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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Get Outside This Spring

Categories: Family Fun, General, Outdoors

Spring is officially here. The snow will soon melt away (hopefully) and Bloomington will be blooming. Whether you crave a little adventure in the outdoors or just want relax outside in a hammock, we have some ideas to help you take a break from the ordinary this spring. 


picnic at oliver

At a park, on the shores of one Bloomington’s three beautiful lakes, or in a shady spot at a local winery, picnics are a perfect way to celebrate spring. Save time prepping and more time enjoying by reserving a picnic basket package at Oliver Winery. Or buy meats, cheeses and crackers at Butler Winery's Vineyard upon arrival. If you’d rather enjoy snacks and drinks on an outdoor patio, we've got you covered with this blog post.


Pedal Power

Bikes at Hopscotch - by Zach Dobson

Put on your helmet, grab your bike (or rent one!) and explore the B-Line Trail.  Pick up a bicycle map at the Bloomington Visitors Center to plan your excursion. If you get hungry or thirsty on your excursion, there are plenty of yummy stops along the way. Discover places like the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, Friendly Beasts Cider Company, Hopscotch Coffee and Cardinal Spirits right on the B-Line Trail. And keep your eyes open for several murals and pieces of public art, too.


Urban Hiking

leonard springs

There are miles of hiking trails in and around Bloomington. If you don't want to go far, Griffy Lake, Preserves at Leonard Springs Nature Park and Cedar Bluffs are each easy to find and fun to explore.  Bird nerds will see many varieties of winged creatures at Bean Blossom Bottoms. Enthusiasts may enjoy guided birding explorations with David from Indigo Birding.  


Row Your Boat

kayak bloomington

Griffy Lake is the perfect urban lake to enjoy a couple hours on the water.  Don’t own your own personal watercraft device? No problem! Kayaks, paddleboards, rowboats, and canoes are all available for rental at the Griffy Lake Boathouse. Starting in April the boathouse is open on Saturdays and Sundays and is open seven days a week starting in May. Want to cruise with a big group? Rent a pontoon boat for a leisurely day out on Monroe Lake.


Hang Your Hammock

Campus Hammock Thumbnail

It doesn't get much better than hanging out in Bloomington. We rounded up our favorite places to hang your hammock so you can read a book or take a nap and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time.  If you’re in the market to purchase a hammock, head to JL Waters and they’ll get you set up.     


Go Fly a Kite


If you're traveling with the kids, take advantage of Spring's windy days and fly a kite. Open air areas like the beaches at Paynetown and Fairfax State Recreation Area, Bryan Park, or Karst Farm Park are good for flying.