A thriving live music scene, coffeehouses, open-air organic markets, eclectic restaurants, more than 30 festivals, and picturesque scenery are just part of what makes Bloomington, Indiana, the cultural center of the Midwest.
Affectionately called B-town, Bloomington is the quintessential college town—active, intellectual, young, friendly, relaxed, and safe. Our small city has a population of about 70,000 and cultural resources and opportunities that rival cities many times its size. Bloomington’s lush rolling hills, limestone heritage, and gorgeous seasons are a perfect setting for the state’s oldest and largest winery, the country’s only Tibetan cultural center, and the annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.
- Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau
- City of Bloomington, Indiana
- IU Visitor Information Center
The heart of Bloomington is directly connected to campus, and Kirkwood Avenue is the main artery that links IU to the vibrant downtown atmosphere. Many of Bloomington’s cultural institutions, like Nick’s English Hut and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, reside on Kirkwood just blocks from the Sample Gates at the historical west edge of campus.
Whether you’re looking for down-home Hoosier cooking or world cuisines, you’ll find what your palate desires in Bloomington. African, Asian, Indian, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Moroccan, Tibetan, Thai, and Turkish are just some of the international flavors represented by our renowned chefs. Fourth Street, also known as “restaurant row,” features several Bloomington favorites and is adjacent to Kirkwood Avenue and the west end of campus.
Lake Monroe, Griffy Lake, the Hoosier National Forest, and a variety of parks and trails provide opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating, biking, horseback riding, and kayaking.