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Adventure gets your blood pumping. You never head out on a vacation without hiking boots in your suitcase. Communing with nature is your second nature. Lakes, farms, parks—these are your hot spots. 

PLAN A SWEET GETAWAY Before you commit to that backyard beehive, take a tour of Hunter’s Honey Farm. Kids can roll beeswax candles and bottle their own bears full of honey, and older visitors can suit up and work alongside the beekeepers. Once you’ve seen how the honey is made, shop for stuff made with it in the farm store: dog treats, hand soap, furniture polish and more. 

PHOTO OP! If you visit one state park this winter, make it  Pokagon State Park. There’s cross- country skiing, sledding and ice fishing, but the real joy is in zipping down the quarter-mile toboggan run at up to 40 mph. 

PICK A HOOSIER BOUQUET  Fragrant Farms cultivates 24 acres of Indiana’s state  ower, the peony. Visit in May and early June to buy fresh-cut stems (or just stroll through the blooming gardens), or stop by in the fall for plants of your own. 

MEET THE MAKERS Noble County’s Farm to Fork Trail celebrates local farms, such as  Cook’s Bison Ranch, and a maple sugar shack. One aromatic favorite is family-owned farm  Lavender Lane.

TAKE A WALK IN THE WOODS  The Hoosier National Forest spans more than 200,000 acres, and is more than 12 times the size of Indiana’s largest state park. Explore more than 266 miles of trails through southern Indiana’s rolling hills, or canoe down one of the region’s scenic rivers. 

SPEND THE NIGHT CLOSE TO NATURE Tucked away in a quiet valley, the  Mary Rose Herb Farm & Retreat offers unique accommodations: two canvas yurts complete with air conditioning and antique furniture. The nights are perfect for stargazing, and each morning starts with a basket of hot breakfast delivered to your door. The great outdoors, indeed. 

GO BEYOND CAMPUS The home of Indiana University, Bloomington is a haven for cyclists, who  y through the downtown streets or brave the hills at  Wapehani Mountain Bike Park. If you’re more into boating, try renting a canoe at  Griffy Lake Nature Preserve  or spending a day on a pontoon at  Lake Monroe