First of all, thank you to anyone who responded to my little survey from my last post! One of the most popular responses was for things to do around Bloomington. So you asked, and so you shall receive.
Now, Bloomington is amazing. There are so many places to explore right here in town, such as the 4th street eateries, the plethora of antique shops or the various hidden walking trails around campus. However, only a small portion of IU students venture outside our city limits to see what our neighboring areas have to offer. That's where I come in. I can't believe there are so many neat places within a 30 minute drive of here! Here are some of the cool locations I've gotten the chance to explore:
Zoom Floom Abandoned Water Slide
Located right next to Lake Monroe are the Zoom Floom abandoned water park remnants. Only a few parts of the water park remain, including a large, concrete water slide, the shack at the top of it and the small pool at the bottom. Although exploring an area that families once flocked to as a popular summer destination can seem kind of eerie, graffiti artists have turned the slide into somewhat of a work of art. It's whereabouts can be a little tricky sometimes, so if you're looking to explore, just ask me and I can point you in the right direction!
McCormick's Creek State Park
This place rocks. Exploring McCormick's Creek never gets old. It's beautiful in every season and makes you feel right in sync with your inner adventurer. There are over 10 miles of unmarked trails to roam around on and the best part about this park is creating your own path and finding caves or hills to explore. One of my favorite visits took place at the end of winter last semester when it had finally warmed up a little bit but all the ice remained. McCormick's Creek is located in Spencer, which is about 25 minutes straight down Indiana 46. You will not be disappointed with a day spent here!
Morgan-Monroe State Forest
Morgan-Monroe is BEAUTIFUL in the fall so keep this one on your radar for the upcoming couple months. What's great about this forest, too, is the hidden Musgrave Orchard placed down a couple winding roads. The small store (pictured above) offers pumpkins, apple cider, caramels, and more. There's a seating area to overlook the orchard and even some horses in a nearby pasture, making it the perfect place to visit with friends and take in the beautiful autumn weather! Morgan-Monroe State Forest/Musgrave Orchard are located only 20 minutes north on Indiana 37.
If you choose to spend your day off exploring any of these locations, you will not be disappointed. They bring out both your inner photographer (I took all these photos on my phone!), hiker and explorer. I encourage you to grab a car full of pals and get to know our local area! I've always wanted to bring together a crowd of Net Impacters to spend the day getting to know each other and adventuring together. What do you think?! Maybe we can get something together.
Happy Hump Day!