From farms to world class archeological sites to water parks, visitors will find lots to enjoy in Southwestern Illinois.
A statue in front of the convent of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ honors the five sisters martyred in Liberia, West Africa in 1992. The martyrs are buried in the convent cemetery.
2 Pioneer Lane | Ruma, IL
Stock car races and midget/sprint races are regular events. Also demolition derbies and motorcycle races.
200 S. Belt East | Belleville, IL 62220
The 19th-century courthouse has a great view of the town's hundreds of crab apple, red bud, and cherry trees in season.
200 W College Avenue | Greenville, IL
The monument is a tribute to Swiss poet Heinrich Bosshard, who wrote Semparcherlied here in the 1850's.
Lindendale Park | Highland, IL
This authentic remnant of pioneer French architecture was constructed in 1730. The building served as the center for political activity for over 100 years.
First & Elm Street | Cahokia, IL
This is the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico. Climb Monk's Mound, see the film and lifesize village. Don't miss annual events that focus on Native American culture.
30 Ramey Drive | Collinsville, IL 62234
The bright lights of Vegas have nothing on the Casino Queen, home of the loosest slots. The Casino Queen has had the loosest slots in the entire country for 3 years running! Plus the hottest table games in town are at the Queen. Hungry? The Queen has you covered from fine dining to casual. The best view in town is from the Casino Queen Hotel. Available meeting space
Mississippi Riverfront, 200 Front Street | East Saint Louis, IL
Spend the day at the Slik Trak, go karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats and video arcade - all in one spot.
5620 Old Collinsville Road | O'Fallon, IL 62269
The 65 bell instrument rings out three times a week and for sepcial events. The park also features a museum and tours of the 165 ft. tower.
114 North Elm Street | Centralia, IL
This building is a study in physics as well as history as it was designed to withstand strong winds and capture light throughout the day.
Cty Hwy 4 between Walsh and Shuline | Randolph County, IL
The original wooden cross was erected in 1850 by a farmer in thanksgiving for his family being spared during a cholera epidemic. Subsequent owners of the property have repaired and replaced it.
1 mi. south of Old Hwy 50 on Germantown Road | Breese, IL
The oldest church west of the Alleghenies was built in the French vertical-log style.
116 Church Street | Cahokia, IL
Visit an exact replica of a Civil War Fort complete with a jail, one room home, livery and log cabins.
| Germantown, IL
This honors generations of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country.
Greenville Chamber of Commerce | Greenville, IL
Joseph Koch, who along with eight other local miners died in a mine explosion in 1947, is depicted here.
Louis St. by American Legion | Beckemeyer, IL
This beautifully restored mid-1800's home has cobalt blue windows that were described in a book by author Mark Twain. Tours by appointment and open for special events.
Buena Vista | Chester, IL
Fifty to sixty trucks carrying ATVs pull in every weekend to ride through the ten miles of trails, or race go-karts on the track.
| Coulterville, IL
951 S. Greenmount Road | Belleville, IL 62220
This family entertainment center features pig races, a petting corral, Mine Shaft Slide and more. Open in the fall & for special events.
2719 Eckert Orchard Lane | Millstadt, IL 62220
Built in 1928, the chapel has recently been renovated. It is now open for services and special events.
| Mascoutah, IL
This one-mile oval track designed like Churchill Downs was originally built in the early nineteen hundreds. Thoroughbred racing season runs April through September.
Collinsville Road | Collinsville, IL
The 1790s fort is being rebuilt atop the original stone foundations. The chapel, priest's room, commander's office, and ammunition storage room have been restored. Every year, the Winter and Summer Rendezvous draw thousands of visitors.
1260 State Route 155 | Prairie du Rocher, IL
A scenic overlook offers views of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers, and of Old Kaskaskia.
Rural Route 1 | Ellis Grove, IL
1400 West Blvd. | Belleville, IL 62221
This cemetery was created when graves were moved from Kaskaskia Island to Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site in the 1890s after a flood. According to one account 3,000 boxes were moved, some containing entire families.
4372 Park Road | Ellis Grove, IL
Bring the kids for a day playing on the 18-hole miniature golf course, huge arcade, bumper boats, go-kart track and kiddie track.
#8 Gateway Drive | Collinsville, IL 62234
The nation's tallest fountain is across from the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi riverfront. The Geyser goes off at noon and 1pm daily for 15 min. It's visible from the Casino Queen, MetroLink and the bridges.
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Racing fans fill the stands for Indy Racing Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series & NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division. Racing season March through October.
700 Raceway | Madison, IL
Built in 1859, the bridge is named in honor of William F. Dean, a Korean War hero.
1st Street, east side | Carlyle, IL
Notably, this is the burial site of the first Governor of Illinois and of U.S. Senator Elias Kent Kane, Illinois' first Secretary of State and architect of the state constitution.
Evergreen Cemetery, IL-3 north of downtown Chester | Chester, IL
Tours of this family-run bison ranch include: baby bison feeding, herd tours, photos with baby bison, llamas and horses.
10802 Sunnyside School Rd. | Trenton, IL 62293
The subject of intensive historical interest, this is the oldest brick house in the state of Illinois. It was built in 1810, by Nicholas Jarrot, a native Frenchman and landowner.
124 East First Street | Cahokia, IL
The bell was rung as the island was captured from the British during the Revolutionary War by Col. George Rogers Clark and his "Long Knives."
| Kaskaskia Island, IL
Tours are available of this unusual farm.
8311 St. Leo's Rd. | Evansville, IL 62242
A full two story, 7,800 sq. ft. laser tag arena and a 2,500 sq. ft. game arcade make this a favorite spot. Enjoy the 18 hole "Black Light" mini golf course! Located near hotels and restaurants at Hwy 157 and I-64 in Caseyville.
50 Tucker Drive | Caseyville, IL 62232
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas both spoke here during their historic U.S. Senate race in 1858. The site, once a grove of trees, is marked with a stone plaque.
415 S. 5th St. | Greenville, IL
On a large natural stone in the Park, you can see the trail reported to have been used by Abraham Lincoln and others as they traveled between Vandalia and Springfield, IL in the early 1800's. The Lincoln Trail is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Rogier Park | Vandalia, IL
Locks 26 and 27 are the largest locks in the inland waterway system. Lock 26 in Alton has a visitor's center with river displays. Lock 27 located in Granite City is the only lock on the 8.4 mile, man made canal and is the most southerly located.
| Granite City, IL
Ten storyboards depicting Abraham Lincoln's early years as a legislator are installed around Vandalia. Find out about his early romance with Mary Owens, his first protest against slavery and many other little-known historical facts.
| Vandalia, IL
This is one of 12 statues in the U.S. which honors the pioneer women who traveled along the National Road.
Statehouse grounds, 315 W. Gallatin | Vandalia, IL
The entire 158 year old German settlement is on the National Register of Historic Places. Restoration includes a church from 1867 and the one-lane stone arched bridge. The Corner George Inn, general store,coffee house, restaurant, sweet shoppe, museum and visitor's center are open on weekends.
Corner George Inn | Maeystown, IL
Built in 1854 as part of a planked toll road between Bremen and Chester, it has been restored recently.
IL Rte 150E east of Chester | Chester, IL
Have a pizza at Alfonzo's and let the kids play here in the arcade and batting cages.
1 Schiber Court | Maryville, IL 62062
This center will share the history of travel and transportation in the early days of our country and how it helped to open the West. Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
106 S. Fifth St. | Vandalia, IL
There are 200 beautifully landscaped acres of gardens, devotional areas, an Outdoor Amphitheatre, the Shrine Church, the Lourdes Grotto, Stations of the Cross, the Millennium Spire, Visitors Center with a restaurant & gift shop and the Shrine Hotel.
442 South De Mazenod Drive | Belleville, IL
Visit the beautiful 15 pillar star-shaped monument. Lovely during the day and especially moving when illuminated at night.
Wesley Dr. | O'Fallon, IL
This bridge is one of the world's longest pedestrian/bicycle bridges and offers commanding views of the Mississippi River and a great perch for American Eagle watching. Years ago this bridge became very popular as the Route 66 bridge with a 45 degree right curve in the middle.
| Madison, IL
The oldest Illinois State Capitol is built in the Federal-style. At the top of the staircase are the Senate and House of Representatives chambers where Abraham Lincoln began his political career.
315 W Gallatin St. | Vandalia, IL
South end of Third Street | Vandalia, IL 62471
Black light bumper cars, Skyzone soft play, interactive video games. Food and fun.
1620 Lebanon Avenue | Belleville, IL
Early 1800's home of Illinois' first Lt. Governor when Kaskaskia was the first State Capital.
R.R.#1 Box 58 | Ellis Grove, IL
Popeye stands tall in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park in Chester. Throughout the town, see his friends on murals and statues around town: Wimpy (mini-park downtown), Olive Oyl, Swee'Pea and Jeep (across from the Courthouse) and Bluto. Other character statues are added each year.
IL Rt. 3 | Chester, IL
This is a real working farm with donkeys, sheep, goats, cows, horses, fallow deer, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, llamas, and even a camel. Events are planned seasonally.
9906 State Rte 15 | Nashville, IL 62263
Take a self-guided tour anytime through the unusual artwork made from "found" objects. Don't miss the giant ladybug, crashed airplane, bumper crop of bumpers and much more!
1870 Broadway | Salem, IL
Located north of Greenville in Sorento, this covered bridge holds festivals every year that draw thousands of visitors.
| Sorento, IL
This small treasure located in Nashville standing on stilts.
I-64 at IL 127, Nashville Chamber of Commerce | Nashville, IL
Surfing in Illinois? Yes! The FlowRider creates a perfect wave for surfing and body boarding. Water slides, a lap pool, the lazy river, a sand play area and "Monsoon Mountain" make for a family adventure.
10 Gateway Drive | Collinsville, IL 62234
This Renaissance Gothic architectural masterpiece has a 222 ft. tall bell tower. Tours available.
200 West Harrison Street | Belleville, IL
Toddlers to 12's can explore our unique hands-on environment. We provide interactive exhibits, educational programs, birthday parties, seasonal events, field trips and outreach programs.
722 Holyoake Road | Edwardsville, IL 62025
Recent additions make this the largest laser tag, mini-golf, and arcade in the region.
701 South Belt West | Belleville, IL 62220
Regular events including UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Factory Stocks are held on the 1/4 mi oval. Special events like the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars are on the 1/2 Mile Track.
5100 Nameoki Road | Pontoon Beach, IL
This impressive, black granite piece located on the grounds of Vandalia's Tourist Information Center is a tribute to prairie farmers.
1408 North Fifth Street | Vandalia, IL
Walk over two miles of trails through prairies and woods, see what's growing in the gardens, or walk through the historic barns. There's always something to see at Willoughby!
631 Willoughby Lane | Collinsville, IL 62234
Looming over Collinsville, this is an internationally know roadside attraction.
Hwy 159 | Collinsville, IL