Bloomington Travel Guide

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Bloomington Things to Do

  • Visit Lake Monroe

    Lake Monroe is 10.000 acre lake created by the damming of salt creek in 1964. The lake is used for fishing and boating and sailing and swimming. The state and federal land is used for camping, hunting and hiking.

  • 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...

  • come Saturday for a HUGE local farmer's...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Showalter Fountain

    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...

  • 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.


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Bloomington Restaurants

  • Try the local brews!

    Ah, I love this place! The Upland Brewery is a terrific microbrewery that has a friendly atmosphere, good food, fair prices, and delicious beer. The beer is obviously the house specialty, however the food is surprisingly delicious. The menu offers typical pub fare, but there are also some surprises like schnitzel with sauer sauce and huge specialty...

  • truly Gourmet

    A restored 150-year-old historic mansion is a great setting for lunch, dinner, or Sunday Brunch.Frankly, I don't normally pay this much and it can be a bit noisy but it is THE place to entertain in BloomingtonIf you are from Chicago, New York, or Metropolis you will not think the prices expensive -- but for Bloomington I find the food good but not...

  • Breakfast and deli sandwiches

    A friend of ours had mentioned that Village Deli was her favorite place to eat when they return to IU and our friend suggested it as well so we stopped here to get lunch on the campus tour with my niece. It was busy but not full, I think most of the campus was across the street trying to get into Kilroy's or at the Homecoming football...

  • Lennies and the Bloomington...

    Upscale and affordable restaurant connected to the first local brew pub: A very relaxing place for lunch, dinner, meeting friends, a meeting, or a birthday. Great beer, great food, snappy service. My personal favorites are: Any pizzaStromboli which is a calzone: Veggieartichoke hearts, spinach, button mushrroms and tomato slices, chicken...

  • Don't Miss the Roasted Red Pepper Soup

    I've had the opportunity to eat here twice. The first time was with one of my sons a few years ago in the summer when we were able to eat outside. The other time just recently with a business associate. I don't remember much from the first trip, but on a cold January night the soup, main course, wine and dessert were all great. The wait staff are...

  • Try the local brews! (Part 2)

    Lennie's is home to the Bloomington Brewing Company. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but it is definitely worth the trip inside.In comparison with the other brewery in town, the Upland Brewery, Lennie's is slightly more upscale (in my opinion). The menu can be pricey depending what you order, and I typically limit myself to the "build...


Bloomington Nightlife

  • The Wee Hours at Nick's

    This place is an old bar that's been around the IU campus for quite some time (or at least it looks that way). No true way to describe it because every room offers something different and its laid out like a maze (at least by the time you have a few beverages...). Anything goes, but I wouldn't recommend a college sweatshirt other than IU.

  • Bloomington, being a college...

    Bloomington, being a college town, has a very active nightlife scene. The following are the top Clubs and Bars: The following are 1 -3 blocks north of the town Square on WalnutAxis - Dance Club open Thur - Sat nightsBluebird - Music Stage Club - open nightly except SundayKilroy's Sports Bar - big screens downstairs, Music Stage UpstairsThe...

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Bloomington Transportation

  • Avoid Classic Touch Limo at all cost!

    Avoid Classic Touch Limo at all cost! They completely stained our once in a life-time special event and didn't care at all. They use to be a decent service staffed with PROS, but within the past couple of years the service has declined drastically. After the Chauffeur finally showed up (over an hour late mind you) we were very embarrassed by the...

  • Classic Touch is very unreliable

    Classic Touch limousine service is totally unreliable. I arranged to have them pick me up at the train station in Indianapolis as train service to Bloomington from Chicago is unavailable. My train arrived in Indy at midnight but my Classic Touch ride was nowhere to be found and never showed up, so I was stranded in downtown Indy in the middle of...

  • Classic Touch Limousine Service to INDY...

    Classic Touch Limousine Service is one of Indiana's oldest, largest and most dependable limousine services. Locally owned and operated since 1986, they remain dedicated to providing on-time service in clean, late model limousines utilizing safety conscious and dependable chauffeurs. If you're looking for the most economic, hassle free, 24 hour...


Bloomington Shopping

  • Designer Casual from New York and...

    You’ll find the latest in east and west coast fashions for men at this new boutique, offering everything from t-shirts and designer denim to accessories and art works. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate in comfort or want to stand out in a crowd, Longggisland Apparel will exceed your expectations. Check out the shirts by Ed Hardy and Triple...

  • Great Asian Grocery

    This was the best Asian grocery I have been to in the USA. The choice of frozen foods was impressive. The array of other foods was very good, too. Well kept shelves and fresh foods, as far as I could tell.It is in a small "strip" of stores with a large parking lot in front.

  • ART in BLoomington

    Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and CraftsEvery Labor Day.For more information call the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1-800-800-0037.Downtown Bloomington hosts the Fourth Street Festival outdoor arts and crafts market every Labor Day Weekend. The best in Midwest arts and crafts are showcased as over 95 juried and...


Bloomington Local Customs

  • The Bloomington newpaper... can at least check out the local headlines free online (click below)

  • I do have some rules. If I...

    I do have some rules. If I post a place, I've been there!! If I recommend a hotel, I know that hotel!! AND I only put 'I will be there' next to places I am going SOON. No dreaming -- this is my real life! I rate exactly as I see it. So, yes I've actually given a 'not very helpful' rating -- but otherwise this is just a game for people.I love this...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Bloomington Warnings and Dangers

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    Parking permits

    by Dabs Written Apr 25, 2004

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    Parking was tight all those years ago when I was a student here, now with more students having cars, it is even tighter. Most of the campus area has parking restrictions and requirements for permits so make sure you check the signs carefully.

    Some of it is lifted on the weekends, we were able to find a lot that had no restrictions on the weekends to park in.

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Bloomington Off The Beaten Path

  • Bluespring Caverns

    About 30 miles south of Bloomington, outside of Bedford, is the Bluespring Caverns.The story goes that in the 1940's a local farmer went out to his pond to check his livestock and found that his pond had disappeared. The additional pressure from hard rain was enough for the limestone at the bottom to give way and the pond rushed into the depths of...

  • Can't believe it's still there!

    After my obligatory two years at McNutt dorm, four of us moved into this house on Grant and 17th Street, close to the football stadium.We had all kinds of visitors when we lived here-crickets, at least one mouse which my roommate Ann bravely chased around the kitchen with a broom, and slugs that came up from our drain in the shower. I think they...

  • Memorial Hall inscription

    I found this inscription by the entranceway to Memorial Hall"Evil Spirits cannot enter and inhabited house unless invited"Sir Walter Scott


Bloomington Sports & Outdoors

  • Buckner Caves and surroundings

    Buckner Cave (formerly Blair or Saltpeter Cave) and the surrounding caves, like Trapdoor or Salamander, are frequented by locals and students.In the 80's and 90's, they were freely open to the public. I should know, I used to visit the caves when I went to college near there. But due to the immature nature of many vandals, the caves have become...


    Sporting EventsLittle 500 Bicycle RaceHeld every AprilFor more information call Indiana University Student Foundation at 812-855-9152 or the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau 1-800-800-0037.The annual Little 500 Bicycle Race is a fast-paced event made famous by the hit movie ÒBreaking AwayÓ starring Dennis Quaid in 1979. 1999...

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Bloomington Favorites

  • great wine

    THE OTHER WINERY -- Most people know the Oliver Winery north of town. IN TOWN you can visit the tasting room of Butler Winery. Jim Butler even has written a book about wine in Indiana. For a treat, go to the vineyard. But stop at the tasting room, College Ave at 15th St, for directions. 339 - 7233

  • Why people travel here in FALL

    Fall Festival 'Heaven On Earth' people travel from several states to see the color of changing leaves that are within 20 miles of my home. Beautiful yellows, reds, and still some greens are what adorns the area surrounding me this time of year !

  • visit Indiana University (see...

    visit Indiana University (see my travelogue on my Indiana state page), wander through the hilly town, walk around campus and appreciate the beautiful open grounds and in other places the beautiful woods(photo)


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