The city of Champaign, Illinois, has emerged as one of the best places for entrepreneurs to launch their tech start ups owing to the vibrant economy; and to be specific, tech industry. Champaign is home to the University of Illinois campus in conjunction with Urbana.
The area is also home to a vibrant arts-and-culture scene and a collection of impressive attractions as well. Whether you are an art lover, active outdoorsy type or history lover, Champaign has something for you. Read on below to find out more about some of the top rated attractions in Champaign.
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum
Established back in 1914, this museum is designed to create an exciting and educational environment in which kids can learn more about the arts and science. Visitors will find a variety of exhibits located in the Vaudeville Orpheum Theatre. Children can also take part in the numerous programs offered by the museum including guided tours, summer classes and camps, field trips and workshops for further learning.
Urbana Park District Park System
This park system is made up of a variety of serene and well maintained outdoor spaces bringing together a collection of different natural habitats. Some of the parks in this system include Weaver Park, Busey woods, Meadowbrook Park, Crystal Lake Park and Perkins Road Site.
Meadowbrook Park is known for its native landscape, while Weaver Park is famed for its woodlands, prairie and savannah. Crystal Lake Park on the other hand has an elevated boardwalk and is known for its wild flowers and an expansive bird population.
Champaign County History Museum
Housed in the historic Cattle Bank, the Champaign County History Museum is made up of various exhibits that document the history of the area. The building which houses the museum was built back in the mid 1800s and is in pristine condition. Inside you will find exhibits featuring the war, and pioneer history of the area. The museum also houses an exhibit showcasing student life in the University of Illinois.
Blue Waters Supercomputer
Representative of the area’s vibrant IT scene, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, Blue Waters is located on the University of Illinois campus at the National Petascale Computing Facility. Made using the latest technology, the supercomputer is usually used by researchers and engineers in solving highly complicated problems. It is also open for viewing by members of the public as well.
The next time you find yourself in this part of Illinois, be sure to check out the above listed attractions for a fun and exciting time out.