An Ideal Vacation Spot in Central Illinois
No matter what brings you to Vrooman Mansion, guests will find a variety of activities to enjoy in and around this area. From beautiful state parks to pristine golf courses and local wineries, there is something for everyone.
Constitution Trail - additional information can be found through the Bloomington and Normal Parks and Recreation departments
The Constitution Trail is a multi-use trail with over 14 miles of hard surface. The trail is perfect for walking, jogging, rollerblading, biking, cross-country skiing, or strolling. The closest entrance to us is just a couple of blocks Northeast on Grove Street.
Comlara County Park - 13001 Recreation Area Drive, Hudson, IL 61748 - 309.726.2022
Comlara County Park offers accessible playgrounds, picnic areas, a swimming beach, boat rentals, launches, and fishing piers on Evergreen Lake. Hiking and mountain biking trails are also available in addition to camping grounds.
Evergreen Lake Boat Rental Marina - 13001 Recreation Area Drive, Hudson, IL 61748 - 309.726.2022
Glistening 900-acre Evergreen Lake provides the scenic backdrop for some of the best fishing and passive water sports in Illinois. Canoes, paddleboats, sailboats, rowboats, and five horse outboard motors are available here for an enjoyable afternoon alone or with family and friends. State record hybrid-walleye, big muskie, and bass make this a favorite for both the casual and tournament fishermen.
Glasener Beach at Evergreen Lake - 13001 Recreation Drive, Hudson, IL 61748 - 309.726.2022
Glasener Beach at Evergreen Lake provides a unique lake swimming experience. Sand beach and large areas for sun bathing provide the background for water fun. A giant water umbrella and beach playground expands the opportunities for kids. Rental tubes are available for a float around the lazy lagoon, and sand volleyball is available for the more active-at-heart.
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center - 20 Timber Pointe Lane, Hudson, IL 61748 - 309.365.8021
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is a beautiful 170-acre facility located on Lake Bloomington. Timber Point is also the home to the area's only high ropes course.
Moraine View State Park, Rural Leroy, IL 61752 - 309.724.8032 or 309.724.8043
Moraine View State Park features campsites and boat launch with docks.
Outlaw Outfitters - 27267 E. 900 North Road, LeRoy, IL 61752 - 309.724.8043
Outlaw Outfitters have one-hour guided horseback rides, hayrack, carriage rides for private rental, and barn dances are also available.
Miller Park Zoo - www.millerparkzoo.org - 1020 South Morris Avenue, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 30.9.434.2250
Reindeer, Monkeys, and Bears...oh my! Come visit Miller Park Zoo's beautifully landscaped grounds and see a wide variety of animals from around the world.
Wellgreen Farm Adventures on Horseback - www.wellgreenfarm.com - 23274 E.800 North Road, Downs, IL 61736 - 309.378.2124
Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup - Route 66, Rural Shirley, IL 61772 - 309.874.3360
Guided tours offered during February and March show sirup-making by the 'boiling-down' process. Shop in the gift store stocked with Funks' brand sirup, as well as Route 66 memorabilia.
Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funks Grove - 4532 N. 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61754 - 309.874.2174
Sugar Grove Nature Center is a hidden Central Illinois natural treasure. It contains interpretive exhibits, a bird sanctuary, children's discovery den, and live animals. Over five miles of well-maintained trails take visitors through prairie, forest, and riverine habitats. A trail from the nature center leads to the Funks Grove Church, the Funks Grove Cemetery and the Chapel of Templed Trees.
Ropp Jersey Cheese - www.roppcheese.com - 2676 Ropp Road, Normal, IL - 309.452.3641
The Ropp Cheese processing facility in North Normal is owned and operated by a family of 6th generation McLean County dairy farmers. The facility produces cheese curds in various forms as well as artisan cheddars, colbys, and other cheeses.
Sudden Impact Paintball - www.sipaintball.net - 7290 E. 550 North Road, McLean, IL 61754 - 309.874.3338
Paintball fields with concessions open Saturday & Sunday only, near Funks Grove.
Upper Limits - www.upperlimits.com - 1304 West Washington, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.829.TALL (8255)
Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climbing Gym has more than 20,000 square feet of climbing, including routes up to 110 feet tall, wave-wall, bi-level cave, and a unique outdoor bouldering area. This is one of the largest and tallest gyms in the world! Upper Limits accommodates all skill levels and ages, offering introductory and advanced classes.
Skate n' Place Roller Skating - 1704 South Morris Avenue, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.828.8931
Pepsi Ice Center - www.pepsiicecenter.com - 201 South Roosevelt, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.434.2737
The Pepsi Ice Center is an indoor public ice-skating facility, featuring a full size sheet of ice. It sits adjacent to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. The facility offers ice-skating lessons, skate rental and a concession stand.
Ride the Nine - 503 North Prospect Avenue, Bloomington, IL 61704 - 309.662.1009
Ride the Nine includes billiards, darts, and bar/restaurant.
Holiday Park - 800 S. McGregor Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.434.2260
Holiday Park features a newly renovated swimming pool facility and a fishing lake in addition to its picnic shelters and playground equipment.
Anderson Aquatic Center - 100 South Maple Street, Normal IL - 309.454.9550
Anderson Aquatic Center boasts two water slides in the training pool as well as plenty of sun and shade areas for relaxing.
Fairview Family Aquatic Centers - 9449 North Main Street, Normal, IL - 309.454.9555
Fairview Aquatic Center is the area's premier aquatic facility. Amenities include a zero-depth pool, four water slides, water spray toys, and sand volleyball.
Illinois Valley Parachute Club - www.ivpc.org - 7581 Mackinaw Road, Minier, IL 61759 - 309.392.2751
Learn to skydive. All visitors are welcome, but must have a valid, current USPA license and reserve pack to jump. The Illinois Valley Parachute Club has been teaching people how to skydive for 40 years.
Hunter Oaks Equestrian Center - www.hunteroaksfarm.com - 236 Mac Allen Lake Road, Carlock, IL 61725 - 309.376.7771
Interested in horseback riding? Instructions are given in Dressage, Cross-Country, and Stadium Jumping as well as stabling for English riding enthusiasts.
Evergreen Racquet Club - 3203 East Washington Street, Bloomington, IL 61704 - 309.662.9361
Includes 8 indoor courts and 4 outdoor courts.
Interstate Center - www.interstatecenter.com - 2301 West Market Street, Bloomington, IL 61704 - 309.829.3976
The Interstate Center hosts major events annually, such as the McLean County Fair, the Festival of Trees, and the Third Sunday Market. It also hosts major trade shows and conventions.
ISU Planetarium - http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/~trw/planet.html - corner of College and School Street, Normal, IL 61761 - Public showings 309.438.5007
The ISU Planetarium offers a variety of entertainment and educational programs about science and astronomy. The Planetarium is located in Felmley Hall of Science on the ISU campus in Normal. Public programs are usually offered on weekends and during special events.
Grady's Family Fun Park - 1501 ½ Morrissey Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.662.3332
As Bloomington/Normal's only amusement park, Grady's features an 18-hole miniature-golf course, batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, and kiddy rides.
Chucky's Caddy Club Miniature Golf - Miller Park 1225 Holiday Lane, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.663.7402
Darnall Gunworks and ranges - www.darnalls.com - 6125 E. 1175 North Road, Bloomington, IL 61704 - 309.379.4331
Mackinaw Valley Vineyards - www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com - 33633 IL Route 9, Mackinaw, IL 61755 - 309.359.9463
Experience a bit of the Napa Valley right here in Central Illinois. Mackinaw Valley's oldest commercial vineyard now offers a spacious tasting room and gift shop. Come out to the winery and sample for yourself while you enjoy the panoramic view of the valley and majestic vineyards.
The Den At Fox Creek - www.thedengc.com - 3002 Fox Creek Road, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.434.2300
6,926 yards - Par 72 - 18 Hole
The Den at Fox Creek is a 4-star, Arnold Palmer Signature Designed Course that opened in 1997. The course includes bent grass tees, greens, and fairway. Amenities include GPS-equipped carts, club rentals, pro shop, and snack bar.
Highland Park Golf Course - www.highlandparkgc.com - 1613 South Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.434.2200K
5,725 yards - Par 72 - 18 Hole
Located in South Bloomington, Highland Park Golf Course has numerous challenges including creeks, three lakes, well-placed sand traps, and tree-lined fairways. The course includes a pro shop, carts, club rental, snack bar, and offers individual or group lessons.
Ironwood Golf Course - http://www.golfironwood.org/ - 1901 North Towanda, Normal, IL 61761 - 309.454.9620
6,960 yards - Par 72 - 18 Hole
Ironwood Golf Course is a championship course that includes four water hazards and four sets of tees ranging from 5,580 yards to 6,960 yards. Ironwood's attributes, which include a grass tee driving range, large practice putting greens, a practice bunker, banquet room, pro shop, carts, and individual or group lessons, offer a challenging test of golf to players of all abilities.
The Links at Ireland Grove - www.thelinksatirelandgrove.com - 3807 Ballybunion Road, Bloomington, IL 61704 - 309.661.8040
1,590 yards - Par 30 - 9 Hole
The Links at Ireland Grove is Bloomington's newest public golf course and first executive course. Each hole can be played from multiple tees to accommodate every level of golfer, from novice to the most experienced.
Prairie Vista Golf Course - www.prairievistagc.com - 502 West Hamilton Road, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.434.2217
6,745 yards - Par 72 - 18 Hole
Bloomington-Normal's second Packard designed course, Prairie Vista is one of the most challenging in the Midwest. With 16 water hazards, a unique 'wave bunker', numerous sand pots, and unruly wind conditions which change with a moments notice, this 18-hole course plays differently every day.
University Golf Course - www.goredbirds.com - Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790 - 309.438.8065
6,730 yards - Par 71 - 18 Hole
The course was designed by golf course architect Robert Bruce Harris and opened for play in 1964. The course features bent grass greens, tees and fairways, continuous cart paths from tee to green strategically placed bunkers, and a variety of tees for every skill level.
Additional information about area parks can be found on the following sites -
Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department - www.cityblm.org - 309.434.2260
Normal Parks and Recreation Department - www.normal.org - 309.454.9540