Bloomington, IN, USA

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Bloomington, IN, USA

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Become an honorary Hoosier in Bloomington

Literally named after a “haven of blooms” by the early settlers, Bloomington is still awash with beauty, thanks to its sweeping nature preserves and tantalizing proximity to lush state forests. Home to Indiana University Bloomington – known for its pretty campus – it has buzzing nightlife and a well-known folk punk scene. There are family-friendly attractions too, so this is a place that ticks boxes for everyone. You can feel like a true Hoosier by opting for Bloomington vacation rentals, which include smart condos with polished, hardwood floors and relaxing outdoor areas where you can while away balmy evenings.

Nature and nightlife in Bloomington

After settling into your Bloomington vacation rental, your first stop may well be the downtown district. This, after all, is the best place for really soaking up the atmosphere of the area, and you’ll be able to duck into shops selling everything from vintage threads to handmade crafts. Afterwards, you can wander over to Bryan Park, which sprawls for over 30 acres and features children’s playgrounds, picnic spots, and a pool. Come the evening, you can tuck into local tapas, go mingling in the brewpubs, or stay up dancing till the early hours. Or, for a more genteel evening out, take in a show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, which was built back in 1922 and is an iconic venue for films, arts festivals, and live performances.

Mind-expanding attractions in Bloomington

If you have kids in tow, let their minds run wild in the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. Here, the fun and interactive exhibits encourage children to indulge their curiosity – the Bubble-Airium, with its giant bubbles and “Bubble Wall”, is a much-loved part of the experience. Then, there’s the Kirkwood Observatory. Dating right back to the year 1900, it has open house viewings throughout the year. Want to pose for a classic Bloomington photo? Pose by the Sample Gates, the limestone entrance to the university campus. It’s practically a rite of passage for anyone visiting this neck of the woods.

Fall frolics in Bloomington

It’s always a good time to book a Bloomington vacation rental, thanks to the wealth of things to do. If you had to pick any season, though, fall is probably it. This is when Bloomington looks its most ravishing, with red and orange hues spreading through the trees. It’s also when you can get immersed in the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, an annual event which fills the streets with performing artists from all over the world.

The great outdoors in Bloomington

Sprawling in the hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington is a stone’s throw from natural grandeur. Just southeast of the core, you’ll find Monroe Lake – the largest inland body of water in the whole state. It’s ideal for boating, fishing, and swimming, while hikers will enjoy exploring the forested areas surrounding the rippling waters. Want more? Enter the nearby Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area, which has many miles of trails, and is a fertile ecosystem where you can spot wildflowers and soaring eagles.