Decatur is the largest city in this area of Illinois, and is famous for being the first home of President Abraham Lincoln who settled in Decatur in 1820 at the age of just 21. The city’s symbol is the Transfer House, an early 20th-century Victorian structure in the center of town. Here are some of the best things to do in the area!
Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum
The Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum is the perfect day out for car enthusiasts. First opened in 2009, the museum has gone on to acquire a large collection of American-made cars from Chevrolet. The display shows Chevrolet’s finest cars and memorabilia dating as far back as the 1920’s till today. There is an array of cars for all enthusiasts including show cars, race cars, and Indianapolis Pace cars. The museum holds over 55 vehicles with most being placed into the museum shortly after a race. This museum is great for all ages and particularly Chevrolet fanatics.
Zoo days are always a great family activity. Scovill Zoo is fantastic for all ages and is a great day out. This year celebrates the park’s 50th anniversary, with extra special exhibits for visitors to explore.
For those who want an extra special day, classes for little animals are on offer for just 16 USD. The animal adventure, which is aimed at 3 to 5-year-olds with an accompanying adult gets families involved in hands-on activities, short stories, and allows you to connect with some creatures. All attendees get to take home their own animal zoo plushy.
Take the time to relax and try something different, like fishing at the a popular Lake Decatur. Whether a beginner or an expert, this lake is popular due to its population of catfish. Family trips are encouraged, particularly those with small children, since they believe it teaches key skills in life such as patience. Top tips for family fishing is to begin the trip in the early morning, which means more success due to the temperature. The cooler the temperature, the better the chance to catch a fish. Beginners are suggested to start from the docks, providing enough room to teach children how to set up the hooks for worms and how to cast. Smaller fish hang around docks, which can be seen to observe how to lure the fish.