First-time visitors, IU alumni, locals expecting guests, residents in search of fun – we love them all at the BCT Box Office & Downtown Visitors Center. Stop by for maps, guides, or a chat with our staff. We want to make sure you enjoy Bloomington’s beautiful downtown.
Interested in the Indiana University campus? We have information and resources available, but you might also want to check out the IU Visitor Information Center and sign up for a campus tour.
Need a place to stay? Visit Bloomington’s list of hotels will help you find the options closest to downtown.
There are a nearly endless number of things to do in Bloomington. One day you might feel like renting a double-decker pontoon boat on Monroe Lake. The next day you could find yourself enjoying a 20th-century opera, or maybe some stand-up comedy followed by artisanal cocktails on the square. The one thing you won’t find is boredom.
The Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) includes galleries, live music, performing arts, over 90 restaurants and 100 specialty shops, parks, hotels, and cozy neighborhoods in ten distinct character districts—each with a personality all its own. Walkable, rideable, don’t miss-able. A cultural district like no other.
With 200 specialty shops, 12 cultural attractions, 90 eateries, and 12 taverns and bars, downtown Bloomington is alive from early morning until well into the late evening hours.
City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department
This department manages more than 2,264 acres of property, including 40 park sites, a golf course, ice arena, two pools, three community centers, a fitness and recreation center, three natural resource properties, 13 ball fields, 22 tennis courts, 24 basketball courts, and approximately 30 miles of trails.