Visiting Bloomington

Fall in love with Bloomington

There’s a reason Bloomington—B-town—is constantly ranked one of the nation’s best college towns. The beauty of all seasons. Countless things to do and see. Welcoming to all (Hoosier hospitality is legit!). Once you’re here, you won’t want to leave. See for yourself.


When the leaves turn brilliant shades of amber and auburn, embrace the crisp air around the fire pit at Indiana Memorial Union. Celebrate IU’s Homecoming, a weekend filled with spirit so loud you’ll be singing the Hoosier Fight Song for weeks. Get your groove on and witness world-class performances during the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival downtown Bloomington, minutes from campus.

Hit all the fall festivals

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Cheer on IU Men's Soccer

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Hike Bloomington's best trails

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Bundle up, head outside, and take in Bloomington's dreamy snow-filled days. Check out Freezefest, which brings competitive ice sculptors from all over to battle it out and create interactive works of art. Test your ice skating skills with friends in Bloomington’s indoor Frank Southern Ice Arena. And if you’re not keen on the cold, Bloomington has you covered with dozens of quaint independent coffee shops perfect for cozying up. 

See an off-broadway musical

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Watch IU Women's basketball

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Visit IU's art museum

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You won’t want to miss the biggest spectacle in collegiate bicycle racing during Little 500, which inspired the film Breaking Away and attracts alumni from all over the country. Soak in the sun and calm waters of Griffy Lake, where you can rent a paddle board, kayak, or canoe. Stroll campus when hundreds of cream and crimson tulips are in bloom.

Catch an IU baseball game

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Attend the Little 500

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See B-town in bloom

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Summers here are made for taking it easy. Grab a group of friends and rent a party boat on Lake Monroe, Indiana’s largest manmade body of water. Savor your way through Bloomington’s delectable dining scene at the Taste of Bloomington. Walk, run, ride your bike, or rollerblade the B-Line Trail, situated in the heart of downtown.

Celebrate Pridefest

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Plan a picnic

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Hit the water

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Take in all B-town has to offer

Grab a bite

Go on a culinary adventure sure to satisfy every craving. 

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Stay a while

From boutique hotels to rustic cabins, we've got you.

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Play a little

There's always something fun happening. 

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Don't miss Family Weekend

For one special weekend in September, we give your parents and families the cream and crimson treatment. You'll get the chance to show off your campus, cheer on the Hoosiers during an IU football game tailgate party, tour new spaces, and more. 

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