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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

 

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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. 

 

The Wood Shop at Upland Brewing Co

 

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Barrels and beautiful beer always look good, especially at The Wood Shop.

 

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

 

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

 

Hickory Ridge Fire Tower

 

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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. 

 

Jordan Hall Greenhouse

 

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

 

Oddball Fermentables

 

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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.

 

Fountain Square Mall

 

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

 

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

 

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Hopscotch 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.

 

Cup & Kettle Tea Co. 

 

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Cup & Kettle is totally gram-worthy with their adorable kettles, fresh flowers, and wall of tea. 

 

Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula

 

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

 

Indiana Memorial Union

 

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The Indiana Memorial Union is a staple of IU. The huge limestone building is picturesque on the outside but the interior is on another level. Between the south lobby, bowling and billiards, and bakery, you'll have content for days. 

 

People's Park Mural 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This artwork is fairly new to town and has quickly become a favorite. Located steps from the Sample Gates, this mural is screaming for a photo. 

 

The Graduate Bloomington and Poindexter Coffee

Graduate Bloomington is the latest addition to the hotel lineup in town. The entire space, floor to ceiling, screams Indiana and IU. The fun hotel is also located on Kirkwood Avenue putting you within steps of other Insta-worthy spots. Poindexter Coffee is the restaurant attached and is just as photogenic. Similar to the Graduate, it gives you an old time feel with a modern twist (which is great for the 'gram). 

 

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

 

Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines was previously the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she wasn't blogging or grammin' you could 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.