10 Things to Do in Marion That You Shouldn't Miss

November 18, 2017 Cedrick Jardin

Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 17,193 at the 2010 census. It is part of a dispersed urban area that developed out of the early 20th-century coal fields.
Restaurants in Marion

1. Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959-5822 +1 618-997-3344
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By 45instructor - Energy, IL

Crab Orchard has deer, turkeys, coyotes, eagles, orange headed black birds (unbelievable beauty) and the list goes on. The lake has many bays that are hidden from view and you feel like you are in a different place. The lake is not deep and you need to watch for rock and trees. We have fished the lake many times but we are catch and release. One does need to watch for snakes on the paths. There is a lot of history at the refuge that is only accessible at designated times. It is well worth the time to visit the old cemeteries. The eagles are breathtaking!

2. Rent One Park

1000 Miners Dr, Marion, IL 62959-5080 +1 618-998-8499
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Rent One Park

Reviewed By Miles F - Marion, Illinois

It's a great place to watch a game. The Minors are a winning team. Most nights you can show up just before the National Anthem and still get great seats. We were row 4 behind home plate. Tickets are very reasonable. Our were either $12 or $14. Lawn seats are $4. I think it's Wednesday nights beer and hot dogs are $1. Friday nights they have the fireworks. We go 5 or 6 times a year and always a great game (of course it's better when the home team wins). Play ball!

3. Marion Carnegie Library

206 S Market St, Marion, IL 62959-2516 +1 618-993-5935
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Marion Carnegie Library

Reviewed By Bill T - Carterville, Illinois

Marion Carnegie Library is a first rate facility. It caters to all ages and the staff is the best. A beautiful, historic building, lots of kid-oriented facilities as well as multimedia meeting rooms for community groups. Our group has been meeting here for years and the staff couldnt be more accommodating.

4. John Brown's on the Square

1000 Tower Square Plz, Marion, IL 62959-2645 +1 618-997-2909
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

John Brown's on the Square

Reviewed By Andrew W

I've been to John Brown's at least a dozen times, and never had a bad experience. Their bartenders are always great to talk with, and John himself is one the easiest guys to chat to as well. Their selection is great, and the prices are just as good.

They do like to have local bands play-- and it's not a very big place. So there are nights where it will be pretty loud.

All in all-- a place I loved to grab a beer after work.

5. Mandala Gardens

1704 N State St, Marion, IL 62959-5302 +1 618-889-9228
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Mandala Gardens

Mandala Gardens is a seven-acre holistic sanctuary built one day at a time by owners Diana and Greg, who have shared a decades-long vision of creating healing and beauty with stones and soil. Always an artistic work in progress, Mandala Gardens features stone sculptures, a labyrinth, quiet sitting spots, pathways, flowers, herb gardens, farm animals and wildlife. Open by appointment and reservation only.

Reviewed By gmitchell91 - Johnston City, Illinois

These beautiful botanical gardens are just starting and have a looooong way to go before the "finished dream project" but even what they already have is gorgeous. Me and my family really enjoyed walking the grounds and seeing the sculptures, goats, chickens, etc. The couple...MoreThank you for your kind words! We have added new stone sculptures and a labyrinth since your last visit here, and we continue to dream and build!

6. The Hub

917 W Main St, Marion, IL 62959-1836 +1 618-997-2482
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5 based on 5 reviews

The Hub

Reviewed By robert p - Roanoke, Virginia

I was in Marion three days and purchased a day membership at The Hub to go lap swimming. It's a well managed and modern facility. Clean spacious locker rooms, and lots of workout machines. They are open from 4:30AM to 10PM. Great staff, although I did have an unpleasant experience with a janitor, who chided me for a couple of drops of water dripping from my swim bag. All in all, this is a marvelous facility. I would join it if I lived in the area.

7. Kokopelli Golf Club

Marion, IL
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Kokopelli Golf Club

This 7,150-yard, par-72 course sits on 330 acres of rolling greens and clear meadows.

Reviewed By waz_jd - Edwardsville

Went to a friends retirement gathering at the golf club. Can't comment on the golfing but it looked very nice. The staff who were working the night of the retirement celebration were exceptional. We were supposed to leave at 10pm, but they allowed to stay past midnight. All were friendly and seemed to enjoy our group as much as we enjoyed them.

8. Log Cabin Tavern

1105 S Court St, Marion, IL 62959-3623 +1 618-997-9537
Excellent
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4 based on 4 reviews

Log Cabin Tavern

Reviewed By Jerri V - Marion, IL

Great atmosphere, good selection. 4 Video Poker Machines, pool, great Juke Box with Karokee. Outdoor beer garden, bonfires, outdoor movies on the lawn by request!

9. Williamson County Historical Museum and Library

105 S Van Buren St, Marion, IL 62959-2509 +1 618-997-5863
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5 based on 1 reviews

Williamson County Historical Museum and Library

Reviewed By Rex M - Wauconda, Illinois

This is a no fee attraction right in the middle of town. The building was the county jail and sheriff office back in the day, all on display as a hands on experience. There are 5 floors of history with different themes in each room. Themes are county store, pharmacy, clothes, Indian artifacts, jail cells, sheriff office, kitchen, coal mining, school room and much much more for you to enjoy.

I recommend this place for your to explore and enjoy!

10. Marion Antique Mall

503 N Madison St, Marion, IL 62959-3071 +1 618-579-9124
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4 based on 1 reviews

Marion Antique Mall

Reviewed By Lorin G - Saint Louis, Missouri

We came across this antique mall by accident. We were visiting another place and happened to see it in the distance. The clerk welcomed us, and she was very friendly. She was able to answer all our questions. It is not an overly large mall, but it is worth an hour's visit. The selection of antiques covers a wide range from furniture to glassware and paper items. Parking is free and off street in front of the store.

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