Marion is situated in Southern Illinois, which is a business-friendly area featuring world-class outdoor activities, cultural amenities, unique shopping, workforce opportunities, and renowned educational facilities. It is one of the largest, fastest growing cities in Southern Illinois, with a population of over 17,000 people, where there is something to do for everyone since it is an affordable, convenient, and a friendly place to live.
Abundant attractions offer visitors and residents a wide variety of cultural, outdoor, and sporting activities. The Links at Kokopelli Golf Club is an 18-hole course providing a quality golf experience along with dining and banquet facilities. Built in 2007, Rent One Park, was the home to a minor league baseball team, the Southern Illinois Miners, where families could go to enjoy a game. Now, The Park is known as Mountain Dew Park, where a new team has stepped in called the Thrillbillies. Families can purchase their tickets now to enjoy an outstanding baseball experience.
Located in the downtown square of Marion, you’ll find the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, which is a state-of-the-art theater that was constructed in 2004. The theater comfortable seats over 1,050 seats and features the best theatrical and concert performers in the region. With all the attractions to explore, staying for a couple nights will be easy with over 1,200 hotel rooms to choose from in Marion.
If you prefer to go outdoors, Marion has seven city parks which include a playground, dog park, pickle-ball courts and a public swimming pool facility. Rather hike, camp, or boat? Just a short drive away, there are State and National Parks, such as Giant City State Park, Crab Orchard national Wildlife Refuge, and Dixon Springs State Park.
For a relaxing day off, you can’t miss the wineries and vineyards Southern Illinois has to offer. The Shawnee Hills region became the State’s first recognized American Viticultural area for its distinctive wine making properties. To experience the wonderful authentic wine culture, spend a weekend traveling through wine trail to visit all 11 vineyards on the list. Each vineyard has the option for limited or full menu and picnic friendly atmosphere. Out of the eleven vineyards, there are six that have the options for a hotel/lodge to keep you safe after a long day of sipping.
After a fun packed trip, travel back to the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois to get back home. For Airport information, click here.