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Seeing Long Distances

From Bloomingpedia

Due to the hill laden terrain around Bloomington, there are many points from which you can see a building, structure or other hill from long distances. This page documents some of the more interesting vantage points. To qualify for this article, a vantage point must be publically accessable or be accessable for a nominal fee. Also, try to limit this to vantage points allowing you to see objects more than a mile away.

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From the Walnut Center Parking Garage
  • The Walnut Center Parking Garage - at the top level, you have an unubstructed view of the Monroe County Courthouse and South Walnut Street extending for miles.
  • Ballantine Hall has a sundeck that can provide a nice view as it is one of the tallest buildings on the central campus, however access has been restricted for several years as it was a popular place for suicide jumpers.
  • The Herman B Wells Library, located at 10th Street and Jordan Avenue, is often used as a photography platform for the surrounding campus, however access is restricted.
The Wells Library as seen from the Metz Carillon prior to the carillon's renovation and relocation in 2019
  • The Metz Carillon, located near north Jordan Avenue and 17th Street, is a tall bell tower on a hill and commands a view across campus. Access to the tower is restricted.
  • The Eigenmann Hall sundeck sits where the 15th floor would be and commands a nice view across campus. This was accessable in the past, current access is not confirmed.
IU dorms, Bloomington downtown, and a sliver of Lake Monroe as seen from the Fire Tower
  • Bloomington's tallest buildings can be viewed from the Fire Tower.