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Allgauer's Restaurant features steak, chops, pasta and seafood. Join them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and their award winning champagne Sunday brunch.
Dr. Charles Wright House
Built in 1889 by Dr. C.M. Wright, this stately Renaissance Revival home holds three generations of Wright family furnishings, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ballard Nature Center
Just minutes away from the city but a world away, Ballard Nature Center is home to dozens of species of birds and wildlife. Natural prairie, wetlands, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, ponds and creeks round out the outdoor experience.
National Great Rivers Museum
Located adjacent to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, this museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Mississippi River, from its colorful history to its modern-day role as a major transportation corridor. The museum features kid-friendly, interactive and computer animated exhibits. Steer a towboat through the locks and dam via simulator, measure your water consumption or come face-to-face with river fish in the aquarium.
Super 8 Motel - Alton
Super 8 Alton hotel lets you make the most of your time on the road. Located on Illinois Highway 3 close to Route 67 and Interstates 55 and 270, our Alton, Illinois, hotel is just 30 miles from downtown St. Louis and convenient to popular area attractions, including the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway.
Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail
Extending 20 miles from Alton to Pere Marquette State Park, the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail runs parallel to the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway along IL Route 100, as well as the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. The route is completely paved and takes cyclists through the towns of Elsah and Grafton. Comfort stations are available at Piasa Park, Clifton Terrace Park, Elsah, Grafton Visitors Center, Grafton Harbor public restroom and Pere Marquette State Park. This is a great ride for cyclist of all ages, including families looking for a free day of fun!
Alton Museum of History and Art
Winged monsters, explorers, riverboats and a gentle giant. The Alton Museum of History & Art shows the crossroads of American history in Alton. The museum is located in the historic Loomis Hall across from the Wadlow statue. Loomis Hall is the oldest building in the state of Illinois continuously utilized for education. One of the most popular rooms, the Wadlow Room, pays tribute to Alton's "Gentle Giant" and the World's Tallest Man. The Pioneer Room explores the history of Alton from the Lewis & Clark Expedition to the Civil War with exhibits on Elijah Lovejoy, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the "Alton Route" on the Underground Railroad. Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Jacoby Arts Center
Jacoby Arts Center is dedicated to creating opportunities for individual artists in their pursuit of artistic excellence and economic success. The stunning gallery presents works of regional and national artists and the retail shop, known as The Artist Shop, showcases items in a variety of media while providing artists a retail outlet to their audiences.
This Queen Anne-style playhouse was built for Lucy J. Haskell, daughter of Dr. William A. & Florence H. Haskell. The playhouse was an exact replica of the family home. Lucy died at age nine of diphtheria and the Haskell's gave the estate to the City of Alton for educational & recreational purposes. The playhouse is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can be visited in Haskell Park.
Andover Christmas Walk
Andover and Andover Lake Park will glow with decorations. Stroll on walkways marked by luminaries or ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Soup supper and Christmas goodies, refreshments & kids crafts at the American Legion Building from 5pm to 7pm. Visit candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel and hear live Christmas music from 6pm to 8pm.
Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival
4 Days of fun in Downtown Antioch. Carnival rides, delectable foods, and top entertainment. Enjoy live music, Antioch Idol and kids activities. Enjoy the sidewalk sales and find craft booths too. Visit AntiochChamber.org for an updated entertainment schedule.
Dicken's Holiday Village
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. The Dickens Holiday Village is back and the handcrafted Dickens characters made by our volunteer artists will bring a Public Art Program that is free for everyone to enjoy! Antioch will proudly displayed 45 Dickens characters for people to tour. Each character has a plaque describing the scene and also serves as an educational tool for students. Take a self-guided tour with one of our Dickens Walking Brochure Maps or reserve a tour guide for groups of 24 or more. Plus there is plenty of Dickens Fun for everyone in November and December. You may enjoy Dickens Teas, an Antioch "Oliver" dog afternoon, Dress like Dickens event, and much more.
Antioch's Summer Arts & Crafts Faire
This newly designed Summer Hand-Crafted Arts and Crafts Faire will feature artisans from around the country. Enjoy more than 140 booths of hand-crafted goods for summer and fall, food and free admission. There will also be plenty of children's free fun including face painting, balloon art and "Paint our Town!"
Laser Quest - Arlington Heights
Laser Quest is a family entertainment venue combining the classic games of hide-and-seek and tag with a high tech twist. Our multi-level arenas have specialty lighting, swirling fog and energetic music to add to the excitement for up to 30 or more players in each game.
9th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
The fun starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Two shows on Saturday and a gospel show on Sunday. Lots of fun and great music. Tickets can be purchased at the door if not camping. Line-up will be announced around March/April 2016. Everyone is welcome!
Route 66 Park & Tourism Center
This small park is right on Route 66, and it's a great place to check out the town of Atlanta. It is a great park, including flat area to run and playground for the kids to climb and run on, you and your family are sure to enjoy.
Phillips Park Zoo
Established in 1915, this free zoo is open daily, year round. Exhibits include bald eagles, wolves, mountain lions, foxes, otters, elk, goats, llamas, turkeys and peacocks.
Luigi's Pizza and Fun Center
Enjoy the fun here that includes laser tag, an arcade room and great pizza.
Vaughn Athletic Center and Indoor Water Park
The Vaughan Athletic Center is dedicated to fitness excellence with quality equipment and programs designed to offer members the best value for their fitness dollar. The newest facility in the Fox Valley Park District is the Vaughan Athletic Center located on Indian Trail near Orchard Road on the far west side of Aurora. The Vaughan Athletic Center features 225,000 square feet of athletic, fitness, and aquatic fun. The Vaughan Athletic Center is home to an aquatic center with three indoor pools. The aquatic center offers lap swimming, diving boards, warm water therapy, swim lessons, and aquatic fitness classes. In addition, there is an indoor water park featuring two water slides, a lazy river, and spray and play areas. In the Vaughan Athletic Center’s 10,000-square-foot, full-service fitness center, members can use a wide variety of equipment, attend the Fox Valley area’s best group exercise classes, and receive personalized, one-on-one help from certified trainers. This year-round indoor water park has tube slides, zero-depth entry and interactive water play.
Go on a one of a kind country adventure you'll never forget! Become pioneers for a day on a real 1800s farm and village. Miniature train rides, pony rides, petting zoo, pioneer craft demonstrations, and special events. In the Discovery Barn see chickens, sheep, piglets, baby goats and more.
Aurora Skate Center
Skate to the sounds of Top 40 music. The skate center also features special live organ music dance sessions.
Ultimate Sports Dome
This sports spot features go-karts, batting cages, miniature golf and an indoor driving range.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum
The museum features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters. Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket. Marvel at a strange looking firemen’s smoke mask. Explore the differences in fire hose nozzles. See and hear how fire engines clear the streets with sirens, horns, and devices that control traffic lights. Watch vintage firefighting films on five video touch-screens. All this, in addition to 5 pieces of fire apparatus on display in a fully restored fire station built in 1894. Suggested donation $5 adult and $3 child.
Splash Country Water Park
This deluxe water park features tube slides, the second largest lazy river in Illinois, zero-depth pools, sand activity areas and concessions.
Broadway Hotel Aurora
The Broadway Hotel offers spacious suites, complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Broadway Hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the Metra Station that services downtown Chicago and offers easy access to Chicago O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Our hotel, located near the Paramount Theatre, Hollywood Casino Aurora, RiverEdge Park music venue, Two Brothers Roundhouse and Chicago Premium Outlets, offers plenty of nearby entertainment options. The Broadway Hotel offers flexible meeting rooms for events of up to 80 attendees. Our professional team and well-equipped function rooms make us one of the best hotels with event space in Aurora. Winner of the 2015 Choice Gold Hospitality Award!
A fun and exciting play land offering 10 inflatable play structures, four party rooms and two age-appropriate play areas.
Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora
Relax in one of Hampton's 127 luxury guest rooms and suites. Located right off I-88 near major attractions like Chicago Premium Outlets, Vaughan Athletic Center, Orchard Valley Golf Course. Amenities include 6,000 square foot swimming complex, kiddie pool, 2,200-gallon hot tub, exercise room, free high speed Internet access and On the House™ hot breakfast. 5,000 square foot conference center has five meeting rooms with full A/V and video-conferencing capability.
Super 8 Aurora
66 rooms with hot tub suites, complimentary deluxe breakfast, free high-speed Internet, an indoor heated pool and spa, fitness room, free local calls and cable TV. Chicago Premium Outlets, Westfield Fox Valley Mall, restaurants, golf courses and other attractions are nearby.
Phillips Park Aquatic Center
Deluxe water park with tube slides, simulated river, zero-depth pools and sand activity areas.
SciTech Hands-On Museum
Aurora's interactive science and technology center offers over 200 hands-on exhibits demonstrating the principles of electricity, weather, astronomy and nuclear energy.
A Christmas Story - The Musical
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.” It’s a story filled with laughs, dreams, warmth and family. A story filled with a department store Santa, a Leg Lamp, a Snow Suit and friends that will never leave your side – even if your tongue is stuck to a Flag Pole. The music is energetic, unforgettable and ranges from gentle ballads to full-on show-stopping numbers. The imagery takes you back to an easier time we often long for, but the message stays the same: family, friendship, love – the holidays are nothing without them. Bring your family and celebrate the holidays with the perfect feel-good musical for the season.
America is obsessed with bacon, which is why Pomegranate Restaurant’s bacon waffle just makes so much sense. If bacon’s not your thing but waffles still are, try their pomegranate waffle–it comes with their pomegranate sauce and it’s amazing. Another great thing about this place, aside from their fresh ingredients, is that they serve breakfast all day. Late risers, rejoice! You can get breakfast and a mimosa at 4:00 p.m. Don’t let breakfast bias keep you from ordering off the lunch and dinner menus. All of their food is amazing!
Basils Greek Dining
Blending old world tradition with culinary flair and innovations, this is a celebration of Mediterranean Cuisine. Named after the "royal" herb, Basils brings the delicate balance and warmth of Greek comfort food to the modern dining table. Named one of 15 Unique Restaurants by Only In Your State: "Who knew some of the best Greek food wasn't in Greektown but was instead in a suburb? Yes, it's at Basils, a fantastic restaurant that has phenomenal Greek food perfectly paired with wines." (July 16, 2015)
A social venture that operates as a hub for cultural activities and community programs while serving as a used book and media reseller, offering a full line of books and media (music, movies, etc) for adults and children.
All Spoked Up
All Spoked Up has the best variety of kids, cruisers, road, mountain, fixed gear and BMX bicycles, along with the highest quality and best price service/rep.
Cruisin' Waves Boat Rental
Located at Mastodon Lake at Phillips Park. Cruisin' Waves is proud to present to the public Go-Float electric boats. Come on out and bring the family and enjoy this unique form of recreation and entertainment on the water! Open daily 12 pm - 7 pm Wednesday - Sunday (weather permitting). Regular boat rental pricing is $25/half hour.
Classic fun food, cruise nights, neon lights and service with a smile. Situated on the historic Illinois Lincoln Highway, Route 30 next to Phillips Park Golf Course & Mastodon Visitors Center and the Illinois Lincoln Highway gazebo.
Sport Zone Family Fun Center
Home for soccer, go-karts, mini-golf, indoor golf and batting cages.
Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display
This drive-through is where neighborhood residents display a part of the original Christmas story includes lights, sound and all the biblical characters: wise men, camels, shepherds, sheep and manger scene. Peanuts characters with Charlie Brown follow on Lehnertz Circle. All lighted and all free! (Lehnertz is recognized as the oldest, totally free traditional Christmas display in Illinois.) Crib Blessing scheduled 6:00 pm Sunday, Dec. 13. Enter Lehnertz Avenue via Sheridan Street, follow through Lehnertz Circle and exit via Ohio Street.
Family New Year’s Eve Party
Start the new year off right! Enjoy games, giant inflatables, arts and crafts and dance to the latest tunes! Returning this year…spin the prize wheel and active toddler zone. Celebrate with a balloon drop at noon! Pre-register by Dec. 30 at noon. Children under 2 are free. Ages 2 and up: Pre-registration: $7 – Includes admission, party favors and snack. Day-of: $10 at the door. (Day-of registration does not include party favors or snack.)
A traditional Irish Pub setting with a warm, fun and inviting atmosphere. We have twenty beers on tap and have been repeatedly told by customers that our Guinness pint is nothing short of outstanding. The menu has a nice variety of options and features delicious Irish fare, fish and chips, shepherd's pie and boxtys are some of our top sellers, plus we easily have the best burger in the region!
Villa Olivia Country Club Ski Area
Villa Olivia is a public facility. Slope ticket required to access ski and snowboard activities including 7 runs, quad chair lift and 6 rope tows. Villa Olivia has skiwee for kids 4-9 years old, snow tubing, ski, dining, golf, lessons, snowboarding, sleigh rides.
A 32-acre park built in cooperation with Batavia Park District, the city of Batavia and the Batavia Riverwalk Committee. Park your bikes by the Depot Museum and stroll the boardwalks through the wildflower garden.
Hall Quarry Beach
Zero-depth sand beach, two islands, youth water slide, drop slide and diving tower with two-and four-meter platforms. Kid tested and family approved. This beach features a sand bottom swimming area covering 60,000 sq. ft. that includes: slides, an island diving area, playground, sand volleyball courts, a large sandy area for building castles, picnic area and concessions. Open May 23 through August 16. Hours 12 - 6 pm (Hours extended to 7 pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).
Whether you're interested in science or just fishing in the ponds near the buffalo herd you're welcome at Fermilab. Take a self-guided tour of the laboratory, the Art Gallery and science and educational displays. View the grounds from the 15th floor observation area. Visitors may also visit the Lederman Science Center. Performing arts and lectures. Groups welcome by appointment. Public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and as part of the Ask-a-Scientist event on the first Sunday of each month.
Funway Entertainment Center
Illinois' largest family entertainment center. Year round: bowling, bumper cars, roller skating, arcade, lazer tag and Rock-n-Roll mini golf. Seasonal: western trails miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, soccer cages, jumpshot, Water Wars and bumper boats.
Enjoy 48 premium flavors of ice cream and sherbet (over 150 flavors rotated)! Kid-approved flavors. Non-dairy sherbet options. Homemade waffle cones. Fruit smoothies. Custom cakes. Specialty drinks. And toppings, toppings, toppings!
Pal Joey's Restaurant
Pal Joey's has prided itself with a pizza that has remained consistent throughout its 32 year history. The pizza was given 4 stars by Chicago Tribune food critics and named as one of the best pan pizzas in the Chicago area. Fine Italian food and award-winning pizza. Outdoor dining by the Fox River is a special treat!
Plum Creek Nature Center
This center features local natural history exhibits, hands-on displays for children, and family programs that are offered throughout the year. Picnic facilities and camping are available by reservation.
Blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, tomatoes, and eggplant are the specialties at this orchard.
Summerfield Farm & Zoo
Summerfield Zoo is home to a large variety of exotic animals, ranging from reindeer and monkeys to camels and mountain lions. We are proud to offer an up close and personal animal experience. While at the zoo, enjoy our education and fun animal encounter presentations. Summerfield Zoo is open selected weekends May through November.
Boone County Conservation District
The Boone County Conservation District manages over 3,00 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands in scenic Boone County, Illinois. Minimum impact recreational opportunities, special events and educational programs are offered to the public throughout the year.
The Bensenville Park District and the DuPage County Forest Preserve have been working to restore this property and land. Fischer Farm is believed to be one of the oldest remaining homesteads in the county. Explore the buildings, touch the artifacts, and connect with history.
Bluegill Music Festival
March 16, 2015 - Bluegill Music Festival will lunch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 20th and can be purchased at www.bluegillfest.com and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. Bluegill Music Festival will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60 x 100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guest.
Midsommar Music Festival
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
Grady's Family Fun Center
As Bloomington-Normal's only amusement park, Grady's features an 18-hole mini-golf course, batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts and kiddie rides.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Bloomington features a contemporary setting, a fresh, modern appearance and a convenient location near the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA). The hotel offers the very best in accommodations and guests can enjoy complimentary shuttle services, over 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 24-hour business center and free high-speed, wired and wireless Internet access, indoor pool and whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness center, convenience store, Baxter's American Grill, game room and on-site laundry.
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Bloomington
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is conveniently located four miles from Illinois State University and three miles from Illinois Wesleyan University. It is a short drive away from all of the Bloomington-Normal State Farm Insurance offices, as well as the Ironwood Golf Course, Highland Park Golf Course, and The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course. Just minutes away from the property in Downtown Bloomington are numerous local restaurants, an exciting nightlife, and countless other attractions including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is conveniently accessible off of I-55, I-74, and near I-39.
DoubleTree by Hilton - Bloomington
The DoubleTree by Hilton, convenient to I-55, I-74 and I-39, is just minutes away from area corporations and some of the best golf in Illinois. The 185 warmly furnished guest rooms and 12 luxuriously appointed whirlpool suites feature exceptional comforts like Sweet Dreams beds, Wolfgang Puck Coffee, as well as modern must-haves like complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access throughout. For family fun, vacation, or a historical outing, this hotel is a great place to be.
The Chateau Hotel & Conference Center
Recreational options are plentiful at the Chateau Hotel & Conference Center. Guests can swim in the indoor pool, relax in the sauna or whirlpool, workout in the exercise room, jog on the twelve mile Constitution Trail that connects to the property, or visit the nearby Shoppes at College Hills outdoor mall. The property offers complimentary wireless high speed internet access, 7am-10pm complimentary transportation service, 24-hour airport shuttles, coffee makers, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, electronic keyless entry door locks, banquet and conference facilities for up to 500 people and free parking.
The Original American Passion Play
Now in its 93rd season, the American Passion Play is one of the oldest, continuously-performed, passion plays in the United States. This Biblically accurate performance takes the audience on a spiritual journey to Palestine, 30 AD where they travel with the living Christ, meet his Apostles and follow his ministry from the Sermon on the Mount to His resurrection and ascension. The play features beautiful scenery, live pipe organ music, live voices and even live animals.
Synergy Flight Center, LLC
Synergy Flight Center offers a number of recreational activities for visitors. They offer introductory flights, flight lessons and a flight simulator that visitors can rent by the hour.
Beningo's was established in the early 1970s, the tradition goes on four generations, specializing in homemade dishes from scratch for your dining pleasure. Among restaurants in Bloomington, let Beningo's take the worry and stress out of your busy schedule by simply ordering our famous lasagna, or choose from our wide variety of authentic entrees that are sure to make your family dinner or party unique and delicious, but most importantly, enjoyable! Click through our website to view our menu, read about our history, and learn more about one of the most respected and beloved dining establishments and restaurants in Bloomington IL and in Central Illinois. Come by Beningo's today to try our signature "sweet Sicilian" sauce, true to our Sicilian heritage.
Tour de Chocolat'
Held on the First Friday of the month, this recurring local cultural and social event showcases the visual arts and artists for the purpose of art education, visibility and the opportunity to purchase and collect art. February’s theme is the Tour de Chocolat’, where businesses will provide chocolate goodies at their stores. The culinary cook-off will take place in the BCPA Ballroom. Entries will be accepted in the following categories: youth, amateur, and professional. Celebrity judges will be doing sampling and making determinations at the beginning of the event. You vote, too! Take samples and vote with your dollars! People’s Choice and Celebrity Judge nominations are revealed at the end of the evening.
Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park
Illinois' only indoor/outdoor aquatic park features seven water slides, a lazy river, two zero-depth entry pools, a spray play area, diving well, sand playground and two concession stands.
Two mini golf courses, batting cages and an arcade are located at this family fun spot near Clow Airport.
Comfort Inn & Suites
Luxury at a moderate price, the Comfort Inn is conveniently located in Bourbonnais off I-57, near Olivet Nazarene University, Legends Sportsplex and Northfield Mall. With 114 new guest rooms, complimentary hot breakfast, free WiFi and onsite meeting room facilities, this property is ideal for business guests and leisure travelers.
Exploration Station, A Childrens Museum
A hands-on exploration and discovery museum for children and their families. Tuesday & Thursday are donation afternoons, where after 2 p.m. a suggested donation of $1.00 per person is requested.
Aspen Ridge Miniature Golf
This fun family spot, open April-October, offers two miniature golf courses. This par 70 course exhibits excellent golfing conditions. The blue championship tees boast a 6191 yard layout; where as the white/silver/red tees cover 5833/5616/4946 yards respectively.
Witness the history of the universe from its fiery birth to the formation of our own solar system on a state-of-the-art digital projector that gives a multimedia and full-dome show. Open year round, there are several shows scheduled during the week.
This year-round facility offers five basketball courts, eight volleyball courts, two soccer fields, a video game arcade, bumper cars, two mini-golf courses, softball batting cages, a go-kart track, climbing wall and paintball field.
Polk-a-Dot Drive In
The Polk-a-Dot Drive In was founded over 50 years ago has become one of the most memorable attractions along Illinois Route 66. Stop in and see the collection of memorabilia and enjoy a great meal.
The Patio Restaurant - Bridgeview
Voted "Best BBQ Ribs in the Chicago Southland." The Patio is now a 38-year casual dining, catering and carryout tradition in the Southwest and Western suburbs.
Home to Chicago Fire soccer team Toyota Park is a world-class stadium and concert venue located southwest of Chicago, near I-294 & I-55.
Boo! at the Zoo
Halloween fun awaits families at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration. The popular daytime event, presented by Fisher-Price, features a Costume Parade, Costume Showcase, professional pumpkin-carving demonstrations, not-so-scary games and activities, special animal Zoo Chats, and haunted hayrides.
There's more than 200 beautifully landscaped acres to explore at Brookfield Zoo. Highlights include dolphin shows at Seven Seas, ape encounters at Tropic World and the chance for kids to dress up and play veterinarian at the Hamill Family Play Zoo. The zoo also offers an old-fashioned carousel and a wide variety of shopping and dining options.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition. Chicagoland's largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling LED lights, ice carvings, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You're sure to feel the magic of the holidays! Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree. Holiday Magic is from 12/5-12/6, 12-13, 19-20, & 26-31. Regular parking and admission fees apply.
Eagle Watching with Ranger
Join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-883-2524 to register in advance. This program will be on December 5th & 19th, January 2nd & 16th, February 6th & 20th, and March 5th & 19th at 9 am to 10 am each day.
Eagle Watching Open House
Visit Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about bald eagles and how to watch for them, then venture out to watch for eagles with a refuge ranger. Experienced eagle watchers will be set up with viewing scopes at various locations at the wildlife refuge. Kids crafts will be available at the visitor center. For more information, call 618-883-2524.
Brunswick's Buffalo Grove and Tavern '45
This 56,000-square-foot upscale bowling and entertainment center, offers a comfortable and lively atmosphere to enjoy the company of good friends. 32 lanes feature upgraded bowling equipment and plush sofa seating that encourages socialization and connection. A laser tag arena and arcade with multi-player games that are good for the competitive spirit. Food & beverage service is available laneside or in the in-house restaurant, Tavern ’45, featuring distinctive American pub fare, local craft beer and an outdoor patio.
Trampolines on steriods!! This giant warehouse is filled with commercial grade trampolines that are connected together. Play trampoline basketball, trampoline dodgeball and land in a huge foam pit. Kids of all ages love the fun and completely forget that they are getting exercise. Check out this exciting concept online for more pictures and videos.
Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Centers
Family entertainment center featuring hundreds of games, rides, award-winning miniature golf, Go Karts & Batting Cages, Restaurant/Party room featuring karaoke. October Haunted House (www.frightmarehauntedhouse.com). Birthday party and group packages available.
Angelic Organics Learning Center
We offer public and custom programs for children, adults, and families on our beautiful, organic farm to help build the local food system. Whether its a day camp or a cheese making workshop, participants gain hands-on experience preparing farm-fresh food, from field to table, while learning about organic agriculture and the whole farm system in the process. The Learning Center also offers farmer training and support to beginning farmers and facilitates youth-led urban agriculture projects in Chicago and Rockford.
Historic Town Square & Downtown Carbondale
Twenty-five historic buildings ring Carbondale's nostalgic Town Square. When Daniel Harmon Brush, Carbondale's founding father, filed the original 56-acre plat of Carbondale in 1852, almost 10 acres were left open in the center of town. Today you can shop charming locally owned boutiques here, ranging from bike shops to furniture stores.
Devil's Kitchen Lake
This 810 acre lake with a maximum depth of 90 feet and a 24-mile shoreline is part of the Crab Orchard Refuge. It is stocked with rainbow and brown trout and provides largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads, and carp. Boat ramps are available. Boats have a 10-horsepower limit. Camping is available.
The Science Center of Southern Illinois
This center was designed for children ages 3-13 and their families. The science museum features several interactive hands-on exhibits dealing with a variety of basic concepts of science, as well as special events and programs.
Little Grassy Lake
Little Grassy Lake Campground and Marina is located on Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and is a destination stop for returning campers, boaters, and sportsmen. They offer full service camping, primitive camping, boat rentals, concessions, and a bait shop. Reservations accepted to reserve boats and campsites. Pontoon boats, fishing boats, and kayaks can be rented. You don't want to pass up the opportunities to explore the thirty miles of shoreline and embrace the solitude you will find on the lake. The 1200 acre lake is stocked with catfish, crappie, and bass, and offers plentiful oppourtunities for fishing, paddling, boating, and wildlife observation. Amenities include waterfront camping sites, remodeled bathrooms with hot showers, dump station, swimming, pets allowed, monthly educational programs and a renovated concession/bait shop which is stocked with minnows, crickets, camping supplies, cold beverages, food items, ice cream, firewood and ice.
Pagliai's Pizza & Pasta
This family-owned and operated restaurant has been successfully serving delicious Italian cuisine in Carbondale's downtown for more than 20 years. Known for both thin and thick crust, there's no question that "Pag's" has set the standard high for "Carbondale Style" pizza!
Old Illinois Passenger Depot Railroad Museum
Built in 1903 by the Illinois Central Railroad, the Old Railroad Passenger Depot has since been restored and now serves as home to the Carbondale Train Museum. Filled with information, artifacts and souveniers, the museum contains significant facts relating to Carbondale's history. Ring the bell of an original train car from the Illinois Central Railroad, which still sits on the track!
Hot Wheels Skatium
Hot Wheels Skatium, a new state of the art skating rink, is located by the former Ike Auto Park location outside of Carbondale. We offer skating for those of all ages; skates for rent are available from a child's size 8 to an adult's size 15. We have numerous fun-filled family nights, and we can also accommodate your birthday parties or private parties.
The Science Center of Southern Illinois
The Science Center of Southern Illinois is the perfect way for kids to explore the beauty of science in a fun atmosphere. This hands-on children's museum has over 50 exhibits and sees nearly 15,000 annual visitors. Adults are also welcome, as many of the activities can be enjoyed by all.
We would be lying if we didn't say that Saluki Stadium is one of the best college stadiums in the Midwest. Constructed in 2010, this facility is home to the NCAA Division One SIU Football Team and can seat up to 15,000 fans. Enjoy the afternoon with sports, tailgating and more at the Saluki Stadium.
Charlotte West Stadium
Charlotte West is a Stadium built for champions. During its eight years of existance, the stadium has played host to three MVC Softball Championship and one NCAA Regional Championship. The SIU Softball Team alone is nationally ranked and an overall treat to watch. Not to mention the Stadium itself is recognized as being the best collegiate Softball Stadium in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Blend Tea and Crepe Lounge
Through its delicious crepes, refreshing tea and unique atmosphere, Blend has made a name for itself as Carbondale's favorite hangout. Conveniently located close to the SIU Campus, Blend is the perfect spot for a quick lunch or long study session. With its sweet (or savory crepes) and a large selection of customizable drinks, perfect for everyone!
El Greco is a greasy spoon — said in the BEST way. This delicious joint makes some of the best gyros around. Locally-owned and operated, El Greco has become a staple in downtown Carbondale. Don't forget to try the fried mushrooms!
Cristaudo's Cafe & Bakery
Situated in one of downtown Carbondale's oldest buildings, Cristaudo's Cafe and Bakery is definitely worth a stop! Treat your taste buds to the sweet flavor of their famous sugar cookies, or enjoy a delicious sandwich during lunch. And, if you give them enough notice, Cristaudo's will prepare vegan and gluten-free baked goods to your liking!