Bloomington Attractions

Visitors to Bloomington will be spoiled with an abundance of activities to choose from, and our convenient location makes us one of the best hotels for travelers wanting easy access to the myriad of attractions in the area. Within walking distance from Cascades Inn, you’ll find Indiana University Memorial Stadium. Join in the excitement of cheering on the Hoosiers, or head a little further to explore the gorgeous campus of Indiana University. Looking to spend some time in nature? Hike among limestone bluffs at Cedar Bluffs Nature Preserve or rent a kayak and enjoy a day on nearby Griffy Lake.

Any visit to Bloomington should include ample time to explore our bustling downtown. From art galleries and unique local shops to music venues, interactive museums, and an eclectic dining scene, downtown Bloomington is extremely walkable and offers endless entertainment for all ages. You’ll also find that there is always something going on, whether it’s an annual food festival, art walk, or pop-up shop, touch base with our front desk to find out about fun local events!

Featured Attractions

Indiana University

Indiana University is the heart of Bloomington, and visitors to the area should spend some time exploring the gorgeous campus and consider attending a game or event. During football season, there’s nothing quite like the excitement and energy that surrounds a home game at Indiana University Memorial Stadium! As you explore the campus, you’ll find a world-class art museum, a peaceful arboretum, state-of-the-art theaters, and more. Visit the Lilly Library for a look at rare books and manuscripts, such as the first printed edition of The Canterbury Tales!

Griffy Lake & Lake Monroe

Lake with a sandy swimming beach and a marina

Guests wanting to spend time outdoors are in luck, as Bloomington is rife with hiking trails, bike rides, scenic lakes, and more. Griffy Lake Nature Preserve is just over two miles from Cascades Inn and offers trails that wind around the 109-acre lake as well as opportunities to rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards during warmer months. Just under a half-hour from us, you’ll find Lake Monroe, which has areas for swimming, boating, fishing, and more. Grab some picnic supplies from the farmers market for a picture-perfect day at the lake!

Downtown Bloomington

Moments away from Cascades Inn, you'll find the endless shopping, entertainment, and dining of downtown Bloomington! Browse through vinyl at the legendary Landlocked Music, pick up a new read from The Book Corner, or add some flair to your wardrobe with a visit to one of the local boutiques or vintage shops. Restaurants are plentiful, with menus ranging from classic diner fare to international cuisine. If you’re interested in nightlife, grab a cold brew at one of the local watering holes or catch a show at one of downtown's many music venues!