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Aquatic Centers

The Town of Normal has two exciting Aquatic Centers available for public use! Both feature exciting water slides, toddler areas, and deep wells with diving boards and much more - plus concessions.


Enjoy bowling, an ice arena, mini-golf courses, numerous public parks, a zoo and much more.

Challenger Learning Center

The Challenger Learning Center (CLC) is a state-of-the-art educational facility with Mission Control and Space Station simulators as its centerpiece. The CLC staff provides tours, presentations and assemblies to local organizations. 1500 W. Raab Road in Normal, (309) 268-8700

Children's Discovery Museum

The mission of the Children's Discovery Museum is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play and is accomplished by providing hands-on exhibits, classes, and programs that actively engage the visitor in experiences that stimulate imagination, curiosity, and wonder. 101 E. Beaufort Street in Uptown Normal, (309) 433-3444

Constitution Trail

The Constitution Trail is a 45+ mile hard surfaced trail running through the Twin Cities that has been developed for walking, hiking, jogging and biking, providing the community with an outstanding linear park for the entire family.

Cornbelters Baseball

The Normal Cornbelters play their games at the beautiful Corn Crib, and compete in the Frontier League. Check out a game that features exciting entertainment, and great promotions, while you're in town!


Area restaurants offer abundant places to eat, drink, and socialize.


The McLean County Fair is a great opportunity to experience all that central Illinois has to offer. Whether local music artists, a demolition derby and tractor pull, large 4H exhibits, or rides and entertainment - there is plenty of fun going down Wednesday, August 2 - Sunday, August 6 at the McLean County Fairgrounds.


The Ironwood Golf Course is a full-service golf facility featuring a par 72 championship layout playing from 5400-7100 yards with four sets of tees. 1901 N. Towanda Avenue in Normal, (309) 454-9620

In addition to Ironwood, there are four other top-quality public golf courses: Weibring Golf Club, (309) 438-8065; Prairie Vista Golf Course, (309) 434-2217; Highland Park Golf Course, (309) 434-2200; Den at Fox Creek, (309) 434-2300.

Grossinger Motors Arena

The Grossinger Motors Arena offers events to crowds of 2,000 to 8,000 including sports events, concerts, family performances, conferences - and much more! The adjoining Pepsi Ice Center offers public skate times and recreational programs.


The Normal Theater is a beautifully restored classic movie theater located in the heart of Uptown Normal. The Normal shows class, foreign, and independent films not often seen in Central Illinois. 209 North Street in Uptown Normal, (309) 454-9720

Looking for more movie options? Visit one of three area complexes: Starplex Normal Stadium 14, (309) 454-1373; Wehrenberg Bloomington Galaxy 14 Cinema, (309) 828-8081; Carmike Ovation Cinema 10, (309) 661-2452.


Bloomington-Normal is home to many classic retail shops and unique boutiques. Check out Uptown Normal, near the intersection of Beaufort Street and Constitution Boulevard, for apparel, gifts, home décor, and more.

The Shoppes at College Hills is a lifestyle center retail complex. Anchor stores include Gordmans, Hobby Lobby, Target and Von Maur. 314 Towanda Avenue in Normal, (309) 862-3761

Eastland Mall is a family-friendly shopping center with a wide variety of stores. Anchor stores include Bergners, JC Penney, Kohl's, Macy's and Sears. 1615 E. Empire in Bloomington, (309) 663-1340