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This trip through historic barns and churches will leave you feeling “Barn Again.” Highlights include lunch hosted at one of our historic churches. Meet famed photographer Larry Kanfer as he shares evocative stories behind his new book Barns of Illinois. His artwork has been celebrating the Central Illinois Rural life for 35 years. This stop at the Larry Kanfer Gallery will have you contemplating the emotions behind why we are so nostalgic for our barns.
So Much to Do – So Little Time
We promise to let you catch your breath during this adventurous tour. Kiss a reindeer,
travel to OZ, get lost among the stars, travel the world in 60 seconds, create a masterpiece, lick your way through an activity, travel the Main Streets, get “Barn Again,” experience a culinary dance, or perhaps just walk the “Boneyard.” To give a little jolt to the tour, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Columbia Street Roastery. You won’t believe what that little coffee bean has been through. This itinerary is packed full of that off-the-beaten-track you’ve been looking for.
Trains, Planes and Ships (Hub & Spoke)
Welcome aboard! Visit a historic train depot and take a ride to relive the golden era of trains. Your train ride will take you to the town square, visit “Millionaire Row” and to unique shops on the square that will conduct demonstrations for groups. Lunch will be at the Brown Bag, a tradition in this mainstreet community. Next stop will be at the largest aerospace museum in Illinois where you can experience the history of military and Illinois aviation. You are in for a treat at the National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History. The museum is dedicated to the critical role that ships have played in the course of history and the development of the modern world. If it floats, there is almost certainly a beautiful scale replica on display here.
Get Back to Nature
Do you love the great outdoors, beautiful gardens and nature? Look no further than Champaign County where our award-winning parks, forest preserves and gardens are waiting to show-off their beauty to our visitors. Visit the Idea Garden, stroll through our Arboretum and visit a Sculpture Garden that is nestled in a natural prairie grass setting. Tour a beautiful Japanese Garden or let a Master Gardener guide you through an aroma filled herb garden. Nature abounds in Champaign County!
In Lincoln’s Shadow
Let our Champaign County expert Tourism Ambassador takes you on a journey of years-gone-by. The shadow of Abraham Lincoln still lingers over downtown Urbana. Now available to groups, a new walking or driving tour will help you find the connection between our sixteenth president and the historic buildings found in today’s city. Lincoln spent nearly twenty years of his life practicing law here. Come and hear the story!
Sizzling Behind-the-Scene Tours
You won’t get a peek unless you have inside connections…Us! Let the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau hook you up with the coolest behind-the-scenes tours in Central Illinois. From athletics to agriculture, vintage to vaudeville, this is your “hot” ticket to a great time!
Seven Corpse Dinners by C-U Theatre Company
The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company is proud to present their “Seven Corpse Dinner” murder mystery evenings. CUTC has been performing murder mysteries since 1994 for all types and sizes of group tours. Over 20 “hair rising” scenarios available.
Cowboys, the Governor of Texas and an Indian all mix in this loud and boisterous roadhouse deep in the heart of Texas. The mix could be very explosive!
The Marsten Murders
Mrs. Marsten is donating her fabulous jewelry collection to a museum. The question becomes whether the jewelry is really hers or does it belong to a great collection that has been lost for years? What mystery is hidden in the jewels and how many lives will it cost?
Cattle Barons, Amish, World’s Largest and So Much More (Hub & Spoke)
Marquis de LaFayette Funk built this Prairie Home in 1863 and 1864 with timber felled in Funks Grove. LaFayette Funk followed in his father’s footsteps as the next Cattle King and was a co-founder and director of the Chicago Union Stockyards. On the same site as the Prairie Home is the Funk Gem and Mineral Museum. This is the collection of LaFayette Funk II, grandson of Marquis de LaFayette Funk. It comprises part of the largest one-man gem and mineral collection in the world. Both inside and outside are minerals from every corner of the world. You won’t find anything like this anywhere else. Seeing is believing at this attraction!