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Embrace the Chill: Indoor Fun in the Bloomington-Normal area

Winter may bring chilly temperatures to McLean County, IL, but that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate at home. There are plenty of indoor spots where you can have a blast and stay warm. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, here’s a curated list of locations to keep the fun alive during the cold season.

1. McLean County Museum of History

Explore the rich history of the region at the McLean County Museum of History. With engaging exhibits and interactive displays, it’s a perfect destination for history buffs and families alike. Home | McLean County Museum of History (

200 North Main St, Bloomington

2. Arcadia: America’s Playable Arcade Museum

With vintage games and pinball, this arcade is just like you would have found back in 1984. Games are all operated on real quarters. ARCADIA | arcadia (

107 S. Hamilton St. McLean

3. Normal Theater

Warm up with a classic movie or enjoy a live performance at Normal Theater. This historic venue offers a cozy atmosphere and a diverse range of entertainment choices. Normal Theater, IL – Official Website | Official Website

209 West North Street, Normal

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4. Children’s Discovery Museum

If you have little ones, the Children’s Discovery Museum is a must-visit. Packed with hands-on exhibits, it provides an educational and entertaining experience for children of all ages. Children’s Museum, IL | Official Website (

101 E Beaufort St, Normal

5. Escape Bloomington

Challenge your wits and teamwork skills at Escape Bloomington. Gather a group of friends or family and try to solve puzzles to escape from themed rooms within a set time. It’s a great way to spend a cold afternoon.

4 Yount Dr Ste 4 Bloomington, IL 61704

6. David Davis Mansion

Step back in time with a visit to the David Davis Mansion. This beautifully preserved Victorian mansion offers guided tours, giving you a glimpse into the lifestyle of the 19th century.

1000 Monroe Drive Bloomington,

7. Pheasant Lanes

With 32 lanes, this bowling center is where you can enjoy some friendly competition while staying warm. Grab your friends and hit the lanes for a fun-filled bowling night. 

804 N. Hershey Rd. Bloomington

8. Coffee Shops and Cafes

Warm up with a hot cup of coffee or tea at one of the local coffee shops or cafes. McLean County boasts a variety of cozy spots where you can relax, enjoy a warm beverage, and maybe even indulge in a sweet treat. Coffee – Bloomington-Normal, Illinois (

9. Indoor Rock Climbing 

Whether you are an experienced rock climber or beginner, Upper Limits is a great way to heat up during these cold months.– Upper Limits

1304 W. Washington St. Bloomington

10. Jump and Climb 

Stay active during the winter by visiting trampoline parks and Iron Coyote Challenge Park. Whether it’s jumping or climbing, you can find places to enjoy your favorite activities regardless of the weather. Sports, Play & Entertainment – Bloomington-Normal, Illinois (

11. Hit Some Balls

Just because its cold doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some golf. Heated bays offer year-round fun at BloNo Pizza. Great beer, food and TVs are a great way to heat up during cold months.

1304 Cross Creek Dr, Normal

Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors all season. Venture out and explore the diverse indoor offerings that McLean County has to offer. From cultural experiences to family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while staying cozy and warm.

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