Photo: Find Your Memories Photo: Find Your Memories Photo: Find Your Memories

A Trip for the Whole Family in Downstate Illinois

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!

Discover even more things to do with the help of our Downstate Illinois kids.

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!

American Thresherman Association, Inc.

The American Thresherman Association dedicates itself to education and works to preserve the history of agriculture. Each year, their Steam, Gas and T...more!

Art on the Square

Art on the Square features over 100 international and domestic artists and welcomes 85,000+ visitors each year. Come shop for one-of-a-kind pieces as ...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!

Bel-Air Bowl

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 and f...more!

Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Exposition Center

Visit Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Exposition Center for a variety of large events including craft, consumer shows, fundraisers and more! Home of the...more!

Belle-Clair Speedway

Visit the most action-packed track in Downstate Illinois at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL. The track hosts midget/sprint and stock car races,...more!

Benson Blueberries

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

Bigard's Strawberry Patch and Peach Orchard

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

Bird Haven, Robert Ridgway Memorial Arboretum & Sanctuary

Bird Haven is located on the south side of East Fork Lake near Miller’s Grove.  This sanctuary is home to a wide variety of birds and plant...more!

Blossom Play Cafe

Blossom Play Cafe was created to foster community among young families while children PLAY!...more!

Bolm-Schuhkraft Park

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

Bond County Fairgrounds

Pagent shows, carnival, sheep show, bingo, demolition derby and so much more!...more!

Borsch Memorial Park

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

Bradshaw Park

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

Braeutigam's Orchards

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

Bryant's Miniatures

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!

Centennial Park

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!

Charley Brown Memorial Park

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

Citizens Park

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!

Clay County Fairgrounds

We have many exciting events planned so stay tuned for more details!...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!

Columbia City Saloon Bar & Grill at West Park Bowl

West Park Bowl has been serving Columbia since 1982. We are proud to keep this establishment up and serving the community! We are located off Valmeyer...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 Downstate Illinois at Country Kids Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch offers a selection of pumpkins, mums and gourds in ad...more!

Coyote ATV Trail Riders & Junkyard International Raceway

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....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!

Eckerle Park

Swimming pool, picnic areas, ball diamonds...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!

Eckert's Millstadt Family Fun Farm

Escape to the country and have the time of your life at Eckert’s Millstadt Fun Farm. Visiting their working farm is a wonderful way to relax, re...more!


Home of the World's Largest Laser Tag Arena at The EDGE in Belleville, IL! 14,000+ square ft. arena and can play up to 60 people at a time. The ED...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!

Escape 618

Try Belleville's one and only escape room on your next Downstate Illinois adventure! Escape 618's themed rooms rotate regularly and include th...more!

Fairview Park

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

Family Sportsplex

This 60,000 ft. facility has indoor/outdoor fields for gymnastics, soccer, basketball, volleyball or almost any sport....more!

Fayette County Fairgrounds

Follow us to get information regarding our annual Festival on our Fairgrounds!...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!

Gaelic Origins Irish Dance

Gaelic Origins is an Irish dance school located in O'Fallon IL offering classes to children and adults, as well as community dance events, private...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!

Gateway Grizzlies Minor League Baseball

Cheer on the home team at GCS Stadium as the Gateway Grizzlies play. Games include theme nights, 7th Inning Stretch activities, Izzy the Grizzlie and ...more!

GCS Ballpark

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 basebal...more!

Glik Park

Four baseball/softball diamonds, five soccer fields or two football fields are featured. There is also a basketball court, skate park, concessions sta...more!

Grayville Memorial Park

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

Green Acres Farm

Have fun picking fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season....more!

Grimm Acres

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!

Grizzlies' Academy

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!

Hamilton County Fairgrounds

The Hamilton County Fair and its fairgrounds are located in McLeansboro, IL. You can visit the fairgrounds on Illinois 14....more!

Harmony Park

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!

Hawkins/Schwartz Orchards

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

Hesse Park

Four ball diamonds (one lighted), soccer fields, basketball courts, in-line skating rink, picnic shelters, playgrounds, bike trail....more!

Hi-Top Bowl

Member of 2013 Kids Bowl Free program. Bowling $2.75 per game per person, shoe rental $1.50....more!

Horner Park

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

Hough Park is Belleville's "Picnic Headquarters!" The park features a large hexagon shaped shelter in the center that serves as its main...more!

Hutsonville Park

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!

Irons Golf Simulator and Axes

The Irons is a new golf simulator and axe throwing facility in Vandalia, IL. ...more!

Jasper County Fairgrounds

The Jasper County Fair is fun everyone! We have a demo derby, beauty pageant, live animal races, and so much more....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!

Kaskaskia Dragon

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 Marina & Park

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

Keyes Park

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!

Kid's Kingdom

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!

Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve

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

Konarcik Park

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!

Lakeside Park

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

Lakeview Park - McLeansboro

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

Lakeview Park - Waterloo

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

Lanterman Park

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

Lawrence County Fairgrounds

Pagents, Pig Wrestling, Truck pulls, and so much more! Come celebrate our wonderful community and have some fun....more!

Lawrenceville City Park

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

Leo French Memorial Park

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

Lily Lane Farms

Farm fresh food from our family to yours!...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!

Mac's Family Fun Time

Mac's Family Fun Time is a Family Entertainment Center in Highland IL....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 Community Swimming Pool

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

Mascoutah Community Lanes

Handcrafted Pizza & Hand-dipped Ice Cream served for dine-in or carryout 7 days a week....more!

McAllister Park

Visit Lebanon, IL's newest park on your next Downstate Illinois adventure! The park is complete with pavilions and playground equipment to make an...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!

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Did you know that Belleville, IL is home to the largest outdoor shrine in North America? The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows 200-acre ex...more!

Norris City Park

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

NubAbility Athletics

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!

Organ Farms

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!

Parklanes Bowling Alley & Restaurant

Host your next family reunion, birthday, or date night at Parklanes Bowling Alley in Newton, IL! With 10 lanes for bowling fun and a full restaurant a...more!

Patriot's Park

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

Peabody River King State Fish Wildlife Area

Boat docks and fishing areas are easily accessed for all skill levels - even special docks for kids....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!

Peterson Park

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!

The Rec Complex of Fairview Heights

58,000 sq. ft. recreation complex and community center Basketball Courts ? Fitness Center ? Pool & Splash Pad ? Clip N Climb ? I/O ...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 cag...more!

Rogers-Dewitt Park

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

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!

Salem Community Theatre & Cultural Center

Visit the Salem Community Theatre & Cultural Center for quarterly plays and revues, as well as free movies in the Winter. The venue is also availa...more!

Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

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

Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area

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

Scheve Park

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!

Schoenbeck Ranch

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

Schwartz Farms

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

Skating Rink at Twin Lakes

Family Friendly Roller skating rink, arcade and snack bar!!...more!

Skyview Drive-In

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!

Southwest Park

Ball diamonds, concession stand...more!

Splendid Art/Works

See our website for classes and events. Our studio space is available for private events or studio space rental. Contact for details. “Creativi...more!

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!

St. Francisville Park

A playground and baseball diamonds await visitors....more!

Stephen A. Forbes State Park

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

Streif's Country Market

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

Sumner City Park

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

Sumpter Berry Farm

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

Taphorn Orchard

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!

Urban Air Adventure Park

Urban Air Adventure Park is much more than a trampoline park. If you’re looking for the best year-round indoor attractions in the Fairview Heigh...more!

Vandalia Bowl

Test your bowling skills with friends and family at Vandalia Bowl in Vandalia, IL!...more!

The Village Stitchery Quilt Shop and Retreat Center

Our comfortable 12-bed retreat center offers the opportunity to create, relax, enjoy meals, and learn and laugh with friends. We’ve sought to pr...more!

Walldogs Murals

Explore murals through-out the city of Olney! ...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!

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway

Speed thrills at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway! This flexible venue features regular races on the 0.25 mile drag strip, 1.25 oval track, ro...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!

FREE Visitors Guide!
Request Your FREE
         Downstate Illinois
     Visitors Guide
        View Online Request Today!