Local Attractions

Are you looking for something to do with your family in the Decatur area?  Well look no more! We have listed 12 local attractions just waiting for your family. Please contact us if you have any additional attractions you would like to see listed!

 

Children’s Museum of Illinois

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Children’s Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum, with exhibits and activities that complement and enhance children’s educational opportunities, particularly in the arts and sciences.  The Museum is located on the shores of Lake Decatur in Scovill Park, adjacent to Scovill Zoo.  It is ranked as one of the top 25 children’s museums in the United States.

Location: 55 South Country Club Road, Decatur, IL 62521

Summer Hours (May – August): Mon-Fri: 9:30a-4:30p, Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 1p-5p

Winter Hours (September-April): Tue-Fri: 9:30a-4:30p, Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 1p-5p

Cost: $5 per person, Ages 2 and under are FREE

 

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Decatur’s Lakeshore Landing

Feeding the ducks, playground, Rock Garden, two featured restaurants and a look out deck!

 

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Downtown Trolley Rides

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. There is a pending route change. For details, click here.

Location: 353 E. William Street, Decatur, IL 62523

Hours: Mon-Fri: 7a-6:15p, Sat: 8a-6:15p

Cost: $1.00/adults, $0.80/ages 5-18, Children under 5 are FREE

 

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Fairview Family Aquatic CenterFairviewParkPool

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

Location: 2540 W. Fairview Park Drive, Fairview Park, Decatur, IL 62522

Hours: 12p-5p Click Here for the 2014 Summer Schedule

Cost: $5.25/adult,  $4.25/ages 3-17, 2 and under FREE

 

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Hickory Point Mall

Visit Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth for several free or inexpensive 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.

Location: 1146 Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth, IL 62535

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10a-9p, Sun: 12p-5p

Cost: FREE

 

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Macon County Speedway

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.

Location: 205 North Wiles, Macon, IL 62544

Hours: Saturdays 5p, Races start at 7p, for the 2014 Schedule click here

Cost: varies per event

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Mari-Mann Herbs

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.

Location: 1405 Mari-Mann Lane, Decatur, IL 62521

Hours: Mon-Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 12p-5

Cost: Free to shop and look, cost varies per event

 

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Monticello Railway Museummonticellotrain

The Monticello Railway Museum, an all-volunteer organization in central Illinois with an operational railroad yard open to the public. They offer train rides on weekends from May through October, regardless of weather conditions, as well as a number of special events throughout the year.

Location: 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello, IL 61856

Hours: Sat: 11a-4p, Sun: 12:30p-4p

Cost: $10.00/adults, $6.00/ages 2-12, children under 2 are FREE

 

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Next of Kiln

Next of Kiln is a open pottery studio for the public to enjoy and experience painting a variety of pottery pieces.

Location: 139 S. Henderson St., Mt. Zion, IL 62549

Hours: Tue: 12p-6p, Wed-Thu: 12p-8p, Fri-Sat: 12p-6p

Cost: cost for classes/products varies

 

 

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Rock Springs Conservation Area

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.

Location: 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL 62521

Hours: Mon-Wed: 8a-5p, Thu: 8a-8p, Fri: 8a-5p, Sat: 9a-5p, Sun: 1p-5p

Cost: no cost to visit but costs for events/classes varies

 

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Looking for a wild adventure? Visit Decatur’s AZA-accredited Scovill Zoo, featuring an endangered species carousel, Z.O.&O. Express Train, and 500 animals spanning 6 continents!  Don’t miss the zoo’s red pandas, camels, zebras, and exciting new penguin exhibit!

Location: 71 South Country Club Road, Decatur, IL 62521

Spring Hours (4/6 – 5/24): Mon-Fri: 10a-5p, Sat-Sun: 10a-7p

Summer Hours (5/25-8/18): Daily: 10a-7p

Cost:

ADMISSION
Adults $5.95
Children (2 – 12) $3.50
Seniors (65+) $4.95
Children under 2 FREE
Z.O. & O. EXPRESS TRAIN
Adults $2.50 ($2.00 for Friends of the Zoo Members)
Children (2 – 12) $2.50 ($2.00 for FOZ)
Seniors (65 & better) $2.50 ($2.00 for FOZ)
Children under 2 FREE
ENDANGERED SPECIES CAROUSEL
$2.00 per person/$1.50 for FOZ  (adults standing with young children = free)