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BloomingtonUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Bloomington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal
Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal
3.5 out of 5
200 Broadway Avenue, Normal, IL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $99 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

Located in the heart of Normal, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Children's Discovery Museum and Illinois State University. OSF HealthCare and RedBird ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (865 reviews)

"Rooms are always very clean and beds are comfy. Staff is phenomenal and outdoor sitting area/bar is gorgeous. Staff went above and beyond us."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
3 out of 5
10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, IL
The price is $93 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Located in the heart of Bloomington, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grossinger Motors Area, Eastland Mall, and Miller Park Zoo. Illinois Wesleyan University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (448 reviews)

"very friendly staff. Nice renovations. Extremely clean room."…"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Bloomington
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Bloomington
3 out of 5
1 Lyon Ct, Bloomington, IL
The price is $63 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Located in the heart of Bloomington, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bloomington-Normal Factory Stores, Grossinger Motors Area, and Miller Park Zoo. Illinois ...

4.2/5Excellent! (974 reviews)

"Excellent value, easy accessible, friendly, clean ."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2020

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Bloomington

Popular places to visit in Bloomington

Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum
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Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Visit a charming family-run museum where the owners’ passion for vintage cars is on clear display throughout all the exhibits. 

Miller Park Zoo
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Miller Park Zoo

4/5(52 reviews)

Interact with animals and watch them feeding in this eclectic zoo with a rainforest section, a carousel and a Junior Zookeeper Program.

Prairie Aviation Museum
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Prairie Aviation Museum

4.5/5(4 reviews)

A children’s flight simulator will keep little ones amused, while numerous aircraft reveal aviation history. Climb into the cockpit and imagine you’re flying.

Top things to do in Bloomington

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Illinois
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Illinois

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Illinois
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Illinois

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Illinois
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Illinois

$20
Per adult
Peoria Scavenger Hunt: Peoria Art & History
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Peoria Scavenger Hunt: Peoria Art & History

$20
Per adult
Skip the Line: Miller Park Zoo General Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Miller Park Zoo General Admission Ticket

$7
Per adult
Horseback Riding
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Horseback Riding

$60
Per adult

Reviews of Bloomington

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
212
5 - Excellent 29.567642956764296%
4 - Good
358
4 - Good 49.9302649930265%
3 - Okay
134
3 - Okay 18.688981868898185%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.8368200836820083%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.9762900976290098%

3/5 - Okay

R.L.

May 28, 2020

We only explored the city while waiting for the takeout to be cooked, we drove up and down the main street and saw some of the local hangouts, without stopping.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 19, 2020

Just a average country Illinois yoen

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 14, 2020

I was only there 3 days and I was working

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 29, 2020

I thought everything was connect to the route So you didn't have to drive it of the way

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 20, 2020

I like Bloomington.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 8, 2020

Seems like a cute down. Didn’t stay to explore

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