Morris is located within a short distance from other important cities in the state of Illinois which includes Ottawa, Joliet and Naperville. It played a central role in the telephone switching industry and is home to Dresden Nuclear Power Plant which is the source of electricity for a large number of companies and residential homes within the Chicago metropolitan area, which is approximately an hour and a half away from Morris city center. Morris is also home to Morris Operation, a high level de facto radioactive waste storage site in the United States. The residents today enjoy a large number of recreational centers and outdoor attractions like golf courses, tennis courts, ball diamonds, small community parks, swimming pools and many others. So, visitors can bring the charter bus to fun attractions like the Gebhard Woods State Park and William G. Stratton State Park with its boat launch area out onto Illinois River and then enjoy the White Oak elementary school skatepark. If you love local events, be sure to visit when the Grundy County Fair is on or bring the kids out to the Grundy County Corn Fest which is always an eye-opening experience to visitors participating for the very first time. As mentioned, Morris was central in bringing to the world the first electronic phone switching system which was first installed at Morris Central Office and the system introduced was known as the Morris System.
Although Morris boasts of a large number historical sites and iconic landmarks, it is also known to have a large number of attractions for families and solo travelers alike. For instance, attractions like Legacy Paintball & Airsoft Park is a short comfortable drive away and there’s also family-friendly attractions like Paramount Roller Skating Arena to be found near Morris. Visitors can treat themselves to entertainment like standup comedy at Rialto Square Theater, bring the kids out for an exciting NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway, explore the interactive historical exhibits Joliet Museum or head out for a picnic and camping at Starved Rock State Park instead. One of the most unique attractions and activities to check out when in town includes the fishing derbies at Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm. To make these tours and visits safer, more comfortable and affordable, visitors are encouraged to get in touch with ground transportation companies like BusRental.com. With our wide variety of charter buses, coaches, mini buses, party buses, school buses, limos and corporate cars, we are confident about our ability to find you just the right ride for your event, be it a field trip, wedding or a large-scale conference. Give us a call right now to find out more!
It is a nice mish-mash of historic sites, charming quaint districts and fun attractions, all rolled into one. This was how some of our past charter bus rental customers have come to call the following highlighted points of interest in Morris, IL. For those who are going to visit Morris in the near future, read on below to find out more about them and add them to your itinerary.
Morris has much to offer in terms of entertainment and amusement and they range from go-karting arenas to water parks. For instance, if you bring your charter bus to Legacy Paintball & Airsoft Park in Lockport, you can enjoy a 77 acre worth of space for team-building activities and venues for birthday parties but if that is not your cup of tea, figuratively speaking, there’s always the amusement park and resort facilities offered by Grand Bear Falls. It has swimming pools, slides, a cinema and a nice restaurant for families to rest and recharge in. There’s more paintball at CPX Sports who are experts in creating epic scenarios like eerie landscapes and an apocalyptic ruined town called Jungle of Doom, go-karting arenas, batting cages and mini golfing at Sports Zone Park in Oswego, roller skating parties to be enjoyed by all at Paramount Roller Skating Arena in Ottawa, and fun bowling parties at Dettore’s West Lanes.
If you are looking for the chance to see local artwork and paintings, be sure to make your way to Wide Water Gallery which features famous artwork from the likes of Jim Killen, Ron Parker, Charles Funk and Paul Calle while the Follies Theater in Utica features performers who have experience performing for Las Vegas and Disney. On top of musical performances, there are children’s plays, improv comedy and specialty shows held all year round. You can also check out community productions and traveling performances at Stage 212 in La Salle, catch LIVE comedians in action or enjoy musical plays at Rialto Square Theater, bring the charter bus to Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery to learn about unique paintings, quilts, sculptures and drawings from a large number of artists or book a spot for yourself at Lewis University Philip Lynch Theater which features the University’s student seasonal productions. They have everything from original plays to classics all year round.
Silver Cross Field is home to Joliet’s own baseball team, the Joliet Slammers. The ballfield is clean, has a well-maintained patio and offers unique events all year round which includes movie night specials. There are two unique speedways to check out when in town - Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet and LaSalle Speedway in La Salle. Chicagoland Speedway has a 1.5 mile motorsports racetrack and hosts the annual NASCAR series while La Salle Speedway has a quarter mile clay track with a wide range of racing events like motorcycle swap meets, World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. For something less heady, you can bring students and the kids to GymQuest for some physically-challenging activities or head out to Lewis University to enjoy its 9-hole disc golf facilities.
There are two wonderful heritage museums that is of significant importance to visitors and they are the Ottawa Historic & Scouting Heritage Museum and Joliet Area Historical Museum. Visitors will get to learn about both Ottawa region and the history of United States’ boy scouts at the former as they offer on-site events and special lectures and visitors will get to learn about the unique heritage of Joliet at the latter attraction. You can also find the Lunar Lander Simulator, interactive exhibits and life-size models at the Joliet Museum. Walking around the mansion and gardens of Reddick Mansion & Gardens which dates back to the country’s Civil War is nothing short of inspiring and educational while visiting the Joliet Prison, which dates back to 1858, takes visitors around sites that were used for the movie ‘Prison Break’ was filmed. The Gaylord Building Historic Site, in the meantime, describes history about the place through canals, artifacts and thought-provoking pictures.
Buffalo Rock State Park is actually a nice park located beside a luxurious lakeside resort; along the park, visitors can enjoy some wooden docks and cabins for people to relax in after their hike. You can also check out the naturally-formed glacial canyons and beautiful waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park in neighboring Utica where there are lodges, campsites and sites for swimming, fishing, hiking and hunting. When you go hiking around the multiple wooded trails of Pilcher Park, be on the lookout for wildlife which can be anything from turtles to snakes or you can enjoy the beautiful bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and gorgeous gardens at Lockport’s Lincoln Landing and then check yourself in for a nice walk around Naperville’s Riverwalk before calling it a day. The Riverwalk was first designed and built in 1981, more than 150 years after the city was established, and today, it features family-friendly attractions like a beach, playground and a large number of restaurants and charming shops. Other fun outdoor attractions you might want to make time for includes the leisurely fishing derbies held at Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm in Bolingbrook or bring your students or kids out for the nature programs, hiking trails and hands-on activities organized by the Hidden Oaks Nature Center instead. Whichever attraction you choose to visit, there’s fun for all to be had.
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