Things to Do
Unique Monticello is home to Robert Allerton Park
, called “One of the 7 Wonders of Illinois”
by the Illinois Board of Tourism
. Allerton allows you to reconnect with nature through 14 formal gardens, statues from around the world, and intricate trails along the Sangamon River Valley. Allerton Mansion is a popular destination for weddings and events. The Sunken Gardens provide a splendid backdrop for any special occasion or family photo opp.
Each Saturday and Sunday from May-October, the Monticello Railway Museum
provides visitors a chance for an hour-long ride on a vintage passenger train. Passengers can board at either the museum located off of I-72 or at the Wabash Depot, located across the street from Zybell House. The museum hosts several special weekends, including Railroad Days in mid-September, which includes an expanded schedule and a variety of trains to ride. The Polar Express, which runs from mid-November through mid-December, gives kids young and old a chance to read the story while the train makes its round-trip visit to the North Pole. Tickets for the Polar Express go on sale in early June and sell out quickly.
Monticello is about a 45-minute drive to Amish Country of Illinois
near the towns of Arcola, Arthur, Sullivan, and Tuscola. The region includes heirloom antiques and unique shops and one-of-a-kind recreation and dining experiences that appeal to the whole family.
Zybell House is a 30-minute drive to Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois. State Farm Center
is home to Fighting Illini basketball and a first-class line-up of entertainment. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
brings in world-class theater and music performances, including the Ellnora Guitar Festival
Monticello is just 30 minutes from Decatur, 50 minutes from Bloomington and Mattoon-Charleston and 60 minutes from Springfield, a popular destination to explore Abraham Lincoln
. It is about a 2-hour drive from both Chicago and Indianapolis and about 2.5 hours from St. Louis.
The region is also home to a number of wineries
.Visit Champaign County
is a great resource for a complete list of sites and events in the area.