Things To Do In Bloomington

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No Coast specializes in a delicate style of cuisine: the raw bar. Behind the counter, chefs shuck and serve chilled oysters and clams with five unique sauces, such as mignonette or salsa verde and lime. No Coast also offers a wide range of small plates such as gin-cured salmon and shrimp and smoked beef skewers are designed for sharing. In addition, a la carte cheese and charcuterie platters are also available, which feature items such as a buttery idiazabal sheep's milk cheese and tangy aged gouda, as well as wild boar prosciutto and peppered duck pastrami. Knowing that such delicate fare deserves the right pairings, the bar serves from a library of canned and barrel-aged craft beers, sake, and International wines.

115 S Sr 46 Bypass Ste D
Bloomington,
IN
US

Where prospectors once used the running waters of a river to search their hauls for gems and gold, Copperhead Creek Gem Mining Company employs a winding wooden sluice. Deputized geologists shovel scoops of raw material sourced from 12 mines into wire mesh sifters, allowing the current to carry off the dirt and reveal the colorful stones that lie within. The company also offers bags of mining rough that are likely to contain fossils and arrowheads, along with geodes that visitors can crack at home by using a hammer or throwing them really hard against a tree.

79 N Van Buren St
Nashville,
IN
US

Named one of the 50 Reasons to Love Bloomington by Bloom magazine and one of the nation's top 25 science centers by Parents magazine, WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology invites visitors of all ages to discover how exhilarating science can be. Between a two-story interior and an outdoor WonderGarden, the museum flaunts more than 50 hands-on science activities. A range of exhibits bring youngsters face-to-face with scientific principles in such attractions as the two-story Grapevine Climber climbing maze, the Bubble-Airium’s cloudball machine, and Water Works' ball launcher. Over in the Fitzgerald Hall of Natural Science, live amphibians and insects crawl around settings that mimic their natural habitats. For children aged 6 and younger, the George & Evelyn Brabson Discovery Garden grants youthful scientific inquiry through live animal displays, the Magnet Wall, and a tree house. The museum also hosts regular special events.

308 W 4th St
Bloomington,
IN
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Panache Dance is a local, independent dance studio, offering the services of highly trained professional instructors, who are ready to meet any of your dancing needs.

325 E Winslow Rd
Bloomington,
IN
US

The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.

2250 East Pointe Road
Bloomington,
IN
US

Paradise Rental Boats carefully curates fleets of Yamaha, Bayliner, and Sun Tracker boats, so that sun-kissed riders can jet across the sparkling waters of Indiana’s Lake Monroe and Georgia’s Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona at their leisure. The company's vessels range from party barges and yachts—which hold groups of up to 26—to the smaller, two-person WaveRunner, whose highly responsive steering suits drivers trying to chase down and catch their fish dinner. Onboard radios and CD players let mariners groove to their favorite tunes, and the company also rents optional accessories for water sports, such as wakeboards, water skis, and artificial bait for licensed fishermen.

9301 South Fairfax Road
Bloomington,
IN
US