Bloomington, IN

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Discover this fascinating Central Indiana town by strolling through its historic university campus, swimming in the state’s largest lake and treating the kids to fun activities.

Bloomington is best known as the home of Indiana University but there’s a lot more to this town than college life. Discover its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, thriving local arts scene and relaxed way of life.

Plan to spend some of your vacation time enjoying Bloomington’s outdoor escapes. Take one of the short walking trails through Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. See caves, wetlands and springs as you make your way along the 1.1-mile (1.7-kilometer) trail in Leonard Springs Nature Park, located about 15 minutes drive southwest of downtown. About 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside of Bloomington is Lake Monroe, Indiana’s largest lake. Dive in for a swim or go waterskiing, fishing or boating.

Bloomington’s downtown area is easily walkable. The network of bike lanes makes cycling a good option too. Visit the shops, restaurants and theaters to mingle with the international students and locals. View contemporary artworks on the Gallery Walk Bloomington that takes in 11 art galleries.

Enter the Sample Gates to explore Indiana University’s campus. Take a walking tour over the beautiful grounds and stroll along Old Crescent, part of the original 1820 campus. Admire the stonework of the Student Building with its clock tower. Relax in the Arboretum, an open green space.

Despite being a college town, Bloomington has many attractions for families too. WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology is full of interactive science exhibits, while Hoosier Heights has challenging climbing walls and structures for kids. Other attractions include a farm, an entertainment center with inflatable slides and a large obstacle course.

For your evening’s entertainment have a drink in a cozy bar and a meal on Fourth Street. This is nicknamed the “Restaurant Row,” with many restaurants housed in former homes. After dinner, catch a performance at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, a renovated vaudeville and silent movie house.

Situated in the American Midwest, Bloomington is about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, which has an international airport. Thanks to a regular shuttle service, it’s easy to get to the artistic, cultural and natural attractions of Bloomington.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bloomington
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bloomington
2.5 out of 5
3380 W Runklel Way, Bloomington, IN, 47404
The price is $94 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
$94
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (903 reviews)
"Easy to access - in the heart of many dining options-friendly staff"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bloomington
Graduate Bloomington
Graduate Bloomington
4 out of 5
210 E Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN, 47408
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $109 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$109
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,044 reviews)
"Excellent hotel. Would be nice if there was a hotel bar/lounge"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Graduate Bloomington
Biddle Hotel and Conference Center
Biddle Hotel and Conference Center
3 out of 5
900 E. 7th St., Bloomington, IN, 47405
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $119 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$119
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 restaurants, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (982 reviews)
"The staff was extremely professional and helpful when needed. The location of the hotel is perfectly situation in the heart of campus and walkable to nearly everyplace on campus (and off). The rooms are cozy and not very spacious, but we only needed our room as a place to keep our things and sleep ..."

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Biddle Hotel and Conference Center
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Charming 2BR Lake Monroe Golf Condo IU Bloomington
Charming 2BR Lake Monroe Golf Condo IU Bloomington
Bloomington, IN
Stay at this golf vacation home in Bloomington. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (112 reviews)
Great beds!
"Enjoyed our stay. Beds are very comfortable. Cameron was very good with communication."

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Charming 2BR Lake Monroe Golf Condo IU Bloomington
Century Suites Hotel
Century Suites Hotel
2.5 out of 5
300 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN, 47401
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the WiFi and the spacious ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (286 reviews)
"It's a lovely place with very friendly people! So glad I chose this place. Was in room on a second floor and they moved us to ground floor free of charge because of snow and ice on the stairs. S the best part of my vacation here!"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Century Suites Hotel
Towneplace Suites By Marriott Bloomington
Towneplace Suites By Marriott Bloomington
2.5 out of 5
105 South Franklin, Bloomington, IN, 47404
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (331 reviews)
"Excellent location; everything in Bloomington easily and quickly accessed from here. Clean, quiet. Helpful and friendly staff, very nice breakfast."

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2022

Towneplace Suites By Marriott Bloomington
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