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DECATUR: MACON COUNTY
Decatur: Variety Of Attractions For All Ages
such treasures as the seventh of only eight cars manufactured by Mueller, located at 420 W. Eldorado St. For more information, call 217-423-6161.
Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum: Located at 3635 U.S. Route 36-E., features classic autos such as race cars, Indy 500 pace cars, original unrestored examples of some of the finest automobiles built, and includes an extensive Chevrolet memorabilia collection. Call 217-791-5793 or visit www.chevrolethalloffamemuseum.com.
Macon County History Museum and Prairie Village: Located at 5580 N. Fork Road E., each building in the village replicates prairie life during the 1800s. This includes a replica of the log courthouse where Abraham Lincoln tried several cases, and one of only two matching chairs still in existence that he owned and used in his law office in Springfield. For more information, call 217-422-4919, or visit www.mchsdecatur.org.
he Decatur area offers so much to see and do with antiques, family attractions, historic sites, museums, nightlife, outdoor fun and recreation, shopping districts and numerous events for all ages. Visit www.decaturcvb.com or call 217423-7000 for a free Visitors Guide.
Each year, visitors to Scovill Zoo enjoy a train ride.
The Children’s Museum of Illinois: Located at 55 S. Country Club Road, the Children’s Museum offers hands-on exhibits that encourage children to touch and interact. Focusing on people and cultures, the arts, physics/physical science, the ecosystem and health sciences, the museum is so much fun for everyone that visitors tend to forget it’s educational. For more exhibit details, call 217-423-KIDS, or visit www.cmofil.com.
Rock Springs Conservation Area and Nature Center: Located at 3939 Nearing Lane, Rock Springs offers a glimpse of the natural forests and prairies that existed when early settlers first came to central Illinois. Included are birding and nature walks over woodlands and wetlands. For more information, call 217-423-7708, or visit www.maconcountyconservation.org.
Hieronymus Mueller Museum: The Hieronymus Mueller Museum’s namesake, called Decatur’s “unsung genius,” held over 500 patents. See
Scovill Park and Zoo: From cheetahs and camels to meerkats and monkeys, an exciting adventure awaits visitors at Decatur’s Scovill Zoo, located at 71 Country Club Road. Take a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel and climb aboard the Z.O.& O. Express. Just a few steps away from the zoo are a state-of-the art playground, the Scovill House, and Oriental Gardens with exotic plants, waterfalls, ponds and winding trails. For more information, call 217-421-7435, or visit www.scovillzoo.com.
Mari-Mann Herb Farm is designated as an official Illinois herb garden. Mari-Mann Herb Farm: People who love the outdoors will enjoy Mari-Mann Herb Farm, 1405 Mari-Mann Lane, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest herb farms. Mari-Mann offers luncheons by appointment, tours and a shop where a wide variety of natural herbal and homeopathic items are sold. For more information, call 217-429-1404, or visit www.marimann.com. Wabash Depot Antique Centre: Located at 780 E. Cerro Gordo St., the center is a 10,000 square-foot restored train depot with beautiful marble columns and floors, stained glass windows, tube chandeliers and antiques of every kind. For more information, call 217-233-0800. PAGE 60 | 2016 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois
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