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BloomingtonUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Bloomington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn Bloomington
Hampton Inn Bloomington
2.5 out of 5
2100 N. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN
The price is $79 per night

Located in the heart of Bloomington, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Memorial Stadium and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Indiana University Bloomington. Assembly Hall ...

4.2/5Excellent! (855 reviews)

"I realize that COVID has changed what can be provided as a breakfast in the hotel. However, I expected more than 3 kinds of packaged muffins and a bowl of apples at a Hampton. Multiple fruit options, like bananas also? Maybe packaged breakfast sandwiches and a microwave? Those seem like logical downgrades ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Hampton Inn Bloomington
Hyatt Place Bloomington
Hyatt Place Bloomington
3 out of 5
217 W. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN
The price is $101 per night

Located in the heart of Bloomington, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wonderlab Science Museum and Indiana University Bloomington. Monroe County Courthouse ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)

"Very convenient. Good breakfast. Very nice stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Hyatt Place Bloomington
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bloomington
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bloomington
2.5 out of 5
501 North College Avenue, Bloomington, IN
The price is $89 per night

Located in the heart of Bloomington, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Monroe County Courthouse and Indiana University Bloomington. Wonderlab Science ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (528 reviews)

"All of the staff was very kind and helpful. We really appreciated the onsight parking garage. The rooms were clean and spacious. Easy walking distance to many local hotspots."…"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2020

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bloomington

Popular places to visit in Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington
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Indiana University Bloomington

5/5(558 reviews)

Walk around the campus of Indiana University Bloomington, a top college in Bloomington. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Lake Monroe
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Lake Monroe

4.5/5(79 reviews)

Enjoy a great outdoor escape and thrill to year-round adventures amid the scenic surroundings of this expansive freshwater lake in south-central Indiana.

Oliver Winery
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Oliver Winery

4.5/5(90 reviews)

Revel in the stunning landscapes of the Indiana countryside as you sample wines and discover how these locally made products are created.

Top things to do in Bloomington

Bloomington Scavenger Hunt: Scenic Southern Indiana
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Bloomington Scavenger Hunt: Scenic Southern Indiana

$20
Per adult
ATV Tour
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ATV Tour

$69
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Introduction to Ziplining
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Introduction to Ziplining

$35
Per adult
Tactical Paintball Excursion
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Tactical Paintball Excursion

$47
Per adult
Zip Line Canopy Tours
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Zip Line Canopy Tours

$70
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Arrow Tag Archery Games
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Arrow Tag Archery Games

$30
Per adult

Reviews of Bloomington

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4 - Good 37.23653395784543%
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3 - Okay 5.971896955503513%
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3/5 - Okay

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Mar 9, 2020

Traffic was definitely busier than I expected. Roads have not kept up with population.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 9, 2020

A bit tired looking town - friendly people - IU is fine and walkable.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 3, 2020

Buskirk-Chumley theater, nice place. Walking downtown had a lot of dinner and shopping options, like the Book Corner.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 2, 2020

Front desk employees were friendly and nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Very nice town with lots of shops and restaurants

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

The cultural events available through the university are outstanding. Overall, the town is meh. Hard to get around in with traffic, accommodations, and food becoming nightmarish on busy college weekends.

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