Discover fun things to do in Marion, from hiking to disc golf

Located just off I-57, the Country Inn & Suites in Marion offers hotel rooms near top outdoor attractions like Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and Rend Lake. Half a mile from the hotel, you can see the Miners play baseball at Rent One Park, or you can drive less than 10 minutes to downtown Marion for some delicious dining and charming antique stores. If you’re in the area for an exploratory visit to nearby Southern Illinois University Carbondale, you can pencil in time for some relaxing things to do, like enjoying the aquatic center at The HUB Recreation Center or playing disc golf at Pyramid Park. Traveling for business? Schedule a tee time with colleagues at Kokopelli Golf Club.

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Southern Illinois Miners Baseball

0.27 mi / 0.44 km from the hotel
Bringing the excitement of America's pastime to Marion each summer, the Southern Illinois Miners provide fun the whole family can enjoy.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

13.9 mi / 22.37 km from the hotel
The Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University is home to top-ranked research and academic programs as well as competitive NCAA athletic teams.

The Links at Kokopelli

0.54 mi / 0.88 km from the hotel
Ranked by Golf Week magazine as one of the top five courses in Illinois, Kokopelli is the perfect place to challenge your skills or entertain a client with a leisurely round of golf.

Shawnee National Forest

35.49 mi / 57.11 km from the hotel
Located between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, Shawnee National Forest offers various hiking trails and the opportunity to see bald eagles. Visit Jackson Falls or the Garden of the Gods Wilderness, featuring ancient sandstone cliffs and rock formations.

Rend Lake

24.85 mi / 39.99 km from the hotel
Visit this lake to sunbathe on the beach or go swimming, fishing, or hunting. You can also hike, bike, and ride horses along the area’s various trails.

Dunn's Sporting Goods

0.92 mi / 1.48 km from the hotel
Heading to Rend Lake for a fun-filled day of fishing? Stop by Dunn's Sporting Goods to pick up all the gear and supplies needed for a memorable experience in the great outdoors.

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

3.95 mi / 6.36 km from the hotel
With three lakes surrounded by wetlands, hardwood forests, and brushland, this 44,000-acre park offers abundant recreational activities. You can also sign up for family-focused outdoors classes or events such as hikes to spot bald eagles.

Williamson County Historical Museum

2.27 mi / 3.66 km from the hotel
Fueled in part by individual family donations over the years, this museum housed in an old jail offers a deeply personal look at the county’s history, which began in 1839. The historical society also offers great resources for genealogical research.

Mandala Gardens

2.29 mi / 3.69 km from the hotel
Perfect for a quiet moment or some fun with the kids, this seven-acre garden near downtown Marion embraces nature as a healing force. You can wander through the mandala-shaped gardens, take on the labyrinth, or go fishing in the pond.

The HUB Recreation Center

1.91 mi / 3.08 km from the hotel
Take the whole family to burn off some energy at this indoor activity center. In addition to extensive exercise equipment, the state-of-the-art complex includes sports facilities and a recreational aquatic center with a slide and a lazy river.

Pyramid Park

2.39 mi / 3.84 km from the hotel
Offering a professionally designed disc golf course, ball fields, a skate park, and playgrounds, this 33-acre municipal park is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Shelters with grills make a stellar spot for a picnic on a beautiful day.