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The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Associates invite you to come to Fulton County, Illinois and enjoy the natural wonders of the Spoon River Valley. Spoon River has carved a wide scenic valley through Fulton County as it flows from London Mills to the south and east where it joins the Illinois River near the southeastern corner of the county. The Spoon River became nationally known from the work of Edgar Lee Masters, author of the noted Spoon River Anthology. Come on out the first two full weekends in October. There are over one hundred miles of scenic routes on the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive to be enjoyed on this driving tour with beautiful fall colors. There will be food, arts, crafts, entertainment and flea market. Visit 17 villages and historic sites!
A unique, 2,000-acre zoological park which is home to wolves, bison, waterfowl, black bear, elk, cougar, otter, and others. You will enjoy the park's spectacular natural settings, butterfly garden, wildflowers, lakes and restored prairies.
Formerly known as the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane. Come take a tour and hear stories of the history of the hospital, employees and the inmates. See how this nationally recognized historic
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind overnight stay at Wildlife Prairie Park in one of the Santa Fe Train Cabooses!
The Emiquon Preserve, also known as the “Jewel of the Illinois River,” is aptly named for its abundance of wetlands and wildlife. The sheer biological diversity made it the natural place for Native Americans to settle long ago. In recent years, the land has undergone a restoration returning its natural beauty for all to enjoy once again.
Professional motorcycle racing. Oldest continuing dirt track in the world. Featuring Spring Poker Run, Annual Busch 600cc National TT, AHRMA TT, Camel Pro Challenge Cup, TT Steeplechase and the annual Turkey Run.
A family-owned and operated winery nestled in a small-town atmosphere. Experience European charm with a glass of wine in our Market Street Courtyard.
DragonLand has something for everyone, all on three-plus acres of immaculately kept park land with ample room to stretch out and soak up the rays! DragonLand is handicapped accessible and has an award winning lifeguard staff ready to make your visit a safe one. Zero depth, play / entry area and two water slides that twist and turn you "Dude" the dragon slide with mushroom waterfall geyser play features Sand beach play area with water equipment and extended deck / patio with lounge chairs "Adults only" patio with large turf for sunbathing Reasonably priced cafeteria style concessions Sand beach volleyball courts with changing, shower and locker facilities Heated pool with lighting for night activities Fully handicapped accessible
Browns Oakridge Zoo is a family owned and operated zoo established in 1990. Beginning with a single pot bellied pig and a few whitetail deer, the number of species housed at the zoo has grown to include five Siberian tigers, several black bears, two lions, and many more exotic and domestic animals. Over the years we have taken in many abandoned animals. A total of 152 lion and tiger cubs, abandoned in captivity have been reared here. Most of our animals have been raised in the house, and have had a lot of human contact. You won’t just get to see the animals here, but you will be able to have hands on contact. Imagine being able to hold a lion, tiger, or bear cub. It brings out the kid in all of us.
Enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities.
A pleasant, relaxing shopping experience where you can browse our gift shops, eat at our lunch buffet and shop our mall full of flea market finds and antiques. Plenty of free parking. Buses welcome!
Twelve sites with electricity and water available year-'round for nightly, weekly, and monthly camping. Close to footbridge. Complimentary firewood. One shelter.
Championship course with a country club atmosphere. A challenging 18-hole course designed by the late Bruce Borland, senior designer for Jack Nicklaus.
The largest of all the state forests in Illinois. Covers 7,100 acres of native oak-hickory forests and pine plantations. Supports diverse desert flora and fauna in its sandy landscape as well as also offering a variety of recreational facilities.
Fishing, boating, picnicking in the out-of-doors.
Home to one of the earliest educational enterprises in Illinois, the park and its sister site, Jubilee College State Historic Site, are located 15 miles northwest of Peoria near Kickapoo. In addition, to the rich history of the college, the park offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping. Jubilee College State Park has more than 40 miles of multi-use trails that wind through woodland, hills, ravines and prairies. Mountain bikers are reminded that horses have the right-of-way on the trails.
Rice Lake is a waterfowler's dream. Its high quality habitat attracts thousands of migrating birds annually. In addition, areas are also available for fishing, boating, camping, and wildlife observation.
The premier on-site archaeological museum, located 45 miles southwest of Peoria, interprets the 12,000 year history of American Indian cultures in Illinois through artifacts, interpretive exhibits, major multi-image productions, hands-on activities and a variety of public events in a rural setting.
Contains a large bluff overlooking a long, narrow lake. Camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, and hunting opportunities provide a vast recreational experience. Concession and boat rentals are also available.
See the local Historical Society's authentic preservation of an 1800s school and town jail. Tours by appointment.
This layout is wonderfully enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels, with 4 sets of tees on each hole the good golfers can go to the gold tees where it can play difficult, and the average player can enjoy themselves from the white tees. The 18-hole course features 6,900 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72, the course rating is 72.7 and it has a slope of 127.
The lake was built on the floodplain of the Illinois River in 1971 by Commonwealth Edison Company as a cooling reservoir for the fossil-fuel power plant. Today, the completely diked, 1,426-acre lake is leased for visitor hunting and fishing.