Our Northern Champaign IL neighbor of Rantoul IL is known for the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum, the largest aviation museum in Illinois occupies part of the grounds of the decommissioned Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul IL. The museum is dedicated to the life and works of Chanute, the former airbase, the history of aviation in the state of Illinois, and hosts an annual air show. Highlights of the museum include a collection of over 40 aircraft including actual military fighters, bombers, rescue, recon, and cargo aircraft. Many of these were used for training purposes at Chanute, and most are on loan from the United States Air Force Museum. Other exhibits of note include a replica of the Wright 1903 Flyer, a large collection of Frasca Flight Simulators, and tributes to the veterans who have served in America’s conflicts and wars.
Check out the Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center that has two amazing water slides. This is a 14,000 square foot facility. Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch has visitor’s year-round but especially during the Christmas season. The ranch is an unusual attraction featuring a herd of Alaskan reindeer and also plays host to visitors from all across the nation. There are two 18 hole golf courses in Rantoul. Swing those clubs at either Willow Pond or Brookhill Golf Course
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