Bloomington, IL

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See tortoises and tigers at the zoo, learn about early flight at the aviation museum or meet locals over a drink at a friendly bar in this bustling regional city.

Bloomington is a laidback city with fascinating museums, many open green spaces and plenty of sporting and entertainment venues. Along with the neighboring town of Normal, this midsized, Midwestern city offers an abundance of cultural, outdoor and educational attractions which make it perfect for a family vacation. Visit the downtown precinct for shopping and dining, with more than a dozen malls and a wide range of culinary options to select from.

Most of Bloomington’s attractions are centrally located; while a car will provide convenience, it is not a necessity. Visit the Miller Park Zoo to see tigers, Galapagos tortoises and sun bears. Nearby stop at the Genevieve Green Gardens to observe the intricately landscaped environment. Embark on a stroll, cycle or rollerblade along the 24-mile (38.6-kilometer) Bloomington-Normal Constitution Trail that connects the two cities and weaves through both downtown precincts.

Spend a day exploring the many museums of Bloomington. Discover the early experiments in flight that took place in the region at the Prairie Aviation Museum. The McClean County Arts Center is among the oldest art galleries in the region. Learn about local history at the McLean County Museum of History. Visit the Miller Park Pavilion and War Memorial, dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

After a long day, relax over a drink and some hearty food. The center of Bloomington offers a range of dining options, from modern Italian to sports bar food.

Arrive in Bloomington from Chicago in just over 2 hours by car. Alternatively, the Central Illinois Regional Airport is served by four major airlines. Amtrak and Greyhound provide train and bus services to the Twin Cities. Once you arrive, use Bloomington’s convenient bus service to take you to all quarters of the city.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bloomington-Normal Airport, IL
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bloomington-Normal Airport, IL
2.5 out of 5
2403 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL, 61704
The price is $93 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (957 reviews)
"Nice, clean place and staff was very accommodating."

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bloomington-Normal Airport, IL
The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center
The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center
3 out of 5
1621 Jumer Dr, Bloomington, IL, 61704
The price is $98 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
3.9/5 Good! (969 reviews)
"I had two very nice stays here. The room was quiet and clean, breakfast was good, the grounds around the facility are spacious and beautiful. Also, in back there's a short sidewalk that connects directly to the paved Constitution bike/walking trail. It goes for many miles. I will stay here again ..."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center
Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center
2.5 out of 5
1801 Eastland Dr, Bloomington, IL, 61704
The price is $115 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (971 reviews)
"I enjoyed it"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beautiful Victorian in the Heartland......great Location and Value!
Beautiful Victorian in the Heartland......great Location and Value!
Bloomington, IL
The price is $162 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Bloomington. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Bloomington Center for the ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Wedding
"Karen-Great Host. Karen is so helpful and fun to meet and work with to make our weekend so enjoyable."

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

Beautiful Victorian in the Heartland......great Location and Value!
Historical home with a magical past two blocks from IWU
Historical home with a magical past two blocks from IWU
Bloomington, IL
Stay at this vacation home in Bloomington. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and 3 bathrooms. Popular attractions Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Grossinger ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Stunning home...would stay there again!
"This home is so charming and awesome. Matt and Jill have done a great job of maintaining historical beauty and adding modern style. The house was very clean. The kitchen island is amazing and a great place to hang out. The dining room also has a spacious table. I think the living room could use a ..."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Historical home with a magical past two blocks from IWU
The Jefferson House
The Jefferson House
Bloomington, IL
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Bloomington. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions David Davis Mansion and Bloomington ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
IWU Graduation
"Great house for our graduation weekend."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

The Jefferson House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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