1304 W. Washington St., Bloomington
Upper Limits is the tallest indoor climbing facility in the world and is rated the number one place to climb in the world by the Discovery and Travel channels. With more than 20,000 square feet of climbing surface, it has 44 separate lines of roped routes and eight overhangings and/or roof routes. Upper Limits meets or exceeds the highest standards set by the industry. Upper Limits offers a warm-up area, proshop, equipment rental, instruction classes and seminars, group rates, and locker rooms. Come see why Upper Limits has been featured and showcased by such popular media as Good Morning America, Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
|Hours: ||Summer hours (May 1 -Sept 30)|
| || ||Monday||4 - 10pm|
| || ||Tues-Fri||Noon- 10pm|
| || ||Saturday||10am - 8pm|
| || ||Sunday||10am - 6pm|
| ||Winter Hours (Oct 1 -April 30)|
| || ||M/W/F||4 - 10pm|
| || ||Tu/Th/Sat||Noon - 10pm|
| || ||Sunday||10am - 6pm|
|Admission: ||Call for current cost of equipment rental and fees.|
Challenger Learning Center
2901 E. Empire Road, Bloomington
The Challenger Learning Center at Prairie Aviation Museum is a not-for-profit educational organization offering an interactive simulated space science experience for students, public and corporate groups. Through scheduled team missions, the Challenger Learning Center promotes leadership, communications, problem-solving and critical thinking skills while supporting our country's goals of improving science, math and technology education.
Children's Discovery Museum
101 E. Beaufort St., Normal
Finally, the newest and most exciting children's museum to come to the Midwest is here! It's the new Town of Normal Children's Discovery Museum. Come experience three floors of unique, hands-on, larger than life exhibits;climb into the two-story Luckey climber; join in the fun of new and exciting hands-on educational programs; shop at the Museum Store or have a party on the Landings.
A visit to the Children's Discovery Museum creates a sense of wonder that excites that love of learning in children of all ages. This is completely different kind of museum - because touching the exhibits is actually encouraged. It's a liberty kids are seldom afforded in a museum - or anywhere else! A visit to the Children's Discovery Museum is a chance to explore, imagine, play and learn while nurturing the love learning that lasts a lifetime.
|Hours: || Tue-Wed || 9am - 5pm |
| || Thu-Fri || 9am - 8pm |
| || Sat || 9am - 5pm |
| || Sun || 1pm - 5pm |
|Admission: || $4 (Under 2 Free)|
David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
1000 E. Monroe Drive, Bloomington
A visit to Judge David Davis' estate offers a glimpse into the lives of the wealthy and powerful of its day. Davis helped Abraham Lincoln win the 1860 Presidential nomination; Lincoln appointed Davis to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Judge's Victorian mansion contains elegant furnishings and the most modern conveniences of the era - coal-burning stove, gas lighting and indoor plumbing. Other highlights include the barn where Lincoln's horse was stabled, woodhouse, and flower garden.
Groups of 10 or more must pre-arrange a visit. Sixty minute tours begin every half hour in the Barn/Visitors Center north of the mansion. An informational video precedes the tour. The Mansion is handicapped accessible.
|Hours:||Wednesday-Sunday||9am - 4pm|
|Admission: ||Suggested donation: ||Adult $2.00 Youth $1.00|
Illinois State University Planetarium
Corner of College Ave. and School St., Normal
The majesty of the "night" sky is recreated in this 100-seat celestial theater in-the-round by ISU's Physics Department Planetarium. Complex special effects are used to demonstrate the wonders of astronomy.
|Showings: ||Presentations are 60 minutes ||Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 4pm|
| ||Public showings: (309) 438-5007 || |
|Admission:||Adults (13-59) ||$2.00|
| ||Youth (5-12) & Seniors (60+)||$1.50|
| ||Pre-schoolers (3-4)||$1.00|
McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St., Bloomington
National Register of Historic Sites
From Kickapoo Indians to early European settlers, from the small town where Lincoln practiced law to today's thriving community, the stories of this uniquely Midwestern place are told at the McLean County Museum of History.
Being showcased now through 2007 is Journey Through the Great Depression. This exhibit takes visitors on a "road trip" through the 1930's. Other special exhibits include Headlines and Footnotes (19th-20th Century head and foot wear), on display March 6 - August 13, and African-Americans in McLean County beginning Fall 2005.
|Hours:||Monday - Saturday ||10am - 5pm|
| ||Tuesday||10am - 9pm|
| ||Sunday||1 - 5pm (Sept. thru May)|
| ||Closed most major holidays|
| ||Free on Tuesdays|
Miller Park Zoo
1020 S. Morris Ave., Bloomington
A Bloomington-Normal landmark since 1891, Miller Park Zoo is one of only five zoos in Central Illinois and the only one to feature Sumatran tigers. Discover the indoor tropical rain forest with 20 different species of exotic birds. The outdoor exhibits feature sea lions, bald eagles, red wolves and the Wallaby Walk-about.
|Hours:||Fall, Winter & Spring|
| ||Daily||10am - 4:30pm|
| ||Memorial Day-Labor Day|
| ||Daily||10am - 5pm|
| ||Youth (3-12) ||$2.00|