Category: Outdoor activities

Tips For Your Next Summer Picnic

Summer picnic with sunflowers
When the sun comes out, it’s nice to enjoy a day outdoors. Whether you’re headed to your favorite local park or just out in your yard, try these tips to for the perfect summer picnic. Proper Plating When you’re preparing a meal on the go, you have to determine what kind of... [read more]

Explore The Decatur Park District

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If you love the great outdoors, you can’t beat the Decatur Park District. The district has 26 neighborhood parks, along with community parks and nature areas. So whether you want to relax in a green space, play a round of golf, let the kids burn off energy, or go for... [read more]

Let the Kids Play All Day At Overlook Adventure Park

family having fun together and playing mini golf
Are you trying to find an activity to help your kids burn off some energy? Why stop with one when your kids can enjoy three activities in a single spot at Overlook Adventure Park? The park has mini-golf, batting cages, and a ropes course, and the admission fee is based... [read more]

Stay Busy This Summer With These Activities

Portrait of cheerful parents with two kids running with kite in the park on a sunny day.
The days get longer in the summer, giving you even more time for family fun. Filling those days with activities can be a challenge, though, so you might feel a little stressed. That stress will melt away when you add these summer activities to your itinerary. These activities will help... [read more]

Take A Stroll In A Garden

Mother and Daughter Walking Together
Spring has arrived, so it’s a great time to take a stroll in a garden. Decatur, Illinois, is home to numerous colorful and vibrant gardens for you to explore this spring. Take a closer look at Decatur’s best gardens and then make plans for fresh air, beautiful flowers, and more. Fairview... [read more]

Get Some Fresh Air At Rock Springs Nature Center

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The weather is warming up, which means it is time to head into the great outdoors! There are plenty of spots around town, but you will definitely want to check out the Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur. Let's see some of the great things the Nature Center has to... [read more]

Learn More About The Mason County Conservation District

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The Macon County Conservation District is a beautiful area located in Decatur, IL. The goal of this district is to preserve both the natural and cultural resources of Macon County, Illinois. There are many ways to get involved with the Macon County Conservation District today. Although the Rock Springs Nature... [read more]

Have Fun Outdoors With These Camping Tips!

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There's nothing quite like a family camping trip to promote togetherness and make memories - if it's done right, that is. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a total novice, everyone can use a few pointers (or refreshers) when it comes to safe and prepared tent camping. Avoid common camping... [read more]

10 Ways You Can Light Up Your Next Outdoor Event

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So, you’ve got an outdoor event planned and you want to spice it up with some cool outdoor lighting? Well, we’ve got ten awesome outdoor plans that will brighten up your event courtesy of our friends at Sparkling String Lights Drape sparkling bistro lights across a pool or balcony to create... [read more]

11 Fun Backyard Games Your Family Can Play This Summer

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If you’re like most parents, you’re looking for any excuse to get your kids away from the electronic devices and outside to play. That’s why we have gathered some ideas from to offer up 11 backyard games that are great for the kids this summer! Water Balloon Catch This one is... [read more]