With incredible outdoor activities, a spirited sports community, a diverse culinary scene, and much more, Bloomington offers a bit of everything for everyone. The opportunities for entertainment, eats exploration, education, and exercise are seemingly limitless, but to get you started, we've put together a list of classic Bloomington activities everyone should partake in at least once to experience the very best of B-Town. 

Looking for an Indiana University bucket list? Check out The Ultimate IU Bucket List

Around Town


Arts & Culture


On Campus


  • Attend The Greatest College Weekend's Little 500 bike races.

  • Catch an IU sporting event, from football and basketball to baseball and volleyball — they're all exciting!

  • Dip your toes in Showalter Fountain and Google the lore of the missing fountain fish.

  • Have a picnic in Dunn Meadow.

  • Kiss your significant other under the Rose Well House at midnight — it's one of the university's oldest traditions!

  • Learn about the university's famed basketball history at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and Cook Hall.

  • Lie on your back with your legs propped against the side of the Eskenazi Museum of Art and watch the light totem change colors at night.

  • See a film screening at the IU Cinema.

  • Shake hands and take a selfie with Herman B Wells in Old Crescent — bonus points for selfies with Hoagy Carmichael and Ernie Pyle.

  • Snap a photo of you and your crew in front of the iconic Sample Gates.



Wine & Dine