Spring is finally here! After this extended winter in Bloomington, I think everyone is ready for a little sunshine at this point. With the weather starting to stay steady in the 50 degree range, it looks like spring is finally showing it’s face. I love when the weather changes from cold to warm, and it seems like the town is suddenly alive with people outside doing things.
Thankfully there are many ways to enjoy this new spring weather in Bloomington. If you are looking for something to do, check out these opportunities to live spring in Bloomington to the fullest! Bloomington is filled with natural spaces to spend your time and most of them can be enjoyed for free.
Griffy lake is a btown favorite for good reason. It’s close location to campus and water activities makes it a must see for warm weather. Super family friendly beautiful lake and hiking views. It is also a great location for an outdoor picnic. The boathouse at Griffy Lake opens in April during the weekends from 9-6 until May when it is open daily 8-8! You can rent canoes, kayaks, rowboats and stand up paddle boards for $8/hr. Very kid friendly!
You don’t have to be a buddhist to enjoy this sprawling landscape! With beautiful nature views and a blossoming lotus pond near the back of the property, it’s an ideal location for a relaxing walk while learning about another culture. If you are looking for a more in depth retreat into nature, you can rent a yurt on the property.
Cascades Park is a great option for everyone, families included! With it’s secluded location surrounded by nature, walking trails, play equipment and seating areas, there are many ways to enjoy the space. If you really want a treat, follow the trail in lower cascades park to see the small located inside. Worth the small walk to get there!
The weather is great, so why not enjoy the B-Line trail? This pathed walking path goes through town so there are many places to start walking on the trail. Since it is paved, it’s ideal for bike riders and people who have a hard time walking on uneven surfaces.
A family favorite with lots of play spaces for children and covered seating areas for events like barbecues, parties and picnics. Memorial day starts pool season for lots of fun!
Are the days getting a little hot for you? The rail trail is your answer if you are looking for a walking trail! This path is unpaved but mostly shaded by a lot of trees lining the path.
Is gardening your thing? Hilltop Garden is free and almost never crowded! This IU garden has a focus on youth gardening, but is a great resource for learning about gardening and engaging with nature. Their gardens are beautiful and worth a walk through, with benches available when you need a rest from walking.
Bloomington isn’t Bloomington without a visit to the farmer’s market! April starts the outdoor season for the farmer’s market and is the perfect way to engage with your neighbors and enjoy the warmer weather. From the local food to the free performances, there is a lot to see and do. Totally worth a visit even if you don’t want to buy anything!
Puppy Cafe (April 3rd)
Puppies, need I say more? This fundraiser supports a daycare for underprivileged children in Peru and lets you play with super cute puppies.
Health & Wellness Field Day (April 14th)
Free food and supporting your health? Sounds like a win to me. Kid friendly and filled with fitness activities!
Hoosier Half Marathon (April 14th)
Into running for fitness or just for fun? The Hoosier Half Marathon is right up your alley. 😉
Little 500 (April 20-21)
Another Bloomington tradition. The largest collegiate bike race in the United States, this two day event is filled with bike races at Bill Armstrong Stadium. One of the biggest events of the year, there are many activities to do outside of the race itself this weekend!
Rent-A-Puppy (April 26th)
Puppies again! There can never be enough puppies. Support Bloomington Animal Care and Control by paying $5 to snuggle an adorable shelter puppy for 20 minutes. Competition is fierce, so make sure to arrive early! All puppies are available for adoption.
Yoga at the Orchard (May 12th)
Yoga, enjoy good weather and supporting a good cause with Bloomington Community Orchard. This donation yoga class helps the orchard continue to provide fruit for the community and promote community engagement.
A Fair of the Arts (May 12th, June 9th)
A great addition to your visit to the weekend farmer’s market! This art and community event is filled with visual arts and fine crafts made locally.
Library Book Sale (April 13-16)
THE event for getting cheap books from the library! Snag some gently used books and support the public library at the same time.
Solar Celebration (April 21st)
This free event features tons of information and hands on activities for children about the power of the sun.
Family Fun Festival (April 29th)
Music, a bubble truck, food trucks, face painting, a bounce house, and more! This outdoor event has a lot to do for children and supports the Monroe County Autism Foundation. $5 for children, $10 for adults or $25 for families.
Kid City May Break Day (May 8th)
Sports, nature and games for kids K-6! This full day event is not free, but the $35 fee covers all activities, snacks, materials and field trips during the day. Pre-registration required.
Family Circus Weekend (May 25th-27)
Turn yourself into a high-flying acrobat at the Jumping Pillow Jump & Jam, create your favorite circus animal mask, line up for our elephant Stomp race, learn how to make your own balloon animals, and dress up like a clown in our big top relay races. These fun activities will keep your family busy on this Memorial Day Weekend. Three night minimum stay required. A great camping opportunity for families!
Nature Play Day (June 9th)
Enjoy a fun day at the lake with a fun-filled play passport themed event. Children will use their digital camera to complete activities to win a prize and certificate! A great opportunity to learn more about nature while having fun.