Bloomington, Indiana


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

61 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
13 Votes - "Best For Food"
5 Votes - "Most Fun"
5 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
2 Votes - "Friendliest"


Located in the lush rolling hills of south central Indiana, Bloomington is a progressive college town with a special charm that makes everyone feel right at home. From the peaceful forests to the vibrant downtown, Bloomington is filled with contradictions that somehow blend together to form an exceptional community. And with over 100 locally-owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants, Bloomington is a culinary delight. The abundance of fresh produce, meats, and herbs from local providers, combined with the talent of local chefs offers a wide variety of options. The diversity in cuisine types is a perfect example of how influential the university has been on the overall community. In one block alone you can find Thai, Italian, Tibetan and Ethiopian restaurants. There really is a wide variety of food types to suit all tastes, and no matter what time of day or night, you can find good food--and plenty of it--in Bloomington.

You will also find two award-winning wineries and two unbelievable breweries. Each winery provides a beautiful setting to sample unique wines, including some made from local grapes. The breweries also produce unique flavors, in beer and in cuisine (each facility houses a restaurant). You can also find select local beers and wines at area restaurants, so drink local and enjoy the flavors of Bloomington!

Bloomington is hands down the best place I've ever geocached. You'll rarely find a lamp-skirt or a pill bottle in this town. (Not that there's anything wrong with lamp-skirt hides; we just like things a little more interesting here.) We're a stone's throw away from Lake Monroe, home to many beautiful trails and lots of good caching. Even within the town limits, there's good hiking and wilderness caching to be found on the Bloomington Rail Trail, at Leonard Springs, or at a number of other places. The Bloomington Rail Trail is home to a different kind of power trail of caches, one that you won't blast through at top speed, but where you'll see a bewildering variety of caches. If you prefer urban hides, we've got plenty of those too, including many clever plain-sight hides that will have you scratching your heads while you're searching and laughing out loud when you find them. There are some seriously devious puzzle caches, beautiful cache containers that play music or contain surprises, a scale model of the solar system (including planets, moons, asteroids, and dwarf planets), informative Wherigo tours, and a number of epic multicaches to be done at night or during the day. The town has been host to numerous events, including simple celebrations (with plenty of food, of course), canoeing expeditions, night events, trivia competitions, cache-in trash-out events, and urban scavenger hunts. The frequent events mean that the local cachers see each other all the time, and we're forced to keep our caches in good order (or face the disappointed head-shaking of our fellow cachers at the next event). I've gotten so spoiled here in Bloomington that I turn into a grumpy whiner anytime I look for caches while traveling. Come check us out!
Reviewed by ErWenn
on August 29, 2013
Bloomington has more ethnic restaurants per capita than any other place in the United States. If you are looking for great restaurants within a few square miles, then Bloomington is your place!
Reviewed by
on June 18, 2012
Never had a bad meal in B-town. Whether it's burgers and homemade mozzarella sticks at Opie Taylor's or a pita at the Trojan Horse, everything is good. Plenty of variety as far as eating establishments. So much so that it's hard to decide where to eat. I love going to Bloomington and trying a new restaurant whenever I come down for games. Always a fun time!
Reviewed by turpin57
on June 7, 2012
Not only is Bloomington a great to foodie destination for quality, but value. The majority of the delicious restaurants are very accessible at an average of $10 - $20 per entree, with many costing even less. Coupons in town aren't popular because customers know they are getting a value even at full price. Thai, Ethopian, Greek, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, soup - you name it, it's all available. Quality, creative ingredients without the huge price tag and long waits? Yes please. Top favs of mine are The Chocolate Moose and Lennie's.
Reviewed by MisterDrew41
on June 7, 2012
This Midwestern town has so many great places to eat it is hard to pick just one, so don't, try them all!
Reviewed by LauraN
on June 1, 2012
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