For the past 50 years, people of all ages, faiths, and cultural backgrounds have gathered at the Arthur M. Glick JCC for attractions ranging from book festivals to a seasonal water park. Inside its 20,000-square-foot fitness center, visitors can break a sweat in the aerobics studio—with a spring floor that cushions joints—or swim laps in the six-lane competitive pool. During group workouts, athletes relieve stress with yoga poses, tone their physiques with boot camps, or practice Zumba moves to use with their up-and-coming boy band.
Through the JCC's educational programs, visitors can make their brains as well-toned as their bodies. Members cultivate their creative side with film screenings, art exhibits, and shows from celebrated performers. Alternatively, adult education classes can impart expertise on topics such as social media, cooking, calligraphy, and music. During the summer months, kids can learn and play at the JCC's camps, and adults can build their environmental expertise in the community garden, rather than by donning a tree costume in an effort to understand life on the other side.
It's been more than 75 years since Clarence disappeared into the depths of Hagan Park, but the lost souls that inhabit the Horror Trail are all too aware of his presence. The shadow of the man looms over what was already a grim place, even though the tale of his axe-murdering spree is a wound on the area's history that has long since scarred over. But there's other things to worry about. Visitors find themselves inevitably drawn into the woods, following the cries of what they are certain could be their loved ones. Some think the cemetery is the source of strange lights that can sometimes be seen by passersby. And, worst of all, others still think they can hear the rhythmic scrape of a whetstone on Clarence's axe.
Center for History chronicles local and statewide antiquity, showcasing preserved Victorian homesteads, buildings reconstructed to imitate the past, and a mixture of permanent and rotating exhibits. The Oliver Mansion's 38 rooms greet visitors with the well-known family's original furnishings and resident staff of cyborg butlers, and the décor in the nearby Worker's Home reflects the living conditions of a Polish working-class family in the 1930s. A permanent exhibit on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, immortalized in the film A League of Their Own, gathers authentic player uniforms and gloves and a baseball signed by stars of the film, such as Tom Hanks and Madonna. Self-guided tours through the permanent Voyages gallery illuminate the area's past, from the draining of the Kankakee Marsh to Underground Railroad sites in northern Indiana and southern Michigan.
Bites of Bloomington Food Tours introduces groups to foodie destinations off the town's beaten paths. On Saturdays, tour guides and participants head out to savor treats such as Turkish cuisine at Turkuaz Café, baked goods at Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery, and ice cream at The Chocolate Moose. Groups learn more about Bloomington's neighborhoods, too, as the guides point out interesting historical and architectural sites along the way.
Ten years ago, the government shuttered the doors to an insane asylum on 21st street, citing a threat to both patients and surrounding civilians but never elaborating on the nature of that threat. A decade later, the doors to The Asylum have mysteriously reopened, and the sounds of deranged souls, fearful captives, and ominously dripping faucets ring out from its tormented chambers. At least that’s the narrative that transforms the RC Roller Cave into a terrifying thrill-stravaganza each Halloween.
Passersby bold enough to enter experience 45 minutes of novel scares as they pass through a spine-tingling pastiche of macabre settings, including a graveyard, a doctor’s office, an abandoned Western town, a maze, and a steam tunnel. Around every corner lurks a cast of blood-splattered doctors, spooky ghosts, executioners, and horror-film fiends long thought dead such as Jason and Rick Moranis.
Circle City Tours' vehicles bring visitors and residents alike to popular destinations around downtown Indianapolis and the surrounding cultural districts. At one of the six pickup stops, patrons can clamber aboard the climate-controlled vehicle, where a guide spins stories about the city's history and main attractions over the PA. Passengers can disembark for a trip to the imaginative Children's Museum or the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which boasts a 100-acre spread of gardens behind it. The tour also stops for gourmet burgers, Cajun food, and shopping by the vivid murals on Mass Ave.