Spend Time with the Family at Champaign Hot Spots
Bring the family together during your stay at the Country Inn & Suites, Champaign North, IL by visiting an out-of-this-world planetarium and first-class theater venues. Kick off the day and pick pumpkins with the kids at Curtis Orchard, and then buy everyone a new outfit at Market Place Shopping Center, less than a mile from the hotel. If you’re looking for educational things to do, head indoors to any of the nearby museums for art, history, music and science. Of course, don’t forget to visit the University of Illinois to show your blue-and-orange pride at a Fighting Illini game.
Arts and Culture:
- The Art Theater (2 miles)
Are you a movie buff? Come share some popcorn with friends and family at this community theater space that screens the latest independent, foreign and art films.
Phone: +1 (217) 355-0068
- Japan House (4.9 miles)
Both an oasis of Eastern tranquility and an educational center, the Japan House features gardens, an arboretum and cultural programs that help visitors find a global perspective.
Phone: +1 (217) 244-9934
- Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion (3.7 miles)
Spend time with the family at Krannert Art Museum, where you can always enjoy free admission to the second-largest general fine art collection in the state of Illinois.
Phone: +1 (217) 333-1861
- Virginia Theatre (2 miles)
Planted in the Champaign Park District, the historic Virginia Theatre houses anything from film festivals and poetry competitions to children’s parties and networking events.
Phone: +1 (217) 356-9063
- Parkland College (2.1 miles)
A 255-acre campus set conveniently at the convergence of I-74, I-57 and I-72, Parkland College offers a beautiful, green campus and major areas of study such as Aviation and Agriculture.
Phone: +1 (217) 351-2200
- University of Illinois (2.1 miles)
Cheer on the Fighting Illini or attend a cultural event at the nearby University of Illinois, a 4,552-acre campus that more than 43,500 students call home.
Phone: +1 (217) 333-1000
- Champaign County History Museum (2.4 miles)
Explore the fascinating historical artifacts at this local museum, which is set inside Cattle Bank, the county's oldest documented commercial structure.
Phone: +1 (217) 356-1010
- Museum of the Grand Prairie (9.5 miles)
If you’re a history buff, don’t miss this museum that examines the Midwest’s changing landscape from the time of the original Native American settlements to the modern day.
Phone: +1 (217) 586-2612
- Orpheum Children's Science Museum (1.8 miles)
Housed in a 1914 vaudeville and moving-picture theater, this art and science museum is steeped in history, featuring exhibits that are so much fun the kids will forget they're learning!
Phone: +1 (217) 352-5895
- Sousa Archives & Center for American Music (3.4 miles)
While visiting the University of Illinois, stop by this patriotic museum to see—and hear—a collection of archival records and artifacts that preserve America's local and national music history.
Phone: +1 (217) 244-9309
- Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois (4.5 miles)
Nine permanent exhibits are housed at this cultural and archaeological museum on the campus of the University of Illinois. Take a tour to see more than 50,000 artifacts from across the globe.
Phone: +1 (217) 333-2360
- William M. Staerkel Planetarium (2.6 miles)
Journey into space without leaving the planet at this exciting attraction on Parkland College’s campus. Teach your kids how to find constellations, and check out the planetarium’s collection of meteorite samples in the lobby.
Phone: +1 (217) 351-2446
- Market Place Shopping Center (0.6 miles)
Make a day of it at this shopping center, home to nearly 100 popular retailers like Express and Victoria's Secret. Need a break? Rest your feet while the kids ride the carousel or play on the indoor playground.
Phone: +1 (217) 356-2700
- Old Farm Shops (4 miles)
Head south down North Prospect Avenue for some upscale shopping and popular dining options. Browse shops such as Chico’s and Checkered Moon, and then grab lunch at Panera Bread or Cheese & Crackers.
Sports and Recreation:
- Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch (7.4 miles)
A popular family-focused attraction, Curtis Orchard is a world of outdoor discovery, offering orchards, pumpkin patches and kids’ activities from July through December. You’ll definitely want to browse the on-site country store for local honey, unique toys, jellies and award-winning apple cider.
Phone: +1 (217) 359-5565
- Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (8.8 miles)
This wooded preserve occupies nearly 900 acres in nearby Mahomet and offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking, skiing, boating, and fishing in the Sangamon River.
Phone: +1 (217) 586-3360
- Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden (11.9 miles)
This eight-acre botanical garden is a go-to spot for couples looking to tie the knot. Bring the family for a group stroll through the beautifully sculpted flora. Admission is free.
Phone: +1 (217) 586-3360
- Memorial Stadium (3.7 miles)
Built in 1923 to honor the soldiers who gave their lives in WWI, this stadium is home to the Fighting Illini football team.
Phone: +1 (217) 333-3631
- State Farm Center (3.7 miles)
State Farm Center is recognized by sports fans and concertgoers far and wide for its signature white dome and warm, glowing lights.
Phone: +1 (217) 333-2923