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Break the Routine with Unique Activities in Champaign County

August 17, 2020

It's tough to break out of our normal routines, but COVID-19 truly threw us all for a loop. As August plugs along and we start feeling fall around the corner, now is a great time to try something a little Outside of Ordinary. 

From an unusual outdoor activity to authentic New Orleans cuisine in our own backyard, here are a few ideas to help mix up the end of your summer for the better.

exciting activities in the greater champaign county area you might not have considered

We all have our favorite restaurant, favorite family outing, etc. That's all fine and good, but what about when you or the family want to mix it up? We have some ideas for you.

Escape Room excitement without leaving the house

CU Adventures in Time and Space is a favorite area attraction for those brave enough to take on an escape room with friends or family. With social distancing and staying home in mind, the CU Adventures team put together a thrilling experience you can enjoy from home. 

It's the 1930s and your professor has gone missing! Follow his research, discover the mystery of The Lost Temple, and save the world! With a keen eye and some puzzle-solving, you and up to five others can take this mystery on from home. Order the virtual escape room online to print at home or have the CU Adventures team mail you the materials. There's also a digital-only version with unique clues if you'd rather save the paper.

get your kicks with some foot golf 

Foot Golf is a lot like regular golf. Players kick off from a tee box and attempt to get their soccer ball into a 21-inch diameter cup using the fewest number of kicks. Kids and adults can play this game; really, anyone who can kick a soccer ball is up for the activity!

Mahomet's Lake of the Woods Golf Course is not only open for regular golf, but you can take on this unique activity for the first time or return for another round. It's a seriously fun way to get outside, enjoy these last weeks of summer, and spend time with the whole family. Check out rates and hours here.

Experience the energy of downtown new downtown urbana

Downtown Urbana's newest music venue and eatery is NOLA's Rock Bar. From Friday Happy Hour Jazz and DJs on the weekend, music lovers can enjoy the sights and sounds that make the New Orleans strip famous right in their own backyard.

Spirits like mason jar cocktails go great with the restaurant's popular empanadas, but the NOLA's Gumbolaya takes the cake in terms of authentic Cajun cuisine. Explore their menu here and plan a visit sometime soon; their beer garden is a must before summer ends!

Make the most of the greater champaign county area

Sometimes, a new favorite activity or place to grab a bite to eat is waiting around the corner. All it takes is a willingness to try something new! Make plans ahead of the end of summer to venture out into the greater Champaign County area, explore what it has to offer, and break the routine in a big way. 

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