The downtown area encompasses...
The downtown area encompasses 11 blocks and boasts specialty shops, restaurants and the majority of the area's live music clubs. Over 175 businesses thrive in the downtown area and include art galleries, cooking shops, clothing for men and women, athletic stores, book stores, jewelry stores, plus music and collectable stores. Several times throughout the year local entertainers perform during during lunch time to entertain shoppers.
Step inside the Monroe County Courthouse, built in 1902, to view the stained glass dome.
Venture into Fountain Square just south of the courthouse. The enclosed mall contains galleries, clothing stores and specialty shops. It is the resultof a two-year effort in restoring many of the downtown buildings to their original grandeur. A covered skywalk provides easy access to the covered parking garage on Fourth Street.
Grab coffee at the BakeHouse on the Square (I do), stroll around and look in the shops, visit a local pub (some in 100+ year old buildings and quite nicely restored) for lunch or dinner.
come Saturday for a HUGE local farmer's market
If I am in town April - October I go to the Farmer's Market. Usually open 8-1 (9-12 Spring and Fall) you can eat, get great coffee or latte, buy flowers, vegetables, honey, plants, meat (organic), cheese, and more... Go early and just shop before the crowd or go at 10:30 and catch the entertainment. Dozens of venders during peak summer. A true Thing to Do and meet your friends on Saturday.
There is a small indoor version during winter for us die-hards who need local meat and eggs and a few other winter items. (Winter market in Harmony School - ask locals for directions)
Again, this is an event as much as a market!
Saturday Market is Fun and Yummy
Except for Winter, you will find the Bloomington Farmers Market right in the center of this lovely large town. The local government built the outdoor market. Friends and neighbors gather, and young children are entertained by musicians and other delights.
These two young women were making music, very informally, at the market, when we went this Summer. They were having a happy time!
There was local fresh produce, honey, flowers and other food products for sale. Everything was on a small scale, from caring people. You could tell that, just by observation.
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My fondest memory of this fountain was in 1987 when IU clinched a spot in the NCAA basketball finals (they won that year, beating Syracuse but I was back in Chicago), we all ran over to the fountain which they had drained for the occasion and frolicked where the water had been.
And come to think of it, my husband has never fulfilled his side of a bet that had him in the fountain, we have never agreed whether he was supposed to be sans clothing :-)
Monroe County Courthouse
Bloomington is not only the center of Indiana pot culture, it's also the seat of Monroe County. Built and dedicated in 1908, the weathervane on top contains a five foot long copper fish, hammered out in 1826 and supposedly symbolizing the reign of the Jeffersonian Republican party. The fish is a logo for the city.
Indiana University Art Museum - Fine Arts Plaza, East Seventh Street, Bloomington. (812) 855-5445
Hoagy Carmichael Room - Morrison Hall, Room 006, IU. (812) 855-4679
Lilly Library - Fine Arts Plaza, East Seventh Street, Bloomington. (812) 855-2452
Mathers Museum - 416 North Indiana Avenue, Bloomington. (812) 855-MUSE (6873)
Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology - 423 North Fess Street at Ninth St., Bloomington. (812) 855-9544
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center - 2301 E. 10th Street, Bloomington. (812) 855-2799
Monroe County Historical Museum - 202 East Sixth Street, Bloomington. (812) 332-2517
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