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EIU Welcome Weekend

Local Things To Do

On-Campus Ideas:

  • Shoot pool in the Union or a residence hall lobby
  • Go to an athletic event for free with your Panther ID
  • Go bowling in the Union or at Charleston Lanes
  • Find a good book at the library
  • Rent a movie at the Red Box outside of Walgreens
  • Grab a cup of coffee and a bagel or muffin from Java B & B
  • Take square dancing or ballroom dancing lessons
  • Hang out at the Cyber Lounge in the 7th Street Underground at the Union
  • Visit one of the campus computer labs and surf the net
  • Go to a campus concert, open-mic night, or fashion show
  • Watch a free movie in Buzzard Hall thanks to University Board

Activities with Friends:

  • Play a video game with your buddies
  • Play cards or board games with friends
  • Take time to get to know the people on your residence hall floor
  • Take a tour of the trees on campus
  • Spend some quality time with a roommate, friend, or significant other
  • Try a new restaurant around town
  • Organize a scrapbook or photo album

Get Involved:

  • Join Hall Council
  • Join the Warbler Yearbook staff
  • Volunteer, visit the Student Community Service office in the Union
  • Join a registered student organization (RSO) - visit the Student Program Office on the 3rd floor of the Union or online for a complete list
  • Volunteer your coaching abilities through the Charleston Recreation Department
  • Join an intramural team

Local Landmarks:

  • Visit the world’s fastest soda-pop machine in Lerna, Illinois
  • Visit Historic Greenup, Illinois and take pictures of the covered bridge
  • Check out the World's Largest Windchime in Casey, Illinois

Out to Eat:

  • Take an ice cream run to Dairy Queen
  • Eat breakfast for dinner at Lincoln Family Garden
  • Head to Champaign for dinner using Dial-A-Ride
  • Grab a delicious burger at Moonshine Burger in Moonshine, Illinois
  • Get your chocolate fix at Bidwell's Chocolate Shop in Mattoon, Illinois
  • Grab a snack at the Panther Pantry in the Union
  • Enjoy some sweets at the Tuscola Candy Kitchen - Tuscola, IL
  • Eat breakfast all day long at What's Cookin'
  • Check out the student special at Papa John’s
  • Go to late-night pizza in Thomas Hall

Shop Until You Drop:

  • Visit the Tanger Outlet Center in Tuscola, Illinois
  • Browse the EIU Bookstore
  • Go shopping on the town square in Charleston
  • Go to the mall in Mattoon, Illinois

The Great Outdoors:

  • Go horseback riding at the RK Corral, Ambrose Stables, or Becker’s Breezy Acres
  • Go fishing at the Campus Pond
  • Go for a bike ride and explore Charleston
  • Visit Lake Charleston for a hike or to go fishing
  • Pack a picnic and head to the Campus Pond, Lake Charleston, Kiwanis Park, Morton Park, or Fox Ridge State Park
  • Visit Lincoln Log Cabin State Park for hiking and nature viewing
  • Go hiking at Fox Ridge State Park

Stay Active & Healthy:

  • Work out at the Rec Center - lift weights, swim, run, Zumba, or climb the tread wall
  • Mini-golf in Mattoon, Illinois
  • Sign up for aqua aerobics at the Rec Center
  • Go for a walk around Charleston
  • Visit the Health Education Resource Center and find out your body fat percentage
  • Play Frisbee-Golf on the campus course
  • Check out sports equipment from the front desk of the Rec Center
  • Play golf at a local golf course
  • Go to the Charleston Pool water slide

Enjoy the Arts:

  • Visit the Tarble Arts Center
  • Catch a concert in the Doudna Fine Arts Center
  • See a play at Doudna, Charleston Community Theatre or Charleston Alley Theatre
  • Go see a movie at the AMC Theater in Mattoon, Illinois

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