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10 Must-Do Things in Bloomington

Bloomington offers some of the most amazing sights and activities in Illinois and lucky for you, Arbors at Eastland offers easy access to it all! Spend a day exploring all of the amazing shops and restaurants with your friends. Or uncover hidden treasures in one of the amazing museums like the David Davis Mansion! There are so many activities and places to visit for every occasion, like romantic date nights, family fun days, or a quiet day spent with yourself!

Below is our guide to every exciting adventure that awaits you here in Bloomington, IL! Being so close to the action at Arbors at Eastland, you’ll always have something fun to do while you’re in the area.


5 Places to Visit in The Area


Miller Park Zoo

flamingos in a zoo

Miller Park Zoo offers many exhibits for the whole family to enjoy! Transport into another world when you go to visit the animals that call this zoo home, like the Sumatran tiger, American alligator, river otters, snow leopards, and many more beautiful creatures. If you want a completely unique experience, the zoo offers overnight programs for youth or scout groups! See some of the amazing creatures that share this world with us today!

1020 S Morris Ave

Bloomington, IL 61701


Altitude Trampoline Park

kid jumping on trampoline

For endless amounts of fun (and a good workout!), visit Altitude Trampoline Park off General Electric Road. With over 23,000 SQ FT of indoor trampolines and other amenities, this place is always jumping! Perfect for family fun, group outings, or individual fun, Altitude offers different event packages that can be customized to fit your budget for groups big and small.

1702 General Electric Road

Bloomington, IL 61704


Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary

bench in a park surrounded by trees

For nature lovers, Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary is a great place for various outdoor activities. After a long morning of bird watching, grab a bench and enjoy a peaceful lunch surrounded by trees and greenery. Paved trails are available throughout the park, and grants access to Constitution Trail.  What are you waiting for? Grab your frisbee, a picnic blanket and spend the day in the fresh air.

100 W Sycamore Street

Bloomington, IL 61761


Grady’s Family Fun Center

bumper cars

Looking for an idea for date night? Grady’s Family Fun Center is perfect! With lots of attractions like go-karts, miniature golf, bumper cars, and more, there are plenty of ways to have fun and make memories. They also offer delicious food and ice cream, so the perfect night is just one stop away! Visit their website for pricing, hours, and group specials.

1501 Morrissey Drive

Bloomington, IL 61701


David Davis Mansion

Victorian house

Bloomington is not all adventure parks and grassy picnic areas, there are also a number of historic sites like the David Davis Mansion. Dating back to 1839, this mansion once belonged to a young lawyer, David Davis, and his new bride Sarah, who eventually worked his way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. The beautifully restored, nineteenth-century estate, tells the story of this prosperous Victorian family and their decorative arts at the time. Visit their website for tour times and pricing.

1000 Monroe Drive

Bloomington, IL 61701


5 Places to Eat in Bloomington


The Lucca Grill

Established in 1936 by brothers Fred and John Baldini, The Lucca Grill has been providing delicious Italian American Food to the residents of Bloomington. Use their family-friendly atmosphere to help celebrate every occasion in your life- big or small! Offering everything from appetizers to pizza, to house specials and entrees, The Lucca Grill is a great place for great food.

116 E Market Street

Bloomington, IL 61701


Shannon’s Five Star

Shannon’s Five Star is rich in history, community, food, family, and friends. Known for making their comfort food from scratch, Shannon’s offers honest portions and pricing. Patrons of this establishment rave about the breakfast buffet, available on the weekends, which offers everything from biscuits and gravy to cheesy eggs. Shannon’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by today!

1305 S Mercer Ave

Bloomington, IL 61704


Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano

Arguably one of Bloomington’s best Italian Restaurants, Biaggi’s offers an extensive selection of house-made and imported pasta, soups & salads, steaks, and seafood. Large portions of affordably priced menu selections are prepared with only the freshest of ingredients, served in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Pair your delicious meal with one of their many wines and enjoy a great night out.

3010 E Empire Street

Bloomington, Il 61704


Baxters American Grille

Baxter’s American Grille is devoted to offering Classic American meals, prepared with the freshest ingredients possible. They offer seasonal menus that utilize local fresh produce and the finest fresh seafood, so every bite of your meal is delicious and tastebud exploding. After looking at their menu, you can see why they are rated 4.5 stars on Google.

3212 E Empire Street

Bloomington, IL 61704


Taqueria El Porton

Taqueria El Porton offers delicious traditional Mexican dishes to Bloomington. One of our favorites to order is the Al Pastor tacos, and we aren’t the only ones! With great service and great food, it’ll be hard to find another Mexican restaurant in the area that puts as much craft into their food as Taqueria!

901 N Main Street

Bloomington, IL 61701