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Celebrate Autumn in Bloomington, Indiana

From autumn hiking to fall football (go Indiana University!) Bloomington, IN is bursting with autumn adventure, fall flavors, and some of the best ways to enjoy fall foliage – including a hot air balloon ride for a perfect view from the top. Here’s why Bloomington is one of the Midwest’s best small-town spots with big offerings perfect for leaf peeping and a fall getaway.

There’s a national forest: Nature lovers and avid hikers will be amazed by the Hoosier National Forest during fall. The warm, multicolored foliage will captivate visitors as they venture through the wooded land. Be sure to climb the 133-step Hickory Ridge Fire Tower for an autumnal view of Monroe County like no other.

Foliage + Cream & Crimson: Indiana University exudes a regal beauty during every season, but exploring the campus grounds during fall is a truly grounding experience. The way in which the stunning autumn-shaded trees frame the stately limestone buildings is a sight to behold for anyone visiting the area — especially first-time visitors. Plus, the return of fall brings the return of Indiana University Football. Few things feel more autumnal than college football, and Bloomington is one of the best places to experience it. Don your Hoosier gear and head to the Tailgate Fields for a fall potluck with your crew, then head across the street to Memorial Stadium to cheer on our Cream & Crimson team.

Leaves by the Lake: Monroe County boasts three lakes, and each takes on a magical, majestic air and outdoor adventures during autumn. The rolling hills filled with orange, red, and yellow-leaved trees reflecting in the water is a breathtaking experience every visitor should check out during the fall season. Seasonal activities include boat rentals allowing visitors to cruise for the best fall foliage view. There’s also seasonal biking, fishing, hiking, campgrounds and more.

Nothing beats a fall foliage view from the top. While Bloomington is one of the Midwest’s top birding locations, nothing beats a bird eye’s view of the beautiful earth below. Bloomington is home to three popular hot air balloon companies including SkyVista Ballooning which offers a unique and customizable hot air balloon ride experience for everyone embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.

Speaking of balloons, Bloomington is home to several seasonal festivals including its annual Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest; Lotus World Music & Arts Festival; Hilly Hundred Bicycle Tour, and more.

And the fall fun doesn’t stop there – known for its global culinary flavors, Bloomington is home to over 350 restaurants, plus several award-winning wineries and breweries, many of which switch to seasonal offerings in the fall. Bloomington’s fall travelers enjoy autumn delights such as Apple Pie wine at Oliver Winery, Oktoberfest at Upland Brewing Co., fall themed cocktails at Cardinal Spirits, and so much more.


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