Welcome IHSA Track and Field Athletes, Families, and Friends

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Welcome to Charleston! 
We hope you explore Coles County while you are here!

DSC09324 - Copy Shopping and Dining
Don't lose your parking space! Several sponsors and volunteers have arranged FREE transportation on EIU's Panther Shuttle to take you to our historic downtown square and back. The shuttle will run continuously on a one-mile loop between Lantz Arena on Grant St, and downtown at Monroe and 6th St. 
Shuttle times are: Thursday from 11-6; Friday from 11-7; and Saturday from 11-6
Restaurants downtown include; Juanito's Bar and Grill; Roc's Blackfront Tavern & Grill; WB's Pub; Jackson Avenue Coffee, and Southside Diner
Several other restaurants are located on Lincoln Ave. within walking distance of O'Brien Stadium. 



Lake Charleston  Outdoor Recreation
Take a hike, or leisurely walk!
Lake Charleston on Route 130 offers nine miles of trails, picnicking, fishing, biking, or just relaxing in nature. Kayak rentals are available.  See more info on Lake Charleston, including trail maps here
Fox Ridge State Park also offers miles of trails, see info here
Douglas Hart Nature Center in Mattoon offers trails, visitor center, and kids activities. 
For picnic and playground amenities Morton Park 1215 Division St., is just a blocks away from O'Brien Stadium, and Peterson Park in Mattoon is at 500 Broadway Ave. 

Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum  Lincoln History
Visit the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum commemorating one of the seven debates between Senator Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln and built at the very site of the 1858 debate. Learn about Lincoln’s family ties to Charleston by visiting Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, the last farm of his father and stepmother, Thomas and Sarah. Get your National Parks Passport stamped while at Lincoln Log Cabin since Charleston is within the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, a National Park Service initiative. Stop by the Moore Home to see the location where Abraham said goodbye to his beloved stepmother before assuming the presidency in Washington.  Read the historical markers on the square telling the 19th- century story of the Charleston Riot and the historic courthouse. Download the Discover Downstate Illinois app to access a Lincoln Sites tour, or access via the web here
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  Thank you to the following sponsors for providing the Panther Shuttle downtown free for athletes, friends, and families! Sponsors: Furry Overhead Door, Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Axis Lion, Castle & Cottage, Half Moon Decor, Kenton’s Forge,  Juanitos, Nola’s Naturals,  Pensees Bookshop, Roc’s Blackfront,  Sirius Unbound, The Corner Spot,  The Uptowner
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