Things To Do In Mattoon

2014 Haunted America Conference – Up to 51% Off Tickets

Lincoln Theater

$50 $25

Watch experts such as Troy Taylor, April Slaughter, and Rick Redfern talk on subjects such as ghost hunting and cryptozoology

25% Off Martial Arts

Decatur

$200 $150

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 50% Off Video-Gaming Packages

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Numerous PC and video game consoles such as arcade style and Xbox set up in a family-friendly environment that encourages socializing

50% Off Ziplining or Trail Ride at Wilstem Ranch

Paoli

$276 $139

Guests traverse 4,000 ft. of ziplines as a pair of certified guides keeps fliers safe with a braking system, or take a 1.5-hour trail ride

Up to 42% Off Skydiving

Paxton

$220 $129

Qualified instructor guides skydivers through every step of process and stays strapped to their backs during jump and freefall

Up to 55% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

Danville

$35 $19

During tailor-made lessons, students learn proper grooming, tacking, and riding techniques

Half Off from Move fitness

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Roving fitness instructors hold Zumba and kickboxing classes in and around Indianapolis

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 60% Off Laser Tag

Olney

$36 $15

HD TVs broadcast live scoring during 15-minute rounds of laser tag that include team and solo playing options

Up to 51% Off at McNulty School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

$72 $35

Kids and adults learn the techniques of Irish dance at a school that's been teaching the art form since 1971

51% Off Golf with Cart at Country Oaks Golf Club

Washington

$160 $79

18 holes wind over 140 acres of former farmland still marked by a white silo, white-picket-fence border, and dairy barn

Up to 87% Off at Black Label CrossFit

Mount Washington

$180 $25

CrossFit sessions meet Monday–Saturday in mornings and evenings; alternating workout routines are timed and scored to foster competition

Up to 51% Off Dance Classes

Crawfordsville

$70 $35

Expert instructors lead students through a variety of dance styles such as tango, samba, and bachatta

Up to 58% Off Pizza Tasting at Edwardsville's Pizza Prowl

Woodland School

$40 $20

Friends and families sample cheesy slices from up to 10 different pizzeria's from around the neighborhood

Select Local Merchants

The "Amara" in Amara Yoga & Arts is a shortened version of "Amaranth," which alludes to a mythological flower that never dies. Studio co-owners Theresa Brandabur and Kathryn Fitzgerald believe that yoga brings people a step closer to that immortal flower, healing their bodies and restoring peace to their minds.

Their students tend to agree. Natural light filters in through the tall windows of the Urbana studio, illuminating these students as they work through challenging Vinyasa poses and gentler Hatha movements. Amara Yoga & Arts also offers a revolving calendar of yoga classes, including restorative, gentle, Hot and Power Flow, as well as Ashtanga.

300 S Broadway Ave
Urbana,
IL
US

Illinois Skydiving Center trains aspiring daredevils through a trio of tandem, static-line, and accelerated-free-fall classes. AFF classes teach solo skills under the direction of instructors and coaches who jump with you, teaching stability and proper deployment skills. Static-line progression jumps prepare sky mavens for the pressures of a solo career with an ascending series of jumps that impart the art of free fall. During tandem jumps, students are strapped to a certified instructor who pulls the cord and directs the movements of parachute as guests take in breathtaking views of the landscape, local tributaries, and central-state volcanoes before feet land safely on the ground.

1962 County Road 2500 N
Thomasboro,
IL
US

Twin Bridges Golf Club's 250-acre Robert Lohmann–designed course regales sphere slingers with picturesque views of the neighboring White Lick Creek and the emerald foliage of nearby copses. Holes on the front nine showcase large greens and fescue-lined bent-grass fairways, and the back nine rolls over hills with greens closely patrolled by sand traps, waterways, and burrowing Pacmen. This oasis of recreation remains open to the general public and features year-round play.

1001 Cartersburg Rd
Danville,
IN
US

Looking for a fresh turn in their respective careers, Joe and Dawn Taylor planted the first grapes at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in 2002. In 2007 they opened the winery, where they sell their wines and swap stories with visitors. Amid 10 acres of expansive grapevines, a timber-frame barn houses the winery and tasting room. While sipping Sleepy Creek's varietals, guests can browse the gift shop, peruse the upstairs art gallery, and sample local cheeses from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery and Ropp Jersey Cheese. Above the winery, bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations allow visitors to relax amid the countryside and eavesdrop on rumors spreading through the grapevines outside.

8254 E 1425 North Rd
Fairmount,
IL
US

Less than 90 minutes from St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Lincoln artifacts, complete with the Gettysburg Address. A life-size replica of Lincoln’s log cabin set back in a forest of artificial trees stands 40 feet tall just like the President’s iconic top hat. The museum also houses a re-creation of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre, where the president was assassinated, and the state-of-the-art Union Theater, which projects films such as Lincoln’s Eyes, a broad overview of Lincoln’s personal and political life with a special focus on slavery. In the Ghosts of the Library exhibit, transparent phantoms of Lincoln and his contemporaries drift around powered by Holavision technology. Youngsters, supervised by parents, can try on period dress, pose for photos with life-size cutouts of young Abe, or reenact historic scenes in the Lincoln Home dollhouse located in Mrs. Lincoln’s attic, the hands-on learning center. Before heading home, patrons can browse the museum store—more than 3,500 square feet of artifact replicas and Lincoln-themed merchandise.

112 N 6th St
Springfield,
IL
US

Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.

Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.

1304 W Washington St
Bloomington,
IL
US