Downstate Illinois is home to family-friendly attractions that are sure to be fun for everyone. Whether you have a few hours or a few days, everybody will find something fun and exciting to do in our 22 counties.
Find Popeye and his friends on the Popeye Character Trail in Chester, Illinois, or ride the Little Toot Railroad at the Charlie Brown Park in Flora. Stop by Rainbow Ranch to spend some quality time in the petting zoo, or compete in a laser tag tournament at The Edge in Belleville. All of that and more is right here in Downstate Illinois!
1020 Artworks Studio
1020 Artworks Studio is the perfect place to spend a fun- and family-filled afternoon. At their spacious art studio, 1020 Artworks offers art cl...more!
Albion Park Pool
Swim, play games, fish, or picnic on your next ILLINOISouth adventure in Albion, IL at Albion City Park. The facilities include a swimming pool and pl...more!
Art on the Square
Visit the six-time #1 ranking Art Fair in the Nation on your next ILLINOISouth adventure in Belleville! Art on the Square features over 100 internatio...more!
The Axe Company
Learn the art of axe throwing with your friends and family in ILLINOISouth! The Axe Company's new location in Fairview Heights, IL is the perfect ...more!
Barnside Flower Farm
Locally grown cut and potted flowers such as mums, sunflowers, dahlias, cosmos, zinnias, snapdragons, and many more! See website for details! Also see...more!
Bowl 32 lanes at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville, Illinois, just minutes from St. Louis!
Join Bel-Air Bowl for a night of casual bowling with friends an...more!
Visit the most action-packed track in ILLINOISouth at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL. The track hosts midget/sprint and stock car races, demol...more!
Enjoy ILLINOISouth's great outdoors at Bolm-Schuhkraft Park in Columbia, IL! This park is the perfect place to spend a warm summer day with the fa...more!
Borsch Memorial Park
Ball diamonds, playgrounds, pavilions with running water and electricity, and a sand volleyball court....more!
Breese Historical Park & Garden
Peruse Breese's history in photographs, memorials and on the granite pyramid in this neighborhood park. Benches and seasonal plants make this a qu...more!
Breese Northside Park
Swimming pool, ball diamonds, tennis courts, shelters, multiple playgrounds, stage for plays and performances....more!
Bryan Memorial Park
Family Aquatic Center with waterslide; tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard park, picnic shelters, bandstage, playground...more!
Come see draft and carriage horses in miniature! They breed and train miniature horses and Shetland ponies, including black and white pintos. Call to ...more!
A relaxing walking trail winds around the turtle filled pond through the tall shady trees and across rustic bridges. The 30-acre nature park includes ...more!
Centerfield Park Inc.
Spend the day at the Slik Trak, go karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats and video arcade - all in one spot....more!
Centralia Recreation Complex
The Centralia Recreation Complex is a 60,000 square foot multi-sport facility located in historic downtown Centralia, IL. Built near the site of the f...more!
This 45-acre park offers ball diamonds, bike ramps, a disc-golf course, and picnic facilities!...more!
Clark County Fairgrounds
Got a flair for the flame? Come to dazzle us at our 1st ever Backyard BBQ Cookoff!! Sign up and test your skills against other self-proclaimed BBQ Mas...more!
Clinton County Fairgrounds
The Clinton County Fair is located in Carlyle, IL and celebrates fair week each July. The fairgrounds are located in the SW corner of Carlyle at 1899 ...more!
Code Rulers Escape Room
Escape the room or escape rooms are physical adventure games in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use the elements...more!
Cole Memorial Park
Shelters, picnic areas, swimming pool, playgrounds and tennis courts are laid out within the forested park....more!
Community Club Park
Large facility for events, picnic area, playground, site of Fair & Wheat Festival in the Fall....more!
Country Kids Pumpkin Patch
Celebrate the Fall season in ILLINOISouth at Country Kids Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch offers a selection of pumpkins, mums and gourds in addition...more!
Cumberland County Fairgrounds
All of the fun and excitement is once again returning to the Cumberland County Fairgrounds in Greenup, Illinois. We have been working hard to bring yo...more!
Dorney's Pumpkin Patch
Open for fall family activities at the pumpkin patch, Sept. 30-Oct. 29. Day activities are every Sat. 12-5 and Sun. 1-5. The activities include a choo...more!
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds
The picturesque 1,600 acres offers hiking, fishing, picnicking and over 1,200 camping hook-ups. The fairground is host to major equestrian events...more!
Dupo Community Park
Beautiful 14 acres of family park fun with 2 restrooms, 7 pavilions, 2 playgrounds, a splash pad, walking paths, picnic tables and BBQ grills, ball fi...more!
Eckert's Country Store & Farms
Open year-round, with activities all four seasons of the year, Eckert’s Belleville Farm offers seasonally available pick-your-own fruit and vegetables...more!
Enjoy the World's Largest Laser Tag Arena at The EDGE in Belleville, IL! The EDGE also offers a 14,000 sq. ft. Laser Rock, Big Arcade, Buzztime Tr...more!
The EDGE 5 Theatres
The theatres opened in July 2012, and all five theatres have state-of-the-art digital projectors, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, curved silver screens ...more!
Edwards County Fairgrounds
The Edwards County Fair is in the old-time tradition of county fairs and features harness racing, a demo derby, motocross, midway, carnival, bingo, ex...more!
Try Belleville's one and only escape room on your next ILLINOISouth adventure! Escape 618's themed rooms rotate regularly and include themes l...more!
45 acres of recreation space include a swimming pool, baseball and softball fields, skateboard park, several picnic shelters and a variety of playgrou...more!
This 60,000 ft. facility has indoor/outdoor fields for gymnastics, soccer, basketball, volleyball or almost any sport....more!
Freeburg Recreation Park
Bring your Family to the Park for a great day of fun and relaxation. There are 4 pavilions to hold your family reunions, weddings, BBQ's, picnics,...more!
G & C Meyer Farm
Find berries, green beans, okra, potatoes and other veggies, seasonal flowers and bedding plants....more!
Gaetti Sports Academy
Gaetti's Sports Academy is the only facility in the country offering curriculum put together by four World Series players. The facility will offer...more!
The Game Yard
The Game Yard will be starting out as an AXE THROWING facility. Their first phase of this build out is Axe throwing. Not your normal painted target ax...more!
This 5,000-seat stadium has reserved box seats, lawn seats, party suites and a hot tub. It's home to the Gateway Grizzlies Frontier league baseball te...more!
Four baseball/softball diamonds, five soccer fields or two football fields are featured. There is also a basketball court, skate park, concessions sta...more!
Heritage farm animals and several kinds of poultry are raised on the farm. Visitors may arrange a tour by appointment....more!
Grissom's "Lost Creek" Orchard
Seasonal specialties include apples (fall) and peaches (summer), but there's a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and other goodies available. Bri...more!
A state-of-the-art indoor facility that houses the Pro-Batter PX2 Professional Baseball System. It combines major-league quality pitching with life-si...more!
Make music with your friends, family and the people of Robinson at Harmony Park. The park includes a series of outdoor musical instruments designed to...more!
Four ball diamonds (one lighted), soccer fields, basketball courts, in-line skating rink, picnic shelters, playgrounds, bike trail....more!
Member of 2013 Kids Bowl Free program. Bowling $2.75 per game per person, shoe rental $1.50....more!
Enjoy the natural beauty of Lebanon, IL at Horner Park. This gorgeous park offers a fishing lake, baseball and softball fields, tennis and basketball ...more!
Hough Park is Belleville's "Picnic Headquarters!" The park features a large hexagon shaped shelter in the center that serves as its main...more!
Located on Outer South Rose Street in Hutsonville. It has ballfields, volleyball, small lake, fishing, playground, and picnic areas with shelters....more!
Illinois Country Harvest
We are a sustainable, small, diverse farm located in southwestern Illinois. We proudly grow heirloom and native flowers, fruits and vegetables an...more!
John Brown Melons
The best melons are grown by the river, and the Brown family has been growing on the banks of the Wabash for generations....more!
The side of the highway seems like the least likely place to spot a fire-breathing dragon... but not in Vandalia! You can even make this 35-foot-tall ...more!
Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Coalition
King Louis XV of France, that is! French colonists gave this name to the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (KCT) in the early 1700s. More than 300 years later, ...more!
This fun filled family park is the site of picnics, family reunions, a children's playground, tennis and basketball courts and a skateboard park. ...more!
A re-creation of Historic McLeansboro where children can climb, swing, slide and play. The park also offers a pavilion, bathroom facilities, and a woo...more!
Take a stroll on the walking trail, play ball, wet a line or swing around the playground. New to Konarcik Park - a highly rated 18 hole disc golf cour...more!
Korte Recreation Center
This building has everything: cardio/weight room, indoor track, indoor acquatic center and a full-size gym for basketball or volleyball. Locker room a...more!
Krause Elk Farm
Learn about these majestic animals on an educational and fun tour of the property. Hear the awesome bugling of the elk and pet "Lakita", the female th...more!
Located next to Carlyle Lake, the orchard is open in the summer for peaches that are hand-picked at maturity for ultimate sweetness....more!
Lakeview Park - Waterloo
Paved walking trail, playground, three large fishing lakes, pavilions with running water, electricity, and barbecue pits...more!
Lincoln Trail Motosports
220 acres of riding are open daily with an MX track, Thompson Motorsports Practice track, 592 Pee Wee Track, GP track and plenty of trails....more!
Little Toot Railroad
With a puff of steam, the clickety-clack of steel on steel and the lonely whistle, Little Toot rolls through the scenic park and over a 15-foot trestl...more!
Marcoot Jersey Creamery
This working dairy has been in the Marcoot family for seven generations. Bring your family to see all aspects of the farm from raising calves through ...more!
Marissa Recreation Area
Features two lakes, a nine hole golf course, camping area, a cottage/residence area, as well as picnic shelters....more!
Marshall Walldog Murals
During the week of June 22-26, 2016 over 150 artists from across the United States as well as Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, England and Australi...more!
Visit Lebanon, IL's newest park on your next ILLINOISouth adventure! The park is complete with pavilions and playground equipment to make any day ...more!
McKendree Metro Rec Plex
Discover O'Fallon, IL's go-to hub for sports and fitness! The McKendree Metro Rec Plex features two NHL-sized ice rinks and a championship swi...more!
McLeansboro City Pool
The City Pool has been offering splashing fun to the young and the young-at-heart for half a century. The season begins with Memorial Day and ends wit...more!
Metter Memorial Park
Spend the afternoon in Metter Memorial Park, an outdoor oasis in Columbia, IL! The park includes walking trails, halls and pavilions, picnic areas, pl...more!
Monroe County Fairgrounds
The Monroe County Fairgrounds features a beauty pageant, truck and tractor pull, animal judging, demolition derby, and so much more!...more!
Moody Park (Longacre Park)
Sand volleyball courts, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer field, a 1.5-mile walking/running path, concession stands, picnic shelters, a large lake an...more!
Musgrove Aquatic Center
This aquatic center consists of a 395,000 gallon swimming pool completed with bathhouse, 190’ water slide, water umbrella, two diving boards, an...more!
Norris City Park
Norris City Park in Norris City, IL feature a picnic area, wading pool, swings, and reservoir with fish....more!
The NubAbility® Athletics Foundation exists to encourage, inspire, instruct limb different youth (congenital or traumatic amputees) by getting the...more!
O'Fallon Community Park
Katy Cavins Community Center, swimming pool, six ball diamonds (two lighted), four lighted tennis courts, lighted basketball court, playgrounds, kitch...more!
O'Fallon Family Sports Park
This world-class facility sits on 200 acres, boasting state-of-the art tournament baseball fields with advanced sports lighting, postmodern pavilions ...more!
Oblong Park and Lake
Located on East edge of Oblong has a large stocked lake with lighted walking paths, shelters, playgrounds, horseshoe pits and more. Also, County Fairg...more!
Olney City Park
Olney City Park is a great place to see Olney's famous white squirrels! They play amongst the Park's picnic shelters, playgrounds, tennis and ...more!
Bring the whole family for Fall Country Fun at the farm. Groups can reserve weekdays and evenings and the public is welcome on weekends. Animals, a co...more!
Pelican Cove Water Park
Pelican Cove Water Park in Robinson, IL features a one of a kind Splash Pad with a 23-foot tall pirate ship, Billy the blue whale and water cannons. Y...more!
Perry County Fairgrounds
The oldest continuous fair in Illinois, the Perry County Fair held mid June, has a variety of events and activities. It is located at the Perry C...more!
Aquatic Center, tennis, basketball, batting cages, mini golf, sand volleyball, picnic shelters, playground, disk golf, and canoe access....more!
Popeye & Friends Character Trail
Popeye stands tall in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park by the Visitors Center in Chester. Search through town for his friends on murals and statues: W...more!
Pumpkin Blossom Hill
Shop for pumpkins, gourds, mums, crafts and antiques from September thru December. Mini corn maze and pumpkin picking for the kids....more!
Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo
Want to give your kids or group a personal tour of an exotic petting zoo? Looking for a beautiful farm wedding venue or outdoor event that can hold up...more!
Rampart Shooting Range
Rampart Range was designed to be the most innovative, state-of-the-art shooting facility in the region. Located just off I-70 in Pocahontas, IL, ...more!
Randolph County Fairgrounds
Randolph county fair provides entertainment for the whole family. The fair hosts livestock shows as well as grandstand events...more!
Rest Up Camping and RV Corral
Campground Destination with Mini-Golf, Ice Cream Palor, Anamitronic Shooting Gallery, Shopping, special activities and FUN for all ages!
Grayville / ...more!
Richland County Fairgrounds
The Richland County Fair is held at the Olney City Park Fairgrounds. The fair began in 1856 and continues to be one of the best fairs in southern Illi...more!
Robinson City Park
Public swimming pool, large water slides, horseshoe pits, basketball, tennis, pickleball, and volleyball courts, miniature golf, batting cages, band s...more!
The 58-acre park features a nature trail with two foot bridges, a meadow and a fishing pond. Primitive camping sites, a night sky observation station,...more!
Rotary Park is located on East Fork Lake and has a disc golf course, fitness path, two covered picnic shelters, a playground and restrooms. The larger...more!
Route 45 Raceway
U.M.P. Modifieds, Street Stocks and Sport Compacts are run every Saturday night....more!
The old train depot, a full-size caboose and a train car along with pavilions and ag building can be reserved for group events. Picnic areas, dog park...more!
Offering - Pony rides, Covered Wagon rides, Corn Maze, Straw Maze, Barrel Car Train , Petting Zoo, Photo Ops , and Corn Box...more!
Shreve's Pumpkin Patch
Come out and pick your pumpkin and wander through the corn maze. Visit the main building where an assortment of items ranging from ornaments, baked go...more!
The Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, IL shows first-run movies from April to October. Don't miss the opportunity to catch a show at one of only 200 dri...more!
See our website for classes and events. Our studio space is available for private events or studio space rental. Contact for details.
St. Clair Bowl
Discover a night of family-filled fun at St. Clair Bowl! With 50 bowling lanes, a Treasure Island Arcade, an adult gaming parlor and delicious food, y...more!
Streif's Country Market
During September and October, visit the pumpkin patch for just the right one for decorating, cooking and carving....more!
Practice your precision at Sure Shot in Mascoutah, IL! Come try your hand at ax throwing and more!...more!
Visit this family-owned orchard in Beckemeyer, IL for apples, pumpkins and other seasonal pickings!...more!
Three Springs Park
This multi-purpose facility offers lighted softball/baseball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball/volleyball courts, a half-mile walking...more!
Test your bowling skills with friends and family at Vandalia Bowl in Vandalia, IL!...more!
Warm N Cozy Quilting
We are HandiQuilter and Janome retailers offering fabric, notions, quilting services, and classes. For more information, visit www.warmncozyquilting.c...more!
Family YMCA of Fayette County
The folks at Fayette County's YMCA know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That's why, at the Y, s...more!