Things to do in the Bloomington, Indiana area

Make Grant Street Inn your home base to explore all that the Bloomington, Indiana area has to offer. The inn is centrally located to the Indiana University campus, Bloomington’s unique entertainment and arts district as well as many state parks and lakes.


Within Walking Distance

Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD)
Experience what makes Bloomington Bloomington. BEAD is 60 blocks of the best beats, eats, arts, digs and shops. There are galleries, parks, over 80 restaurants, 100 specialty shops, multiple theaters offering local and professional productions and more. It’s a cultural district like no other.

Indiana University Campus
Grant Street Inn is just two blocks away from one of the most picturesque university campuses’ in the Midwest. Attend a sporting event, enjoy a live performance by the world-renowned music and theatre departments, stroll the campus or visit the art museum.

Farmer’s Market
Locally grown produce, annual and perennial plants, and a variety of prepared foods are available. Purchase your food directly from farmers and ask them questions about their products. Listen to local entertainment while browsing and experience Bloomington’s casual atmosphere.

4th Street Area
Take a walk to 4th Street and explore international cuisine such as Thai, Turk, Tibetan, Indian, Vietnamese and Creole. Bloomington’s 4th Street is an oasis for ethnic culinary indulgences.

For our guests who enjoy a leisurely day of treasure hunting, downtown Bloomington offers three fantastic venues, including the 3-story historic Antique Mall, Second Street Antiques and The Warehouse.


Within 15 Minutes

Lake Monroe
Lake Monroe is Indiana’s largest lake. It offers fishing, boating, beaches for swimming and hiking trails.

Griffey Lake
Offers boat, canoe or kayak rentals and hiking trails.

Hoosier National Forest
The Hoosier National Forest has become one of Indiana’s premier locations for outdoor recreation. Activities include hiking, fishing, boating, cross-country backpacking and more.

Cycling – Paved and Natural Trails
Bloomington offers many paved and natural trails. The community’s B-Line Trail is a rail to trail project that stretches across the city.

Oliver Winery
Oliver Winery is Indiana’s oldest winery and one of the largest wineries in the eastern United States. There are free tastings daily, plus you can learn about the art of winemaking during free weekend production tours. Enjoy a picnic by the pond, amidst the beautifully landscaped setting.


Within 30 Minutes

Bluespring Caverns
Explore the underground caves of southern Indiana on a guided boat tour, see rare native fish and crayfish.

State Parks
McCormick’s Creek, Brown County and Spring Mill. Hiking and mountain bike trails, horseback riding, swimming, shelters and picnic tables. Brown County State Park is known for its beautiful views – rugged hills, ridges and ravines. It’s a hot spot in the fall for viewing colorful foliage. The state’s first park, McCormick’s Creek features a flowing creek, scenic waterfalls, and spectacular limestone canyon. In addition to the standard outdoor activities, Spring Mill features a pioneer village with a working grist mill.

Brown County
Known as the artist colony of the Midwest, Brown County is home to more than 250 artists working in mediums such as pottery, photography, glass, textiles, jewelry and wood. Artist T.C. Steele made his home in Brown County, atop a hill overlooking 211 acres. T.C. Steele Historic site offers tours of his home, studio and gardens.


Within 60 Minutes

Columbus, Indiana
A fun day trip, Columbus is ranked 6th in the nation for architectural design. Explore on your own or take a guided two-hour city bus tour. You’ll see more than 70 buildings and public art by noted architects and artists including I.M Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Ero Saarinen, Dale Chiluly and Harry Weese. Downtown, don’t miss Zaharakos, this turn of the century ice cream parlor and museum is a historic landmark.

Edinburgh Premium Outlets
Just down the road from Columbus, Edinburgh Premium Outlets and Exit 76 Antique Mall, Indiana’s largest antique mall.