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Fall. Bloomington morphs back into college town rhythm. While the weather has cooled, our town boasts fall activities at every corner.  Although Fall Break passed, I want to share a list of my top 6 things to do in Bloomington during the fall.

apples 1 Drink cider at an apple orchard

Musgrave Orchard & Cider Mill on the north east side and Melton’s Orchard and Country Market on the south west side serve apple cider during the season.  A few friends and I visited Musgrave’s. I bought my apple cider, but I passed on the caramel apple. I regret that decision. Also check out the completely volunteer-run organization the Bloomington Community Orchard.

If you have a little more time, and visit the beautiful Apple Works  in Trafalgar. Bloomingfood’s carries their apples.

2 Picnic at the park 

My favorite park, Lower Cascades Park, provides lots of places to sit and enjoy a meal outside; it’s also incredibly close to my home.  Check out Bloomington Parks and Recreation City Parks and Trails to see what is closest to you.

 3 Visit an art gallery or art museum

Check out the First Friday Gallery Walk which includes Gather (us), By Hand Gallery, Blueline, Pictura, Gallery 406, Ivy Tech Waldron, and The Venue.

Other fantastic choices include Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University,  Farmer House MuseumMathers Museum of World CulturesMonroe County History Center.

pumpkin_fotor4 Pick out a pumpkin

Search Fowler Pumpkin Patch for the perfect pumpkin but be sure to wear boots or sneakers into the pumpkin patch. Go on the hay ride. Pet the donkey and goats.  It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.  

5 Make something

Get crafty, artsy, music-y, cooking, or whatever speaks to you. According to studies by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, happiness and creativity go hand in hand. 

Did you know Gather is on Pinterest? Check out our DIY ideas if you need a little inspiration.

6 Take a community class

Education is always in season. Whether brushing up on math skills to help your child or studying a new hobby, Bloomington is unmatched in resources. Check out our events page for Gather classes.  Ivy Tech Lifelong Learning and IU Lifelong Learning provide classes on a variety of subjects for all age groups.  Bloomington Parks and Rec still has a couple of classes to learn more about the outdoors. Not only can you get great books, Monroe County Public Library has classes and resources to learn new skills. Check out BEAD for organizations providing classes in the arts. Keep an eye on Bloomington Lifelong Learning Coalition for classes in the community provided by nonprofits and others.

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