Visitors Guide
Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

Get Outside in Downstate Illinois

There's so much to discover when it comes to the outdoors in Downstate Illinois! From hiking and biking to berry picking and golfing, there's something for everyone. As you’ve probably noticed by now, we cover 21 counties in Downstate Illinois. That makes us the largest tourism bureau in the state, but it also makes us one of the most diverse regions because each community has something unique that they’re known for. Let us shine a spotlight on each county that makes up this wonderful area. 

Acorns Golf Links

Waterloo, IL
Enjoy 6,701 yards of golf at Acorns Golf Links in Waterloo, IL. Here, you'll find a scenic nature course with a...more!

American Thresherman Association, Inc.

Pinckneyville, Illinois
The American Thresherman Association dedicates itself to education and works to preserve the history of agriculture...more!

Annbriar Golf Course

Waterloo, IL
Rated one Golf Digest's Top 500 Places to Play, Annbriar Golf Course is Waterloo, IL's hidden gem. The...more!

Baldwin Lake

Baldwin, IL
Baldwin Lake is home to dozens of fish species, including Black Crappie and Channel Catfish, which make it perfect ...more!

Barnside Flower Farm

Red Bud, IL
Locally grown cut and potted flowers such as mums, sunflowers, dahlias, cosmos, zinnias, snapdragons, and many more...more!

Beall Woods State Park

Mount Carmel, Illinois
Located on the banks of the Wabash River in southeastern Illinois, Beall Woods State Park attracts visitors from ar...more!

Benson Blueberries

Lawrenceville, Illinois
Pick your own or buy from the roadside stand from late June to the last of July....more!

Bent Oak Golf Course

Breese, IL
Tournaments may be scheduled one year in advance. Please contact Clubhouse manager Eddie Greer for more details. 18...more!

Bicentennial Park

Belleville, IL
Bicentennial Park, Belleville's newest community park, consists of 43 beautiful wooded acres and a number ...more!

Bigard's Strawberry Patch and Peach Orchard

Newton, IL
Stop by for fresh strawberries May-June, and peaches from July-August....more!

Bird Haven, Robert Ridgway Memorial Arboretum & Sanctuary

Olney, IL
Bird Haven is located on the south side of East Fork Lake near Miller’s Grove.  This sanctuary is home t...more!

Bolm-Schuhkraft Park

Columbia, IL
Bolm-Schuhkraft Park (also know as City Park) is a 44.5 acre park located at 1200 Evergreen Lane....more!

Borah Lake

Olney, IL
This lake covers 136 acres and includes a small, public swimming area near the boat launch, as well as a playground...more!

Borsch Memorial Park

Valmeyer, Illinois
Ball diamonds, playgrounds, pavilions with running water and electricity, and a sand volleyball court....more!

Boulder Marina

Carlyle, IL
The Marina is on the east side of Carlyle Lake adjacent to the Boulder Recreation Area. It has modern concrete dock...more!

Bradshaw Park

Carmi, Illinois
Tennis, baseball, picnic area, playground and concession stands...more!

Braeutigam's Orchards

Belleville, Illinois
Blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, tomatoes and eggplant are specialties....more!

Breese Historical Park & Garden

Breese, IL
Peruse Breese's history in photographs, memorials and on the granite pyramid in this neighborhood park. Benches...more!

Breese Northside Park

Breese, IL
Swimming pool, ball diamonds, tennis courts, shelters, multiple playgrounds, stage for plays and performances....more!

Bryan Memorial Park

Salem, Illinois
Family Aquatic Center with waterslide; tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard park, picnic shelters, bandstag...more!

Buck Stop Archery

Brownstown, Illinois
The 3-D Archery Range is a mile-long trek through the woods. The full-service Archery Pro Shop offers a complete li...more!

Buck Valley Wildlife

Marshall, Illinois
Guided tours for white tail deer, quail, pheasant and chucker (in season) are available or hunt or fish on your own...more!

Buckhorn Wildlife Preserve

Noble, Illinois
Just eleven miles from Olney, this facility features deer, turkey and other small game hunting. It is also availabl...more!

Burrell Woods Park & Campground

Carmi, Illinois
Walking and running trails, camper hookups as well as tent camping, picnic facilities, and a dog park....more!

Carlyle Lake

Carlyle, Illinois
The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), Carlyle Lake is a premier location for outdoor sports. Well k...more!

Carlyle Lake Golf Club

Carlyle, Illinois
This page is intended to provide updated information and discussion on Carlyle Lake activities and programs....more!

Carlyle Lake Prairie View Trail

Carlyle, Illinois
The trail runs from the Carlyle Lake Visitor's Center (Trailhead) east for 10 miles across the Carlyle Lake/Kas...more!

Carlyle Sailing Association

Carlyle, Illinois
Located in Eldon Hazlet State Park, the marina offers launching facilities, a clubhouse and other amenities for you...more!

Carmi Country Club

Carmi, Illinois
From its roots as Southern Illinois cornfield, Carmi Country Club has grown a tradition of champions, a tradition o...more!

Casey Country Club

Casey, Illinois
The World's Largest Golf Tee was constructed out of various widths of yellow pine wood, 60 gallons of glue and ...more!

Centennial Park

Swansea, Illinois
A relaxing walking trail winds around the turtle filled pond through the tall shady trees and across rustic bridges...more!

Centerfield Park Inc.

Fairview Heights, Illinois
Spend the day at the Slik Trak, go karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats and video arcade - all in one...more!

Centralia Lake

Centralia, Illinois
Public boat dock, fishing, skiing and boating....more!

Charleston Tourism

Charleston, IL

Charley Brown Memorial Park

Flora, Illinois
Swimming pool, campground, ball fields, home of Little Toot Railroad...more!

Chester Country Club (semi-private)

Chester, IL
Whether it's your way of working out stress, enjoying a day with friends or completing a business deal, we know...more!

Citizens Park

Belleville, IL
This 45-acre park offers ball diamonds, bike ramps, a disc-golf course, and picnic facilities!...more!

Cole Memorial Park

Chester, IL
Shelters, picnic areas, swimming pool, playgrounds and tennis courts are laid out within the forested park....more!

Colonial Golf Course

Sandoval, IL

Columbia Bridges Golf Club

Columbia, IL

Columbia Golf Club

Columbia, IL
Located in the St. Louis metro area in Columbia, IL, the Columbia Golf Club offers two 18-hole golf courses open fo...more!

Columbia Park

McLeansboro, Illinois
The site of city fairs and social events in the 1840s, it now it offers croquet games and putting practice....more!

Community Club Park

Okawville, IL
Large facility for events, picnic area, playground, site of Fair & Wheat Festival in the Fall....more!

Conservation Lake

Mount Carmel, Illinois
Campsites, fishing, playground, boat ramps (trolling motor only), shelter house for rent...more!

Crawford County State Fish & Wildlife Area

Hutsonville, States
One mile south of Hutsonville Road, west 1 mile, 1,129 acres, restrooms, 8 stocked ponds, hiking & horseback tr...more!

Dahnke Family Farms

Martinsville, IL
Serving Wabash Valley and east central Illinois for 36 years, Dahnkes Family Farms specializes in in fall fun and a...more!

Deer Run Golf Course

Robinson, Illinois
First played in the summer of 1973, Deer Run Golf Course is an 18 Hole, Par 72 Golf Course stretching over 6000 yar...more!

Doll's Orchard

Pocahontas, IL
Doll's Orchard gows their own apples and makes their own cider in Pocahontas, IL. Visit their Facebook page for...more!

Dorney's Pumpkin Patch

Lawrenceville, Illinois
Open for fall family activities at the pumpkin patch, Sept. 30-Oct. 29. Day activities are every Sat. 12-5 and Sun....more!

Du Bois Center

Du Bois, Illinois
Nestled in 308 wooded acres with two lakes and countless trails, the center offers camping and a Retreat and Confer...more!

Du Quoin Municipal Swimming Pool

Du Quoin, IL
Local swimming pool in Du Quoin offering swim lessons, open swim, swim passes, and more. Pool Pass/Immediate fam...more!

Du Quoin State Fairgrounds

Du Quoin, IL
The picturesque 1,600 acres offers hiking, fishing, picnicking and over 1,200 camping hook-ups. The fairground...more!

Duck Island Airboat Services

Keyesport, IL
Hour long Airboat tours of Carlyle Lake. $60 per person, and the boat can hold 5 people.    ...more!

Dupo Community Park

Dupo, Illinois
Beautiful 14 acres of family park fun with 2 restrooms, 7 pavilions, 2 playgrounds, a splash pad, walking paths, pi...more!

Eagle Ridge Golf Course

Paris, IL
Eagle Ridge Golf Course is located in Paris, IL and is known throughout East Central Illinois and West Central Indi...more!

East Fork Lake

Olney, Illinois
This lake covers 934 acres with its tree-lined banks and attractive residential areas. Three City-owned parks are a...more!

East Fork Par 3

Olney, Illinois
Open to the public from March 15th through November 15th, 8:00 a.m. until sundown, no membership required. East For...more!

East Fork Trails

Olney, IL
The East Fork Trails provides a beautiful place to enjoy nature, only minutes from downtown Olney.  There are ...more!

Eckerle Park

Carmi, Illinois
Swimming pool, picnic areas, ball diamonds...more!

Eckert's Country Store & Farms

Belleville, Illinois
Open year-round, with activities all four seasons of the year, Eckert’s Belleville Farm offers seasonally available...more!

Eckert's Millstadt Family Fun Farm

Millstadt, Illinois
Escape to the country and have the time of your life at Eckert’s Millstadt Fun Farm. Visiting their working f...more!

Eldon Hazlet State Park

Carlyle, Illinois
3,000 acres with 328 sites on the west side of Carlyle Lake; camping, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, bird w...more!

Elmwood Golf Club

Belleville, Illinois
Elmwood Golf Club. Three thousand plus yards of downhill lies and uphill climbs since 1959....more!

Embarras River Tourism Council

Newton, Illinois
The Embarras River and Jasper County call themselves home to some of Downstate Illinois's greatest attractions....more!

Eversgerd Civil War Fort

Germantown, IL
This Civil War replica fort was built over the span of 4 decades and is open year-round. ...more!

Fairfield Public Golf Course, NFP

Fairfield, Illinois
Public 10 Hole Golf Course in Southeastern IL with affordable memberships and green fee with cart daily rates, leag...more!

Fairview Park

Centralia, IL
45 acres of recreation space include a swimming pool, baseball and softball fields, skateboard park, several picnic...more!

Far Oaks Golf Club

Caseyville, Illinois
Far Oaks Golf Club is a championship golf course that is playable for all players. Our motto is "A Championshi...more!

Flora Golf & Country Club

Flora, IL
The 9-hole "Flora" course at the Flora Golf and Country Club facility in Flora, Illinois features 3,054 y...more!

Foundation Park

Centralia, IL
Best known for the annual Balloon Fest, there are also walking trails, nature areas, 36-hole disc golf course and g...more!

Fox Ridge State Park

Charleston, IL
Fox Ridge State Park, a 2,064-acre park just south of Charleston in east-central Illinois, is known for its steep, ...more!

Frank Holten State Recreation Area

Centreville, Illinois
1,080-acre park features the 18-hole Grand Marais Golf Course, fishing and picnicking facilities....more!

Freeburg Recreation Park

Freeburg, Illinois
Bring your Family to the Park for a great day of fun and relaxation. There are 4 pavilions to hold your family reun...more!

Froman Park

Mount Carmel, Illinois
Froman Park, where you can enjoy the shade of lush trees, or maybe even catch a baseball game, played at the adjace...more!

Fults Hill Prairie Natural Preserve

Chester, Illinois
Upland forest, savanna, hill prairie, limestone glade, limestone cliff and sink hole ponds. The area is rich in pla...more!

G & C Meyer Farm

Steeleville, IL
Find berries, green beans, okra, potatoes and other veggies, seasonal flowers and bedding plants....more!

Gaetti Sports Academy

Centralia, IL
Gaetti's Sports Academy is the only facility in the country offering curriculum put together by four World Seri...more!

Gateway Kartplex

Madison, IL
The Gateway Kartplex is a purpose-built karting facility inside the oval track at World Wide Technology Raceway. In...more!

Gateway National Golf Links

Madison, IL
Tall grasses, lakes, wood-tie bunkers, and occasional giant cottonwoods complete the landscape.With a maginificent ...more!

Gateway Skydiving Center

Greenville, IL
Gateway Skydiving Center is a 2nd generation, family-operated skydiving center with over 100 years of combined...more!

Glik Park

Highland, Illinois
Four baseball/softball diamonds, five soccer fields or two football fields are featured. There is also a basketball...more!

Goshen Bike Trail

O'Fallon, IL
This 7-mile asphalt trail features 10 tunnels and a 175-foot bridge. It connects to six other trails and begins at ...more!

Governor Bond Lake

Greenville, Illinois
Camping, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing and Patriot's Park are amenities offered at the lake....more!

Governor's Run Golf & Country Club

Carlyle, Illinois
Governors Run hosts 18 holes of championship golf, a full service Pro Shop and the Gov Run Bar & Grille. T...more!

Grand Marais Golf Course

Centreville, Illinois
Grand Marais is committed to building lasting relationships with our members through our high standards as well as ...more!

Grayville Memorial Park

Grayville, Illinois
Pool, playground, tennis, baseball, basketball, natural performance amphitheater, lake, fishing, boating...more!

Green Acres Farm

Washington Park, Illinois
Have fun picking fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season....more!

Greenup Archery

Greenup, Illinois
Serving the Greenup area for over 29years. With quality archery, fishing and indoor Archery range....more!

Greenview Golf Course

Centralia, Illinois
This is an 18 hole regulation course located in Centralia, IL. From the longest tees it offers 6,150 yards of golf ...more!

Grissom's "Lost Creek" Orchard

Greenup, Illinois
Seasonal specialties include apples (fall) and peaches (summer), but there's a wide variety of fruits, vegetabl...more!

Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area

Enfield, Illinois
Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area, also known as Dolan Lake, is located about 8 miles southeast of McLea...more!

Harmony Park

Robinson, Illinois
Make music with your friends, family and the people of Robinson at Harmony Park. The park includes a series of outd...more!

Hasewinkle Outdoors

Sumner, Illinois
We believe in low-pressure trophy whitetail buck hunting, allowing only 4-6 hunters per package. We also believe in...more!

Hawkins/Schwartz Orchards

Dix, Illinois
Pick strawberries, peaches, apples, cider and enjoy activities for families....more!

Heard's Pond Park

McLeansboro, Illinois
Heard's Pond was originally built to supply water for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad steam engines, and ...more!

Henkel's Hook & Arrow

Carlyle, Illinois
Indoor archery range, hunting and fishing supplies....more!

The Henry White Experimental Farm

Belleville, Illinois
The Henry White Farm was donated to the Illinois Department of Agriculture in 1988. Here visitors can see examples ...more!

Hesse Park

O'Fallon, Illinois
Four ball diamonds (one lighted), soccer fields, basketball courts, in-line skating rink, picnic shelters, playgrou...more!

Hickory Shores Resort LLC

Carlyle, Illinois
Hickory Shores has been active for more than 25 years! Make Hickory Shores Resort a yearly destination for your fam...more!

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL
One-quarter mile, semi-banked clay oval track located on the Madison County Fairgrounds in Highland, IL. ...more!

Horner Park

Lebanon, Illinois
Enjoy the natural beauty of Lebanon, IL at Horner Park. This gorgeous park offers a fishing lake, baseball and soft...more!

Hough Park

Belleville, IL
Hough Park is Belleville's "Picnic Headquarters!" The park features a large hexagon shaped shelter in...more!

The Hunt Club

Percy, Illinois
The Hunt Club is a privately owned 10,000 acre paradise managed exclusively for the harvest of mature, trophy deer,...more!

Hutsonville Park

Hutsonville, Illinois
Located on Outer South Rose Street in Hutsonville. It has ballfields, volleyball, small lake, fishing, playground, ...more!

Illinois Caverns

Waterloo, IL
Please refer to the IDNR site for more information on opening hours, location, requirements, and more. ...more!

Illinois Central Railroad Riverwalk

Vandalia, IL
Walk along the former historic Illinois Central Railroad to the beautiful scenery that is the Kaskaskia River. You ...more!

Illinois Country Harvest

Prairie du Rocher, IL
We are a sustainable, small, diverse farm located in southwestern Illinois. We proudly grow heirloom and nativ...more!

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Sangamon County, Illinois
The IDNR manages, conserves and protects Illinois' natural, recreational and cultural resources while furthering th...more!

Illinois Wildlife Connections

Newton, Illinois
There are 4,000 acres of deer and turkey hunting with a comfortable year-round 7 room lodge for hunting, meeti...more!

Jack's on the Green

Fairview Heights, Illinois

Highland Jaycees Dog Park

Highland, IL
The Highland Jaycees Dog Park is a great place to bring your dog to get outside and get some fresh air! ...more!

John Brown Melons

Carmi, Illinois
The best melons are grown by the river, and the Brown family has been growing on the banks of the Wabash for genera...more!

Kaskaskia Marina & Park

New Athens, Illinois
Site of drag races in September, full marina services, batting cages, ball fields, roller hockey....more!

Kaskaskia River Marina/Campground

New Athens, Illinois
Site of drag races in September, full marina services, batting cages, ball fields, roller hockey....more!

Kaskaskia River Project

Modoc, Illinois
Camping (15 sites), fishing, picnic shelter, grill, boat ramps, Visitors Center, tours of Kaskaskia Lock and Dam at...more!

Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area

Baldwin, IL
The Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area is one of the largest state-owned and managed sites in Illinois....more!

Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Coalition

Prairie du Rocher, IL
King Louis XV of France, that is! French colonists gave this name to the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (KCT) in the early...more!

Keyes Park

Du Quoin, IL
This fun filled family park is the site of picnics, family reunions, a children's playground, tennis and basket...more!

Kid's Kingdom

McLeansboro, Illinois
A re-creation of Historic McLeansboro where children can climb, swing, slide and play. The park also offers a pavil...more!

Kingsbury Nature Preserve

Greenville, Illinois
Park has 80 acres of natural habitat along Governor Bond Lake with five miles of horseback riding (north side) and ...more!

Kingsbury Park District Pool

Greenville, IL
  Newly Renovated Pool and Award Winning Splash Pad. Your one stop shop for summer fun in the sun....more!

Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve

Freeburg, Western
Hike through 35 acres of dry upland and wet floodplain forest. Birds and spring wildflowers are abundant....more!

Konarcik Park

Waterloo, IL
Take a stroll on the walking trail, play ball, wet a line or swing around the playground. New to Konarcik Park - a ...more!

Lake Charleston

Charleston, IL
Lake Charleston is a reservoir in Coles County, Illinois. Served by Illinois Route 130, it is 2 miles southeast of ...more!

Lake Mattoon

Neoga, Illinois
Boating, fishing year-round, campground, marina...more!

Lake Mattoon Beach

Neoga, IL
Weather permitting the beach normally is open from Memorial weekend thru Labor Day weekend from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 ...more!

Lakeside Park

Fairfield, IL
Lighted tennis courts, baseball, playground and picnic facilities...more!

Lakeview Park - McLeansboro

McLeansboro, Illinois
The park offers fishing, the Weinmann Pavilion for outdoor entertaining, cooking sites, and a play area for childre...more!

Lakeview Park - Waterloo

Waterloo, IL
Paved walking trail, playground, three large fishing lakes, pavilions with running water, electricity, and barbecue...more!

Lamont Outdoors, L.L.C.

Crossville, IL
Guided hunts during deer and turkey seasons are offered on 7,000 acres....more!

Lanterman Park

Bridgeport, IL
Pavilion, picnic shelter, playground, baseball field...more!

Lawrenceville City Park

Lawrenceville, IL
Swimming pool, playground, baseball, tennis, basketball, picnic shelters, walking track...more!

Leaverton Park

Palestine, Illinois
Located on Southern edge of Palestine has a bad shell, community buildings, playgrounds, shelters, volleyball, tenn...more!

Leo French Memorial Park

Fairfield, Illinois
Olympic size pool, walking trail, fishing, picnic sites, baseball, softball and basketball....more!

Lily Lane Farms

Enfield, Illinois
Farm fresh food from our family to yours!...more!

Lincoln Trail State Park

Marshall, Illinois
Whether you are looking for history, unusual plant life or recreation, Lincoln Trail State Park has something to in...more!

Lincoln Walking Trail

Vandalia, Illinois
Asphalt scenic trail winding through the city park. The trail can be entered at the corner of Locust & Jefferso...more!

Little Wabash Shooting Preserve

Neoga, Illinois
Field shoots for chukar, pheasant and quail is open to the public. Hunters may bring their own dogs or dogs and gui...more!

Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park

East Saint Louis, Illinois
43 ft. Mississippi River overlook platform, picnic area, paved walkways, view of the Gateway Geyser.  ...more!

Marion County Fairgrounds

Salem, IL

Marissa Recreation Area

Marissa, IL
Features two lakes, a nine hole golf course, camping area, a cottage/residence area, as well as picnic shelters....more!

Marshall Community Swimming Pool

Marshall, Illinois
Dive into the Marshall Community Swimming Pool, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Stop by on your next trip...more!

McAllister Park

Lebanon, Illinois
Visit Lebanon, IL's newest park on your next Downstate Illinois adventure! The park is complete with pavilions ...more!

McLeansboro City Pool

McLeansboro, IL
The City Pool has been offering splashing fun to the young and the young-at-heart for half a century. The season be...more!

McLeansboro Golf Club

McLeansboro, Illinois
3,012 yards 9 holes Par 36...more!

MetroBikeLink Trail

Belleville, Illinois
The 6.9 mile trail cuts across east Belleville connecting the Swansea and Memorial Hospital MetroLink stations with...more!

Metter Memorial Park

Columbia, Illinois
Spend the afternoon in Metter Memorial Park, an outdoor oasis in Columbia, IL! The park includes walking trails, ha...more!

Mill Creek Park

Marshall, Illinois
On the Lincoln Heritage Trail Road, the 2,600 acres of land, with 811 acres of water, provides camping, cabins, tra...more!

Millers Grove

Olney, IL
Covered shelters, electricity and restrooms/south side of East Fork Lake...more!

Mini Park Gazebo

Du Quoin, Illinois
The Mini Park is an area which features a gazebo, a stone picnic table, stone benches, memorial brick walkways and ...more!

Moody Park (Longacre Park)

Fairview Heights, Illinois
Sand volleyball courts, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer field, a 1.5-mile walking/running path, concession stand...more!

Mount Carmel City Park

Mount Carmel, Illinois
18-hole golf course, tennis and basketball courts, pool, picnic sites and shelters...more!

Mt. Carmel Municipal Swimming Pool

Mt. Carmel, IL
Admission Cost $2.50 General Admission (4 years & older) 3 & under FREE Season Passes Punch Pas...more!

Musgrove Aquatic Center

Olney, IL
This aquatic center consists of a 395,000 gallon swimming pool completed with bathhouse, 190’ water slide, wa...more!

Musgrove Park

Olney, IL
This sprawling park in Olney features two playground areas, including a playground for children of all abilities. &...more!

Mystic Oak Golf Course

Waterloo, Illinois
Mystic Oak Golf Course and the Black Swan Restaurant are open to the public. Mystic Oak Golf Course gives the golfe...more!

Nashville Municipal Golf Course

Nashville, Illinois
Nashville Golf Course is a well kept 9 hole public course comprised of bent grass greens and zoysia fairways. Also ...more!

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Belleville, IL
Did you know that Belleville, IL is home to the largest outdoor shrine in North America? The National Shrine o...more!

Newton Aquatic Center

Newton, IL

Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Newton, Illinois
22 miles of hiking, cross-country skiing, and horse trails; five mile bike trail, waterfowl hunting, archery, turke...more!

Norris City Park

Norris City, Illinois
Norris City Park in Norris City, IL feature a picnic area, wading pool, swings, and reservoir with fish....more!

North County Country Club

Red Bud, IL
NCCC is a 9 hole golf course with zoysia fairways and tee boxes. Sand traps and two lakes provide a challenging, ye...more!

Northland Nature Preserve

Trenton, IL
Northland Nature Preserve in Trenton, IL features a 0.6-mile walking trail and is open year-round....more!

NubAbility Athletics

Du Quoin, IL
The NubAbility® Athletics Foundation exists to encourage, inspire, instruct limb different youth (congenital or...more!

O'Fallon Community Park

O'Fallon, Illinois
Katy Cavins Community Center, swimming pool, six ball diamonds (two lighted), four lighted tennis courts, lighted b...more!

Oak Glen Golf Course

Robinson, Illinois
11234 N 600th St, north of RT 33 at Stoy Road, 4 miles west of Robinson. 18 hole course, driving range, practice gr...more!

Oblong Park and Lake

Oblong, Illinois
Located on East edge of Oblong has a large stocked lake with lighted walking paths, shelters, playgrounds, horsesho...more!

Olney City Park

Olney, IL
Olney City Park is a great place to see Olney's famous white squirrels! They play amongst the Park's picnic...more!

Orchards Golf Club

Belleville, IL
The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville, Illinois — located just minutes from St. Louis — offers a pu...more!

Organ Farms

McLeansboro, Illinois
Bring the whole family for Fall Country Fun at the farm. Groups can reserve weekdays and evenings and the public is...more!

The Outdoor Sportsman's Lodge

Newton, Illinois
Guided fishing and boat rental. 6 cabins available....more!

Patriot's Park

Greenville, Illinois
Walking trails, fishing lake, playground areas, disc golf, and shelters...more!

Peabody River King State Fish Wildlife Area

New Athens, Illinois
Boat docks and fishing areas are easily accessed for all skill levels - even special docks for kids....more!

Peterson Park

Newton, IL
Aquatic Center, tennis, basketball, batting cages, mini golf, sand volleyball, picnic shelters, playground, disk go...more!

Piney Creek Ravine Nature Preserve

Chester, IL
The 2.2 mile loop trail features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. It winds through secretive canyons that hide...more!

Pleasant Ridge Community Park

Fairview Heights, IL
See the Kinsella Log Home in this 95 acre park which has picnic areas and beautiful woods....more!

Prairie Lake Park

Mascoutah, Illinois
Come out for the fishing, walking trails and picnic facilities....more!

Prairie Ridge State Natural Area

Newton, Illinois
Rare grassland wildlife, bird watching, 3,800 acres...more!

Pumpkin Blossom Hill

Red Bud, Illinois
Shop for pumpkins, gourds, mums, crafts and antiques from September thru December. Mini corn maze and pumpkin picki...more!

Pyramid Oaks II Golf Course

Percy, IL
Beautiful Golf Course and Lighted Driving Range!...more!

Pyramid State Park

Pinckneyville, IL
Pyramid State Recreation Area, the largest state recreation area in Illinois, contains 19,701 acres and 48 camping ...more!

Quail Creek Country Club & Golf Resort

Robinson, Illinois
18 hole course, driving range, practice green, pro shop, cart rental, lessons, open to the public by reservation. M...more!

Raccoon Lake

Centralia, Illinois
The park is open for boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing year round and hosts a major power boat racing event a...more!

Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo

Nashville, Illinois
Want to give your kids or group a personal tour of an exotic petting zoo? Looking for a beautiful farm wedding venu...more!

Ramsey Lake Golf Course

Ramsey, Illinois
Ramsey Lake Golf Course is under new ownership! Dustin and Michelle Finley are great people and they are working to...more!

Ramsey Lake State Park - Ramsey

Ramsey, Illinois
Rolling hills, timbered shoreline, and beautiful Ramsey Lake make the Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area a unique an...more!

Randolph County State Recreation Area

Chester, Illinois
Randolph County State Recreation Area is a mecca for outdoor recreational activities. Fishing, hiking, picnicking, ...more!

Ratz Memorial City Park

Red Bud, Illinois
Both parks have picnic shelters, and plenty of playground equipment....more!

Red Bud Sports Complex

Red Bud, IL

Red Hawk Golf & Grille

Tamaroa, Illinois
The Course Nested among the hills and lakes of beautiful Southern Illinois, the Red Hawk Golf Club has an 18-hole, ...more!

Red Hills State Park

Sumner, Illinois
For wildflowers, beautiful foliage and soothing breezes in the spring...picnicking, camping, hiking, boating and fi...more!

Rest Up Camping and RV Corral

Olney, IL
Campground Destination with Mini-Golf, Ice Cream Palor, Anamitronic Shooting Gallery, Shopping, special activities ...more!

Richland Country Club

Olney, Illinois
Richland Country Club offers one of the finest 18-hole, par 71 golf courses in the area....more!

Richland Creek Greenway Trail

Swansea, Illinois
This 3.8 mi. asphalt trail has several bridges and picturesque views of Richland Creek. It's ideal for a family or ...more!

River Lakes Golf Course

Columbia, IL
Make River Lakes Golf Course part of your golfing adventure in Downstate Illinois! The 18-hole course features Berm...more!

Robinson City Park

Robinson, Illinois
Public swimming pool, large water slides, horseshoe pits, basketball, tennis, pickleball, and volleyball court...more!

Rock Springs Rotary Park

O'Fallon, IL
Rock Springs Rotary Park in O'Fallon offers pavilion rental, firepit rental, and has two different walking trai...more!

Rocky Point Beach

Kinmundy, IL
A beautiful 200-foot sand beach is located at Rocky Point where visitors can enjoy swimming or picnicking at the ta...more!

Rogers-Dewitt Park

McLeansboro, Illinois
The 58-acre park features a nature trail with two foot bridges, a meadow and a fishing pond. Primitive camping site...more!

Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course

Okawville, Illinois
Come experience the beauty of Downstate Illinois at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course! Situated just 41 miles east...more!

Rotary Community Aquatic Center

Charleston, IL
DAILY ADMISSION:    Ages 18 - 54              $6.00     &...more!

Rotary Park

Olney, IL
Rotary Park is located on East Fork Lake and has a disc golf course, fitness path, two covered picnic shelters, a p...more!

Rotary Skate Park

Flora, IL

Salem Country Club

Salem, IL

Salem Family Aquatic Center

Salem, IL
GENERAL ADMISSION Children 2 & under – No Charge Ages 3 thru 64 – $5.00 Ages 65 & over...more!

Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve

Valmeyer, Illinois
Three trails make up the Salt Lick system: The Johnson Trail is 1.3 miles along the base of the bluff and is an eas...more!

Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Johnsonville, Illinois
Fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, swimming, 194 acre lake and a concession stand features a snack bar, restaurant ...more!

Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area

Newton, IL
Fishing lake, horse trails, hiking trails, picnic area, camping and 840 huntable acres. RV and tent sites....more!

Scheve Park

Mascoutah, IL
The old train depot, a full-size caboose and a train car along with pavilions and ag building can be reserved for g...more!

Schoenbeck Ranch

Ellis Grove, IL
Offering - Pony rides, Covered Wagon rides, Corn Maze, Straw Maze, Barrel Car Train , Petting Zoo, Photo Ops , and ...more!

Schranz Memorial Park

Swansea, IL

Schwartz Farms

Centralia, Illinois
You can find berries, apples, peaches, pears and watermelon in season.  ...more!

Shiloh Dog Park

Shiloh, IL
Features include small & large dog pens.  ...more!

Shreve's Pumpkin Patch

Mill Shoals, Illinois
Come out and pick your pumpkin and wander through the corn maze. Visit the main building where an assortment of ite...more!

Silver Creek Preserve

Mascoutah, IL
Silver Creek Preserve is situated in the Silver Creek floodplain and offers walking trails, covered picnic tables, ...more!

Silver Lake Park

Highland, Western
Large lake, fishing, pavilions, playground, sand volleyball, archery range, nature trails, climbing wall, boat ramp...more!

Skillet Fork Outfitters

Carmi, Illinois
There are more than 6,400 acres of prime hunting land for trophy Illinois whitetail. Reserve your hunt and include ...more!

South Shore State Park

Carlyle, Illinois
The park is currently closed for renovation. Call for reopening dates....more!

Southern Illinois Trophy Bowhunting

McLeansboro, IL
Southern Illinois Trophy Bowhunting in McLeansboro, IL offers archery and firearm hunting on over 5,000 acres of la...more!

Southwest Park

Fairfield, Illinois
Ball diamonds, concession stand...more!

Sparks Lazy Acres Campground

Newton, IL
Sparks Lazy Acres is a nice quiet place to camp. A mile east of Newton Lake. Our 28 sites have water/sewer/electric...more!

Sparta Country Club (semi-private)

Sparta, Illinois
Where members and the community can come together! Pro Shop now available for private parties! Please call 618...more!

St. Elmo Golf Club

Saint Elmo, IL
St. Elmo Golf Club is a 9-hole semi-private golf course located just outside of  St. Elmo, Illinois.  The...more!

St. Francisville Park

St. Francisville, IL
A playground and baseball diamonds await visitors....more!

Steeleville City Park

Steeleville, Illinois
Veteran's memorial, benches, seasonal plants...more!

Stemler Cave Woods Nature Preserve

Columbia, Illinois
Take a walk along this old growth forest remnant set in the sinkhole plain between Millstadt, IL and Columbia. The ...more!

Stephen A. Forbes State Park

Kinmundy, Illinois
700 acres, fishing, swimming, hunting, horseback riding, 115 camping sites, picnicking, concession building, and ca...more!

Stonewolf Golf Club

Fairview Heights, Illinois

Streif's Country Market

Louisville, Illinois
During September and October, visit the pumpkin patch for just the right one for decorating, cooking and carving....more!

Sumner City Park

Sumner, Illinois
Playground, ball diamond, picnic shelters...more!

Sumpter Berry Farm

Carmi, Illinois
Bring the family and enjoy a relaxing day picking berries at this family-owned farm....more!

Swansea Clinton Hills Conservation Park

Swansea, IL

Tamarack Country Club

Shiloh, IL
The secret is out! Tamarack has the some of the best kept fairways and greens in the St. Louis Metro Area. We belie...more!

Taphorn Orchard

Beckemeyer, Illinois
Visit this family-owned orchard in Beckemeyer, IL for apples, pumpkins and other seasonal pickings!...more!

Ten Mile Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area

McLeansboro, Illinois
The site provides a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities including wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing, tar...more!

The Fay Pickering Memorial Mountain Bike and Hiking Trails

Marshall, IL
Passionate about the outdoors, we have ridden and raced mountain bikes all over the country, hiked through streams ...more!

Three Springs Park

Shiloh, Illinois
This multi-purpose facility offers lighted softball/baseball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball/vol...more!

Triple Lakes Golf Club

Millstadt, IL

Twin Lakes Park

Paris, IL
The water area in Twin Lakes Park is as follows: West Lake area is approximately 60 acres East Lake and &ld...more!

Vandalia Country & Golf Club

Vandalia, IL

Vandalia Lake

Vandalia, IL
The Vandalia Lake is a 660-acre lake with 12 miles of shoreline, located four miles northwest of Vandalia on Illino...more!

Vandalia Lake Beach

Vandalia, IL
Swimming is available at Jaycees Beach which features a large sloping sand beach, plus a modern beach house and sho...more!

Vandalia Swimming Pool

Vandalia, IL

Vernor Lake

Olney, IL
This 45-acre lake is used for recreational purposes only and is the most quiet and serene of Olney’s three la...more!

Wabash Cannonball Bridge

St. Francisville, IL
This bridge is a most unusual historic bridge, both because this large, multi-span structure is composed of spans f...more!

Washington County State Recreation Area

Nashville, IL
Wildlife abounds in the Washington County State Recreation Area, located four miles south of Nashville in southern ...more!

Waterloo Country Club

Waterloo, IL

Waterloo Sportsman's Club

Waterloo, Illinois
Enjoy 200 acres of idyllic nature at Waterloo Sportsman's Club in Waterloo, IL. The club features 7 pavilions f...more!

West Berwick Golf Course

Mount Carmel, Illinois
The best golf course around the Mt. Carmel area!...more!

White Oak Golf Course

Marissa, IL

Wild Child Flower Farm

Sumner, IL
The one and only Wild Child Flower Farm! We offer a unique, U-Pick flower experience in Lawrence County Illinois. L...more!

William Jennings Bryan Memorial Park

Salem, IL

The Woodlands

Martinsville, IL
A newly opened park in Martinsville, IL.     ...more!

World Shooting & Recreational Complex

Sparta, IL
The State of Illinois and the Department of Natural Resources proudly boast the premiere 1,600 acre World Shoo...more!

Xtreme Paintball Park

Millstadt, IL
Xtreme Paintball Park has paintball, airsoft, and laser tag field for all ages and abilities. There are 11 playing ...more!

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Downtown Belleville Live Music Row

Downtown Belleville Live Music Row

February 28, 2024 - March 3, 2024 @ 6:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Downtown Belleville | Belleville, IL
Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

March 2, 2024 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Jerry F Costello Lock and Dam | Modoc, IL
Downtown Belleville Live Music Row

Downtown Belleville Live Music Row

March 6, 2024 - March 10, 2024 @ 6:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Downtown Belleville | Belleville, IL

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