Hidden Gems: The Best Little-Known Things to Do on the Weekends

1) Go to a free athletic event! My personal favorites are rugby games and soccer games (we won 3-0 in soccer on Friday night!). The games are fast-paced and full of great energy, especially for those of us who can't afford season basketball tickets but still want to cheer on our fellow Hoosiers!

2) Check out a musuem (most are free)! The art museum, Matthers, the Lily Library, and Wiley House, Kinsey, and more provide great on-campus learning and resources. For off-campus locatons, check out a full list of musuems at http://www.visitbloomington.com/museums/

3) Go to the movies! Not only does the Whittenberger Auditorium screen weekly movies free to students, but the IU Cinema also brings in great themed collections, international selections, and even student-made documentaries. The website for the cinema is http://www.cinema.indiana.edu/

4) Take in the beauty of South Central Indiana!  Students can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area at Lake Monroe, Griffy Lake, Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Brown County State Park, or numerous other reserves and parks. Springmill State Park, McCormick's Creek, and Turkey Run are well-known state parks in neighboring areas. Bloomington is also a mere 45 minutes away from the celebrated architecture of Columbus, Indiana, and only about 20 minutes from the picturesque streets and antique shops of Nashville. Grab a friend to carpool with, or rent a Zipcar, and explore! 

5) Go to the opera or other performances! Not only can students sometimes swing discounted opera tickets, but also, most of the performaces by Jacob's School of Music students are free. From jazz to choir to ballet, there's something for every taste. Check out the MAC's website for tickets. 

6) Hone in on your cooking skills! Could there be a better place to get inspired to cook than Bloomington, Indiana, and its delectable restaurant scene? Buy locally from the Bloomington Farmer's Market (Saturdays and Tuesday nights), grab international ingredients from Sahara Mart, or check out the healthy, organic, and Vegan-friendly goods at Bloomingfoods. With so many options, why do you ever need to order pizza again? 

7) Explore campus and town by night! There's so much to see-- and it's great being able to see it without 90 degree heat. Just remember to always stay in groups and in safe areas! 

8) Keep track of Btown events! Check out the official events calendar to see the who, what, when, and where. Here it is! -- http://www.visitbloomington.com/things-to-do/events/

There's always something going on in this town. Bloomington, Indiana-- I truly belive it's the best place to do what you love to do! Happy hunting!

-Kaylee 

About The Author
Kaylee DolenEnvironmental Management with Spanish and Latino Studies ~ Class of 2015

Jubilee College Ministries and First United Methodist Church, Amnesty International, Invisible Children, Global Village LLC

people person. tree hugger. activist. foodie. dinosaur. 

have a lovely day!