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Must See Attractions for your Bloomington Indiana Vacation

Updated on June 21, 2009

Why Vacation in Bloomington Indiana?

Bloomington is one of the most beautiful towns to visit in Indiana.  It is the home of Indiana University (and all the sports that go along with it!), a nice downtown that's filled with some of Bloomington's top ethnic restaurants, a variety of venues to encounter fresh indie music, and the city is in close proximity to several of Indiana's most scenic state parks.

Here's what to expect from a visit to Bloomington!

Arts and Entertainment in Bloomington

Due in large part to the presence of IU, you'll be able to find both big ticket events and be able to listen to groups just starting out!

For musicals, plays, and famous folks the Indiana University Auditorium is what you're after.  In the past the auditorium has put on musicals such as Hairspray and Mamma Mia, as well as featured such famous acts as B.B. King, Bill Cosby, and Robin Williams!  Check their website for more information on tickets and this year's lineup.

For your independent music hipsters out there, the Cinemat typically has bands performing and tickets are cheap (usually around five bucks).  Bloomington's Cinemat is currently closed for the summer, however, but hopefully it will repopen this fall once the university is back in session!

For Opera, Jazz, Concert Ensemble, and more the Indiana University Jacob's School of Music provides.  Events are generally free to the public (though some occasional events require purchased tickets) and the school has some talented musicians!  For information on upcoming events check here.

Athletic Events in Bloomington

Indiana University holds sporting events throughout the year, including soccer, football, basketball, and more!  Though the football and basketball teams have been underwhelming as of late, things are certainly going to pick up next year!  To find out more about upcoming IU sporting events check the main Indiana University Athletics site.

Outdoor Adventures Near Bloomington

Southern Indiana is perhaps the most beautiful portion of Indiana, and Bloomington is smack dab in the middle of it!  Less than twenty minutes away is Brown County State Park and Nashville, Indiana.  Brown County is a great opportunity for camping as a family and it has hiking trails for hikers of all skill levels.

After a day of hiking, you can head to nearby Nashville and check out the dozens of quaint shops offering knicknacks and antiques or play a round of miniature golf!

For boating and fishing, Lake Monroe is right outside Bloomington.  The reservoir is over 500 feet deep and is said to offer some great fishing!


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