Are you looking for something to do with your family in the Decatur area? Look no more, we have come up with a list of 15 attractions just waiting for you to have some family fun! Please contact us if you have any additional attractions you would like to see listed!
Cost: $10 per half hour
The Decatur Park District’s Big Creek Riding Center features horse boarding (50+ stalls) and indoor/outdoor show facilities, as well as picturesque, wooded riding trails. The Center offers trail rides, riding lessons, lead-arounds, birthday parties, and field trips. Please stop by to take a tour!
Open: Tues-Fri 9:30am-4:30pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun 1pm-5pm
Cost: $5 per person (Ages 2 and under) Free
The Children’s Museum of Illinois invites you to explore two floors of hands-on interactive exhibits. The museum offers over 10,000 square feet of exhibit space for children and families to discover. It’s the place where children play to learn, and adults learn to play.
Feeding the ducks, playground, Rock Garden, two featured restaurants and a look out deck!
Monday thru Friday from 7:00 am to 6:15 pm; and Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:15 pm.
Circling Downtown Decatur every 15 minutes. The Downtown Trolley is scheduled to be at the Transit Center (353 E. William Street) on the hour, at :15 minutes past, at :30 minutes past, and at :45 minutes past the hour, every hour, starting at 7:00 am weekdays and at 8:00 am every Saturday. The last trip of the day will start at the Transit Center at 6:00 pm, Monday thru Saturday.
Open: Noon-5pm Cost: $5 Per person
Featuring a zero-grade, beach-type entry, Fairview Family Aquatic Center is the perfect place to cool down this summer with your entire family! SPLASH PAD features serpent, geysers & more! Zero grade, beach type entry, sand volleyball court, playground
Open Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.
Visit Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth and there are many free or cheap things to do! Play at the DMH Play area that features indoor slides, climbing areas and space to run. Throw pennies at the fountain and support Decatur Memorial Hospital. Or ride the kiddy rides that include a rocketship, ice cream truck and helicopter for $0.75.
Just 9 miles south of Decatur, this track is open for racing every Saturday night from April through September. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and racing starts at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to check out NASCAR Nights and the UMP Summer Nationals.
You can book a tour of the gardens, make reservations for high tea, brunch and other individual or group excursions at Mari-Mann. Or, just show up and browse through the marvelous gardens, and explore the gift shop brimming with fragrant oils, herbal sauces and seasonings, decorative wreaths and the largest selection of homeopathic products and herbal supplements found anywhere.
Open: Tues-Sat Noon-6pm
A more than mud art studio for children, parents and families!
Open: 11am-10pm Cost: Adults $4 Kids $3
Challenge your friends to a day of fun at Paul’s Puttin’ Place & Dunn’s Dugout! This family-friendly place is perfect for church outings, date night or fun with family and friends.
Open: Sunday-Thursday 10am-9pm Friday-Saturday 10am-11pm
Family fun is readily available at this 18-hole miniature golf course. If speed is more you style, rent some Go Karts and take a spin on their track. For the younger ones, Pla-MorPla-Land offers a kiddie Go Kart track for racers as young as 4 years of age.
Rock Springs Center is the largest park in the Macon County Conservation District properties with a total of 1,343 acres in the southwest area of Decatur, IL. The Sangamon River runs through Rock Springs and several small ponds dot the landscape. A wide range of terrain including forest, wetland, grassland, and restored Illinois prairie make Rock Springs a destination for nature lovers. Rock Springs is also home to a large nature center, a museum, a restored farmhouse, nearly nine miles of hiking trails, and a paved bike trail. Rock Springs is a favorite for families all year round. Rooms and pavilions are available for rent for meetings and events.
Open: 10am-5pm Cost: $5 per person (Ages 2 and under) Free
Take a walk on the wild side at Decatur’s Scovill Zoo, on the banks of scenic Lake Decatur. Scovill is an AZA-accredited zoo. The zoo has more than 100 species of animals, birds and reptiles. Be sure to check out the North American Timberwolves, the South African Cheetahs and the Bactrian Camels
Off Eldorado and MLK
Sitting back and watching the real trains go by at the Wabash train Depot