So… What’s There to DO in Jacksonville?!?

Charters of Freedom Exhibit
Central Park, Jacksonville, Illinois

Spring is in the air! That means it’s time to start planning your summertime getaways. Start your summer adventures in Jacksonville. What’s there to do? I’ll be glad to tell you!

My family moved here just over eight years ago from a larger city just across the river from St. Louis. Jacksonville is a smaller town in population, but it has more historic sites, more antique shops, more golf courses, more dress to the nines galas, and one of the best bass-fishing lakes in the state. Jacksonville has become our home, and it seems that there’s always something to do, especially during the summer! Here’s one of my favorites: ride the Ferris Wheel in City Park. Manufactured by our own Eli Bridge Company, it’s a great ride on a warm summer day!

Here are a few other ideas to keep you entertained…

Stay and Play! Golf, that is!
Stay in our award-winning inn and enjoy all that Jacksonville has to offer, from fine dining, to shopping to a round of golf at The Links in Jacksonville’s Nichols Park.
Package Includes:
One night lodging for two in your choice of luxurious suites, dinner for two at Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant, multi-course gourmet breakfast for two before you play golf, a bucket of balls for the driving range, 18-hole round of golf with cart at The Links, JACVB Discount Card for Jacksonville shopping and dining, our Golfer’s Gift Bag with 1 hat, 1 sleeve balls, tees and a $10 Snack Bar voucher, Two suites available. Package may be reserved for multiple nights with additional lodging nights booked at our lowest available rates. Tuesday – Friday, plus Early Bird golf on Saturday. Tee times must be scheduled in advance of stay. Based on availability between April 15th and September 30th.

Our Couples’ Double Package includes a one night stay in our Tranquility Suite for one couple and a one night stay in our Serenity on State Suite for a second couple. The package includes two $25 Gift Cards for Steak ‘n Shake, four tickets to the movies plus popcorn and soda pop, bedtime snacks, upscale amenities, gourmet breakfast for four, Sunday afternoon Ferris Wheel rides for four, June – August. Additional nights may be added at the regular room rate.    Check Availability

If you’re a car buff, you should plan to visit on Saturday June 10th for our annual Plaza Car Show and Cruise Night. Come over early in the day to peruse the cars displayed in the juried show. Check in to the suite of your choice late in the afternoon then head out to use your $30 Chamber Checks at one of our local member restaurants. Pack your lawn chairs and enjoy the Cruise Nite along Morton Avenue from 5 – 9 p.m. Please click here to reserve our Cruise Nite package.

Stay a summer Friday night in the suite of your choice and head downtown for an outdoor concert! When you reserve our Music! Music! Music! package we’ll provide a $25 Chamber Check to one of our local restaurants, two treats at the Frozen Penguin, two loaner lawn chairs, soft drinks and snacks. Summertime Fridays, only. The concert schedule will be available at Jacksonville Main Street’s web site.

Old Salt Union
Photo by Kyla Hurt

Explore our many local Abraham Lincoln historic sites no more than a 1-hour drive from the B&B. Revel in the charm and romance of our 120-year-old vintage mansion located within three blocks of three Looking for Lincoln sites. Enjoy a two-night, three day getaway. Bring your NPS Passport  and have it stamped at Illinois College as you start your tour with the Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibits in Jacksonville, listening to our Voices of Jacksonville Audio Tour along the way. Tour the Duncan Mansion just down the block from our B&B. Spend some time exploring Lincoln’s New Salem, Lincoln’s Home, the Presidential Library and other historic sites, all just a short drive away. Enjoy an exquisite fine dining experience with a gift certificate for a 3-course dinner for two  at Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant, located in a historic train depot. Take home gift bag of Lincoln books and souvenirs to remember your stay. Great package for families – book both suites! Book Now

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield

Packages are based on availability. Offer may not be combined with any other discounted rates.

Plan… Dream… Experience…”

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