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'''Bloomington''' [http://www.visitbloomington.com] is in [[Southern Indiana]]. Bloomington is home to the flagship campus of Indiana University and the IU Hoosiers.
'''Bloomington Shuttle Service''' [http://www.bloomingtonshuttle.com] offers shuttles to four destination points in town, charters, limousines, and service to and from Indianapolis Airport.
Parking near the university is regulated. A daily visitor parking pass may be purchased for $6 at the '''Biddle Hotel''' lobby of the '''Indiana Memorial Union''' (although this may only be purchased on the day of). This pass will allow visitors to park in many different lots & garages around the campus. Additionally, there are some metered parking spots on campus and some lots and garages on campus that are pay-parking (per half-hour). There are a few lots and garages that are free on Saturday & Sunday. For more detailed information, go to Indiana University Parking Operations: Visitor Permits [http://www.iubus.indiana.edu/parking_operations/visitors_retirees.aspx]
*<see name="Hoosier National Forest" alt="" address="Headquarters: 811 Constitution Ave, Bedford, IN 47421" directions="" phone="1-866-302-4173" url="http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hoosier/" hours="Office open Mon-Fri, 8 am-4:30 pm" price="Free" lat="" long="">The Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, is a property managed by the United States Forest Service. It has a total area of 201,047 acres and provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful forest a favorite.</see>
*<see name="Lake Monroe" alt="Monroe Resevoir" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="39.0587°N" long="86.4464°W">Lake Monroe is a reservoir located about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Bloomington, Indiana. The lake is the largest in Indiana with 10,750 acres (44 km²) of water spread over the counties of Monroe and Brown. It is also home to 13,202 acres (53 km²) of protected forest and three recreational areas (Fairfax, Hardin Ridge, and Paynetown). Rock musician John Mellencamp is a native of the area, and resides on the shore of the lake. The largest marina situated on the lake is the Fourwinds Resort and Marina with over 800 boats. The reservoir provides abundant fishing throughout the year, and recreational opportunities such as boating and water skiing attract visitors from throughout Indiana and the Midwest.</see>
*<see name="Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple" alt="Tibetan Cultural Center" address="3655 Snoddy Road, Bloomington, IN 47401" directions="Located 2 miles south of the College Mall. Take College Mall Rd until it merges into Sare Rd. Continue south on Sare to Rogers Rd. At the flashing red light, turn left on Rogers and go 0.5 mi to Snoddy Rd. The TCC is 1 mile down on the left." phone="812-336-6807" url="http://tibetancc.com/info/index.asp" hours="Sunrise-Sunset" price="$0-$35" lat="" long="">Located on 108 acres in the southeast corner of Bloomington, the property contains the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Monastery, the Cultural Center, two traditional Tibetan Stupas (Tib. Chorten), four retreat cottages, and a teaching pavilion. Guided tours of the buildings and grounds are regularly available for individuals, with large group tours of 10 or more given for a modest fee of $35. Don't miss the Tibetan Butter Sculpture, large library of books on Buddhism, and the gallery of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
===Theatre, dance and classical music===
*<see name="Bloomington Playwrights Project" alt="BPP" address="107 W. 9th St Bloomington, IN 47404" directions="Cars are towed nightly when parking in neighboring commercial lots. Be sure you are legally parked. Metered street parking is best." phone="812-334-1188" url="http://newplays.org/" hours="Most shows run Thurs-Sat 8 pm; Sun 2 pm" price="$5-$25" lat="" long="">This not-for-profit arts organization is dedicated to the furthering of new original plays and theatre. The fair is almost exclusively original work and often by local writers. BPP is also home to several playwriting contests and youth theatre workshops. This is a great place to both see theatre and get involved as a volunteer. Partially Accessible.</see>
===Museums and galleries===
*<see name="Indiana University Art Museum" alt="" address="1133 E. 7th St., Bloomington, IN 47405" directions="Visitors should park in the Jordan Avenue Garage at 7th and Jordan, and bring their parking ticket inside for validation." phone="812-855-5445" url="http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/iuam_home.php" hours="Tues.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 12 pm-5pm" price="Free" lat="" long="">No matter what your perspective, you can experience art from all angles at the Indiana University Art Museum. From world-renowned architect I.M. Pei's soaring triangular atrium, to galleries filled with extraordinary works of art from all corners of the globe, the IU Art Museum will engage, stimulate, and satisfy your curiosity about the worlds of art. Since its establishment in 1941, the IU Art Museum has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the foremost university art museums in the country. Today, the IU Art Museum's internationally acclaimed collections, ranging from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, include over 40,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history. Partially Accessible. </see>
*<do name="Bloomington Early Music Festival" alt="BLEMF" address="Location Varies" directions="See website for dates and locations" phone="" url="http://www.blemf.org/" hours="Held Annually in May" price="Free" lat="" long="">Soloists and ensembles unite for a series of concerts, opera and oratorios, workshops, and pre-concert talks exploring historical musica and instruments. Cross-cultural interests in the festival sometimes include performances by acclaimed folk musicians. The only event of its kind in the Midwest, the festival serves the Bloomington community, the Midwest region, and a growing number of music lovers from across the United States. BLEMF has forged collaborative relationships with faculty and students in the Early Music Institute at Indiana University and has produced nine operas and a theatrical children's show. </do>
*<do name="Indiana Limestone Sculpture Symposium" alt="" address="Bybee Stone Company, 6293 N. Matthews Dr., Ellettsville, IN 47429" directions="5 miles north of Bloomington" phone="812-824-8845" url="http://limestonesymposium.org/" hours="Annually in June" price="$20-$1,000 from single day classes to workshops." lat="" long="">The Indiana Limestone Symposium is a series of outdoor stone carving workshops that are held each summer on the grounds of the Bybee Stone Company in the heart of the historic Indiana stone belt in Ellettsville, Indiana. Everyone interested in learning to carve is welcome, from beginners to advanced carvers. Pay-by-the-day hand carving classes for teens and adults offer an opportunity to sample the experience. Workshops are taught by nationally known sculptors. The Indiana Limestone Symposium is sponsored by Bybee Stone Company Inc., which operates a 50,000 square foot limestone mill in Ellettsville, Indiana. Their many projects have included the National Capital, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Market Square Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. </do>
*<do name="Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts" alt="4th Street Festival" address="P.O. Box 1257, Bloomington, IN 47402" directions="Corner of at Fourth and Grant Streets in downtown Bloomington" phone="812-335-3814" url="www.4thstreet.org/" hours="Labor Day Weekend, 10:00 am-6:00 pm" price="Free" lat="" long="">An annual tradition since 1977 the fair is organized by Monroe County artists and craftspeople to showcase southern Indiana talent. High standards and an independent, professional jury attract hundreds of artisans from all over the United States to exhibit each year and compete for cash prizes. This family friendly two-day event now features local vendors and attracts more than 40,000 attendees each year from all over the Midwest.</do>
*<do name="The Hilly Hundred" alt="Bicycle Touring Event" address="7060 N. Woodnotes Addition Fairland, IN 46126" directions="The ride starts and finishes each day at Edgewood High School, 601 S. Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, Indiana. A staggered start on both Saturday and Sunday morning is traditional" phone="317-767-7765" url="http://www.hillyhundred.org/" hours="Annually in October" price="$45-$75" lat="" long="">Since 1968 the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) has sponsored the annual Hilly Hundred Weekend, a classic bicycling event designed for the touring cyclists. If you like a bicycling challenge that includes entertainment and fellowship with more than 5,000 cyclists from over 40 states and several foreign countries, the Hilly is for you. This three day event is held in the scenic hills of southern Indiana where the challenging terrain is a wonderful mix of gently rolling country roads and breathtaking hills (literally). The includes a European rally which is not a race, but a test of skill in riding an exact rate of speed. Riders may use a watch, cyclometer, or “use their instinct” in efforts to ride at an exact speed. Trophies will also be awarded to the oldest participant to finish the first loop, and to the participant cycling the farthest distance to this event. There is free food and live(ly) entertainment at each of three rest stops on both Saturday and Sunday. Riders under the age of 18 need the approval of a parent or legal guardian as provided on the application. Riders under the age of 16 may participate in the Hilly only if accompanied by a cycling guardian.</do>
Bloomington is the place to go to do some unique shopping. There are plenty of stores that are familiar to everyone as well as a few you will not find anywhere.
Bloomington is known in the Midwest for its selection of world cuisine. Visit East 4th Street between Grant and Indiana Avenues for a huge selection of the best ethnic fare. There are some enduring classics and a small bit of turnover in this district. Of note is the '''Snow Lion,''' an excellent Tibetan restaurant owned by the Dalai Lama's brother! Don't be afraid to travel outside of downtown for great food, remember that University real estate doesn't come cheap, and some of the best new restaurants get their start in the suburbs before moving downtown.
Summer is a great time to avoid student crowds, but many restaurants often cut short their hours and even close-up 1-2 days a week, so call ahead from June-August if you don't want to risk a "Back Soon" sign. All Bloomington restaurants and bars are non-smoking.
*<eat name="Amol Indian Restaurant" alt="" address="416 E. 4th St, Bloomington, IN 47408" directions="Corner of 4th and Grant" phone="812-331-8844" url="" hours="Mon, 11 am-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm; Tue-Sun, 11 am-2:30 pm, 5 pm-10 pm" price="" lat="" long="">Indian. Excellent Indian cuisine, and quite affordable compared with typical "white tablecloth" establishments. The service leaves something to be desired, but if you go at all, you should go for the lunch buffet which is huge, cheap ($8), and all-you-can-eat. Great for those new to Indian food. Dine-in, carryout and catering.</eat>
*<eat name="Anyetsang's Little Tibet" alt="Little Tibet" address="415 E. 4th St, Bloomington, IN 47408" directions="" phone="812-331-0122" url="http://www.anyetsangs.com/" hours="Wed-Mon, 11 am-10 pm; Closed Tuesday" price="$8-$12" lat="" long="">Tibetan, Thai, Indian. Try the curries, the salad dressing (they do sell this), and the Pad Thai. The Indian Tea is amazingly good chai.</eat>
*<eat name="Aver's Gourmet PIzza" alt="" address="2 locations. North/Campus: 1837 N. Kinser Pk; South: 317 E. Winslow Rd, Bloomington, IN" directions="" phone="North/Campus: 812-339-6555; South: 812-323-8333 " url="http://www.averspizza.com" hours="Sun-Wed 11 am-2 am; Thu, 11 am-3 am; Fri-Sat, 11 am-4 am" price="$8-$22" lat="" long="">Pizza. Best build-your-own and take-and-bake on the planet! Their specialty pizzas are amazing. Get the Cream and Crimson. Great delivery specials, and tons of vegan options. Cooked to order for delivery or carryout, or have them make it and you bake at home.</eat>
*<eat name="Basil Leaf Bistro" alt="" address="404 E. 4th St, Bloomington, IN 47408" directions="Corner of 4th and Grant Streets" phone="812-330-8978" url="http://www.basilleafbistro.com/" hours="Tues-Thurs, Noon-Midnight; Fri-Sat, Noon-1am; Sun, 5 pm-9 pm; Closed Monday." price="" lat="" long="">Asian Fusion. Chef Robyn Mai has been cooking up a menu of cutting-edge food encompassing the styles of Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisines in this small, but tasty oasis since 2007. Fresher and lower-sodium than many Asian restaurants. Decent selection of local & Asian beers, wine, and sakes. Dine-in, carryout, and catering.</eat>
*<eat name="Restaurant Tallent" alt="Tallent" address="208 N. Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47404" directions="Just north of the Bluebird, on east side ofWalnut." phone="812-330-9801" url="http://www.restauranttallent.com/" hours="Mon-Sat, 5 pm-10 pm" price="$20-$35" lat="" long="">American. Organic. Utilises all local, artisan ingredients whenever possible. With whimsical and creative flavor combinations, this is a true foodies' paradise. Check out their website for the seasonally changing menu. Try the 5-course taste menu, served family-style, for a mind-blowing experience. More casual fare (with a lower price point) available on the bar menu. Dine-in only. Reservations recommended.</eat>
*'''Trojan Horse''' Excellent Greek & American food with the best atmosphere, and usually the best servers, in Bloomington. Tavern upstairs. (corner of Kirkwood & Walnut)
===Bar and Pubs===
*'''The Vid Bloomington''' 105 West 7th Street Bloomington, IN (812) 333-0064. Also known as the Video Saloon. This bar/live music venue features a relaxed atmosphere and nice staff. Serves as a "melting pot" and has a diverse mix of students and Bloomington residents. [http://www.thevidbloomington.com]
*'''Butler Winery''' 6200 E Robinson Rd., Bloomington, IN. 812-332-6660 Hours Mon to Sat: 10-6, Sun: 12-6. [http://www.butlerwinery.com/]
*<sleep name="A Summerhouse Inn" alt="" address="4501 E Third St" directions="Two Miles East of College Mall" phone="812-332-2141" url="www.asummerhouseinn.com" checkin="3 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="$60 - $100" lat="" long="">A Summerhouse Inn is Bloomington's classic family motel. Having served the area since the 60's, A Summerhouse Inn prides itself on classic comfort and a welcoming atmosphere. Providing Bloomington's only courtyard setting, a guest fire pit, an outdoor pool, and a complimentary breakfast, A Summerhouse Inn represents hospitality from a simpler time.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Courtyard Bloomington" alt="" address="310 S. College Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47403" directions="" phone="1-812-335-8000" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bmgcy-courtyard-bloomington/" checkin="3:00 PM" checkout="12:00 PM" price="" lat="" long="" college="College" indiana="Indiana" 47403="47403">Located near Indiana University campus, Bloomington Monroe Convention Center and within walking distance to the Bloomington Town Square, this hotel is situated perfectly for both business and leisure travelers alike. </sleep>