Posted by: RasmaSandra | October 20, 2019

Exploring Bloomington



You’ll find the city of Bloomington in southwest Indiana.

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The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University is known to be the foremost university art museum in the country. It has found its home in I.M. Pei’s iconic triangular building. The museum offers an internationally acclaimed collection of more than 45,000 artworks among them paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, African masks, and jewelry. There are permanent collection galleries, traveling exhibitions, and special installations. You’ll also find on-site sculptures that have been arranged into nine curatorial areas across three floors. Free guided tours are available.

Indiana University is home to the Hoosiers, the intercollegiate sports teams. The campus has a park-like setting with fountains and landscaped green spaces.

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You can enjoy a Saturday Hoosier football game at “The Rock” or the Memorial Stadium

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or Hoosier basketball at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.



Visitors can enjoy the open houses at the Kirkwood Observatory



near the iconic Sample Gates and enjoy other activities on the campus. You can also visit the IU Arboretum and enjoy many free concerts throughout the year.

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IU Arboretum is a beautiful natural space on campus. It was planted on the spot where the old Memorial Stadium once stood. It is also known as the Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Arboretum, named after two influential Hoosier alumni. It is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature.

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Monroe Lake is a reservoir that is located southeast of Bloomington and surrounded by protected forests and wilderness areas. The lake provides recreation for local residents and enjoyment for visitors.

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On the eastern shore, you’ll find the Ransburg Scout Reservation as well as the Fourwinds Resort and Marina with more than 800 boats. Visitors can enjoy fishing all through the year and other activities like boating, water-skiing, and kayaking. The visitors center offers many different programs during the summer.

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Bloomington Farmers Market is a weekly market selling many fresh farm products, handicrafts, and other items for sale from local farmers, artisans, and artists. There are more than 40 vendor stalls and during the winter months of November and December you can find varied winter produce, The market also offers live music and other kinds of entertainment.

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The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple (means Field of Compassion) were founded by Thubten Jigme Norbu who is the brother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. These are the oldest and largest centers of Buddhism in the U.S.

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They preserve the rich culture and heritage of Mongolia and Tibet. There are shrines, stupas, sculptures, and prayer wheels. Guided tours are available.




The Wylie House Museum was once the home of Andrew Wylie, the first president of Indiana University. The historic house has become a museum that displays life at the Wylie home in the mid-19th century. Guided tours are offered.

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Oliver Winery was founded by IU law professor William Oliver. It is one of the largest wineries in the U.S. Wines are produced using high-quality grapes. Among the wines, you’ll find semi-dry and dry whites and reds, dessert wines, and sparkling wines. Also produced here are Beanblossom Hard Cider, Bubblecraft, and a light wine Camelot Mead made with honey. There are daily wine tastings and weekend tours, Visitors can enjoy gourmet picnics on the farm and purchase their choice of wine.

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McCormick’s Creek located northwest of Bloomington was the first state park in Indiana. You’ll find lovely scenery, limestone caves, rushing water, and densely forested landscapes. There is also a campground. Other popular attractions are the Olympic-sized swimming pool, the Nature Center, and various hiking trails. Visitors can enjoy guided horseback rides at the Saddle Barn.

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The Hoosier National Forest is located in south-central Indiana. The northern part of the forest offers lots of recreations like backpacking, fishing, scenic driving, rock climbing, and viewing wildlife.

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There are many campgrounds for regular campers and RV dwellers. One of the most scenic areas is the Charles C. Deam Wilderness which is a federally designated wilderness area. It is the only one of its kind in the state, During the spring wild hyacinths bloom.


The B-Line Trail is a paved pedestrian path that goes through Bloomington and was once a railroad corridor. It connects with many of the top attractions in the city and natural spaces. At Downtown, you can connect with the Farmers’ Market, the WonderLab Museum, and other city venues. Along the path are energy-efficient lights that illuminate the trail from dusk to dawn. Public art is displayed all along the trail.


.The Wonderlab Museum offers different permanent exhibits like a Kaleidoscope Cave, Bubble Atrium, and Hall of Natural Science. On the grounds, you can enjoy the Lester P. Bushnell Wonder Garden which is a natural space with living exhibits. Wonderlab also offers different programs like STEM-oriented IDEA Labs, adult social functions, and Wonder Camps for kids.

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Lower Cascade Park offers a place to relax and recreational activities.


Kids enjoy the playground and adults can relax with views of the landscaped creek. There are picnic shelters and creek-side picnic tables. You’ll find open spaces for throwing footballs or Frisbees and other lawn activities. The Cascade Park Trail is a paved, non-motorized pathway, taking in the natural surroundings of the area,

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  1. Nice photos! Thank you for the tour.

    • Glad you enjoyed the tour Camie.

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