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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Years ago, Netflix swept us away with the mysterious happenings in Hawkins, Indiana in their retro sci-fi series, Stranger Things. As they wrap the show for good this year, it only seems right to lean into the Stranger Things lore — especially since Bloomington is home to many places that have an... Read More

Monday, May 9, 2022

Every season is special in Bloomington, but summer is perhaps the most unique of them all. With the majority of the Indiana University students absent until mid-August, Bloomington becomes quieter, slower-paced, and more tranquil than it is at any other time of year. Summer in B-Town includes lake... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

For those looking to get active while in Bloomington, there are plenty of activities available to get your blood pumping. With an assortment of outdoor attractions, urban trails, and specialty recreation, there's an option for every level of fitness, from those who want to fit in a simple walk to... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

You might not think of a small Midwestern city as a melting pot for people of every race, culture, and identity, but that’s exactly what Bloomington is. Our progressive town has been ranked as the fourth gayest city in the country, received a perfect score on the Human Rights Commission's Municipal... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

There's nothing quite like a juicy burger. Whether you're craving a classic cheeseburger, a vegan patty, or an out-of-the-box creation, Bloomington offers them all. You won't be disappointed in the range of flavors and the wealth of restaurants that offer the famous American sandwich in the area —... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

The quest for a perfect photo to post on Instagram is truly an art. In Bloomington, we're lucky to be surrounded by a variety of photogenic spaces that keep both locals and visitors exploring, seeking inspiration through the lens. If you're on the hunt for some aesthetically pleasing B-Town shots... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Father's Day is coming up in a few weeks, but you don't need a special occasion to spend time with dear old dad! Whether you're looking for things to do with dad on the big day or you simply want to do something fun together, here are five activities you can do in B-Town with the father-figure in... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Bloomington offers an abundance of venues, events, and activities for those who are 21 & older, but that doesn't mean there isn't a ton of fun to be had in the 20 & under crowd! B-Town offers more than you think for those who have yet to reach the milestone birthday — from outdoor recreation to... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Nothing says "summer" quite like ice cream. A few scoops of the cold, silky treat is the perfect respite from the sweltering heat of a B-Town summer, and Bloomington has no shortage of ice creameries — and hidden ice cream gems — to satisfy your cravings and cool you down. Whether you like it in a... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Almost every outdoor destination in Bloomington shares a common variable: water. Lakes, rivers, and springs can all be found just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Monroe Lake, the largest inland lake in Indiana, resides in Bloomington, along with the smaller but still popular... Read More