Make yourself at home at our hotels in Bloomington, a friendly college town in the heart of Illinois farm country. Visit exotic animals at the Miller Park Zoo before digging into a grilled burger and crispy fries along the Historic Route 66.
Families staying at our Bloomington hotels head to Miller Park Zoo to see colorful free-flying birds and curious monkeys in the Tropical American Rainforest. At the extensive playground next door, kids can clamber up large tube slides and splash in squirting fountains. Young kids can shop for groceries or take the helm of a tractor in the hands-on educational exhibits at the Children's Discovery Museum in the neighboring town of Normal. Popular golf courses in the Bloomington-Normal area include The Den at Fox Creek, an Arnold Palmer-designed bent grass course, and The Links at Ireland Grove, with a 9-hole executive course for those with limited time.
Hop in your car and drive southeast of Bloomington to the Dixie Travel Plaza (formerly the Dixie Truck Stop) in McLean. This piece of Americana on Historic Route 66 has been keeping road-weary travelers juiced up on caffeine and good-value road food since 1928. For a satisfying steak or Italian pasta meal closer to our Bloomington hotels, head to the northern end of downtown Bloomington or Uptown in Normal. Nearby Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University regularly host inexpensive cultural performances, and touring acts make frequent appearances at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
Book a room at our Holiday Inn® Bloomington hotels during summer, when the Ewing Cultural Center's open-air theater hosts the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Stroll Ewing Manor's landscaped grounds and gardens before the show. From our hotels in Bloomington, you can enjoy the town's warm Midwestern hospitality year-round.