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What is the Best Time to Explore the College Town of Bloomington, Indiana?

by Aoife O'Riordan

Jun 28, 2024

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Destinations / North America

Beat the crowds and explore one of the country’s top college cities on a summer family trip. Bloomington, Indiana, home to Indiana University, welcomes family travelers with outdoor adventures, seasonal programs and a campus waiting to be explored.



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Outdoor Activities

Bloomington is home to three Midwest lakes and a short distance from Indiana’s only national forest, Hoosier National Forest. The city offers plenty of camping, hiking and water activity opportunities. In fact, the city is one of the most bike-friendly in the Midwest.



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Bloomington teems with culture and entertainment, from live music concerts to the popular Granfalloon event. Free outdoor concerts are held at Switchyard Park Thursday Night Concerts.



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Indiana University

Of course, Bloomington is home to the sprawling Indiana University. Attractions include The Ezkenazi Museum of Art, home to ancient artifacts, Renaissance masterpieces, and works by Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet. Also on campus, Lilly Library features the First Folio of Shakespeare’s works and the first printed edition of The Canterbury Tales. Kirkwood Observatory is open to visitors every Wednesday through just before Thanksgiving.


Lively Culinary Scene

Bloomington boasts more than 350 restaurants, as well as award-winning wineries, distilleries and breweries for parents and adult children.


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