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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

15 Most Insta-Worthy Places in Bloomington

Categories: General

The quest for the perfect gram is a challenge. In Bloomington, we're pretty lucky to be surrounded by beautiful spaces that keep locals and visitors exploring and inspired. There's no way we thought of every photogenic place in town so let us know your favorites in the comments below. 

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Tibetan Mongolian Cultural Center - The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center is one of the most unique attractions in the state of Indiana and the only place you'll find authentic Tibetan chortens in the United States. You'll find hours of inspiration here wandering the grounds and the temple. 


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The Wood Shop at Upland Brewing Co - Barrels and beautiful beer always look good.


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Winery Vineyards - We're so lucky to have two gorgeous vineyards in Bloomington. Butler Winery and Oliver Winery are just a short drive from downtown but feel like a world away. 


Dunn Woods - Did you know there is a forest in the middle of campus? 


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Hickory Ridge Fire Tower - Hard to beat panoramic views of the Hoosier National Forest. Make sure you make the climb in the fall to see a myriad of colors. 


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Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District has been working on getting more murals up around Bloomington and we're loving this one by Chicago artist @justusroe at the 7th Street Bike and Pedestrian overpass. Check out their instagram account for more artwork around the city.


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Jordan Hall Greenhouse - Take a trip to the rainforest and the desert without leaving campus.


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Feast - Feast Bakery Cafe serves up the most beautiful plates in town, not to mention the food is freaking delicious. If you like wine, then check out the Feast Market and Cellar to see their wall o' wine. 


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Oddball Fermentables - Have you ever heard of cyser? It's a delicious cross between cider and mead.  Sip it from the source at Oddball Fermentables in their cozy little tasting room.


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Fountain Square Mall - The pink walls of Fountain Square Mall absolutely standout downtown. Don't miss snapping the flower boxes in the spring and summer. 


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Cardinal Spirits - For some of the most beautiful cocktails (and now food!) in town head to Cardinal Spirits. They have killer natural lighting by the windows or just chill out on the deck.


Hopscotch Coffee - This place gives latte art a whole new meaning.... The decor is pretty freaking cute too. Don't forget to check out their latest outpost downtown near Bloomingfoods too.


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Cup & Kettle - This tea shop and cafe is totally gramworthy with their adorable kettles, fresh flowers, and wall of tea. 


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Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula- The newest Sycamore Land Trust property is a unique peninsula trail that juts out into Monroe Lake. Head out there for some epic sunrise and sunset photos. 


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South Lounge at the Indiana Memorial Union - Anyone else get some major Harry Potter vibes in the IMU South Lounge? 


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Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.

Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines is a Bloomington transplant by way of St. Simons Island, Georgia and was previously the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she's not blogging or grammin' you can find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.