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. Other features and activities at Scovill Zoo include:
Endangered Species Carousel
Take a spin on Scovill Zoo’s Endangered Species Carousel. The carousel, specially designed for Scovill Zoo, is unique to Central Illinois. It features 30 colorful, hand-carved wooden animals, representing protected and endangered species from across the globe.
The ride is ADA accessible. Two chariots on the carousel can accommodate wheelchairs.
Z. O. & O. Express
One of Scovill Zoo’s most popular attractions, the Z. O. & O. Express has transported tens of thousands of visitors each year. Added to the zoo in 1984, the train is a scaled replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington Steam Train. C.P. Huntington, a California merchant in the 1800s, built and operated the Central Pacific Railroad.
The Z. O. & O. Express is ADA accessible. Passengers in wheelchairs have an accessible ramp with an area that locks in the wheelchair.
This state-of-the-art play area is a marvel in engineering and kids of all ages enjoy climbing, swinging and balancing throughout the labyrinth.
Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum
3635 US Route 36 East
1-888-926-9843 or 217-454-4583
A museum of Chevrolet automobiles combining various race cars, Indy 500 Pacecars, and original unrestored examples of some of their finest automobiles built. This is all combined with one of the most extensive Chevrolet memorabilia collections ever viewed by the public. This unique setting includes a diner – Dreamer’s Diner where the cars can be partially viewed while you eat a fantastic breakfast or lunch. It is a must-see experience for automobile or racecar buffs!
Hieronymus Mueller Museum
420 W. Eldorado
You can’t turn on your faucet, go roller skating, get a drink at a public fountain or drive your car without thinking about Hieronymus Mueller. Visit this interesting and award-winning museum, showcasing all this amazing inventor’s contributions to modern technology! Decatur’s “unsung genius” held over 500 patents. Among this exceptional facility’s treasures is the seventh of only eight cars manufactured by Mueller.
Macon County Museum Complex
5580 North Fork Road
The Prairie Years and Victorian Era in Central Illinois come to life in exhibits at the Macon County History Museum. “The Lincoln Connection Exhibit” tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Decatur and Macon County, and displays one of only two matching chairs that Lincoln owned and used in his Springfield, IL law office. Extensive Lincoln papers and reference materials can also be found in the Museum’s library.
The Prairie Village on the museum grounds is home to such historic buildings as the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced in the 1830′s, a log house, a one-room school, a circa-1880 railroad depot, a smithy and a print shop.
Monticello Railway Museum
992 Iron Horse Place
The Monticello Railway Museum is an all-volunteer organization in central Illinois with an operational railroad yard open to the public. Train rides are offered on weekends and holidays from May through October, regardless of weather conditions, as well as a number of special events throughout the year.
The museum also collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits materials and artifacts from throughout the fascinating history of trains and railroading. Come explore the many rail cars and other equipment, and view the museum displays.
The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum (AACGS)
314 N. Main Street
AACGS promotes and provides resources and education on the history of the African American. Embracing all cultures, it offers (in part), genealogy workshops, museum displays, storytelling, essay & poetry contests and the promotion of Cultural Arts. Three main annual community events sponsored are Black History Month, Juneteenth National Freedom Day, and Kwanzaa Celebration.
The Birks Museum
1184 W. Main Street
Two sisters’ love of decorative arts gave birth to a sparkling spot of beauty on the campus of Millikin University, their alma mater.
The sisters’ interest was not limited to glass and porcelain. Other unusual items they donated include a brilliantly detailed Japanese bridal kimono and exquisite pieces of turn-of-the- century furniture by Emil Galle and Gustav Stickley. The museum has also become home for other collections, including the Chinese art objects of the late Mr. and Mrs. Guy Scovill.
The Children’s Museum of Illinois
55 S Country Club Road
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.
This wonderful facility was named one of the Top 25 Children’s museums in the nation by Child Magazine!
205 Wiles St
Macon, IL 62544
Track (217) 764-3000
Hotline (217) 764-3220
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.
Mari-Mann Herb Farm
1405 Mari-Mann Lane
The Mari-Mann Herb Company originated as Mari-Mann Herbs in the kitchen of Mari Beth King in the 1970’s. From there it expanded to one of the largest herb gardens in the Midwest, a large retail gift shop, health food store, greenhouse, warehouse and gourmet kitchens where “herbalicious” high teas, brunches and luncheons are prepared by expert chefs.
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.
2135 N 22nd Street
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. Open Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 9 :00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 11:oo p.m. You can find more information on the Pla-Mor Pla-Land Facebook page.
Spare Time Lanes
2870 N. Jasper Street
Spare Time Lanes is a place for family fun and entertainment! Whether you are looking for birthday parties, corporate parties, leagues, tournaments, or just a fun night out, Spare Time offers the best entertainment in Decatur. We also offer a full service restaurant featuring Noble Roman’s Pizza, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also feature a state of the art redemption arcade which includes the all new Route 66 bowling game. You could win great prizes! Stop by The Eleventh Frame Lounge for your favorite adult beverages and check out our Video Gaming Section!
421 West William St.
The Governor Oglesby Mansion is an 1870s Italianate style home of 3-time Illinois Governor, U.S. Senator and Civil War General Richard J. Oglesby. The mansion is located at 421 W. William St in Decatur, IL.
Anne Lloyd Gallery
The Madden Arts Center
125 N. Water Street
The warm, welcoming and slightly funky Madden Arts Center is a richly renovated hub where the Decatur Area Arts Council makes its home. The building houses galleries, classrooms, an art shop, photo lab and rehearsal spaces. The Anne Lloyd Gallery showcases local exhibits as well as extraordinary traveling collections. The gallery spotlights an International Arts Experience exhibition over an 8-week period each summer.
Blue Connection Gallery
In the Madden Arts Center
117 N. Water Street
The “Art of Entrepreneurship” program (of which the Blue Connection Gallery is an integral part) has been developed to unite the strengths of two of Millikin’s Professional Schools: the Tabor School of Business and the College of Fine Arts.
You will find all types of art displayed at The Blue Connection. Be sure to stop in and browse. Who knows…a promising student’s work purchased today, could turn out to be a valuable masterpiece tomorrow!
The gallery participates in the “First Friday” art walks by hosting receptions that trademark the arts community in Decatur’s quaint and historic downtown.
David Erlanson Gallery
Richland Community College
One College Park
The David Erlanson Art Gallery is located in the center of the Richland Community College campus and is used to display artwork of students, faculty, and professional artists. Each month, a new artist is featured and the public is invited to a reception honoring the artist.
This intimate space showcases a wide range of works from regional artists, while enhancing the college’s art program. Exhibits rotate monthly, and highlights include an annual student art show in May.
Decatur Public Library
Second Floor Gallery
130 N. Franklin Street
The Second Floor Gallery, in partnership with Gallery 510, showcases local and regional artwork year-round. Frequently local and national traveling exhibits are displayed. In conjunction with the featured exhibits the library presents topic-specific programs and events.
160 East Main Street
In 2005, Gallery 510 sold its original home at 510 West Decatur Street, and Gallery 510 Arts Guild, Ltd. moved into downtown Decatur for increased visibility and service to participating artists.
Located a few steps around the corner from the Madden Arts Center and The Blue Connection, this gallery is a cooperative venue for professional and emerging artists, displaying varying works from paintings and sculptures to glass, textiles, pottery and fiber art.
Kirkland Galleries & Kirkland Fine Arts Center
1184 W. Main Street
Three galleries on the Millikin University Campus feature changing artist exhibits during the academic year. The Perkinson Gallery and The Lower Gallery display works from Millikin student artists and nationally-known artists. The Perkinson Gallery is open Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m. The Lower and Studio Galleries are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission.
Main Terminal – Decatur Airport
910 S. Airport Road
Art takes off in the Lobby Gallery at the main terminal of the Decatur Airport. Exhibits range from watercolors and acrylics to oils, pastels and fiber art. The airport is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Rock Springs Nature Center
3939 Nearing Lane
This gallery showcases the works of local artists in various media.