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Bloomington, Indiana truly has something for everyone – a cutting-edge music scene; a vibrant downtown filled with sidewalk cafes, shops, art galleries, and theaters; a terrific farmer’s market; a booming economy; and it is a college town, home to Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!). There are several nearby state and national parks, including McCormick’s Creek State Park, Morgan-Monroe State Forest, and the vast Hoosier National Forest.
Bloomington was established in 1818 by settlers from Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas. Located about 50 miles south of Indianapolis, Bloomington is considered the gateway to southern Indiana. It is a picturesque city, designated a “Tree City USA.” Indiana University Bloomington is the original and largest Indiana University campus. Bloomington has topped many “best” lists and is considered one of the top cities in the country for businesses.
Ready to discover more about this Indiana gem? Read on – and then find your apartment in Bloomington and start enjoying this dynamic, beautiful, and fun-filled city.
Things to Do in Bloomington:
First, get a bicycle! Bloomington was named a gold-level bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists in 2014. The city has miles of dedicated bike trails as well as multi-use paths and neighborhood greenways. Wapehani Mountain Bike Park is Indiana’s first mountain bike park. This 46-acre park features five miles of bike trails ranging from easy, intermediate, and expert. If all of that doesn’t have you strapping on your bike helmet, every single bus in Bloomington has a bike rack – no additional charge!
Once you’ve rented an apartment in Bloomington, be sure to visit one of the many state parks in the area. Morgan-Monroe State Forest is the second-largest state forest in Indiana, covering more than 24,000 acres. Activities in the park include hiking, camping, gold panning, and picnicking. There are also three lakes for fishing and boating. Hoosier National Forest covers 202,814 acres and is popular for hiking, camping, fishing, climbing, horseback riding, swimming, bicycling, and OHV riding.
The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market is held downtown at city hall every Saturday from April through October. Downtown Bloomington is picture-perfect with brick-paved sidewalks lined with shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, theaters, and sidewalk cafes. It is very pedestrian-friendly with a walking trail. Downtown events include the First Friday and Gallery Walk events, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival – an annual music festival this is the only one of its kind in the Midwest.
The elegant and historic architecture of Fountain Square Mall will entice you before you even enter the building, which houses a variety of unique boutiques, art galleries, jewelry stores, and restaurants. The Fountain Square Mall consists of eight restored historic buildings that were connected to create the ultimate shopping and dining experience. Another terrific mall is College Mall, located on 3rd Street. This large mall houses more than 80 specialty stores and restaurants.
Bloomington is home to many diverse festivals and events, including the Taste of Bloomington, the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, the Afro-American Art Festival, the Little 500 bicycle race, and Plan-It-X Fest – a huge music event featuring bands and artists from all over hosted by Plan-It-X Records, and independent record label based in Bloomington.
Wonderlab is considered one of the nation’s top 25 science centers. This amazing, hands-on science museum will impress everyone with its live animals (second floor) and the two-story grape vine perfect for climbing. The museum has 50 hands-on exhibits that include the Bubble-Airium, Water Works, the Fitzgerald Hall of Natural Science, and the Lester P. Bushnell WonderGarden.
Let’s not forget this is Hoosier country! The Indiana Hoosiers have one of the best overall records in the country – football, basketball, baseball, rowing, cross-country, wrestling – you name it, and the Hoosiers will have you cheering for it! The Hoosiers have been part of the Big Ten Conference since 1899. Put on your crimson and cream and head to the Memorial Stadium for a Hoosier football game, to the Assembly Hall for basketball, and to Bart Kaufman Field for baseball. Go, Hoosiers!
Whether you prefer cheering at a college football game, browsing art galleries in the BEAD (Bloomington Entertainment and Art District), hiking or camping in the wilderness of a national forest, or endless shopping sprees, an apartment in Bloomington will give you access to it all!
What to Consider When Moving to Bloomington:
IU is at the heart of this dynamic city. The university is a prestigious public research university that was established in 1820. As Indiana’s largest university, it has an enrollment of about 42,600 students. The university is home to the Jacobs School of Music, the Maurer School of Law, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, among others.
While IU is the largest employer in Bloomington, it isn’t the only. Other major employers include Cook Group, Inc., Baxter Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division.
Why Bloomington Apartments Are Hot:
Men’s Journal magazine named Bloomington number 5 on its list of the top 50 best cities to live! This is B-town – a college town, filled with fantastic shops, restaurants, art, culture, and theater. Music thrives here, and the setting is beautiful. Bloomington features a variety of fantastic and diverse neighborhoods filled with a variety of housing, from charming bungalows to townhomes to apartments to condos. Of course it is one of the best cities to live! What are you waiting for? Isn’t it about time to start searching for apartments to rent in Bloomington?
- The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) is located downtown and features art galleries, restaurants, public art, and events.
- Oliver Winery, the oldest and largest winery in Indiana, offers tours and hosts events such as the Creekbend Bluegrass Bash.
- Unique McCormick’s Creek State Park features attractions such as Twin Bridges, Wolf Cave, and the Falls at McCormick’s Creek.
- Indiana University hosts the Little 500, a popular annual bicycle race held at the Bill Armstrong Stadium.
- The Lotus World Music and Arts Festival draws artists from around the world who participate in this weekend-long downtown event.
- The historic Kirkwood Observatory, located on the Indiana University campus, offers a once-a-week, seasonal “open house” for the public.
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