Surrounded by beautiful rolling farmlands, Bloomington, IL offers a variety of outdoor adventure in the "Land of Lincoln." Along with a zoo, hiking trails, museums and mansions, visitors can enjoy big city amenities in shops, restaurants and hotels. Bloomington offers something for visitors of all ages.
When you visit, be sure to stay at Choice Hotels conveniently located throughout Bloomington near many terrific destinations including:
Constitution Trail, named in honor of the U.S. Constitution's bicentennial in 1987, is built on the abandoned Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. Thirty-seven miles of pristine trails join the communities of Bloomington and Normal and offer year-round hiking and biking. You can also cross-country ski during the winter. Guideposts along the way feature key sections of the Constitution.
The mid-19th century comes to life as you tour the David Davis Mansion, the former estate of Lincoln's law partner, with its 36-room mansion, outbuildings and exquisite ornamental gardens. Botanical garden aficionados will marvel at Sarah's Starburst Garden.
The McLean County Museum of History is tucked inside a beautiful architectural structure dating back to 1892 where a young Lincoln litigated cases. Today it houses an excellent historical library and award-winning exhibits, along with a bench where Lincoln once sat.
Air and space buffs can tour military and commercial aircraft as well as space exhibits at the Prairie Aviation Museum. The all-volunteer museum staff shares stories of the individuals who flew the aircraft and also restore aircraft on loan from the military.
The Children's Discovery Museum entices toddlers through preteens with a world of hands-on learning and discovery. From AgMazing (farm) to Imagine Air Gallery (physics) exhibits, children are drawn into the world of science. Arts Incorporated! inspires the budding artist, and your little climber will love the three-story Luckey Climber.
The Miller Park Zoo is a child's paradise featuring a snow leopard, Sumatran tiger, Galapagos tortoise and more. Save time for the Tropical America Rainforest and the ZooLab, and be sure to catch one of the feedings.
After a full day of cultural and outdoor adventures, get a peaceful night's rest at one of our Bloomington, IL hotels and wake refreshed for another adventure tomorrow.
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