Bloomington welcomes our newest Hoosiers!  The IU Office of First Year Experiences and Visit Bloomington invite new students to explore Bloomington beyond the Sample Gates this weekend. On your own or with a friend, explore the trails, the parks, and the many participating businesses eager to welcome you to your new home. Take your Crimson Card as many businesses are offering chances to win gift cards, holding raffles, giving away prizes, and providing discounts on purchases. Look for the "Beyond the Gates" poster, or see the list of participating businesses below. Respect all location-specific policies, and take your mask for indoor locations or areas where social distancing is difficult. Welcome to Bloomington, your new home for the next four years!


Restaurants

A slice of cheese pizza being served at a table at Mother Bear's Pizza

Bloomingtonfoods: Bloomingfoods will be offering IU students 15% off their entire order. (Available from August 25-30)

Bucceto's Smiling Teeth: Receive a discount when you show your Crimson Card! Bucceto's is also offering a raffle to win a $100 gift card. 

Butcher’s Block: Enter the raffle and win a $250 gift card!

Cloverleaf South: Show your Crimson Card and get 10% off.

Crumble Coffee and Bakery: Flash your Crimson Card to receive a 20% discount (valid August 17 - August 29). Follow Crumble on Instagram and like their “raffle” post for a chance to win a $50 gift card and a free t-shirt.

Cup & Kettle Tea Co.: Get a 15% discount when you show your Crimson Card. They also have a raffle to win a $25 gift card.

Goodfellas Pizzeria: Grab a "Hoosier Pizza” t-shirt!

Healthy Hoosiers: Enter the raffle for shirts, gift cards, and tumblers! All you need to do is show your Crimson Card, no purchase necessary. 

Hopscotch Coffee:  For online orders, use the code "WELCOME" to receive 25% off all beverages. Offer only available August 22-23.

Le Petit Café: Buy 2 small dishes, get 3rd a dish free (only valid August 22 at the walk-up window).

Mother Bear's Pizza: Start freshman year off right with their Munchie Madness. Get a 10" one-topping pizza, breadsticks or cheese bread, 2 brownies, AND 2-liter Pepsi product just for $12.95! (Carryout and delivery only). 

Nick’s English Hut: Show your Crimson Card to get a free Nick’s pound jar!

Osteria Rago: Show your Crimson Card and get a free cheese pizza with a purchase of a pizza.

Rainbow Bakery: For online orders, use the code "WELCOME" to receive 25% off all beverages. Offer only available August 22-23.

Taste of India: Get 10% off when your show your Crimson Card.

Other participating locations: Soul Juice, Two Sticks Bakery

 

Retail

Rows of Shops in Bloomington Indiana

Bicycle Garage: Enter the raffle to win a $150 gift card for repair or purchase of an in-stock item! No purchase necessary. 

By Hand Gallery: Spend $35 and show your Crimson Card to get a free sterling silver pinkie ring.

Gather :homemade shoppe & co.: Visit Gather and sign up for their e-newsletter for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Also, show your Crimson Card for 20% off (only available August 22-23). 

Global Gifts: Spend $20 and you can enter to win a $40 gift card.

Mainstream Boutique: Receive a free gift with any purchase.

Oak.bloomington: Visit oak. and sign up for their e-newsletter for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Also, show your Crimson Card to get a 4" plant for half price when you purchase any plant. (only available August 22-23).

Pitaya: Enter their raffle for $50 gift card. Pitaya is also offering a buy one, get an additional 25% off sale items.

Posh Boutique: Get 20% off when you show your Crimson Card.

Westbury Antique Market: Visit their store, like and share their Facebook and Instagram pages for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate! Only happening August 22 and August 23. 

Other participating locations: Apropos, Tivoli Fashions

 

Explore the Outdoors

Bicycler on Bloomington's B-Line

Check out a full list of nature preserves, parks, trails, and lakes, here