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Indiana University-Bloomington

The Herman B Wells Library's double towers of Indiana limestone are quite a sight to behold, but our world-class research library isn't the only thing to see.  Stop by the IU Visitor's Center, the University's official "front door" to make arrangements for parking and accomodation, or make an appointment for a guided tour and see all the campus has to offer.  Virtual tours are also provided for those that want to explore campus without leaving the comfort of home.

From attending events like the Little 500 weekend in the spring or homecoming weekend in the fall, to going to museums like the IU Art Museum or the Wylie House Museum, to attending performances at the IU Auditorium or Jacobs School of Music, there is always something to do.

Bloomington, Indiana


Located in the lush rolling hills of south-central Indiana, Bloomington is the perfect combination of charm and culture, a city that's progressive but not pretentious, hip but also welcoming.  In other words, it's exactly the type of place you want to visit.


With events like the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, or the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts, Bloomington has a natural appeal to the arts and culture crowd.  For foodies, try dining at one of the restaurants that made Midwest Living name Bloomington one of the best Midwest food towns on the Rand McNally/USA Today "Best of the Road Rally" list.  If you enjoy great outdoor adventures, take a drive to Lake Monroe, the B-Line trail, or one of Bloomington's numerous parks.  Finally, Bloomington also has things to do for the younger crowd, like Monroe County Public Library or the Wonderlab.


Surrounding Area


Living in Central Indiana means that the rest of Indiana is easily accessible!  There are many day trips to make -- from Brown County to Indianapolis to the Indiana Dunes. There's so much to see!


Indianapolis, the State Capital (47 miles from Bloomington)


Indianapolis is the biggest city in the state, and the twelfth largest city in the counrtry, which means there is plenty to keep you busy. Don't know where to start?  Try some of these hotspots:


  • The Indianapolis Opera produces and presents opera in performances of the highest quality at Clowes Memorial Hall.
  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest, featuring 10 galleries of hands-on exhibits, a huge model train display, planetarium, and a real carousel. 
  • The Indianapolis Zoo houses approximately 3,800 specimins of 320 species of animals, including 16 endangered species, four threatened species, and 13 Species Survival (SSP) animal species.
  • Since the Indiana Repertory Theatre was founded in 1972, it has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country, as well as one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state.  A staff of more than 100 seasonal and year-round employees creates nine productions exclusively for Indiana audiences.
  • The Indiana State Museum has attracted national attention for its exhibitions and distinguished itself as "Indiana's Smithsonian." Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum is considered one of the finest examples of early 20th century architecture in the area.
  • From the first track and field in 1921, to the flavor, pageantry, and tradition of today's 81 NCAA national championships in 22 sports, the NCAA Hall of Champions celebrates the journey of the student-athlete.  Experience the defeats and triumphs that have fostered student-athletes to become leaders in athletic competition and in careers beyond the courts and fields.
  • Did you know that there are 10 professional sports teams in Indianapolis?  Whether it's the Colts, Indiana Ice, or the Fever, Indianans are proud of their players.  Be sure to catch a game when you're in town. 


The Great Outdoors


Indiana is filled with beautiful parks, both state and national, great for camping, hiking, fishing, and other recreational activities.


For example, Brown County, IN is the Art Colony of the Midwest.  The community draws cyclists, photographers, golfers, birders, and nature lovers.  Be sure to check out the town of little Nashville as well as the Brown County State Park.  Is is only 18 miles from Bloomington.  Or visit McCormick's Creek State Park, located in Spencer, IN (22 miles from Bloomington).  This State Park has numerous recreation activities available including hiking, picnic areas and shelters, a saddle barn, a swimming pool, a nature center, a playground, fishing, and tennis courts.  Camping and lodging in one of their cabins or the Canyon Inn is available.  There is even a restaurant and camp store.


For a longer trek, take a drive to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter, IN.  The dunes line the southern shore of Lake Michigan, and makes for a unique getaway.


For a more historical outdoor visit, check out Orange County, IN, which is the home of the French Lick and West Baden Resorts.  Both originally opened in the early 1900s and are in the National Register of Historic Places.  Once visited by the rich and famous (John Barrymore, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, President Teddy Roosevelt, the Truman's, the Reagan's, and Joe and Rose Kennedy), the resorts have been restored to their former glory.  For Civil War enthusiasts, take a trip to Conner Prairie in Fishers, IN, an interactive history park that focuses on the year 1863.


The possibilities are endless!


Theme Parks, Water Parks, and Zoos


Indiana has quite the array of family oriented places to visit. For example, there's Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, IN.  Yes, you read that right -- Santa Claus, IN!  This amusement park touches on numerous holidays like Thanksgiving, Halloween, and of course, Christmas.  Another great water park is in Crown Point, IN.  Deep River Water Park has fantastic water rides in the summer, and ice skating in the winter! 

For something completely different, visit one of the wildlife and exotic animal/conservation centers like Wolf Park in Battle Ground, IN., Black Pine Animal Park in Albion, IN., or the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Centerpoint, IN.

Outside Indiana


Indiana isn't too far from some great cities in other states, like:

























last updated: 6/4/2013