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Visitors Guide

City logo There's plenty to do in Bloomington, whether it is your first time here or your fiftieth. The City of Bloomington offers resources including local street and parking maps, public art maps and Indiana University maps to help you find your way around.

Looking for a great place to eat or a special event to see? Then learn more about downtown Bloomington, including the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD). Visitors can also find helpful information on technology, transportation and parking, diversity and inclusion, business and commerce, and arts, culture and recreation.

Getting Around

Bus Services

Bloomington Transit operates an extensive bus system, which includes BT Access, a transportation service for persons with disabilities.

Indiana University (IU) Campus Bus System provides free service to students on the IU campus.

Rural Transit provides service for surrounding areas in Bloomington and Monroe County.

Alternative Transportation

bike As part of its transportation planning initiatives and sustainable city initiatives, the City of Bloomington provides many alternative transportation options such as bike paths and bike lanes, trails, sidewalks and sidepaths.


Find your way around town using our Map Gallery.


The Parking Map Gallery provides information on neighborhood parking zones as well as dowtown parking locations.

Arts, Entertainment & Culture

BEAD logo no text Bloomington boasts a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Galleries and museums are located throughout the downtown, nestled amongst a rich blend of shops, eateries and other attractions. The sheer number of high-quality and affordable arts events and entertainment opportunities has made Bloomington an increasingly popular tourist destination for those who appreciate the energy of a thriving, artistic community. Read more about the Bloomington's arts, entertainment and culture.


restaurant row char area logo web Enjoy world-class cuisine originating from Asia, Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Our quaint city plays host to restaurants, cafes and eateries that satisfy even the most exotic palates. Take a stroll down Fourth Street to experience Restaurant Row, part of the up and coming Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD). Read more about Restaurant Row.

Historic Bloomington

Vinegar_Hill Whether you want to learn more about the city's limestone architecture, are curious about local history or are looking for a fun-filled walk, Bloomington's Historic Districts are waiting for you. The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department has structured self-paced walking tours that highlight the architecture and local history of Bloomington. Read more about the City's Historic Walking Tours.

Outdoor Recreation

Canoeing on Griffy Lake Bloomington is an outdoor recreation haven in the Midwest, possessing rolling foothills, lakes, forests, caves, parks and golf courses. The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, winner of the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, operates the City's many parks, trails and recreational activities. Outside city limits, visitors can enjoy swimming, boating and camping on Indiana's largest lake, Lake Monroe. Find your next adventure in the heart of Bloomington and Monroe County.


Whether you're looking to stay in a downtown hotspot or a lakeside retreat, Bloomington offers numerous places to lay your head. For detailed information about places to stay in Bloomington and Monroe County, visit the Bloomington-Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau web site at

Festivals and Celebrations

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Additional Resources

Convention and Visitors Bureau
Downtown Bloomington, Inc.

Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD)


About Bloomington


Arts, Culture & Recreation


Business & Commerce


City Government


Community Involvement


Diversity & Inclusion


Education & Learning


Environment & Green Living


Family Living


Health & Social Wellness


Housing & Neighborhoods


Public Safety




Transportation & Parking