Destination guide

Become an honorary Hoosier in Bloomington

Literally named after a “haven of blooms” by the early settlers, Bloomington is still awash with beauty, thanks to its sweeping nature preserves and tantalizing proximity to lush state forests. Home to Indiana University Bloomington – known for its pretty campus – it has buzzing nightlife and a well-known folk punk scene. There are family-friendly attractions too, so this is a place that ticks boxes for everyone. You can feel like a true Hoosier by opting for Bloomington vacation rentals, which include smart condos with polished, hardwood floors and relaxing outdoor areas where you can while away balmy evenings.

Things to do

Mind-expanding attractions in Bloomington

If you have kids in tow, let their minds run wild in the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. Here, the fun and interactive exhibits encourage children to indulge their curiosity – the Bubble-Airium, with its giant bubbles and “Bubble Wall”, is a much-loved part of the experience. Then, there’s the Kirkwood Observatory. Dating right back to the year 1900, it has open house viewings throughout the year. Want to pose for a classic Bloomington photo? Pose by the Sample Gates, the limestone entrance to the university campus. It’s practically a rite of passage for anyone visiting this neck of the woods.


Nature and nightlife in Bloomington

After settling into your Bloomington vacation rental, your first stop may well be the downtown district. This, after all, is the best place for really soaking up the atmosphere of the area, and you’ll be able to duck into shops selling everything from vintage threads to handmade crafts. Afterwards, you can wander over to Bryan Park, which sprawls for over 30 acres and features children’s playgrounds, picnic spots, and a pool. Come the evening, you can tuck into local tapas, go mingling in the brewpubs, or stay up dancing till the early hours. Or, for a more genteel evening out, take in a show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, which was built back in 1922 and is an iconic venue for films, arts festivals, and live performances.


Fall frolics in Bloomington

It’s always a good time to book a Bloomington vacation rental, thanks to the wealth of things to do. If you had to pick any season, though, fall is probably it. This is when Bloomington looks its most ravishing, with red and orange hues spreading through the trees. It’s also when you can get immersed in the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, an annual event which fills the streets with performing artists from all over the world.

Natural features

The great outdoors in Bloomington

Sprawling in the hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington is a stone’s throw from natural grandeur. Just southeast of the core, you’ll find Monroe Lake – the largest inland body of water in the whole state. It’s ideal for boating, fishing, and swimming, while hikers will enjoy exploring the forested areas surrounding the rippling waters. Want more? Enter the nearby Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area, which has many miles of trails, and is a fertile ecosystem where you can spot wildflowers and soaring eagles.

How to get there

How to get to and around Bloomington

Fly into Indianapolis, IN (IND-Indianapolis Intl.), the closest airport, located 41.5 mi (66.7 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Bloomington?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 157 vacation rentals around Bloomington. From 76 cabin rentals to 18 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Bloomington?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bloomington. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Oliver Winery: 172 vacation rentals
  • Indiana University: 175 vacation rentals
  • Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center: 189 vacation rentals
  • Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center: 167 vacation rentals
  • Indiana University Auditorium: 178 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bloomington listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Bloomington?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 76 Cabins in Bloomington. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bloomington include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 18 rentals available
  • Houses: 51 rentals available
  • Cottages: 76 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bloomington?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 7 vacation rentals with pool available in Bloomington. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.