Picture of Lake Monroe in Bloomington, IN. Find out how to save money on hotels there

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Bloomington, Indiana Travel Guide

Located southwest of Indianapolis, Bloomington is home to the University of Indiana and Hoosier basketball.  Welcome to the heart of Hoosier Nation.

Bloomington is a blend of All American charm and sophistication.  The WonderLab is a popular destination for family fun with hands-on exhibits to delight visitors of all ages.  

Explore 4th Street’s Restaurant Row for fine international dining.  

If you’re looking for a well-crafted sip or three or four, you’ve come to the right place.  Bloomington is home to fantastic distilleries, wineries, and craft breweries.

Take a Birding Nature Tour.

Go to nearby Hoosier National Forest and explore over 260 miles of trails for bikinghiking, and horseback riding or go rock climbing or rappelling.

Located 6 miles south of Bloomington, Lake Monroe is the largest lake in Indiana at 10,750 acres.  The Lake Monroe State Park offers beaches, swimming, boating, 9 launch ramps, fishing piers, picnicking and playgrounds.  One side of the lake is for speedboats, water skiing, tubing, and jet skiing.  The other side is for kayaks, canoes, and fishing.  Anglers come here in pursuit of bass, crappie and catfish.

There are trails for hiking and jogging.  Bird watching is popular and eagles are frequently seen.


The Park has campgrounds with 318 sites.  221 sites have electric hookups and 19 sites are tent only.

If you’re interested in renting an RV, Green Vacation Deals recommends RVshare.

Green Vacation Deals can share ways to save money if you’re interested in buying a tent, a tipi, or camping cookware.

Hotel Deals

If you’d prefer a hotel, you should consider the following hotels.  They currently have discounted rates up to 75% off their regular rates.  Book them through Hotels.com to realize the saving.

  • Quality Inn Bloomington near University       75% Discount
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Bloomington       66% Discount
  • Graduate Bloomington       48% Discount
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bloomington       43% Discount
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bloomington       35% Discount
  • Showers Inn       33% Discount
  • Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington       32% Discount
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Bloomington       32% Discount
  • Century Suites Hotel Bloomington       30% Discount
  • Hyatt Place Bloomington       30% Discount
  • Grant St. Inn       29% Discount
  • Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington       28% Discount
  • Holiday Inn Bloomington       28% Discount
  • Travelodge by Wyndham Bloomington       28% Discount
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bloomington       24% Discount
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bloomington       22% Discount
  • Comfort Inn Bloomington near University       20% Discount
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton Bloomington       17% Discount
  • Wingate by Wyndham Bloomington       16% Discount
  • Hampton Inn Bloomington       15% Discount
  • Cascades Inn       14% Discount
  • Quality Inn & Suites Bedford West       11% Discount
  • The Walnut Street Inn       10% Discount