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Life’s a Trip in Vandalia

Tiffany Garavaglia
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History, Life's A Trip, Museums, Recreation, Vandalia

Vandalia is the perfect stop on your trip down Interstate 70. Vandalia has a rich political history, serving as the state capital from 1819 to 1839.  (more…)

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Life’s a Trip in Olney

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Life's A Trip

olney-mapOlney has a bit of everything and makes a perfect trip for your family. Olney is 2 and a half hours from downtown St. Louis and is worth the drive down Highway 50. There are plenty of things to do, places to shop, and restaurants to try in this family-friendly community.

Known as the home of the White Squirrels, Olney treats these little creatures as local residents. You don’t have to go to any one spot to see them but they frequent the local parks including Olney City Park where you will see people feeding the squirrels on most days. (more…)

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Sights to See: Casey

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Attractions, Food, Life's A Trip, Outdoors, Recreation, Summer

It’s time to start planning for vacations this year! ILLINOISouth is home to many great sights and has something for everyone. This combined with our restaurants and dining options you can make a whole trip out of our Sights to See!

In this edition of Sights to See check out the city of Casey. Casey is home to several “World’s Largest” items featured in the Guinness’s Book of World Records. Spend the day snapping pictures with you in the largest rocking chair and let the kids send a letter from the World’s Largest Mailbox.

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Sights to See: Carlyle Lake

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Attractions, Food, Life's A Trip, Outdoors, Recreation, Summer

It’s time to start planning for vacations this year! ILLINOISouth is home to many great sights and has something for everyone. This combined with our restaurants and dining options you can make a whole trip out of our Sights to See!

In this edition of Sights to See check out Carlyle Lake. Check out the events to celebrate the 5oth anniversary of the lake. There is plenty to see and do around Carlyle!

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Sights to See: Gateway Motor Sports

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Attractions, Life's A Trip, Motorsports, Museums, Sports, Summer

It’s time to start planning for vacations this year! ILLINOISouth is home to many great sights and has something for everyone. This combined with our restaurants and dining options you can make a whole trip out of our Sights to See!

On this edition of Sights to See check out Gateway Motor Sports. This family-friendly activity will have you on the edge of your seat with some racing fun! Located only 15 minutes from St. Louis, Gateway Motor Sports Park and its surrounding amenities provide a weekend full of fun!

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ILLINOISouth Brewery & Wine Tour

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Beer, Life's A Trip, Wine, Wineries

It’s never too early to start planning for the nicer weather that is coming soon. What’s a better way than soaking up some rays spending a day sitting outside sipping wine or trying a fresh brew? ILLINOISouth has several options when it comes to wineries and breweries (we even have a distillery!)

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LIFE'S A TRIP…Outdoors

Alex Matthews
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Attractions, Life's A Trip, Outdoors, Recreation, Summer

Life’s a Trip is a blog series that highlights similar attractions near each other, making each edition a perfect way to plan a day trip, or something to work in to a staycation!

Everybody…okay, most people…enjoy adventure and outdoor activities that stretch both body and mind. All over ILLINOISouth you’ll find places to go golfing, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, boating, camping and even ziplining. From east to west, beautiful state parks, lakes, golf courses, trails and attractions are calling your name! Here are just a few of the possibilities.

Soar through a canopy of trees on three different ziplines at American Obstacle in Kinmundy. Several different zipline adventures are available for individuals, families and groups.

Red Hills State Park in Sumner has year-round water sports including swimming, fishing and boating in the summer and ice fishing and ice skating in winter. Have lunch or dinner overlooking the lake at the Trace Inn.

Equestrians will appreciate Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area in Newton, which is one of the few parks with facilities for horses and riders. There is a fishing lake, campgrounds and 840 acres for hunting.

Beall Woods State Park, on the Wabash River near Mt. Carmel, offers Nature Interpretive Programs at the Visitors Center. It features trails, campsites and a fishing lake. 9285 Beall Woods Ave., 618-298-2442

East Fork Lake, Borah Lake and Vernor Lake in Olney have a great reputation as recreational lakes with terrific fishing, boating, and swimming (Borah).

The largest man-made lake in Illinois is Carlyle Lake, known for being a challenge for sailboaters. It is the center attraction for multiple campgrounds, marinas, two hotels, walking/biking trails, a golf course, great fishing and Visitors Center.

CLICK HERE for other outdoor attractions in ILLINOISouth!

This information originally appeared in the Spring/Summer Tourism Times 2013. Click here and sign up to receive three of these great seasonal guides every year at no cost!

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Life's A Trip…to the Country

Alex Matthews
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Attractions, Farms, Food, Life's A Trip, Museums

Life’s a Trip is a blog series that highlights similar attractions near each other, making each edition a perfect way to plan a day trip, or something to work in to a staycation!

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Isn’t it time your kids found out where their food really comes from? At Marcoot Jersey Dairy & Creamery near Greenville, a tour includes petting a calf, seeing the milking parlor and watching how cheese is made. Before you leave, taste the cheese or homemade ice cream. Nearby is the American Farm Heritage Museum that has hundreds of tractors and other farm implements, along with hands-on activities and a train ride that circles the property. Both places offer an up close and personal look at agriculture.

While in Greenville, see the DeMoulin Museum’s unusual collection of Lodge Initiation Devices dating back to the 1890s. Who wouldn’t want to see the Lifting and Spraying Machine, the Invisible Spanking Machine, the Lung Tester, and the Practical Goat? For art and architecture lovers, the Richard Bock Sculpture Museum at Greenville College gives tours by appointment. Bock is best known for his work with Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Want to go?

Marcoot Jersey Dairy & Creamery, 526 Dudleyville Rd., 618-664-1110
Tours by appointment on Monday, Wednesday & Friday (cheese production days)

American Farm Heritage Museum – I-70 at IL Rte. 127, 618-664-3050
Open Saturdays 9am – 5pm, May – October, by appointment and for special events

DeMoulin Museum, 110 W. Main, 618-664-4115
Friday 1-3pm; Saturday 10aqm-2pm; Sunday 2-4pm or by appointment any day

Richard Bock Sculpture Museum, Greenville College Campus, 315 E. College Ave. 618-664-6521

This information originally appeared in the Spring/Summer Tourism Times 2013. Click here and sign up to receive three of these great seasonal guides every year at no cost!

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