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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer 2010 in B-town

Categories: Outdoors, Family Fun

It's hot out there . . . and it seems like we've developed a pattern in south central Indiana of steamy days capped off by rainy, stormy afternoons or evenings.  So, what can you do to beat the heat in Bloomington?

Start with the basic essentials for surviving the heat. Mills Pool

  • Hit the pool!
    Choose from Bryan Park PoolMills Pool (both great for kids) and the IU Outdoor Pool (did you know they have wireless?). Karst Farm Park now has a zero-depth Splash Pad for all ages and abilities!
  • Make a break for the lake!
    Lake Monroe is Indiana's largest and boat rentals are readily available at Fourwinds Resort & Marina on the west side of the lake and Lake Monroe Boat Rental on the east side of the lake. Swimming beaches are located at Paynetown SRA, Fairfax SRA and Hardin Ridge Recreation Area. Riddle Point Park at Lake Lemon also features a beach area.
  • Do something indoors!
    Here are a few of my favorite activities for those rainy days, or days that are just too hot to leave the air conditioning!

Grab the family and head for WonderLab, where kids of all ages can enjoy learning more about science (and climbing the two-story tall grapevine).

Explore the works of masters at the IU Art Museum. From Picasso to Monet to ancient Greece, you'll be fascinated by these creations

Take a class - check out what's being offered by the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center or Bloomington Parks and Recreation.

Learn about cultures from around the world at the Mathers Museum.

These are just a few of my favorites, but the possibilities are endless! Explore visitbloomington.com for even more great ideas to keep you busy, and cool, this summer!

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha was the primary contributor to the B-town Blog during her tenure as content coordinator. Her blogs covered a number of topics, from family activities to outdoor excursions.