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Things To See in Bloomington
Start Downtown and visit the Wonderlab for a great experience for the kids, or drop by the Waldron Arts Center to check out an exhibit or show. Maybe there's a movie showing at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, but if not, drop by Third Street Park in case there's a free Monroe County Civic Theater performance.
Afterwards, head toward the Fine Arts Square on the Indiana University campus to take in a Broadway show at the Indiana University Auditorium, or go a little further for an opera at the Musical Arts Center, and don't forget to stop by Bear's Place for a nightcap and to pick up a schedule for the Ryder Film Series.
Things To Do in Bloomington
Catch a Little 500 bicycle race in April. Visit the 4th Street Art Festival in September, or the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in the summer. See an IU Men's Basketball game at the famed Assembly Hall, or come Downtown for the Arts Fair on the Square and The Taste of Bloomington. If the summer heat is unbearable, take a drive down SR 446 or Fairfax Road to the shores of Lake Monroe, and two not-to-miss state recreational sites, Paynetown or Fairfax.
Places To Go Near Bloomington
The Holiday World Amusement Park is a great value that is a two hour drive south of Bloomington. In the fall, the amazing leaves in the Brown County State Park are not to be missed, just twenty minutes to the east. Missing the big city life? Indianapolis is just an hour away, Cincinnati two hours, Chicago and St. Louis four. Ellettsville is only 8 miles west on State Road 46.
Where To Eat in Bloomington
Visit Restaurant Row on 4th Street for a variety of international dining, and check out the Snow Lion for an unusual Tibetan experience. Nick's English Hut is a Bloomington tradition, but Scotty's, Yogi's, and the Irish Lion also cater to the over-21 student crowd. The west side has a variety of steak houses, but vegetarians might prefer the Runcible Spoon or Roots. For locally crafted beverages, don't miss Lennie's, Upland Brewery, or Oliver Winery.
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