We've compiled a list of themed itinerary ideas to help you get started with planning your group visit to Bloomington. These suggested itineraries are very flexible and can even be mixed and matched to create the perfect personalized experience for your specific group. Whether your group is 20 people or 200, let us customize a Bloomington itinerary that will provide a one-of-a-kind experience! Please contact our group travel expert for more information or additional personalized suggestions. Visit Bloomington is here to help!
Tour a Quintessential College Town
Enjoy a tour (walking or step-on) of the IU campus, one of the most beautiful collegiate campuses in the country, and a bit of downtown Bloomington as well. Take in the collegiate experience with visits to major museums and attractions located on campus, including the I.M. Pei designed IU Art Museum, the Lilly Library and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Experience lunch at The Tudor Room inside the Indiana Memorial Union, which was created to help teach university students some of the finer points of dining etiquette. Cheer for the Hoosiers at an exciting seasonal athletic event - there are 24 different sports to choose from! Experience world-class performances from the IU Jacobs School of Music, IU Theatre & Drama or the IU Auditorium.
Experience B-town Culture
Experience cultures from around the world and one that's distinctly Midwestern as well. Learn about worldwide cultures at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on the IU campus, explore works of art from all regions of the globe at the IU Art Museum or learn about one small corner of the world at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, which was founded by the Dalai Lama's brother in the 1970's. Take in a show at the IU Auditorium, the IU Jacobs School of Music Musical Arts Center, the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater, or the intimate John Waldron Arts Center. Experience a never-before-seen play from the Bloomington Playwrights Project and browse through a vibrant, artistic downtown during First Friday and Gallery Walk events!
Made in B-town
What do we make here in Bloomington, (besides college graduates)? Take a tour of Bloomington and Indiana University from a different perspective and learn about Indiana Limestone, scientific discoveries and fun local shops. Create your own product with a class (and tour) at Soapy Soap, a local Bloomington company. Discover how Dillman Farms makes that amazing apple butter and enjoy lunch or dinner at Upland Brewing Company or the Bloomington Brewing Company for some local craft beer. Taste the other side of B-town with tours and tastings at Butler Winery and Oliver Winery, two of the oldest and largest in the state and part of the new Indiana Uplands American Viticultural Area. As always, we recommend you save a bit of time to explore beautiful, vibrant downtown Bloomington.
Ever wonder how food and other products get from the farm to your dinner plate? We can show you exactly how it happens here in Bloomington! Enjoy a tour of Dillman Farm and see how they produce that famous apple butter, jams, jellies and more. Experience the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market where you can interact with a variety of farmers from around the region, enjoy live musical performances and some local food vendors as well. We can recommend one of several great farm-to-table restaurants for lunch or dinner, or even arrange a guided tour of Strangers Hill Organics or Loesch Farm, two of our local producers that regularly supply Bloomington restaurants. Don't forget to add on a trip to Musgrave Orchard and Cider Mill in the fall to see how they make that amazing first-place apple cider.
Girls' Day Out
Grab your best gal pals and head to Bloomington for a fabulous getaway with no boys allowed! Get the royal treatment at one of several local day spas and enjoy shopping in downtown Bloomington's wide variety of fun shops and quirky boutiques. Stop for an amazing lunch at your choice of Bloomington restaurants, or head for the winery where you can schedule a tour and enjoy a picnic lunch at either Butler Winery or Oliver Winery. Get in the the culinary craze by learning how to create a spectacular meal (or chocolate truffles to die for) at the Bloomington Cooking School, or just watch others create the goodies at Dillman Farm.