloomingfoods and pick up some sandwiches from their deli. Once you have all of your picnic supplies there are quite a few parks to choose from.
Some of our favorite parks include:
Attend Indiana University Homecoming Weekend
On October 13-14, celebrate all things Cream & Crimson on IU's Homecoming Weekend. Friday's Homecoming events include spirit stations stocked with free IU swag, Classes Without Quizzes with Jeremy Gray of IU Athletics, and the Homecoming parade and pep rally down Woodlawn Avenue. Saturday starts early with the Homecoming Huddle, a special IUAA members-only tailgate*, to get us ready to cheer on our Hoosiers as they take on the Michigan Wolverines at noon. If you're a visiting fan, check out our guide to Gameday Weekend Guide for out of towners.
Ride the Hilly Hundred
Challenge yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Indiana Uplands with two days of cycling. On October 6-8, 5,000 cyclists from over 40 states and several countries come to Bloomington to ride the hills. The challenging terrain is a wonderful mix of gently rolling country roads and breathtaking hills. Free food and live entertainment at each of three rest stops on both Saturday and Sunday. Learn more. If you can't make the Hilly Hundred this year, rent a bike and cruise some of the trails your own.
Attend Monroe County Historic Barn Tour
On October 28, explore Monroe County's agricultural and architectural history through this self-guided tour featuring 13 barns and outbuildings at 9 locations, from Bloomington and its environs to the county’s outlying corners. The barns vary by age, type, and use, from a dairy barn, converted for horses and named an Indiana Bicentennial Barn to a dairy barn reused as the studio of limestone sculptor, Dale Enochs. Tour-goers are also invited to visit the 2016 Bicentennial Barn Project Traveling Tour from October 2nd through November 13th at the Wylie House Museum’s Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center, a relocated barn at 307 E. Second Street. Exhibited will be ten framed barn plaques by Scott County’s Indiana Artisan, Dorrel Harrison. Learn more.
Leaf Peeping on Arts Road 46
Arts Road 46 is a beautifully winding road that connects Bloomington to Brown County and Columbus, Indiana. As you can imagine in the fall the trees are beaming in different fall colors making it the perfect time to take a drive. There is so much to see and do in all of the Arts Road 46 communities make sure you follow Arts Road 46 on Facebook to be in the know.