The BN Advantage is easiest to see when the mood is the lightest. If outdoor adventure is your thing, you can visit our indoor rock climbing gym - with 65-foot silos. The youngest residents of McLean County quickly fall in love with the Children's Discovery Museum. For lighter leisure, two malls, a farmer's market, two aquatic centers, and dozens of recreational parks offer the perfect setting. When you're just looking to get out and stretch your legs, the Constitution Trail weaves its way through the heart and soul of the Twin Cities.
Bloomington-Normal is home to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Cruisin' with Lincoln on Route 66 Visitors Center, and two restored theaters - one for classic films and the other for the cutting edge of musical entertainment. The list goes on and on, but the exploring is the best part.
Uptown Normal brings the vibrancy of a communal and cultural center. Adjacent to Illinois State University, Uptown features plenty of entertainment and life for all ages. Shopping options range from collegiate gear to local art, boutiques to record stores, and comic books to fitness shops of all types. The eclectic mix and convenient location offers something for everyone.
Whether you enjoy browsing antiques, strolling art galleries, refining your wardrobe, or unwinding among numerous boutiques, Downtown Bloomington offers something for you. You can peruse formal wear, board games, home brewing, bakeries, historic treasures, and so much more. Pick up a new hobby or indulge an old one downtown.
Miller Park Zoo
A fan favorite of Bloomington-Normal’s youngest audience, Miller Park Zoo is perfect for a day outing, birthday party, or one of the numerous special events hosted throughout the year. Harbor seals, river otters, snow leopards, sun bears, and a Sumatran tiger are just a taste of what awaits. The zoo also offers animal education through the Junior Zookeeper program and other volunteer opportunities.