Trips & Tours - Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Trips & Tours - Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Trips &


Girl Scouts of

Southern Illinois

Corporate Service Center Regional Service Center

#4 Ginger Creek Parkway 4102 S. Water Tower Place

Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034 Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864

(618) 692-0692 • (800) 345-6858 (618) 692-0692 • (800) 345-6858


Trips & Tours

A trip or a tour can be a great way to do something out of the ordinary. Create

lasting memories for your troop that will be fun, exciting, and even educational!

Every effort has been made to list opportunities that are convenient and

interesting to members of our entire Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois service

area. Keep in mind that not all trips and tours will be suited for every age level,

so check the description of each attraction to see if it fits your troop.

When planning a trip, this booklet is just the beginning of the resources that

are available. Check the mail for flyers or announcements of new companies

that may be opening; they may give a tour of the facility. Watch for advertisements for new

attractions that you may see in the local newspaper or posted around the community. Be sure to

read your Girl Scout publications and visit the website for the most up-to-date collaborations and

opportunities. Even the people around you are potential resources! Chat with friends and

acquaintances. Listen to other leaders at service unit meetings. Chances are, you will run into

someone who has visited somewhere special. If you discover an attraction that isn’t listed in this

booklet, please let us know!

Remember the following when planning trips:

� An Extended Trip is defined as trips of three (3) or more nights, excluding holidays, which exceeds

175 miles one-way of hometown. If your group is planning an Extended Trip, at least one adult

attending the trip must have completed the Council-Sponsored Extended Trip Training. This

training is valid for three years.

� Check Safety-Wise for adult-girl ratios, safety tips, etc.

� Make sure Council policies and standards have been met.

� Wear the Girl Scout uniform or other clothing that recognizes you as a Girl Scout.

� Complete Permission Slips for each girl.

� Don’t forget to bring a first aid kit and Health History forms along!

� Use appropriate Girl/Adult Planning to assure Girl Scouts have a great time!

� Follow up with a thank you note to show your appreciation in true Girl Scout style!

For more information regarding Extended Trips, this booklet, or additional information,

contact the Service Center at (618) 692-0692 or visit us on the web at


GSSI 4/28/09 traveldrive/program/trips&tours2009

Table of Contents

Collaborations & Rewards Opportunities......................................................................3

Camping Opportunities on Council Properties .............................................................6

Attractions within Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Council: Western Section ...........8

Art & Culture ....................................................................................................................... 8

Community Interest.............................................................................................................9

Farms & Orchards............................................................................................................... 11

History................................................................................................................................. 13

Nature & Wildlife ................................................................................................................. 22

Recreation & Leisure .......................................................................................................... 26

Science, Health, & Technology........................................................................................... 31

Attractions within Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Council: Eastern Section ............34

Art & Culture ....................................................................................................................... 34

Community Interest............................................................................................................. 35

Farms & Orchards............................................................................................................... 36

History................................................................................................................................. 37

Recreation & Leisure .......................................................................................................... 42

Nature & Wildlife ................................................................................................................. 45

Science, Health, & Technology........................................................................................... 47

Attractions within Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois: Southern Section........................48

Art & Culture ....................................................................................................................... 48

Community Interest............................................................................................................. 50

Farms & Orchards............................................................................................................... 51

History................................................................................................................................. 53

Nature & Wildlife ................................................................................................................. 64

Recreation & Leisure .......................................................................................................... 67

Science, Health, & Technology........................................................................................... 70

Attractions In & Around Evansville, Indiana..................................................................71

Attractions In & Around Paducah, Kentucky.................................................................78

Attractions In & Around Saint Louis, Missouri..............................................................88

Attractions In & Around Springfield, Illinois..................................................................107

Attractions In & Around Terre Haute, Indiana ...............................................................117

Directory & Additional Information ................................................................................124

Area Colleges & Universities: Western Section.............................................................................. 124

Area Colleges & Universities: Eastern Section............................................................................... 127

Area Colleges & Universities: Southern Section............................................................................. 128

Area Ferry Crossings...................................................................................................................... 130

Chambers of Commerce: Western Section .................................................................................... 131

Chambers of Commerce: Eastern Section ..................................................................................... 132

Chambers of Commerce: Southern Section ................................................................................... 133

City Websites: Western Section ..................................................................................................... 137

City Websites: Eastern Section ...................................................................................................... 138

City Websites: Southern Section .................................................................................................... 139

Additional Web Resources ............................................................................................................. 140


Collaborations and Award Opportunities

This is just a very small example of how businesses, and organizations, are willing and have the ability to

assist troop with completing requirements for Try-Its, badges and Interest Projects. We are working with

many to collaborate and establish partnerships to make this easier for all troops. However, with all the

variety and quantity Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has not been able to do this with all of the resources

listed in this booklet. We encourage you to work with the resources and inquire if they can assist the girls

with requirements. All you have to do is ask. Have fun!

Air and Space Museum

� Museum’s own patch program

� Exhibits will help Girl Scout Brownies with the Movers Try It and Girl Scout Juniors with the Aerospace badge


Ballard Nature Center

Girl Scout Brownie Try Its: Eco Explorer, Watching Wildlife

Girl Scout Junior badges: Earth Connections, Eco Action, Wildlife

Cache River Wetlands Center

� Careers

� Water Drop patch

Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis

Girl Scout Brownie Try- Its: Space Explorer, Space Traveler

Girl Scout Junior badges: Aerospace, Space Traveler

Council Approved Horse Stables

� Ace Stables St. Louis, MO

� Avalon Farm, Millstadt, IL

� Beverly Farm , Alton, IL

� Coyote Creek Riding Center Sigel, IL

� DuBois Center, DuBois, IL

� Eastlake Farms Caseyville, IL

� Giant City Stables, Makanda, IL

� Jesse James Riding Stables – Cave City, KY

� Karousel Stables Highland, IL

Dierbergs School of Cooking (Edwardsville)

� Creative Cooking IP

� McCormick’s Creek Stables, Spencer, MO

� Oak Knoll Stables, St. Jacob, IL

� Royale Ranch O’Fallon, IL

� Richland Stables Belleville, IL

� The Riding Center, Waterloo, IL

� Rockome Gardens Arcola, IL

� Triangle H Farm Bethalto, IL

� Turkey Run Stables, Spencer, IN

Douglas Hart Nature Center

Girl Scout Brownie Try Its: Eco Explorer, Water Everywhere, Watching Wildlife

Girl Scout Junior badges: Earth Connections, Eco Action, Water Fun (parts), Wildlife

� Water Drop Patch

Edwardsville Children’s Museum

Girl Scout Daisy: It's Your World -- Change It Journey Golden Honey Bee Award Sessions

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: Creative Composing, Eat Right, Stay Healthy, , Healthy Habits, My Body, Playing

Around the World, Puppets, Dolls & Plays, Science in Action; Science Wonders; Senses, Sounds of Music,


Gateway Arch programs through National Park Service

Girl Scout Daisy: Programming for Daisies and their families highlights a different ranger-led theme and

included a hands-on craft.

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: Eco-Explorer, Listening to the Past

Girl Scout Junior badges: Local Lore of St. Louis, Water Wonders

Girl Scout Cadette, Girl Scout Senior, & Girl Scout Ambassador IP’s: American Patriotism, Heritage Hunt, Law

& Order, Museum Discovery

Great Rivers Museum

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: Building Bridges, Eco Explorer, Watching Wildlife, Water Everywhere

Girl Scout Junior badges: Building Bridges Earth Connections, Eco Action, Wildlife, some parts of Water Fun

Girl Scout Cadette, Girl Scout Senior, & Girl Scout Ambassador IP: All About Birds (parts, seasonal), Building


� Partner for Linking Girls to the Land Patch opportunity (including Water Drop Patch)

� Museum’s own River Rats patch program

� Summer Camp opportunities

Hampel’s Magic Center

Girl Scout Daisy Magic Show

� It’s Magic Try-It – GSSI’s Council Own

� It’s Magic Badge – GSSI’s Council Own

� It’s Magic IP – GSSI’s Council Own

Magic House

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: Science In Action, Science Wonders

Girl Scout Junior badges: Science Discovery, Drawing & Painting

Michaels (Edwardsville location)

Girl Scout Junior: Cake decorating sessions

Phoenix Recycling Center:

Tours of facility and GSSI Recycling Patch

Pottery Hollow

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: a few requirements for the Hobbies Try-It

Girl Scout Junior badges: Ceramics & Clay

Girl Scout Cadette, Girl Scout Senior, & Girl Scout Ambassador IP: Artistic Crafts (parts)

Principia College Observatory Telescope

Girl Scout Brownie Try-It: Space Explorer

Girl Scout Junior badge: Aerospace

Girl Scout Cadette, Girl Scout Senior & Girl Scout Ambassador IP: Space Exploration

Rainbow Ranch, Inc Petting Zoo and Exotic Farm, Nashville, IL

� Seasonal events, group tours

Girl Scout Brownie Try Its: Animals, Watching Wildlife

Girl Scout Junior badge: Plants and Animals, Wildlife, Food, Fibers and Farming


Rockome Gardens

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: Animals, Make It, Eat It

Girl Scout Junior badges: Sweet Shoppe

Scuba World

� Will teach scuba to Girl Scouts age 12 years or older

St. Louis City Museum

Girl Scout Daisy: Popsicle Puppet, Everybody is Special, & Sound Sense themed programs

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: Art to Wear, Building Art, Puppets, Dolls & Plays,

Girl Scout Junior badges: Art to Wear, Ceramics & Clay, Folk Arts, Theatre

Girl Scout Cadette, Girl Scout Senior, & Girl Scout Ambassador IPs: Architecture and Environmental Design,

Paper Works, Photography, Visual Arts

St. Louis Science Center

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: My Body, Numbers & Shapes, Science in Action, Science Wonders, Senses, Space


Girl Scout Junior badges: Aerospace, Discovering Technology, Earth Connections, Environmental Health,

Making It Matter, Science Discovery, Science in Everyday Life, Visual Arts

Girl Scout Cadette, Girl Scout Senior, & Girl Scout Ambassador IP’s: Digging Through the Past, Eco-Action,

Museum Discovery, Plant Life, Space Exploration, Why in the World?

� Life Science Lab and Planetarium patch programs

Tin Man Recycling

Tours of facility and GSSI Recycling Patch

Touch of Nature Center, Carbondale IL

� High ropes course

� Wildlife, canoeing, teambuilding sessions – customized for your troop

Upper Limits Gym

Girl Scout Cadette, Girl Scout Senior, & Girl Scout Ambassador IP: High Adventure

Young Chefs Academy

Girl Scout Daisy: Themed cooking sessions: Cheesy Breadsticks, Favorite Cookies, & more

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: Make It, Eat It, Sweet Shoppe – Rolling Hills’ Council Own

Girl Scout Junior Badges: Let’s Get Cooking, Sweet Shoppe – Rolling Hills’ Council Own

Watershed Nature Center

� can work with smaller troops on environmental awards (including Water drop patch)

� Great resource for service projects, Girl Scout Silver and Girl Scout Gold Awards

World Aquarium

Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its: Animals, Water Everywhere

Girl Scout Junior badges: Earth Connections, Plants & Animals, Water Wonders, Wildlife

Girl Scout Cadette, Girl Scout Senior, & Girl Scout Ambassador IPs: From Sea to Shore, Studio 2B: Makin

Waves Focus Book





� Camping Opportunities on Council Properties

For more information, please contact:

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Corporate Service Center

#4 Ginger Creek Parkway, Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034

618-692-0692 • 800-345-6858

Camp Butterfly

11023 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Farmington, Missouri 63640

Camp Butterfly is 960 acres of woods and rocky bluffs. Known as the "Big Sky" place, its endless,

sprawling lands embrace two large spring-fed lakes: Rainbow Lake and Butterfly Lake. Enjoy a

variety of outdoor activities at Camp Butterfly, including swimming, canoeing, archery, paddleboating,

sailing, fishing, volleyball, basketball and hiking. Facilities include one MO-PAC caboose unit, one

cabin unit, one treehouse cabin unit, one platform tent unit, three tent pitching sites, one combination

caboose and platform tent unit, and a commissary with commercial kitchen. No winterized units in


Camp Cedar Point

1327 Camp Cedar Point Lane, Makanda Illinois, 62958

Camp Cedar Point is located in Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and serves as the summer

resident camp. The camp sits on 250 acres with a beach on Little Grassy Lake. Units include

primitive camping as well as camping in hogans, (roofed, wooden structures surrounded with

screening) and platform tents. Sunny Hall (the dining hall) is available for program activities. Bruce

Lodge and Sahara Lodge are available for overnight and program activities.

Camp ChanYaTa

9157 Klondike Road, Worden, Illinois 62097

This 165-acre site provides a place of many moods and different environments. It's large enough to

provide plenty of space to carry out a variety of programs simultaneously, yet small enough to invite

discovery into its variety and mystery. Special activities to enjoy at Camp ChanYaTa include

canoeing, archery, paddleboating, fishing, and hiking. Housing facilities include one winterized lodge

with commercial kitchen, bunkhouse with large showerhouse, two cabin units, one platform chalet unit

and two tent-pitching sites. (Lodge, cabin and platform chalet units are fully accessible.)


Camp Torqua

4725 Girl Scout Road, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

Camp Torqua is 72 acres of meadows, rolling hills, and woods located near Edwardsville, Illinois.

The winterized "Pumpkin Patch" program center and five cabins provide a friendly, comfortable, and

accessible setting for groups. Additional housing includes two winterized troop houses, one cabin

unit and one tent-pitching site.

Program activities include a fitness course, archery, hiking trails, pond exploration and a Team

Challenge Course consisting of a unique series of outdoor obstacles. Book sessions through the

Outdoor Program Manager.

Camp Wassatoga

15230 N. Blue Point Trail, Effingham, Illinois 62401

Camp Wassatoga is a cozy wooded camp is located on Lake Sara in Effingham, Illinois. At this

camp, platform tent and primitive tent units are available from April 1 st through October 31 st . The

lodge is available all year. Program activities include archery, hiking trails and canoeing and fishing

on Lake Sara.

Camp Whispering Oaks

2418 Shagbark Road, Salem, Illinois 62881

This program center/camp is situated on 33 acres of wooded land, meadow area, and waterfront

property offering primitive, tent, hogan, and lodge overnight facilities. The Lazaretti Lodge features a

walkout basement, deck, two fireplaces, two kitchens and two restrooms equipped with showers.

This property also features a recreation building and picnic shelters that are all equipped with


For information about camping on Non-Council properties, please consult the “Recreation &

Leisure” sections of this directory. Camping is also available in many of our State & National


Also, visit: to see a list of Illinois

campgrounds listed by region.


Attractions within Southern Illinois Council: Western Section


Alton Little Theater

2450 North Henry Street, Alton, Illinois 62002

The Alton Little Theater has been entertaining audiences with quality productions continuously since 1934.

This makes Alton Little Theater one of the oldest community theaters in the state of Illinois.

Alton Museum of History & Art

2809 College Avenue, Alton, Illinois 62002

618-462-2763; Call at least 2 weeks in advance for groups.

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm

Built in 1832, this museum has historical collections of the Alton area, rotating exhibits and the river display.

Some exhibits include: The Wadlow Room, the Black Pioneers, the Underground Railroad, the Confederate

Prison, Early Industries, the Early Railroads, the Piasa Bird Legend, Lost Alton, the Riverboat, the Civil War,

the Pioneer Room, the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the Wood River Massacre.

Bluff City Tours, Inc.

32002 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035


It’s Showtime: Groups may enjoy theatrical performances at St. Louis theaters such as Fox Theater, Stages,

or Westport Playhouse, or during the summer months, The Muny in Forest Park. Tour packages for Alton area

theatres are also available.

Bluff City Tours offers a variety of opportunities to explore our area, please see additional sections for other

tour packages, check out the website or call to create a custom experience.

The Masching Playhouse & 1,000 Miles Off Broadway Theater Group

300 Sinclair Avenue, South Roxana, Illinois 62087


Home to 1,000 Miles Off Broadway, a non-profit theater group which provides reasonably priced family

entertainment to the area while offering opportunities for local talent to gain experience and recognition.

Participation of children and youth is emphasized.


Miner's Institute

204 West Main Street, Collinsville, Illinois 62234


Tours by appointment only

The Miners Institute hosts dance recitals, live theatre, movies, concerts and many other events. It was built in

1918 as a labor temple for the local coal miners' unions. They can conduct historical or theatrical tours, or a

combination of both. Please call in advance to schedule a tour.

Pottery Hollow

23 Junction Drive, Suite B, Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034


208 Frank Scott Parkway E, #2, Swansea, Belleville, Illinois 62226


Pottery Hollow is a unique ceramic studio where girls can be creative and let their inner artist emerge!

Professional staff will teach the girls about the glazing process, demonstrate painting techniques, explain how

the kiln works, and of course, girls will get to paint their own project. Staff is willing to assist girls in earning Try-

Its, badges, and IP’s.


A-1 Limousines, Trolleys & Tours, Inc.

101 Whitelaw, Wood River, Illinois 62095


A-1 Limousines is great choice if you want to plan a tour, but do not have the time & energy to do it. They

have pre-designed tours or they can build a package to fit your group’s needs and budget. Call for more


Bluff City Tours, Inc.

32002 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035


Behind the Scenes: Tours are arranged various locations such as a TV station, radio station, the St. Louis

Post Office, the Federal Reserve, or even Busch Stadium just to name a few.

Fall Colors: View fall colors along the Great River Road. During October, the tour packages can include a trip

on Grampa Woo, a 125 passenger yacht that visits the Alton area annually.


Holiday Lights: featuring Christmas Wonderland at Rock Spring Park in Alton, the Way of Lights at Our Lady

of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, or Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park in St. Louis. Tours can also be

combined with seasonal music or theatre events.

Bluff City Tours offers a variety of opportunities to explore our area, please see additional sections for other

tour packages, check out the website or call to create a custom experience.

Fire Departments - Local

Many fire departments will let you tour their facility. Some even bring equipment to your meeting place for

demonstrations. Call your local fire department to find out the possibilities.

Gateway Geyser Fountain

Front Street & Trendley Avenue, East St. Louis, Illinois 62201

Hours: Daily at 12:00 pm and 1:00pm for 15 minutes each time

Currently the tallest fountain in the world, the Gateway Geyser, the geyser's height mirrors that of St. Louis'

famed Gateway Arch, located directly across the Mississippi River. The center fountain is complemented by

four auxiliary fountains, which represent the four rivers that converge in the St. Louis area.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Corporate Service Center

#4 Ginger Creek Parkway, Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034


Troop tours may be arranged for Girl Scout troops to earn the Girl Scouting in the USA badge and a portion of

the Girl Scouting Around the World badge. A Council shop and library are also on site. Arrangements need to

be made through the Program Registrar. Conference rooms are available for meetings.

Lewis & Clark Community College

5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035

618-468-3200; Contact Kent Scheffel for tours

Designed for Girl Scout Brownies to Girl Scout Ambassadors, tours are given with vocational and health

education in mind.


Metro East, Illinois & St. Louis, Missouri greater metropolitan area


Making over 20 stops starting at SWIC (Belleville) and ending at Lambert Airport (St. Louis), Metrolink is a

great way to view our area for a little cost. For maps, schedules, tickets, & passes, call in advance or check

the website for more information.

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

442 South De Mazenod Drive, Belleville, Illinois 62223

618-397-6700 or 800-682-2879


Enjoy the 200 acres of natural beauty whether you walk, drive, or take a guided trolley tour through the Shrine

grounds. Features include a visitor’s center, restaurant, motel, and gift shop. The Way of Lights Christmas

Display is composed of over one million lights (available during Christmas season evenings).

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

North Riverfront Park, South of Chain of Rocks Road, Madison, Illinois 62060

Crosses Mississippi River and connects Madison County Illinois & St. Louis County, Missouri

At one mile in length, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is one of the world’s longest pedestrian and bicycle

bridge. This bridge was built in 1927, the first to cross the Mississippi River and part of the famous Route 66.

The bridge offers a panoramic view of the St. Louis skyline and the Mississippi River.

St. Louis Regional Airport

8 Terminal Drive, East Alton, Illinois 62024


Tour of the grounds includes planes and fire equipment. Schedule tours at least two days in advance. Tours

are geared towards Girl Scout Daisy and Girl Scout Brownie Troops.

World’s Largest Catsup Bottle

800 South Morrison Ave & Route 159, Collinsville, Illinois 62234

Built in 1949 and saved from destruction and restored in 1995, this piece of mid 20th century pop-culture

Americana is a free, 24 hour drive-by roadside attraction south of Main Street on IL-159.


For more information about Illinois orchards, farms, and roadside markets please see the following websites: &

CaTay’s Critters Petting Farm

2931 Schrader Drive, Waterloo, Illinois 62298


This petting farm offers a variety of farm, native North American, and exotic animals for your petting and

viewing enjoyment. When making reservations, ask for Christine Green. If you are working on award

requirements, let Christine know and she will accommodate your needs. Will travel upon request, call ahead

for prices.


Eckert’s Farm Tours

901 South Green Mount Road, Belleville, Illinois 62220

20995 Eckert Orchard Road Grafton, Illinois 62037

2719 Eckert Orchard Lane Millstadt, Illinois 62260

618-233-0513 ext. 100

Tours include a tractor ride, educational talk, resource packet, and free admission to the “Fun Corral.” Tours

are designed to serve Girl Scout Daisies through Girl Scout Juniors. Tour topics include “Let’s Get Growing,”

“Country Experience,” “Amazing Insects,” “Classic Apple Picking,” “Classic Pumpkin Picking,” “Fun on the

Farm,” and “Tree-mendous.” Tour availability is based on season and location varies by tour choice.

Great Godfrey Maze

1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey, Illinois 62035


The Great Godfrey Maze is two maze trails cut into a 7 acre cornfield. Themes vary each year, and the site

hosts Fall and Halloween festivals with various exhibits and activities.

Henry White Experimental Farm

2031 Mascoutah Road, Belleville, Illinois 62220

618-233-5583 or 217-782-6297 for reservations, 2 weeks in advance

The Henry White Experimental Farm was donated to the Illinois Department of Agriculture in 1988. One can

see examples of prairie land, wetlands, reforestation and crop research. Tours include educational packets

filled with fun activities teaching about agriculture, ecology and wildlife, an observation trail of the wetlands,

prairie and woodlands and much more.

Field Day is first Saturday after Labor Day and is filled with activities including walking tours, educational

packets for all ages, stations and ecological points of interest.

J~H Bison Ranch

10802 Sunnyside School Road, Trenton, Illinois 62293


This family-run bison ranch offers tours that include a presentation, baby bison feeing, herd tours, and photos

with baby bison, llamas, and horses.

Mills Apple Farm

11477 Pocahontas Road, Marine, Illinois 62061


Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm; Call ahead for scheduling.

Located 3 ½ miles northeast of Marine, between Marine and Grantfork, this orchard owned by Jerry and

Shirley Mills offers peaches, apples, cider, hayrides and more.


R Pizza Farm

25873 State Highway Route 3, Dow, Illinois 62022


Open April - October. Guided tours available 7 days a week. 24 hour advanced reservation required.

R Pizza farm explains the agricultural experience behind the meal on the table.

Relleke Farms

1528 Sand Prairie Lane, Granite City, Illinois 62040


Open October 1- October 31: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The basic package includes: corn maze, jungle maze, straw pyramid, hayride, chance to feed the goats and

each person gets a small pumpkin. The upgrade includes everything in the basic plus a pony ride and face

painting. A variety of activities takes place on the weekends; call for more details.


Alton Museum of History & Art

2809 College Avenue, Alton, Illinois 62002

618-462-2763; Call at least 2 weeks in advance for groups.

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm

Built in 1832, this museum has historical collections of the Alton area, rotating exhibits and the river display.

Some exhibits include: The Wadlow Room, the Black Pioneers, the Underground Railroad, the Confederate

Prison, Early Industries, the Early Railroads, the Piasa Bird Legend, Lost Alton, the Riverboat, the Civil War,

the Pioneer Room, the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the Wood River Massacre.

Ancient Lifeways Institute

Michael Hollow Road, Michael, Illinois 62065


Designed to serve ages 8+, this is a replica of an Illinois matlodge village as described by Father Pere

Marquette on his journey in this area. Program includes a traditional Native American meal for lunch, traditional

games, songs, dancing, crafts, and storytelling.

The Beall Mansion

407 East 12th Street, Alton, Illinois 62002

1-866-THE-BEALL (1-866-843-2325) or local: 618-474-9100

Tours are by appointment only


The mansion is the former residence of Edmond Beall, Alderman, four-time Mayor of Alton, Senator, and

Industrialist. Special themed group tours with refreshments are also available. Call for group tour rates for

parties of 12 or more.

Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel

5800 Godfrey Street, (US Highway 67), Godfrey, Illinois 62035


Hours: Tours are by appointment only.

Built in 1854, the chapel is an authentic copy of typical New England church architecture and is on the National

Registry of Historical Places.

Berger-Kiel House

931 N Sixth St., Mascoutah, Illinois 62258


Hours: Call for reservations to visit the house.

The house is a log and frame home built around 1864 for a low income rural family. It was named to the

National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Bethalto Historical Museum

124 W. Main Street, Bethalto, Illinois 62010


Hours: Saturdays 1 pm-4 pm, or by appointment

The Museum contains exhibits on Bethalto’s past including the World Wars I and II. Other exhibits include the

founding of the town, the annual Homecoming Celebration and a recreated classroom. A renovated log cabin

stands next door as well.

Bluff City Tours, Inc.

32002 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035


The Backroads of America: Discover the unique history of our area small towns

Best of Bluff City – The Treasures of Historic Alton : A narrated tour of the many historic sites and beautifully

restored homes of Alton, Illinois

Lewis & Clark – A Day of Discovery : re-trace the story of one of the greatest expeditions of all time. Full and

multiple-day programs can also include visits to the city of Cahokia, the Holy Family Parish log church and the

home of Nicholas Jarrot, the man who owned the property where Camp Du Bois was built opposite the mouth

of the Missouri River and visits to Lewis & Clark sites in St. Charles and St. Louis.

Underground Railroad : Through the works of area historians, visiting groups will have the opportunity to

become better acquainted with such Underground Railroad legends.

Bluff City Tours offers a variety of opportunities to explore our area, please see additional sections for other

tour packages, check out the website or call to create a custom experience.


Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site & Museum

107 Elm Street, Cahokia, Illinois 62206


Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm; Closed on all major holidays. Call ahead for group visits

The original courthouse was built around 1740 and was a political center in the Old Northwest Territory.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

30 Ramsey Street, Collinsville, Illinois 62234


Hours: Grounds open daily 8 am to dusk. Interpretive Center is open Wed-Sun from 9 am -5 pm

The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric Native American civilizations north of Mexico are preserved

here. Interpretive trails are marked and special educational programs are available to groups. Groups must

have reservations and have adequate supervision. A gift shop and café are also on site.

Calhoun County Historical Society

Farm Bureau Building, Second Floor, 204 N. County Road, Hardin, Illinois 62047


Hours: Wednesday 9 am-3 pm

A small museum with many artifacts concerning Calhoun County's past.

Camp DuBois

NE Corner of intersection of Routes 3 and 143, Wood River, Illinois 62095


This replica of the winter camp that started Lewis & Clark’s famous expedition is the first site on the National

Lewis & Clark Historic Trail. Exhibits about the expedition and the history of Illinois are featured, and special

events are held throughout the year.

Center for American Archeology

PO Box 366, Kampsville, Illinois 62053


Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 12 pm -- 4 pm

Established in the 1950s, the CAA has been at the forefront of archeological training. Call in advance for

group tours. Activities are hands on and include prehistoric technology or environmental issues. Girl Scout

programs are available.

Church of the Holy Family

116 Church Street, Cahokia, Illinois 62206

618-337-4548 or 332-1783

Built in 1798, it is considered the oldest church west of the Alleghenies and is the oldest in Illinois.


Clinton County Historical Museum

1091 Franklin Street, Carlyle, Illinois 62231

618-594-3430; Groups by appointment only

Hours: Thursday: 10 am – 3 pm (except 1 st Thursday of month), Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm

The museum was once home to Sydney Breese, an Illinois Supreme Court Justice who settled in Illinois in

1818. The museum represents Clinton County, with items dating back to its founding in 1825.

Collinsville Historical Museum

406 West Main Street, Collinsville, Illinois 62234


Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11 am – 3 pm, Friday & Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm

Objects, writings, newspapers & journals, clothing, and memorabilia pertaining to the first settlers, founders,

and families of Collinsville and the surrounding region

Confederate Prison Site & Confederate & Cemetery Memorials

Alton, Illinois 62002

Site of the Alton Federal Prison

Near the intersection of Broadway and William, Alton, Illinois 62002

A State marker designates the remnants of a portion of a cellblock of the Alton Federal Prison as the site of the

First Illinois Prison, built in 1831.

Confederate Cemetery and Memorial

Rozier Street, Alton, Illinois 62002

Approximately 300 prisoners and Union soldiers who died of smallpox were buried on a nearby island (once

called Sunflower Island and currently under water) where they were quarantined. Those who were not buried

on the island were interred in a special plot in North Alton, known today as the Confederate Soldiers'


Confederate Memorial

Lincoln Shields Recreation Area, West Alton, Missouri 63386

A memorial containing the names of the Confederate prisoners who died of smallpox. The area is named after

a famous duel between Abraham Lincoln and a man named James Shields. The duel was called off after

Shields realized Lincoln possessed a clear advantage because of his stature.

Elijah P. Lovejoy monument

Fifth and Monument Streets, Alton, Illinois 62002


This monument, in the Alton City Cemetery, commemorates the death of abolitionist and editor Elijah P.

Lovejoy, who was America’s first martyr for freedom of the press. He was killed in 1937 trying to protect his

press from a pro-slavery mob.


The Emma Kunz House

602 Fulton Street, Belleville, Illinois 62220


Hours: Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend: 9 am – 4 pm, daily

Off-peak hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm; Tours available by appointment only

The pine floors, hardware and most of the woodwork are original to the house. In furnishing this house, it was

the aim of the Society to depict the simpler life-style of the early settlers of the 1830 period.

The Fulkerson Mansion & Farm Museum

1 Mile North of Jerseyville on Route 67, Jerseyville, Illinois 62052


Hours: By appointment

The Mansion is furnished with antiques and artifacts of the period with a special display of Colonel Fulkerson’s

personal Civil War items, Lafayette Baker’s Civil War artifacts and the Thomas Lincoln Anvil. The Farm

Museum contains many rare agricultural items and equipment.

Glen Carbon Historical Museum

124 School Street, Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034


Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm

Visitors to the museum will be treated to displays and memorabilia of early Glen Carbon that have been

donated by citizens of the Village. The museum has a series of books about local prehistory and history. Also

on display are artifacts from a Middle Woodland Village site and the Yanda Log Cabin.

Governor Coles Memorial

Valley View Cemetery, 1564 Lewis Road, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025


Edward Coles was the second governor of Illinois (1822-1826). A former slave-owner from Virginia, Coles

became an abolitionist and won the 1822 gubernatorial election as the candidate of the anti-slavery forces.

Grafton Historic District

118 E. Main Street, Grafton, Illinois 62037


Historic Grafton, built around 1836, lies just north of the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Many

homes and businesses are made of native limestone. There are antique, gift, candy, and specialty shops.

Haskell Playhouse

1211 Henry Street, Alton, Illinois 62002

This unique Queen Anne style playhouse was built in 1885 for five year old Lucy J. Haskell. It is believed

Lucy's grandfather, John E. Hayner, commissioned prominent local architect, Lucas J. Pfeiffenberger, to

design the playhouse.


Jarrot Mansion

Route 3 and Route 157, Cahokia, Illinois 62206


Construction was started in 1807, making it one of the earliest surviving masonry buildings in Illinois.

J. E. Robinson Tours

PO Box 364, Alton, Illinois 62002


Tours by appointment only, call a couple of days in advance

These tours, offered as driving, walking, and combination tours, participants are exposed to pre-Civil War

America along the Mississippi River. Featured in these tours are rarely-heralded abolitionists, Major Charles

Hunter, Priscilla Baltimore, Isaac Kelley, and Elijah Lovejoy. Alton’s Underground Railroad is also a major

theme. Places visited may also include Woods Station and Rocky Fork, rural communities outside Alton that

grew as enclaves for Blacks in the 1840's and 1850's.

Jersey County Historical Museum Cheney Mansion

601 N. State Street, Jerseyville, Illinois 62052


Hours: Thursday and Friday: 1 pm – 4 pm; Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Groups by appointment

The Jersey County Historical Museum is located at the Cheney Mansion site north of downtown Jerseyville.

Katherine Dunham Museum

1005 Pennsylvania Avenue, East St. Louis, Illinois 62201


Hours: Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Visit this museum which gathers art from Africa, South America, and the West Indies. The exhibits include

tapestry, paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, costumes, and apparel.

Koenig House

829 E. Fourth Street, Alton, Illinois


Hours: Tours are available and must be scheduled 10-days in advance

The house was designed by Lucas Pfeiffenberger, who became a well known architect in the St. Louis area.

The home’s first floor is furnished as living quarters for a typical family of the 1900's. These rooms are

available for rent to individuals for hosting teas or recitals.

Labor and Industry Museum

123 North Church Street, Belleville, Illinois 62220


Hours: Saturday: 10 am-4 pm or by appointment

The museum contains collections related to labor and industry in Belleville.


Lewis & Clark State Historic Site & Memorial

1 Lewis and Clark Way (off Illinois Route 3), Hartford, Illinois 62048


Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

This park and monument marks the presumed starting point of the Lewis & Clark expedition and provides the

only up-close view of the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Lincoln Douglas Square

Broadway and Landmarks

Broadway and Market Streets, Alton, Illinois 62002


Site of the 7th Congressional Debate in 1858. The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of formal political

debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in a campaign for one of Illinois' two United States

Senate seats.

Madison County Historical Museum

715 N. Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025


Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 1 pm-4 pm. Closed holidays.

The museum features displays of Native American and pioneer artifacts, plus a library of historic materials for

genealogical and other types of research. The museum is operated by the Madison County Historical Society.

Please call in advance to arrange tours.

The Martin-Boismenue House

2110 First Street, East Carondelet, Illinois 62206


Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am to 5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.

Closed on major holidays; Also by available by appointment

The house is believed to be build by Pierre Martin as early as 1790 in the “French Creole,” or vertical timber

architectural style.

McPike Mansion

2038 Alby Street, Alton, Illinois 62002

618-462-3348; Contacts George & Sharyn Luedke

Tours of the grounds are offered April - November on Sunday from 2 pm - 5 pm

The house was built in 1869 by architect Lucas Pfeiffenberger for its original owner, Henry Guest McPike, a

horticulturist who perfected the McPike Grape. It is currently renowned as a center of paranormal activity and is

on the National Register of Historic Places.


Mermaid House Hotel (Mermaid Inn)

114 E. St. Louis Street, Lebanon, Illinois 62254


Hours: Call for an appointment.

Built in 1830, this building is the oldest in the community. Historic guests include Charles Dickens.

Peterstown House

407 Washington Drive, Waterloo, Illinois 62298


The Peterstown House is a 150-year-old building refurbished and restored as a museum. It was a stage coach

stop on the Kaskaskia Trail. Peterstown was the name given to the northern portion of the town.

The Piasa Bird

on the bluffs of Alton, Illinois 62002

1 mile north of the Alton Visitors Center on the Great River Road

A modern recreation of the original Piasa Bird, a petroglyph (a prehistoric carving gouged into a rock surface).

According to legend, before the Europeans arrived in the Riverbend area, the Piasa (pronounced Pie-a-saw)

was a bird-like creature that terrorized local Native American tribes. Father Jacques Marquette recorded his

fearful impression of the rock paintings in his journal.

Robert P. Wadlow Gravesite

Upper Alton Cemetery, 1205 E. 5th Street, Alton, Illinois 62002

Burial place of Alton native Robert Wadlow , the World’s Tallest Man. He was born in Alton on February 22,

1918, a completely normal baby, 8 ½ pounds. At the time of his death in 1940, he was 8 feet and 11.1 inches

tall and weighed 439 pounds making him the world’s tallest person in history, according to the Guinness Book

of Records.

Sears House

219 W Spring Street, Marissa, Illinois 62257


Turn of the century Victorian house that was ordered through the Sears-Roebuck catalogue and assembled for

only several hundred dollars.

The St. Clair County Historical Society Museum Home

701 East Washington Street, Belleville, Illinois 62220

618- 234-0600

Hours: Weekdays 10 am-2 pm; Closed Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays.

Built in 1866, this home features many products of the City of Belleville. The children’s room with displays of

toys, dolls, & children’s furniture is of special interest. Rotating displays of clothing and miscellaneous items

are in an upstairs exhibit room. Tours are available upon reservation.


St. Peter’s Cathedral

200 W. Harrison Street, Belleville, Illinois 62220


Built in 1842, this is the mother church of the Belleville Diocese and the largest cathedral of any kind in Illinois,

including Chicago.

Shell History Museum

Route 111 & Madison Street, Roxana, Illinois 62087


Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 am-4 pm; Call in advance for group tours.

The Shell History Museum offers a visual history of the Shell Wood River refinery from its beginning in 1917 to

the present. With over 1,000 artifacts, early photographs, including vintage gasoline dispensers, glass motor oil

bottles, Shell product advertising, and other memorabilia, the museum tells the story of the achievements of

the Shell people and the impact of the refinery on neighboring communities.

Southwestern Farm & Home Museum

Shipman Community Park, Route 16, Shipman, Illinois 62685


Hours: Friday - Sunday from 1 pm-4 pm; Group Tours by appointment, call in advance.

This is a living memorial to the unsung farmers who have helped shape our country. It presents historical and

educational adventure to visitors interested in farming of today and yesterday.

Village of Elsah & Museum

26 La Salle Street, Elsah, Illinois 62028


The entire town was placed on placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Because of

narrowness of streets & bridges, buses are discouraged. Enjoy the gift shops and restaurants. The Village of

Elsah Museum covers the history of the town from its founding in 1853. Visitors will find exhibits covering the

architectural styles found throughout the town, Principia College, nearby New Piasa and Chautauqua, tools

and other implements used by past residents.

Wood River Museum and Visitors Center

40 W. Ferguson Avenue, Wood River, Illinois 62095

618-254-1993, For group bookings, call: 618-254-7442

Hours: Thursday & Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Closed during January.

The Wood River Museum & Visitor’s Center allows visitors to explore the town’s varied past. A Memorial

Garden and Courtyard adjacent to the museum features plants native to Illinois. Exhibits highlight the early

days of the town including the impact of Standard Oil, the wild days of Benbow City, and life during the various

eras. Lewis and Clark are prominent figures and visitors can view a video of their journey and see a model of

Camp DuBois.


World’s Tallest Man Statue

College Avenue, across from the Alton Museum of History and Art, Alton, Illinois 62002

The statue is a life-sized memorial of Robert Pershing Wadlow, the World’s Tallest Man.

Yanda Log Cabin

Main Street, Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034

A recently renovated 19th century log cabin from the "Land of Goshen" era. Applications to use the site for

events should be requested from the Glen Carbon Public Works Department at Village Hall, 151 N. Main

Street, Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034.


State & National Parks & Wildlife Areas:

For more information about state parks, check out the following web links for more information: &

Frank Holten State Park

4500 Pocket Road, East St. Louis, Illinois 62205


Frank Holten State Park is an oasis for recreationalists and wildlife watchers. The 1,180-acre park features a

championship 18-hole golf course and the Grand Marias Club House. There are also two fishing lakes,

basketball and tennis courts, a soccer/football field, and baseball diamonds.

Horseshoe Lake State Park

3321 Highway 111, Granite City, Illinois 62040


Horseshoe Lake State Park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities on 2,960 acres. It also is an

excellent place for bird watching. A four mile self-guided nature trail on Walker Island has 5 watch areas for

birding at the different habitats that can be found on the island.

Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Area

Calhoun, Jersey and Madison Counties, Illinois

For map, see:


Piasa Island/Eagle’s Nest Island: the only free public boat access between Alton & Godfrey

Stump Lake: made up of 6 different bodies of water.


Glades/12 Mile Island: The Glades has over 1198 acres of woodland and over 300 acres of water

Godar-Diamond Complex: The complex consists of Diamond and Hurricane Islands, Michael Bottoms and the

Godar Refuge

Fuller Lake: home to shorebirds and in the winter Bald Eagles can be seen as they fish in the Illinois River.

Batchtown: A large variety of birds can be spotted on the 2436 acres of land during the spring and fall.

Calhoun Point: The point consisting of 2215 acres lies next to the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge of the

Mark Twain Federal Refuge and is home to the endangered salt meadow grass.

Red’s Landing: This area contains a large heron rookery and a Bald Eagle’s nest.

Rip Rap Landing: Natural life enthusiast can see an example of the once abundant bottomland hardwood

forest community along the river. This area also has become home to a population of river otters.

Pere Marquette State Park

Route 100, Grafton, Illinois 62037


Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm, daily

The largest state park in Illinois with 8,050 acres, the park offers spectacular views of the Illinois and

Mississippi Rivers. Activities include eagle watching, horseback riding, hiking, trails, picnicking, group tent

camping, and more. The new visitor’s center offers displays about the area’s environment and history.

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge

4.5 miles west of the Brussels Ferry in Calhoun County on County Road 1


The Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (part of the Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge) was established in

1958 and consists of 8,498 acres. The Refuge lies near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

more than 200 species of birds funnel through this area on the fall migration, including 5,000,000 ducks and

50,000 geese. Over 1,000 bald eagles winter here.

Other Nature & Wildlife Opportunities:

Bald Eagle Watching

various locations in Calhoun, Jersey, & Madison Counties

See map: www.

A great way to spend a day exploring the countryside. There are approximately 2,000 eagles that migrate to

the Middle Mississippi River Valley, making the region's wintering population the second largest in the

continental United States The eagles will start arriving in small numbers in December and will start to leave in

late February or March depending on weather conditions in Canada and the Great Lakes region. The largest

numbers will be in the area during January and February.


Bluff City Tours, Inc.

32002 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035


Butterfly House: A combined visit to Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House located in Faust County Park in

Chesterfield, Missouri and Shaw Arboretum is perfect for nature lovers.

Eagle Tours: a day-long adventure of eagle and wildlife spotting along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

Nature Lovers: Visit Olin Nature Preserve for a demonstration presented by The Nature Institute. Tour goers

may also view seasonal birds upon the 1200 acres of the Riverlands National Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bluff City Tours offers a variety of opportunities to explore our area, please see additional sections for other

tour packages, check out the website or call to create a custom experience.

Discovery Garden

2421 W. Delmar, Godfrey, Illinois 62035


The Discovery Garden is a one acre children’s organic community garden at La Vista Park in Godfrey, Illinois.

The fostering of an appreciation of nature will increase children’s Earth Literacy. The Garden provides an

alternative, creative outdoor activity for children encouraging organic gardening and provides hands on

gardening sessions. Call to set up a tour or learning session.

McCully Heritage Project

Route 100, Kampsville, Illinois 62053


Hours: dawn – dusk, daily

McCully Heritage Project is natural area consisting of 940 acres of prairie, wetlands, agricultural land and

woodlands. Features include a nineteenth-century log cabin, over 12 miles of trails, and a fishing pond. All

visitors are required to register at the kiosk by the parking lot before accessing the site. Groups should call in

advance to make arrangements before their visit.

Metro East Humane Society

8495 State Route 143, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025


The Metro East Humane Society currently serves southwestern Illinois with an adoption program for homeless

animals and an animal abuse/neglect investigation service. The Humane Society is always looking for

individuals to volunteer. MEHS hosts several events throughout the year; see the website for details.


The Nature Institute

The John M. Olin Nature Preserve, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey, Illinois 62035


Closed November 15 - March 15

Although Illinois is known as the "Prairie State," less than 0.01% of Illinois' original 21million acres of prairie

remains. Many species of prairie plants and animals have either disappeared or are in rapid decline due to

loss of habitat. Programs offered vary by season.

Treehouse Wildlife Center

1825 Fosterburg Road, Brighton, Illinois 62012


Injured wild animals get treated at this facility and then released back into the wild. Reservations must be

made at least one month in advance.

Watershed Nature Center

P.O. Box 843, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

618-692-7578; Leave a message to schedule a tour of this facility or to get more information.

Hours: Trails are open from dawn to dusk; Call for Welcoming Center availability. .

The Center is devoted to the preservation and restoration of wetland, tall grass prairie, and upland forest

habitat native in Madison County. Visitors may walk on the 3,000 foot accessible pathway at lake level or hike

on wood-chipped trails through forested areas. An elevated walkway spans the wetland areas. The center

offers a variety of activities to Girl Scouts, including Earth Day & Gold Award projects.

Willoughby Heritage Farm & Conservation Reserve

Located off of Summit Road, in Collinsville, Illinois 62234


Hours: Wednesday and Sunday

Because of the co-existent nature of the farm and natural area, this project has the opportunity to educate the

public about the family farm of the 1920’s to the 1950’s as well as the region’s plant and animal life and

geological history. Call for more information.


Parks & Playgrounds:

For more information about city and county parks and playgrounds, please contact local Parks &

Recreation Departments or check out city websites.


Glidden Park

Branch Street and Lebanon Road, Collinsville, Illinois 62234


Hours: dawn – dusk, daily

Glidden Park occupies 30 acres at Branch and Lebanon Streets. A new in-line hockey rink, two lighted and

three daytime tennis courts, a soccer field, and a basketball court provide sports fun. A walking track,

playground equipment and a picnic pavilion complete the scene.

Gordon Moore Park

Route 140 (College Avenue), Alton, Illinois 62002


Hours: daylight to dusk or end of scheduled activities

Highlights in the park include a first class golf course, a rose garden, an oriental garden, a native prairie

grassland area, a 13 acre lake for fishing, a tennis center, a freedom shrine and a monument to all the

volunteers that helped create the park. In addition there are soccer, softball and baseball fields, picnic shelters

and playgrounds.

Moody Park and Recreation Station Playground

Longacre Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208


Better known as “Longacre Park,” this park has 90 acres, 1 ½ miles of walking trails, 16,00-square foot

recreation station playground, 3 lighted tennis courts, 3 lighted volleyball courts, 2 baseball diamonds, a

softball diamond, and 4 pavilions.

Recreation & Leisure

AAA Auto Club

2629 N. Illinois (Route 159), Swansea, Illinois 62226


Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am -- 5pm, Saturday 9 am -- 1 pm

Located on Route 159, approximately 3 miles from the intersection of Route 64 and Route 159. Contact Angie

for available tour. If you are working on badge work requirements about travel, let Angie know the

requirements you need to cover.

American Discovery Trail

St. Clair County to Jackson County, Illinois

Part of a 6,800 mile, 15-state trail that runs coast-to-coast through America. Known as the Metro-East Levee

Trail, this portion of the ADT follows a combination of back roads and maintenance roads on the top of the

levees along the Mississippi River and runs into Missouri over the Eads Bridge.



6601 North Illinois, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208


6601 Edwardsville Crossing Dr. Edwardsville, Illinois 62025


Hours: Call ahead for reservations. Reservations should be about 1 month in advance

Programs are specialized to your needs. You pick a topic and staff will work with you to provide a story and

craft. Tours of the store are also available. The best days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays for groups to make


Build-A-Bear Workshop

288 Saint Clair Square, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208


Visit 7 stations to make your very own stuffed animal or doll. Clothes and accessories are available at an

additional charge.

Girl Scout parties are available where girls can earn a free patch. To schedule a Girl Scout Party, call 877-

789-2327. Dates fill up quickly, so they recommend you to reserve your party early, at least two months in

advance if possible. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance, call for details.

Centerfield Park

5620 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208


Centerfield Park is a park of many things. Attractions include: Miniature golf, bumper boats, pedal boats,

batting cages, slik track, Kidz Kartz, Nas Karts and a video arcade. The park also offers group outings,

birthday parties and picnics. Call to schedule your next event.

Chocolates n Amour

1719 Troy Road, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

618-656-NUTT (6888)

Home of Edwardsville’s favorite dipped pretzel. Not in the mood for chocolate? Australian licorice, Jelly Belly,

and old fashioned candies delight the hearts of young and old. Please call to make arrangements.

Cold Stone Creamery

Two locations in the Metro East: Edwardsville 681-655-1480, and Shiloh 618-622-0044

Come to the creamery for a blast learning about the ice cream business. Girls will tour the facility and make

their own ice cream concoction on the cold stone! Call the store for more information or to set up your tour


Crystal & Spice Shoppe

318 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois 62220

618-234-5648; Contact Gloria Smith

Hours: Wednesday & Friday: 11 am – 6 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

The largest Metro East coffee, tea, and spice shop! Classes and tours can accommodate up to 20 girls with

leaders. Potpourri classes are available when you contact at least one month in advance. Staff will come to

your meeting place to perform demonstrations upon request.

East Alton Ice Arena

631 Lewis and Clark Boulevard, East Alton, Illinois 62024


The arena offers public skate sessions, hockey games and figure skating. The ice arena is great for groups.

Skate times vary, call for further information. Tours are available to learn about the maintenance and upkeep

of the ice area. Appointments need to be made at least one week in advance.

The Edge

701 South Belt West, Belleville, Illinois 62220


Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 4 pm -- 9 pm, Friday: 4 pm – 12:00 am; Saturday: 11 am – 12 am,

Sunday: 12 pm --9 pm

The Edge is a fun place for everyone to go. They offer a variety of activities. Some include: a rock wall, laser

tag, video arcade, and miniature golf. They offer group rates and party packages.

Gateway Fun Park

8 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, Illinois 62234


Hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday: 11am-9pm, Friday: 11am-11pm, Saturday: 10am-11pm

The facility offers a variety of activities to choose from. These include: mini-golf, arcade, bumper boats, go

karts (remember to check Safety-Wise for Go Karting Standards).

Gateway International Raceway

700 Railway Boulevard, Madison, Illinois 62060

618-482-2400 or 866- 35-SPEED for tickets

A visit includes comfortable seat backs to enjoy high-speed racing. Dates and times of races vary, call for

ticket and date information. Local races are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and weekends.

GCS Ballpark & Gateway Grizzlies Baseball

2301 Grizzlie Bear Boulevard, Sauget, Illinois 62206



GCS Ballpark is home of the Gateway Grizzlies Frontier League baseball team. The 5,000 seat stadium has

reserved box seats, lawn seats, and party suites. The stadium also plays host to other high school, college,

and other regional sporting events. Catch a game or come take a tour of the stadium. For tour information,

please call 618-337-3000 for more information.

Hampel’s Magic Center

119 West St. Louis Street, Lebanon Illinois 62253


Hampels Magic Center is offering “It’s Magic” session to Girl Scouts. Girls will enjoy a tour of the Magic Center,

learn about the history of magic and participate and perform magic tricks geared for their age level.

Hurst's 3rd Generation Family Fun Park

1444 West Main Street (The Great River Road/Scenic Byway), Grafton, Illinois 62037


Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7 am -- 9 pm, Friday -- Saturday: 24 hours

We are a true family destination with an outstanding and challenging miniature golf course, and a traditional

drive-in or dine-in restaurant with home-style cooking and lots of ice cream and desserts.

Little Gym of Edwardsville

1015 Century Drive, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025


For over 25 years, The Little Gym® has provided that foundation in our non-competitive motor skill

development programs, such as gymnastics, sports skills and karate, all taught in a fun, safe and nurturing


Papa Johns

various locations

Take the troop for a tour and make your own pizza. Your troop gets to toss the dough and will get a Junior

Pizza Maker Certificate. Pizzas can be eaten there or taken with you. Call and make your group reservation 2

weeks in advance.

Raging Rivers Water Park

100 Palisades Parkway, Grafton, Illinois 62037


Open Memorial Day – Labor Day

Located 14 miles northwest of Alton on the Great River Road, this twenty-acre water theme park has 2 water

slides, a lazy river, wave pool, kiddie pool and play area, swirl pool, café and gift shop. All children eight years

of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Red Lobster

110 Ludwig Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208

618-397-9251; Make reservations with manager on duty

Tours: Monday – Thursday: 9 am-10:30 am; No weekends

Prefer 15 girls maximum. Participants may enjoy an optional meal. Tours may be available at other Red

Lobster locations, times and days may vary.

Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail

Madison and Jersey Counties, Illinois

The bike trail parallels the Great River Road.

Attractions along the Trail: Piasa Bird, Clifton Terrace Park, Piasa Creek, Limestone Bluffs, Elsah, New Piasa

Chautauqua, Grafton Visitors Center, Grafton, Marquette monument, Brussels Free Ferry, Two Rivers National

Wildlife Refuge and Pere Marquette State Park.

Check out the Great River Road website for maps and more information:

Splash City Family Water Park

1997 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, Illinois 62234


Open Memorial Day – Labor Day

Featuring water slides, lazy river, sand volleyball court, zero depth-entry pool, kids spray area, grass tanning

areas, and wet sand play area. Some activities may not be suited for all age levels, call for details. Open after

Memorial Day through early September. Pavilion rentals, private parties, and group rates are available for

25+. Call to confirm current hours of operation and ticket prices.

Team Challenge Course

Camp Torqua, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025


An exciting creation of wooden structures, beams, and cables constructed to provide a series of mental and

physical challenges for all. The combination of games, initiatives and problem solving activities on and off the

course are used to develop skills such as teamwork, trust, problem solving, communication, and self concept.

Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. Contact the Outdoor Program Manager at the

Service Center for more details.

U.S. Ice Sports Complex L.C.

125 South Ruby Lane, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208


Hours for open skate session vary, please call for more information. Closed on holidays

The facility offers two rinks, a game room and concession stands. Tours are available to learn about the

maintenance and upkeep of the ice arena. Appointments need to be made for tours. Call the arena for further



West Alton Bike Trail

West Alton, Missouri 63386

The West Alton Trail provides a scenic, key link between Missouri’s KATY Trail and Illinois trails such as the

Samuel Vadalabene/Great River Road Bike Trail and the proposed Confluence Levee Trail along the

Mississippi River.

Young Chefs Academy:

1929 W. Highway 50, O’Fallon, Illinois 62269


Young Chefs Academy is a unique cooking school for children ages 3-18. Young Chefs Academy teaches

children the skill and joy of cooking in a fun, educational and safe environment.


Air Products

2200 Monroe, Granite City, Illinois 62040

618-452-5335; Contact Mark Sawaska

Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am -- 5 pm for up to 20 girls plus adult leaders.

Aimed at Girl Scout Juniors – Girl Scout Ambassadors, this program explains the process of oxygen turning

into liquid and demonstrates the properties of nitrogen.

Air & Space Museum:

Curtiss Steinberg Road, Cahokia, Illinois 62206


Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm; Group tours can be arranged for other times.

The museum features preservation and display of historic air and space craft and artifacts. Educational

programs are offered to foster the spirit of flight in today’s youth and in future generations.

American Red Cross

Southwestern Illinois Chapter

1639 Main Street, Alton, Illinois 62002


The American Red Cross offers a variety of youth classes to take. They offer First Aid/CPR, babysitters

training, Basic Aid Training (BAT) for ages 8-10, First Aid for Children Today (FACT) for ages 5-8, Longfellow’s

Whale Tales, ACT Smart, HIV/AIDS Education, Preventing Disease Transmission, and Scrubby Bear. To find


out when the classes are offered or what the classes are about check out the website or contact the Red Cross

at the number above.

Bluff City Tours, Inc.

32002 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035


Navigational Exploration: A guided tour of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam #26R that offers a firsthand

experience of the stunning design and operation of the structure.

Bluff City Tours offers a variety of opportunities to explore our area, please see additional sections for other

tour packages, check out the website or call to create a custom experience.

Children’s Museum of Edwardsville

722 Holyoake Road, PO Box 194, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025


Hours: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday: 10 am-3:30 pm; See website for open Mondays

The Children’s Museum is working to serve the needs and interests of children by providing exhibits and

programs that stimulate curiosity and motivate learning.

The Clark Bridge

Connecting Alton, Illinois with West Alton, Missouri 63386


This is the bridge featured on the Council’s Own “Building Bridges” Award! The Clark Bridge links Highways

367 and 67 in Missouri to Alton, Illinois. It replaced the old Clark Bridge that served the area from 1928 to

1994. The bridge spans 4,260 feet across the Mississippi River, and was featured in the PBS NOVA special,

“Super Bridge.” Copies of this video are available at many local schools and libraries, and a companion

website with hands-on activity guides is available at

Heintz Orthodontics

2828 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, Illinois 62202


Dr. Heintz and his staff would like to invite troops to a Total Orthodontic Experience. Come in for an exciting

office tour and receive a free oral Hygiene Kit. A variety of activities will build knowledge and understanding of

the world of braces. Some activities include: Digital imaging, Image morphing, good oral hygiene

demonstration with hygiene tablets, tooth impressions and bracket placement.


Melvin Price Locks & Dam & National Great Rivers Museum

#1 Lock & Dam Way, East Alton, Illinois 62024


Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, daily

Tours are scheduled for 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Reservations are not needed for public tours,

however they are required for groups of 10 more. Call 1-800-258-6645 to schedule your group.

Melvin Price Locks & Dam

One guide will accompany each group of 25 for tours. Groups must provide at least one adult for every 10

youths. When attending a lock & dam tour, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Tours will be

canceled due to extreme weather, but attempts will be made to reschedule. For safety reasons, tours are

restricted to those 13 years of age and older.

National Great Rivers Museum

The natural ecosystem of the Mississippi River and how humans interact with it is one of the major themes of

the museum. Displays include: a model of the bluffs and an aquarium, both showing the different life along

and in the Mississippi River. The mechanics of the river and how soil is made, erosion and how working

models of the river help scientists make decisions affecting the river are explained.


Attractions within Southern Illinois Council: Eastern Section


Altamont Living Museum

102 S. Main Street Altamont, Illinois 62411


Originally built as a church in the late 1800’s, the museum offers many forms of entertainment, including award

winning performers, plays performed by the local theater troupe A.C.T. and Altamont high school students,

country/bluegrass variety shows on Tuesday night.

Charleston Alley Theatre

718 Monroe Avenue, Charleston, Illinois 61920


This theatre is a small, regional, critically acclaimed independent theatre dedicated to producing exciting,

challenging shows not typically done in other venues. They also feature original works by new and local


Heart Theatre

133 E. Jefferson, Effingham, Illinois 62401


A landmark in Effingham since the 1930’s, this is one of the few art deco-style theatres still in use. It shows art

films and mainstream films.

Little Theatre on the Square

16 E. Harrison Street, Sullivan, Illinois 61951

217-728-7375 or 888-261-9675

Opened in 1057, the theatre features musicals, plays and popular children’s theater productions from June to

August. Occasional performances are offered in other seasons.

Murals around the Square

Downtown Square, Charleston, Illinois 61920


The murals around the square depict the rich cultural heritage of Charleston.


Rosebud Theatre

1325 Outer Belt West, Effingham, Illinois 62401


The Rosebud Theatre offers a variety of entertainment opportunities, from performance art to music to

comedy, and more! The theatre will host tours and assist with appropriate Girl Scout Junior badges and Girl

Scout Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador IPs.

Sculptures on the Avenue

Downtown Effingham, Illinois 62401

The exhibit is on display along the two main avenues of downtown Effingham. The Effingham Community

Committee for the Arts (ECCA) chooses pieces that would catch the imagination and appeal to various tastes

within the community. The fun, whimsical pieces are placed to be accessible, to be touched and to be viewed

from all angles. Special Note: A Sculpture on the Avenue patch is available from Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

for this attraction.

Tarble Arts Center

600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, Illinois 61920


As a major cultural resource serving East Central Illinois, the center host visual arts exhibitions, lectures,

concerts, and readings. The purpose of the center is to “take the arts to the people.” Workshops and tours are

available, please call in advance.

Wilhelmina Art Gallery

400 N. Main, Effingham, Illinois 62401


This sunken garden gallery features oils and limited editions of Wilma Woidt Krueger. National winners and

others portray celebrities, wildlife, landscapes and history in photo realism and impressionism. The gallery is

open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. by chance or appointment.

Will Rogers Theatre

705 Monroe Avenue, Charleston, Illinois 61920


This Disco style movie theatre features current films in a comfortable, fun atmosphere.



Amish Interpretive Center

111 S Locust Street Arcola, Illinois 61910

217-268-3599 or 888-452-6474

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-5; Limited winter hours

The first museum in Illinois dedicated to the Amish culture. The center provides information about the Amish

community. Visitors can view exhibits of both contemporary objects and historical artifacts. They can also view

the inside of a typical Amish home. Exhibits rotate throughout the year.

The Cross

Interstates 57 & 70, South of Effingham, Illinois 62401

The Cross, a 198 foot tall symbol of love and hope, is intended to serve as a beacon of hope to the 50,000

travelers estimated to pass the site each day. A visitor center is located at the base.

Fire Departments - Local

Many fire departments will let you tour their facility. Some even bring equipment to your meeting place for

demonstrations. Call your local fire department to find out the possibilities.

Museum of Christian Heritage & National Christian Hall of Recognition

Walnut & Washington Street, Oakland, Illinois 61943

The museum preserves the historical and current memorabilia of local area churches.


For more information about Illinois orchards, farms, and roadside markets please see the following websites: &

County Bumpkin Pumpkin Patch

5556 E. 150th Road, Kansas, Illinois 61933

Operating Season: 217-946-4279; Off-Season: 217-948-0401

Hours: Open September-October, Call or check website for more details

This pumpkin patch is a 40-acre park featuring country fun for all ages. Attractions include “Mind-Stumpin’

Mazes,” “Hillbilly Golf,” wagon rides, carnival games, live music days and more.

The Great Pumpkin Patch

RR 1 Arthur, Illinois 61911 (Located southwest of town)



Visit the farm that has been featured nationally on television and in magazines! See over 400 varieties of

pumpkins, edible squash, and gourds on 63 acres. We also offer Indian corn, Garden Mums, Corn Stalks and

straw bales. Mazes, a sweet shop, concessions, and much more add to this celebration of autumn!

Pumpkin Works

21788 E. Terre Haute Road, Paris, Illinois 61944


“The place you can spend the day and not do anything twice!” Enjoy the Indian Corn Festival, Halloween

activities, general store, hayrides, and country buggy rides. Try out the 8 adult challenging and 3 child corn

mazes, including mazes that are accessible.


Ben Winter Museum

1815 E. 900 th Avenue, Altamont, Illinois 61910


The museum features 10 full scale steam engines, five scale model steam engines, 12 stationary engines and

two linotype machines. Also on exhibit is a 4,600 pencil collection begun in 1938.

Burl Ives Gravesite

Mound Cemetery, Route 33, Jasper County (near Yale, Illinois)

Burl Ives, known as America’s Great Ballard Singer, was one of America’s best-loved entertainers. His final

resting place is located in mound Cemetery.

Clark County Museum

402 South Fourth Street, Marshall, Illinois 62441


Hours: Sunday: 2 pm – 4 pm

Explore local history in this interesting display of artifacts.

Coles County Historical Society

1320 and 1316 Lafayette Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois 61938


The Historical Society provides events and activities, collecting, preserving and interpreting materials which

support Coles County history and its relationship to our nation and the world.


Covered Bridges

NE on Rt. 33, Cowden, Illinois 62422

This pre-Civil War bridge was built over the Kaskaskia River near Cowden.

E. Rt. 40, Greenup, Illinois 62428

The Embarras River near Greenup was the site of a covered bridge built by Abe and Thomas Lincoln. The

bridge is visible off the North side of I-70, accessible from Greenup or on Rt. 40 or I-70 East.

Crawford County Historical Museum

408 S Cross St., Robinson, Illinois 62454

618-544-3087or 618-544-7615

Hours: Saturday & Sunday 2:00-4:00 or by appointment

The museum displays and chronicles the history of Crawford County with exhibits of archaeological items,

historical artifacts and James Jones memorabilia.

Cumberland County Historical & Genealogical Society

213 W Cumberland Street, Greenup, Illinois 62428


Located in the 300-year-old Johnson building. This facility offers many exhibits, artifacts, and upstairs is a

Victorian parlor and dental office. Next door to this building is a historic train depot.

David Fife Opera House

123 S. Main Street, Palestine, Illinois 62451


This 1898 landmark, a nostalgic piece of architecture, is host to unique events throughout the year. Local

historical artifacts and memorabilia are displayed inside.

Dr. Charles M. Wright House

N. Main and Jackson Streets, Altamont, Illinois 62411


Hours: Tours available by appointment

This Renaissance Revival brick house was build by Dr. Wright in 1889 and is listed on the National Register of

Historic Places. Private tours are available upon appointment, contact 618-483-6397. The House is host to

many seasonal events, please check the website for more information.

Dudley House Museum

895 Seventh Street, Charleston, Illinois 61920



Built around 1892, the Dudley house is one of very few Queen Anne style residences that still exist in Illinois. In

1992, the house was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It is used as a museum and culture

center by the Historical Society.

Effingham County Courthouse and Lord Effingham Marker

Jefferson and Fourth Streets, Downtown, Effingham, Illinois 62401

Built in 1871, the Courthouse reflects 19 th century architecture and is one of few that have not been altered

externally. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds feature a monument to the

county’s namesake, Lord Effingham, who would not fight against the colonists in the American Revolution.

Embarras River Bridge

Wade Township Road 164, Newton, Illinois 62448


Also known as the Old Mill Bridge, this is one of the longest bridges of its type left in the United States. Built in

1890, the bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Edgar County Museum

408 North Main Street, Paris, Illinois 61944


Hours: Wednesday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm; Sunday tours may be available by appointment

Closed during January and on major holidays.

A Victorian home furnished in turn-of-the-century style displays fascinating local history.

The Edwards County Historical Society Museum

25 N. Fifth Street, Albion, Illinois 62806


Hours: Thursday evenings or by appointment.

An 1850’s home that was the birthplace of Louis Lincoln Emmerson, Governor of Illinois from 1929 -1933.

Five Mile House

Rte. 130 7 Westfield Road, Charleston, Illinois 61920


A former inn that was built in 1836, Five Mile House is the oldest standing building in Coles County.

Greenwood School Museum

Eastern Illinois University campus, 800 Hayes Avenue, Charleston, Illinois 61920


Hours: Appointment Only; Tours available

The Greenwood School Museum is a restored one room school originally located in Eastern Coles County. In

1975, the Coles County Historical Society moved the building to the EIU campus. Various educational and

historical displays allow it to keep its original character. Periodic events are also available at the school.


Historic Churches

St. Anthony of Padua

417 N. Third Street, Effingham, Illinois 62401


St. Francis of Assisi

203 E. Main Street, Teutopolis, Illinois


Built in the 1850’s, these churches feature unique architecture, ornate fixtures, and original stained glass.

Historic Landmarks Compound

27030 E. County Road & 1040 N. Ashmore, Illinois 61912


On the compound is the doctor’s office, Old Railroad Depot, Community Meeting House, Mail Pouch Barn and

antique machinery.

Hutson Memorial Village

Outer S Rose Street, Hutsonville, Illinois 62433


Hours: Sunday: 2 pm -- 4 pm, June to September

Each cabin in this village portrays a different function of life in the 1800’s. The buildings are filled with

memorabilia, tools, clothing, photographs and a collection of workday necessities.

Illinois Central Railroad Caboose

Main and Harrison, Palestine, Illinois 62451


This bright red 1950’s caboose, purchased, restored and back on track, is a reminder of Palestine’s rich history

with the ICRR.

Illinois Central Railroad Markers

Illinois Rt. 37, NE Edge of Mason, Illinois 62443

The markers commemorate the completion of the Illinois Central Railroad from Chicago to New Orleans.

Illinois Oil Field Museum

Oblong Park, Oblong, Illinois 62449

618-592-3122 or 618-592-4355

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - Sunday from 1-5 pm or by appointment.

Winter hours by appointment.

Two buildings filled with tools, books and literature, working models, photographs and oil field equipment

dating from the early 1900s tells the story of the boom days of oil discovery in Crawford County. This is one of

only 7 oil field museums in the nation.


Jasper County Museum

100 S Van Buren, Newton, Illinois 62448


The Jasper County Museum is filled with exhibits chronicling the history of the county. Special displays

highlight actor Burl Ives and author Irene Hunt, famous Jasper County natives.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum

416 W. Madison Avenue, Charleston, Illinois 61920


Hours: Monday-Sunday 9 am – 4 pm, including holidays

The Lincoln-Douglas Debate museum is a designated “Looking for Lincoln” historical site. This computeroperated

museum has exhibits about the 1858 debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

400 S. Lincoln Highway Road, Lerna, Illinois 62440


The Lincoln Log Cabin site was the 1840’s home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of

Abraham Lincoln. Developed around the cabin, is a working living history farm that is dedicated to giving

visitor’s an understanding of rural life in the 1840’s. Educational programs are also available.

Lincoln School Museum

7400 E 1500 th Road, Harry Glynn Drive, Martinsville, Illinois 62442

217-382-6666 or 382-4765

Hours: Sundays 2 pm – 4 pm, June through August

Originally built in 1843, the present brick structure was built at this site in 1888. The school is open to groups

for an interpretation of early pioneer days.

MY Garage R & D Center/Corvette Museum

17082 W. US Highway 45, Effingham, Illinois 62401


Set in a 1950’s backdrop, this museum displays a collection of classic Corvettes and Corvette memorabilia.

Native American mounds

Riverton & Swan Island Sites

Near Palestine, Illinois 62451

Stoner Site

Near Robinson, Illinois 62454

Rising 50 feet above the prairie, these mounds are visual evidence of the area’s early inhabitants.


Pioneer City Heritage Trail & Tours

Palestine, Illinois 62451


The “Oldest Town in Illinois,” Palestine was home to a French trading post as early as 1680 and holds the

oldest continuous charter in the state. Take a self-guided tour of the downtown district, which is listed in the

National Register of Historic Places. The town hosts many unique shops and specialty dining.

Rockome Gardens

125 N. Co. Rd. 425 E, Arcola, Illinois 61910


Guests to Rockome Gardens can experience a simpler life firsthand by visiting a house modeled after a true

Amish home of the 1950’s. There are paths throughout the park that are perfect for a stroll or horse and buggy

ride. Other activities include: petting animals at the petting zoo, playing in the treehouse, walking through a

haunted cave or watching the gauge train as it winds through the hills. Canoe and horseback riding are also

available by reservations. A restaurant serves a variety of Amish style meals. Also available is a train ride to

see various animals, such as elk, deer, buffalo and more.

Thomas Lincoln Cemetery and Shiloh Church

S. Fourth Street, Lerna, Illinois 62440


Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of Abraham Lincoln, are buried here.

Teutopolis Monastery Museum

110 S. Garrott Street, Teutopolis, Illinois 62467


Over 30 rooms are available for viewing in the former Franciscan Novitiate at St. Francis Church. Also

featured are the lifestyles of early pioneers with displays of clocks, furniture, toys, quilts, carpentry and farm

tools and numerous household items. Included on the tour are the Mausoleum and Church with stained glass

windows which portray events in the life of St. Francis. Group tours available by appointment

VFW 4549 Military Museum & Memorial Wall

712 E. Main Street, Robinson, Illinois 62454


The newly remodeled ICRR Depot features an etched granite memorial honoring Crawford County veterans.

The museum is filled with an assortment of military memorabilia.



Parks & Playgrounds:

For more information about city and county parks and playgrounds, please contact local Parks &

Recreation Departments or check out city websites.

Bliss Park

S. Fifth Street, Effingham, Illinois 62401

A city block sized park with play area, picnic grounds, two shelters, and an outdoor basketball court. There are

shaded picnic areas and a fountain accentuates the grounds.

Peterson Park

State Route 130, Newton, Illinois 62448


The park features tennis and basketball courts, a pool, miniature golf, covered pavilions, batting cages,

volleyball, and a playground to name a few of the facilities. Canoeists can enter the Embarras River one block

west of the park.

Recreation & Leisure:

Charleston Speedway

Rt. 16 W. State Street, Charleston, Illinois 61920


Start your engines! Saturday nights at the Speedway means fun and excitement! The offer races for the

hornet, street, super street and modified classes.

Coles County Dragway

4700 W. State Street Charleston, Illinois 61920


For a great racing atmosphere, visit the Coles County Dragway. Watch the modified midgets race each week.

Coles County Fairgrounds

Charleston, Illinois 61920


The Coles County Fair is the longest running fair in the state of Illinois. It was the site of one of the Lincoln-

Douglas debates on September 18, 1858. In addition to the fair, many other events are held at the fairgrounds.


Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek State Recreation Area

RR 1, Box 198-B, Findlay, Illinois 62534


Wolf Creek/Eagle Creek sites, facing each other across the central portion of Lake Shelbyville, provide the

perfect setting for outdoor recreation and relaxation. The sites consist of 11,100 acres of water and 250 acres

of shoreline and provide opportunity for camping, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, trail hiking, and much

more. Portions of the park have been adapted for guests with physical disabilities.

Hebron Hills Campgrounds

14349 North County Road, Oakland, Illinois 61943

The campgrounds offer recreation areas for volleyball, tetherball, badminton and basketball. Other activities

include hiking, swimming, fishing and paddleboats. The grounds offer 45 camp/RV sites and 4 cabins

available for rental.

Jasper County Fairgrounds

Newton, Illinois 62448


The Jasper County Fair is the second oldest continuous county fair in the state, celebrated since 1870.

Lake Mattoon Campground and Marina

Interstate 57 South, Mattoon, Illinois 61938


Lake Mattoon is fed by the Little Wabash River and is a popular recreation spot for boating, fishing, and


Lake Sara & Effingham Beach

Route 32 & Route 33 North, Effingham, Illinois 62401


Recreational lake for swimming, boating, fishing and skiing. Sandy beach, picnic areas, boat docks, pavilion

rentals. Lake Sara Campgrounds, Anthony Acres Resort, Cardinal and Fore-Way golf courses

Lincoln Springs Resort

19892 Camp Spring Road, Ashmore, Illinois 61912


The campground offers 34 camp/RV sites, bus tours, a family fun center and gaming room, exercise room,

observation tower, internet cafe and more. Limited winter facilities are available.

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

Mattoon, Illinois to Charleston, Illinois



The Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail is an excellent place to experience sights between Mattoon and Charleston.

With 2 miles paved and 10 miles unpaved trail for jogging, walking, equestrian riding and biking.

Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area

Ramsey Lake Road, Ramsey, Illinois 62080


Rolling hills, timbered shoreline, and beautiful Ramsey Lake make this state recreation area popular.

Picturesque woods, secluded picnic areas and excellent fishing and hunting opportunities.

Mill Creek Park

20482 North Park Entrance Road, Marshall, Illinois 62441


Mill Creek Park consists of 2,600 acres of land and 811 acres of water with 39 miles of shoreline. The area

has several picnic areas, a 139 site campground with showers and a playground, 15 miles of horse and ATV

trails, dock facilities, fuel dispensing, cabins and boat rentals. Nine primitive camping areas are also available.

Papa Johns

various locations

Take the troop for a tour and make your own pizza. Your troop gets to toss the dough and will get a Junior

Pizza Maker Certificate. Pizzas can be eaten there or taken with you. Call and make your group reservation 2

weeks in advance.

Palestine Labor Day Rodeo

Leaverton Park, 100 N Leaverton Street, Palestine, Illinois 62451


Each and every Labor Day weekend, Palestine hosts the PRCA rodeo. Camping is available.


State & National Parks & Wildlife Areas:

For more information about state parks, check out the following web links for more information: &

Fox Ridge State Park

18175 State Park Road, Charleston, Illinois 61920



2.064 acre park offers a beautiful display of wildlife and vegetation. Trails are available, as well as the Eagle’s

Nest, a 144-step climb that gives you a panoramic view of the Embarras River.

Lincoln Trail State Park

16985 E. 1350th Road, Marshall, Illinois 62441


Lincoln Trail State Park offers 1,000 acres with picnic spots, camping, boating, fishing and hiking.

Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

3490 E 500 th Avenue, Newton, Illinois 62448


In 1979 the Illinois Department of Natural Resources signed a 25-year lease with Central Illinois Public Service

Company which designated the 1,775 acre Newton Lake and 540 acres of shoreline as a day use conservation

area. By agreement, recreational activities in the area consist of fishing, picnicking, trail use and deer hunting.

Prairie Ridge State Natural Area

4295 North 1000th Street Newton, Illinois 62448


Prairie Ridge is a wonderful site for observing rare species of grassland wildlife. Visitors enjoy bird watching,

nature study, and photography. Prairie Ridge is home to the largest breeding population of northern harriers

and short-eared owls as well as the only population of greater prairie chickens in Illinois.

Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area

13225 E. State Highway 33 Newton, Illinois 62448


This park offers a 183 acre lake, 840 huntable acres, horse trails, and camping. Boating, canoeing, and trail

hiking are popular activities. Visitors enjoy driving through the park at dusk to view deer and other wildlife.

Walnut Point State Park

2331 E. County Road, Oakland, Illinois 61943


Created in 1961, the park covers 630 acres. Features include a nature preserve, lake, bird watching, camping,

hiking, hunting and picnic areas.

Other Nature & Wildlife Opportunities :

Alwerdt’s Gardens

3238 E. 800 Avenue, Altamont, Illinois 62411


Over four acres of display gardens feature more than 1,000 varieties of plants. They specialize in herbs,

perennials and ornamental landscape plants.


Ballard Nature Center

5253 E. U.S. Highway 40, Altamont, Illinois 62411


On this 210-acre nature center, you can explore the native world all around you. Educational programs,

interpretive displays, educational exhibits, trails, woodlands and wetlands are offered.

Bird Haven, Robert Ridgway Memorial Arboretum & Sanctuary

East Fork Lake, Olney, Illinois 62450


Located on the southern side of East Fork Lake this site is a living tribute to Robert Ridgway, naturalist,

scientist, artist and author. A walking trail allows visitor’s to view over 50 different varieties of trees, fauna and

wildlife. The area also offers fishing, picnic shelters and a playground.

Douglas-Hart Nature Center

2304 DeWitt Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois 61938


Established in the 1960’s by Helen Douglas-Hart, the center is located on more than 60 acres of land devoted

to recreating and maintaining three native habitats of Illinois-the prairie, deciduous forest and wetland. The

center has picnic areas and trails to enjoy, as well as a nature center and various displays.

Friendship Garden

Seventeenth & Lafayette Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois 61938


Located near downtown Mattoon, the Friendship Garden is the perfect spot for a walk.


American Red Cross

South Central Illinois Chapter

1108 S. Willow Street, Effingham, Illinois 62401


The American Red Cross offers a variety of youth classes to take. They offer First Aid/CPR, babysitters

training, Basic Aid Training (BAT) for ages 8-10, First Aid for Children Today (FACT) for ages 5-8, Longfellow’s

Whale Tales, ACT Smart, HIV/AIDS Education, Preventing Disease Transmission, and Scrubby Bear. Contact

the Red Cross or check out the website for more information.


Attractions within Southern Illinois Council: Southern Section


Ava Craft Center

211 Main Street, Ava, Illinois 62907


Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 4pm

The craft center has 10 antique looms where anyone can learn to weave. Hand-woven and braided rugs and

placemats are sold at the center as well.

Art Lovers Trading Company

201 E. Main Street, Carbondale, Illinois 62901


Local and regional artists showcase their merchandise in the historical Old Town district of Carbondale. A

must see for art lovers everywhere!

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

Richview Road, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864


Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

As a premier regional arts institution, Cedarhurst presents visual and performing arts programs for the public

year-round. Highlights include a sculpture park on the 90 acre grounds, 400 works in a permanent collection,

chamber music, an annual craft fair, and hands-on educational programs.

City Arts Corridor Gallery

Carbondale Civic Center, 200 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois


The City Arts Corridor Gallery (located in City Hall) features works of local artists. Exhibits change periodically.

Clinton County Showcase at the Avon Theatre

535 N. Second Street, Breese, Illinois 62230


The Showcase performs at the historic Avon Theatre. Clinton County Showcase is a non-profit community arts

group dedicated to promoting art, music, and theatre events


Douglass School of Art Place

900 Douglas Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966


Located in the old Frederick Douglass School in Murphysboro, there are studios for glass blowing, art

exhibitions, sculpture gardens and performances.

Liberty Theater

1333 Walnut Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966


The Liberty Theater in Murphysboro was a motion picture theater from 1913 until 1998. It is now a community

arts center, featuring concerts, stage shows and an occasional motion picture.

Makanda Boardwalk

Makanda, Illinois 62958

This block of storefronts, dating from the 1890's, has been saved and restored and currently provides shop

space for local artists and craftspeople.

Marion Cultural and Civil Center

800 Tower Square, Marion, Illinois 62959


The MCCC prides itself as an outlet for cultural and artistic opportunities for the citizens of Southern Illinois.

Two separate series of programming are hosted each year: national touring productions and the Young

Peoples Arts Series, which is directed to children. Local community groups also give performances.

McLeod Theater

1100 Lincoln Drive, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901


This 488 seat theater hosts several productions each year and features both student and guest performers.

Quality productions for over 40 years!

The Old Bank Gallery

Main and Oak Streets, Ava, Illinois 62907


Hours: Call for appointment

The gallery features watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, and mixed-media art.

Roscoe Misselhorn Gallery

611 W. Second Street, Sparta, Illinois 62286



2,000 original drawings, paintings, and woodcuts by artist Roscoe Misselhorn, called the “Norman Rockwell of

the Midwest.” Much of the work depicts historic sites throughout the area.

Sesser Opera House

110 West Franklin, Sesser, Illinois 62884


Built in 1914 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sesser Opera house shares the theatre

experience with the communities of Southern Illinois.

Shryock Auditorium

1050 S. Normal Avenue, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901

618-453-8787 for information or Ticket Office: 618-453-2000

Located on Old Campus of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Shryock Auditorium is the finest

performing arts centers in the region, hosting live music, comedy, drama, and more. Especially noteworthy are

Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s “Klassics for Kids” concerts. Tours are also available: Call 618-453-

8787 for more information.

Southern Illinois Artisans Shop and Visitor Center

14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington, Illinois 62897


Near Benton, Illinois, the center showcases a selection of the best of Southern Illinois' art and craftwork from

over 800 Illinois artisans. Special events, workshops, and festivals are hosted throughout the year – call for

more information.

Sparta Community Playhouse

1325 N Market Street, Sparta, Illinois 62286


The Sparta community chorus and players have an annual schedule of performances.


Fire Departments - Local

Many fire departments will let you tour their facility. Some even bring equipment to your meeting place for

demonstrations. Call your local fire department to find out the possibilities.


Popeye Statue

Segar Memorial Park, Chester, Illinois 62233

Elzie C. Segar, Popeye’s creator, was born in Chester and many Popeye characters were modeled after real

residents of the town. Each year the city of Chester organizes the Popeye Picnic to celebrate its famous


Shawnee Queen River Taxi

State Route 143 North, Golconda, Illinois 62938


Cruise on the Ohio River with stops in Golconda, Rosiclare, Elizabethtown, and Cave-In-Rock. Relax and

enjoy the shorelines of Illinois and Kentucky, as the crew points out local wonders.

Superman Statue

Market Street & Fifth Street, Metropolis, Illinois 62960


In 1972, Metropolis, Illinois, was granted authorization by DC Comics to proclaim itself the adopted "Home of

Superman." In honor of the Man of Steel, the town erected a larger-than-life statue of the superhero that

attracts visitors from all over the world.

Super Museum

517 Market Street, Metropolis Illinois 62960


Located on Superman Square across from the Superman statue, this museum offers over 20, 000 items

celebrating the Man of Steel.


For more information about Illinois orchards, farms, and roadside markets please see the following websites: &

Bandy’s Pumpkin Patch

15020 Pumpkin Patch Road, Johnston City, Illinois 62951


This 35 acre family farm offers a corn maze, pumpkin and gourd picking, hay rides, barn activities, and other

fall fun. Tours are available; Call for more information.


Bison Bluff Farms

1565 Bethel Church Road, Cobden, Illinois 62920


Hours: Tours from April – October, by appointment

350 bison spread over a 1, 110 acre ranch. Trailer tours allow visitors to observe bison in their natural


Hawkins / Schwartz Orchard

State Route 37 North, Dix, Illinois 62830


This orchard grows apples peaches, pears, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, tomatoes, pumpkins, and

more. A straw maze and kitchen are also on site. Tours are welcome, and the orchard hosts festivals and

seasonal activities.

Krause Elk Farm

8311 St. Leo’s Road, Evansville, Illinois 62242


Tours are available of this unusual farm.

Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo

9906 State Route 15, Nashville, Illinois 62263


This 150 year old family farm offers There are llamas, alpacas, donkeys, sheep, goats, fallow deer, pot-belly

pigs, peacocks, ducks, chickens, emus, swans, cows, horses, a camel, and even a couple of zebras.

Shenandoah Tree Farm

4010 Hicks Road, Alma, Illinois 62807


The Christmas tree farm offers group tours including souvenir, a small petting zoo, and a replica steam engine.

Walton Farms, LTD

State Route 146 & Lick Creek Road, Anna, Illinois 62906


Hours: Seasonal, Call for more information

Historic 1860s farm producing lamb and wool products. Excluding July and August, tours may be arranged for

groups with advance notice



Americana Hollywood Museum

Ferry Street, Metropolis Illinois 62960


Hours: 9 am – 6 pm, daily

A tribute to America’s most famous Hollywood icons, including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean,

and many others.

Appellate Courthouse

Fourteenth & Main Streets, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864


The courthouse was built around 1857 and is a treasure for those interested in historic buildings. The

Courthouse currently houses the Fifth District Appellate Court for the State of Illinois. Abraham Lincoln

practiced law here, and a statue is on the grounds depicting him during this period.

Beatles Mini Museum

113 McCann Street, Benton, Illinois 62812


Hard Day's Nite Bed and Breakfast provides a nostalgic window with a view of 1963, when George Harrison

spent a summer vacation with his sister, Louise Harrison, in Benton, Illinois.

Buel House & Davidson Cabin

Madison & Columbus Street, Golconda, Illinois 62938


Hours: Seasonal, please call for more information

Built 1837, the two-story Buel House is an official Trail of Tears designated site. The Davidson Cabin, a

restored log home, is also on location. The grounds, nestled at the base of the Ohio River bluffs, are often

used by the Pope County Historical Society often uses the grounds for interpretive programs.

Carbondale Town Square

Carbondale, Illinois 62901

The Carbondale Preservation Commission and Noteworthy Communication of Carbondale have provided a 45

minute audio tour of Carbondale’s Town Square on compact disc. The disc includes a historical introduction to

Southern Illinois, the founding of Carbondale in 1852, Civil War history, the role of the railroad in the town’s

development, and more. The Audio Tour CD is available for purchase at Carbondale Main Street or for checkout

at City Hall, Carbondale Main Street, and Carbondale Public Library.


Carl L. Schweinfurth Historical Museum and Interpretive Center

1411 N 27th Street, Mt Vernon, Illinois 62864


The museum illustrates many aspects of the local history of Jefferson County. Exhibits highlight military

memorabilia, Abraham Lincoln’s connection to the county, lifestyles of early settlers, archeology of Southern

Illinois, and much more.

The Carnegie Museum

401 East Main Street, Olney, Illinois 62450


Hours: April-October: Sunday: 1 pm – 5pm or by appointment

The museum houses items from the early days of Richland County. Featured collections include Early

publications of the Olney newspaper and permanent displays of the Civil War and evolution of Little Egypt.

Civil War Fort

Germantown, Illinois 62245


Visit an exact replica of a Civil War Fort complete with a jail, one room home, livery and log cabins.

The Clay County Museum

105 S. Main Street, Louisville, Illinois 62858


Hours: Open during the Louisville Fall Festival (Halloween weekend) & by appointment

This museum is housed in the old county jail on the square and is included on the National Register of Historic

Places. Check it out during the Louisville Fall Festival!

Copperhead Antique Mall and Museum

East North Avenue, Flora, Illinois 62839


The museum features items from the Civil War, WW I and WW II.

Custom House Museum

1400 Washington Avenue, Cairo, Illinois 62914


The museum features displays on Lewis & Clark, Civil War and local history. An art gallery is also on site.

Dr. Poos Home

202 N. Front Street, Okawville, Illinois 62271


Hours: By appointment, please call for more information


Built in 1888, the home has been restored to reflect its Victorian heritage. Also featured is a collection of local

antiques and family heirlooms, including medical artifacts and a 1893 Chicago World's Fair piano. The

grounds include a working windmill.

Edwards County Historical Society Museum

212 W. Main Street, Albion, Illinois 62806


Explore the history of Edwards County, where former Illinois Governor Louis Emerson was born in 1863.

Eldorado History Museum

1604 Locust Street, Eldorado, Illinois 62930


Hours: By appointment only

The museum houses exhibits and artifacts relating to the history of Eldorado.

Elijah P. Curtis Home

405 Market Street, Metropolis Illinois 62960


Hours: Sunday: 2 pm – 4pm and by appointment

On the National Registry of Historic Places, this former home of Civil War major Elijah Curtis has received

many awards and honors.

The Farmer's Monument

1408 North Fifth Street, Vandalia, Illinois 62471


Located on the grounds of the Vandalia Tourist Information Center, the monument is a tribute the prairie

farmers who helped led to the development of the area.

Fort Massac State Park

1308 E. Fifth Street, Metropolis, Illinois 62960


Overlooking the mighty Ohio River, this majestic location has been preserved since 1908, when it became

Illinois’ first state park. A replica of the original 1802 American Fort is on site, along with an interpreter to

explain the Native American artifacts and military memorabilia. Activities include camping, hiking, a Forest

Watch Tree Identification trail, boating and fishing on the Ohio River, and special living history events

throughout the year.

Fountain Bluff Indian Carvings

Rural Gorham, Illinois 62941

Prehistoric dwellers left their mark on the rock walls of Fountain Bluff at the north end of Big Hill about a mile

southwest of Gorham. The mysterious carvings depict wolves, birds, deer, human forms, crosses, circles and

other geometric figures.


To reach the rock carving site, turn east off Illinois Route 3 onto the Gorham Road. Drive 1.2 miles to Gorham

and Second Street and turn left. Continue two blocks to Lake Street, turn east and proceed approximately one

mile on the gravel road to the petroglyphs, where roadside parking is available. (This gravel road is not perfect.

Drive with caution.)

Franklin County Garage 1910 Museum

211 N. Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812


Hours: Yearly: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4 pm; Additionally, May – October: Saturday: 11 am – 4 pm

Built in 1910, this former Ford dealership in Benton has been restored to its original condition and features

autos and memorabilia of the era. Highlights include a Model-T and other memorabilia belonging to Southern

Illinois gangster Charlie Birger.

Frankfort Area Historical Museum

2000 E. St. Louis Street, West Frankfort, Illinois 62896


Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 9 am – 3 pm; Groups of 10+ and additional times by appointment

The museum shows early Franklin County history, including a mural which follows the area's history from 1802

to 1976. Museum Description: Located in 'old Frankfort', the museum is the renovated 3 story Logan School.

The museum offers: a genealogy library, a one-room school, an arts and tea room, a replica of an early 1900s

five-room home, a quilting room, and an auditorium (mural located here)

General John A. Logan Museum

1613 Edith Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966


Details of the life of Civil War General and notable political figure John A. Logan, who created Memorial Day.

Additionally, the newly expanded museum periodically hosts special events and exhibits.

General John A. Logan Statue

2121 Spruce Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966

The marble and bronze statue depicts the Civil War hero and national figure of the 19th Century on horseback.

It was erected by the State of Illinois in 1928.

The Hanna House Museum

300 SE Second Street, Fairfield, Illinois 62837

618-842-3711 ext. 4201

Hours: March – November: Sunday: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm; Group tours by appointment

The house features local history exhibits from 1920s to recent events. Special exhibits include military, civic

events, Lion’s memorabilia, schools, Shelton gang, oil boom, sports, country stores, churches, gas pumps, and

funeral home equipment.


Harrison House Museum

1104 Weaver Road, Herrin, Illinois 62948


Hours: Call for appointment

The Harrison-House, the first brick house in Herrin, was built in 1868 for David Ruffin Harrison, one of the city’s

founders. The house features period furniture, including an 1874 grand piano.

The Heritage House

122 East Elm Street, Olney, Illinois 62450


Hours: April – October: Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm or by appointment

A Victorian home built in 1874, the Heritage House features complete turn of the century furniture and artifacts.

Historical Village

1411 N 27th Street, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864


Among the furnished buildings one finds homes of the 19th century, a one-room school, a log church and log

jail, operating blacksmith and print shops, merchandise in the general store and a variety of medical equipment

from a foot-treadle dentist's drill to a Civil War amputation kit in the Medical Building.

Illinois Iron Furnace

County Road 750N, Rosiclare, Illinois 62931


Located in the Shawnee National Forest, a place where pig iron was smelted in large brick outdoor ovens &

shipped down the river during Civil War days.

Jackson County Historical Centre

1616 Edith Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966


The location of hundreds of files available for genealogy research including Jackson County records that date

to the 1800’s. Future exhibits include displays on the 1925 tornado, a historical textile collection, and

information about early coal mining.

John Marshall House Museum

1st Street, Shawneetown Illinois 62984


Hours: Mother’s Day weekend-end of October: Friday-Sunday

Known as the first bank in Illinois territory, now a frontier history museum.

Kaskaskia Bell Shrine and the Liberty Bell of the West

Kaskaskia Island, Illinois



The bell was rung as the island was captured from the British during the Revolutionary War. A gift from France

in 1741, the Kaskaskia Bell is actually 11 years older than the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Kaskaskia Island

has the distinction of being the only Illinois community west of the Mississippi River.

Kincaid Mounds

Avery Lake, near Unionville, Illinois 62910

From 800-1500 AD this was the capital of a large chiefdom that stretched from Brookport to Hamletsburg along

the Ohio River. Large flat topped mounds dot the area with a overlook platform and interpretive panel. Cool

pairing with Cahokia or Kampsville visits for a troop serious about Native American archaeology!

L. Haas Store Museum

219 E. Main Street, Carmi, Illinois 62821

Bill Hanna, “The Humane Hangman” is showcased with the tools of his trade from an era when sentences

were carried out on the gallows.

Lincoln Marker

Rogier Park, Vandalia, Illinois 62471


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, Illinois in the early 1800's. The Lincoln Trail is on the

National Registry of Historic Places.

Lincoln Memorial Park

Main Street Public Square, Jonesboro, Illinois 62952


The park is the site of 3rd debate between Lincoln & Douglas in 1858 and includes life-sized bronze statues of

the famous politicians and educational plaques.

Looking for Lincoln Storyboards

Vandalia, Illinois 62471


Ten storyboards depicting Abraham Lincoln's early years as a legislator are installed throughout Vandalia. Find

out about his early romance with Mary Owens, his first protest against slavery and many other little-known

historical facts.

Madonna of the Trail

315 W. Gallatin, Vandalia, Illinois 62471


This is one of 12 statues in the United States in honor of the pioneer women who traveled the National Road.


Magnolia Manor

2700 Washington Avenue, Cairo, Illinois 62914


Hours: Tours offered daily, call for more information.

This 14-room home was built in 1869 and furnished to represent the era. On the National Register of Historic

Places, the manor received Ulysses S. Grant during his presidency.

The Matsel Cabin

304 East Robinson Street, Carmi, Illinois 62821

This log cabin offers insight into the lives of early settlers.

McCoy Memorial Library

118 South Washington Street, McLeansboro, Illinois 62859


Hours: Monday-Friday: 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm

The majestic Victorian home is a historic museum and source for genealogists.

Metropolis Murals

Ferry Street & Market Street, downtown Metropolis 62960

A series of six murals painted on downtown buildings that represent local historical events. Paired with the

interpretive plaques that accompany the art, this exhibit makes heritage come alive.

Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center

604 Front Street, Grand Tower, Illinois 62942


Hours: Monday – Friday: 1pm – 5 pm or by appointment

Grand Tower is a city rich in history that is inseparable from the history of the mighty Mississippi River. For a

step back in time and a glimpse of the life experiences along the mighty Mississippi River, stop by this newly

opened museum and explore.

Old Chicago and Eastern Illinois Depot

102 W. Main Street, West Frankfort, Illinois 62896

937-2205 or 932-6159

Hours: Sunday: 1 pm – 4pm; Tours by appointment

The old Chicago and Eastern Illinois Depot has been renovated and is sponsored by the Franklin Area

Historical Society. The museum has veterans' memorabilia from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World

Wars I and II, Korean War and Vietnam War. A soldier’s memorial sits in front of the depot and a coal miner’s

memorial wall is east of the museum as well.

The Old Illinois Central Railroad Passenger Depot

111 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois 62901



The “All Aboard Station Carbondale” exhibit features train memorabilia from Illinois Central Railroad, including

lanterns, telegraphs, 1740 headlights and photographs. Outside, a 1950's Diesel engine and a little red

caboose allow visitors to climb aboard.

Old Franklin County Jail & Museum

209 W. Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812


Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 4pm

The museum and adjoining jail have been restored to their original 1905 condition by the Society for the

Historic Preservation of Franklin County. The exhibits include: old radio equipment from station WFRX that was

used when the Beatles' George Harrison visited the area in 1963 and the station played the first Beatle record

in the U.S.; memorabilia from Charlie Birger and Prohibition era gangs, a room dedicated to professional

basketball standout Doug Collins, Civil War & John A. Logan historical items and more.

Old State Capitol

315 W. Gallatin Street, Vandalia, Illinois 62471


The oldest Illinois State Capitol is built in the Federal-style and houses the Senate and House of

Representatives chambers where Abraham Lincoln began his political career.

Paul Powell Museum & Research Center

404 West Vine Street, Vienna, Illinois 62995


Displays at this museum highlight the life and political career of Paul Powell and explore the history and

genealogy of Johnson County.

Perry County Jail Museum

108 West Jackson Street, Pinckneyville Illinois 62274


On the National Register of Historic Places, the museum offers living history shows and other exhibits.

Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site

4230 Kaskaskia Road, Ellis Grove, Illinois 62241


Early 1800's home of Illinois' first Lt. Governor when Kaskaskia was the first State Capital. All of the rooms

have been furnished to illustrate the lifestyle of an affluent businessman and gentleman farmer in early

nineteenth-century Illinois.

Pope County Historical Society Museum

Corner of Main and Columbus Street, Golconda, Illinois 62938


Hours: Saturday: 9 am – 11am, Sunday: 1pm – 3pm

The museum contains Pope County memorabilia from both the past and present eras.


The Ratcliff Inn Museum

214 Main Street, Carmi, Illinois 62821

This 1828 stagecoach inn has the distinction of an overnight stay from Abraham Lincoln.

The Ridgway Museum

109 N Murphy Street, Ridgway Illinois 62979


Hours: Seasonal, Call for appointment

Located in the former First National Bank established in 1909 the Ridgway Museum focuses attention on the

history and people of Ridgway and Gallatin County, along with traveling exhibits.

Robert W. Hamilton House

203 S. 13th Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966


One of the oldest houses in Jackson County, the Hamilton House was built in 1867. This example of Gothic

architectural style is the new home of the Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce.

The Robinson Stewart House

110 S Main Cross Street, Carmi, Illinois 62821

The Robinson-Stewart House, the oldest residence in Carmi, once belonged to U.S. senator from Illinois, John

Robinson. Built 1814, the house today is a "living" museum operated by the White County Historical Society.

Saline County Museum

1600 South Feazel Street, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946


Hours: Tuesday-Sunday. Tours given at 2 pm.

This museum is part of the Saline Creek Pioneer Village and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Housed in the former county poor house are historical items such as Robert Ingersolls desk, a letter from

William Jenning Bryan, an 1853 newspaper telling of the Trail of Tears and much more.

The Schlosser Home

114 W. Walnut, Okawville, Illinois 62271

An unrestored turn-of-the-century harness shop, commercial laundry, home, and more offer a glimpse of the

daily life of middle class America in the early days of this century.

Silkwood Inn Museum

7570 Mulkeytown Road, Mulkeytown, Illinois 62865


This inn, built in 1827, has been restored and furnished by the Mulkeytown Area Historical Society. It is the

only remaining structure along the old Shawneetown-Kaskaskia Trail that connected Southern Illinois

communities in the early 1800's. Exhibits depict life in rural Southern Illinois in the 1800s.


Stafford Memorial Library

1609 Washington Avenue, Cairo, Illinois 62914


The library is also home to Civil War documents and many 19 th century antiques and paintings.

Southern Illinois University Museum

Faner Hall, 1000 Faner Drive, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois


The museum houses an art collection and a collection of pre-historic, historic and scientific objects. One of the

permanent and very popular exhibit is the "W. P. A. Pioneer Dioramas", which were created by local craftsmen

employed at the Museum during the Works Progress Administration, 1938-1942.

Thebes Courthouse

413 Sixth Street, Thebes, Illinois 62990


An impressive stone building overlooking the Mississippi River, the former Alexander County courthouse

played a part in the Dred Scott trial and was on Abraham Lincoln’s circuit during his lawyer days.

Thompsonville Log Cabin

South Main Street, Thompsonville, Illinois 62890

618- 627-2815

This two story log cabin dates to 1825 and is available for tours by appointment.

Union County Museum

117 Appleknocker Drive, Cobden, Illinois 62920


Hours: Saturday – Sunday: 1pm – 5 pm

The museum hosts Civil War items, Native American artifacts, Kirkpatrick pottery & local archeological finds.

Wabash County Museum

320 N. Market Street, Mt. Caramel, Illinois 62863


Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday: 2 pm – 5 pm; Tours available by appointment.

The museum features rotating exhibits that depict the history and culture of Wabash County. One special

display is dedicated to Brace Beemer, the original radio Lone Ranger and Mt. Carmel native.

Washington County Historical Museum

326 South Kaskaskia Street, Nashville, Illinois 62263



Built in 1871 as a private residence, this building now holds hundreds of artifacts from the county including a

display of period wedding dresses.

Wayne County Historical Museum

301 E. Main Street, Fairfield, Illinois 62837

618-842-3711 ext. 4201

Hours: First & Third Saturday of each month: 10 am – 5 pm; or by appointment

Housed in a wing of the Fairfield Public Library, the museum promotes the rich local history. Special programs

are hosted by the Wayne County Historical Society throughout the year.

West Franklin Historical Museum

3120 Schoolhouse Road, Mulkeytown, Illinois 62865


Hours: July 4th, Labor Day and other times by appointment.

The museum is located in the former elementary school and includes exhibits on individual communities in the

area, coal mining history, and archeological artifacts.

Williamson County Historical Museum

105 S Van Buren Street, Marion Illinois 62959


Located in an historic brick building in Marion, the museum features artifacts, antiques, and records of a

bygone era. Seventeen rooms contain exhibits, including an old-fashioned schoolroom.

Williamson County Veteran’s Memorial

Tower Circle, Marion, Illinois 62959


The plaques in this beautiful plaza bear the names of citizens of Williamson County who gave their lives while

in the service of our country from the Mexican War to present.

Woodlawn Cemetery

405 E. Main Street, Carbondale, Illinois 62901


The first Memorial Day service in Illinois and perhaps in the country, to honor those who had died in the Civil

War, took place in Woodlawn Cemetery on April 29, 1866. The City of Carbondale currently maintains the

cemetery and Memorial Day services are observed each year at the site

Zeigler Circle

Downtown Zeigler, Illinois 62999

In the center of town, Ziegler hosts a coal miner’s statue and fountain memorial, and veteran’s memorials for

World War II and POW/MIA.



State & National Parks & Wildlife Areas:

For more information about state parks, check out the following web links for more information: &

Beall Woods State Park

9285 Beall Woods Avenue, Mount Carmel, Illinois 62863


Located on the banks of the Wabash River, Beall Woods State Park offers hiking, camping, picnicking and

fishing. An educational visitor’s center is on the grounds, and programs are available with interpretive guides.

Cache River State Nature Area

930 Sunflower Lane, Belknap, Illinois 62908


Cache River State Natural Area has some of the highest quality aquatic and terrestrial "natural

communities" remaining in Illinois. Wetlands have been designated a Wetland of International Importance,

only the 19th wetland in the United States to receive the distinction. The park offers hiking, canoeing,

biking, fishing, and an educational center.

Cave-In-Rock State Park

#1 New State Park Road, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois 62919

618-289-4325 or 618-289-4545 (Lodge)

Sitting atop the high bluffs overlooking the scenic Ohio River, the heavily wooded park is named for the 55foot-wide

cave that was carved out of the limestone rock by water thousands of years ago. Trails winding along

the riverbank offer views of riverboats, barges and other river scenes. The park offers hiking, picnicking, pond

fishing, and camping. The Ohio River provides additional fishing, boating, and water sport activities as well.

Dixon Springs State Park

Route 146, Golconda, Illinois 62938


Dixon Springs State Park is one of several state parks in the Illinois Shawnee Hills. The park is on a giant block

of rock which was dropped 200 feet along a fault line that runs through Pope County. The area is hilly and

during rainy weather rivulets cascade down the hills in the park forming waterfalls of varying sizes and heights.

The park features a swimming pool with waterslide, picnic areas, playgrounds, camping areas, hiking trails,

basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and an archery range.

Ferne Cliff State Park

State Route 37, Goreville, Illinois 62939


Ferne Clyffe State Park covers 2,430 acres of the majestic Shawnee Hills and is visited by more than 200,000

nature lovers each year. The area is renowned for its wide variety of flora and fauna and inspiring rock


formations. Recreational activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting, fishing and sightseeing.

Special highlights of the park include the Round Bluff Nature Preserve and the Youth Campground.

Giant City State Park

235 Giant City Road, Makanda, Illinois 62958

618-457-4836 or Lodge: 618-457-4921

Giant City State Park is a unique area within the Shawnee National Forest, with its cliffs and canyons carved

into the sandstone bluffs. Eons of geological faulting and folding have molded a landscape like none other,

which is now clothed in lush garments of ferns, moss, large flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild

flowers, and 75-plus varieties of towering trees. Recreational activities include: hiking, camping, rappelling and

rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, hunting and boating. An educational interpretive center is also on site.

Hamilton County State Fish & Wildlife Area

Route 14, McLeansboro, Illinois 62859


Located on Dolan Lake, the area offers fishing (including ice fishing), boating, camping, hiking and horseback

trails, playground areas and a hand trap area. A Goose Refuge is on site, which is closed to hungers and

allows excellent wildlife viewing of waterfowl and many other native species.

Horseshoe Lake - State Fish & Wildlife Area (Alexander County)

P.O. Box 85, Miller City, Illinois 62962


The Horseshoe Lake Fish & Wildlife Area reminds many of the Deep South, due to vegetation such as bald

cypress, tupelo gum, swamp cottonwood trees and wild lotus. The 10,200 acre area includes a 2,400 acre

shallow lake and offers activities such as picnicking, camping, boating, fishing and hunting.

Lake Murphysboro State Park

52 Cinder Hill Drive, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966


Lake Murphysboro State Park is 877 acres of rolling hills and woodland surrounding a 145 acre lake.

Activities include hiking, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, and archery.

Piney Creek Ravine - State Natural Area

4301 S. Lake Drive, Chester, Illinois 62233


Piney Creek is a unique 198 acre natural area known for its rare plant species and other natural features.

Birdwatching, hiking, and nature photography are popular activities. The park also contains the largest body of

prehistoric rock art in Illinois.

Sam Dale Lake - State Fish & Wildlife Area

RR 1, Johnsonville, Illinois 62850



Sam Dale Lake offers 1,302 acres of beautiful rolling hills, a 194 acre lake, and lush woodland. A 3.2 mile

nature trail runs through the area, with an abundance of wildlife available for viewing. Other activities include:

swimming, fishing, camping, bow hunting and picnicking.

Shawnee National Forest

901 South Commercial Street, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946

Shawnee National Forest contains 7 National Wilderness Areas, 4 National Natural Landmarks, 10 Research

Natural Areas, and more than 80 other designated Natural Areas. Between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers,

Shawnee National Forest offers some of the most breathtaking landscape in the Midwest.

Recreational opportunities include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, nature study, camping,

picnicking, backpacking, bird watching, scenic driving, berry picking, and mushroom gathering. Numerous

lakes, ponds, streams and rivers offer fishing, boating and canoeing. The Forest also has three swimming

beaches. Sample highlights include:

Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area

This one-of-a-kind outdoor natural playground offers a campground and picnic facilities and a spectacular 10-mile trail

network. A seasonal waterfall is one of the area’s highlights.

Garden of the Gods Wilderness Area

A renowned display of natural rock formations, crossed by two prominent trails: Observation Trail, which

features the most well-known rock formations, and Wilderness Trail, a gem for hiking enthusiasts.

Larue-Pine Hills Ecological Area

One of the most diverse ecological areas in the country. There are great views of the Mississippi River and hiking trails

can also be accessed off this road.

Little Grand Canyon

A 3.5-mile trail through unique rock formations and canyons. Shelter bluffs, sheer bluffs, and seasonal waterfalls make

it a great place for exploration. Climbing out of the canyon, there are great views of Swallow Rock bluff and the Big

Muddy River.

Lusk Creek

One of the Forest’s most picturesque canoeing opportunities.

River-to-River Trail

A particularly scenic trail that crosses the Forest on its path between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

Sielbeck Forest State Natural Area

1812 Grinnell Road, Belknap, Illinois 62908


Sielbeck Forest preserves the swamp forest that is native to the Ohio River floodplain. Natural highlights

include timber that is over 200 years old, the now elusive Swamp Rabbit, as well as several plants that are on

the state’s endangered list. Because the goal of the area is to keep the land as undisturbed as possible, no

trails run though the park. Hiking, therefore, allows visitors to view the land in its true natural state.

Trail of Tears State Forest

3240 State Forest Road, Jonesboro, Illinois 62952



Trail of Tears State Forest lies within the southern Ozark Hills, the most rugged area of Illinois, and is a

multiple-use site managed for timber, wildlife, ecosystem preservation, watershed protection and recreation.

Hiking, cross country running, and horseback riding trails, as well as camping and picnic sites are available.

Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area

2755 Refuge Road, Jonesboro, Illinois 62952


Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area encompasses 6,202 acres in the Lower Mississippi River bottomlands

division of Illinois. A refuge on the site provides excellent wildlife viewing area, as public use is limited to

sightseeing and photography.


Hummingbird Hill

2885 State Route 127, Jonesboro, Illinois


Hours: June 1 – August 1: Wednesday – Friday: 2 pm – 4pm

Thousands of hummingbirds visit the 40 feeders.

The Iris Farm

State Route 15, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864

618 732-8430

Hours: May: 10 am – 5 pm

Visitors are invited to enjoy the beauty of several acres worth of show beds and gardens.



For more information about city and county parks and playgrounds, please contact local Parks &

Recreation Departments or check out city websites.

Bryan Memorial Park

100 West Boone Street, Salem, Illinois 62881

The park has a swimming pool, tennis courts, a skateboard park, picnic shelters, and a bandstand that features

various concerts and activities throughout the year.

Carbondale Park District

2500 W. Sunset Drive, Carbondale, Illinois 62903



Seven beautiful parks are maintained by the city, call or see the website for additional information.

Cole Memorial Park

800 Opdyke Street, Chester, Illinois 62233


Cole Park consists of rolling hills, a swimming pool, playground equipment, several shelter houses, softball

diamond, trails, and lots of beautiful scenery

Riverside Park

Commercial Avenue & S. 24th Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966


A large park featuring a Veteran’s Monument, a recreation center, picnic shelters, and a band shelter that

hosts several events throughout the year.

Veteran’s Park

800 South 27th Street, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864


The 36 acre parks offers a community building, picnic shelters, a swimming pool, playground equipment,

lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, a walking/biking trail and a 6 acre lake.

Recreation & Leisure

American Discovery Trail

Jackson County to St. Clair County, Illinois

Part of a 6,800 mile, 15-state trail that runs coast-to-coast through America. This portion of the ADT follows

the River-to-River trail through Southern Illinois and continues along the Mississippi River onto the Metro-East

Levee Trails of the St. Louis region.

Carlyle Lake

801 Lake Road, Carlyle, Illinois 62231

Carlyle Lake is the largest man-made lake in Illinois, at 26,000 acres. A true outdoor lover’s playground,

activities include: sailing, boating, swimming, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and golfing.

Several public and private campgrounds are available.

Devil’s Backbone Park

Grand Tower Road & Brunkhorst Road, Grand Tower, Illinois 62942


This campground sits on the Mississippi River and offers picnic areas, a bathhouse, concessions, and

playground equipment. The Grand Tower Saddle Club offers at least ten horse camping areas with water and

electricity, and several horse riding trails.


Papa Johns

various locations

Take the troop for a tour and make your own pizza. Your troop gets to toss the dough and will get a Junior

Pizza Maker Certificate. Pizzas can be eaten there or taken with you. Call and make your group reservation 2

weeks in advance.

Pyramid State Recreation Area

1562 Pyramid Park Road, Pinckneyville, Illinois 62274


With 19,701 acres, Pyramid is the largest State Recreation area in Illinois. Fishing and canoeing are popular

activities, as well as hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Hunting is available on a small section of

the grounds, and there are a few camping areas.

Randolph County State Recreation Area

4301 S. Lake Drive, Chester, Illinois 62233


With 1,101 acres of rolling hills and Randolph County Lake, the area offers a myriad of outdoor activities.

Several trails are available, including over 11 miles of equestrian trails. Other opportunities include camping,

fishing, and picnic areas.

Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area

6924 Omega Road, Kinmundy, Illinois 62854


The 3, 103 acre park offers many outdoor recreational activities. The area features a swimming beach, a

marina, fishing areas, camping, equestrian trails, hunting, and picnic areas.

Tunnel Hill State Trail

Highway 146 East, Vienna, Illinois 62995


Tunnel Hill State Trail stretches for 45 miles from Harrisburg to Karnak. The trail is especially renowned for its

ever-changing vistas, as it runs from flat farm country into the Shawnee National Forest and then to lush

wetland that runs into the Cache River State Natural Area's ancient cypress-tupelo swamp. An experienced

cyclist should be able to complete the trail in a day and there are also several campgrounds located within 10

miles or less for those who prefer to hike or ride leisurely.

Washington County State Recreation Area

18500 Conservation Drive, Nashville, Illinois 62263


Sitting on the beautiful Washington County Lake, the site offers a perfect opportunity for both relaxation and

recreation. Activities include camping fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, and picnicking.


Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area

11094 Ranger Road, Whittington, Illinois 62897


Located on Rend Lake, Wayne Fitzgerrell offers wildlife viewing and bird watching opportunities, watersports,

fishing, boating, horsebacking riding, hiking, and more.

We’re Makin’ Dolls

1517 Walnut Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966


This shop hosts parties to make dolls! The shop can also be decorated and serve refreshments. Please

schedule at least 6 weeks in advance to ensure that materials are in stock.


The American Fluorite Museum

Main Street, PO Box 755, Rosiclare, Illinois 62982


Hours: March-October: Thursday-Friday, Sunday: 1pm – 4 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Discover the Illinois State Mineral fluorspar, as well as many other mineral specimens.

The Science Center of Southern Illinois Children's Science Museum

University Mall, 1237 E. Main Street, Carbondale, Illinois 62901


The Science Center is designed for children 3-13. The science museum features several interactive hands-on

exhibits dealing with a variety of basic concepts of science which entice the user to ask questions about the

world around them in a fun and exciting way.




Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

411 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47713


The museum is a general-interest museum located on the riverfront in downtown Evansville, Indiana. Founded

in 1904, it is one of Southern Indiana's most established and significant cultural institutions, with collections in

art, history, anthropology and science. A variety of educational programs are offered, including several tailored

specifically to Girl Scouts.

Jasper Arts Center

951 College Avenue, Jasper Indiana 47546


The Jasper Community Arts Commission sponsors and develops artistic activities and educational programs.

High quality performance arts events are presented in the 675 seat theatre, and the Krempp Gallery features

monthly exhibits of artwork from local, regional, and nationally recognized artists.

Lincoln Amphitheatre

Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, Indiana 47552


Lincoln Amphitheatre is a covered, 1,500 seat amphitheatre that is located within Lincoln State Park. “Lincoln,”

the story of the man many consider to be our greatest US President, is presented here.

The New Harmony Theatre

419 Tavern Street, New Harmony, Indiana 47631


The New Harmony Theatre offers Broadway-quality shows featuring professional actors and performed in

historic Murphy Auditorium. These shows are produced by the University of Southern Indiana and staged in

the historic Murphy Auditorium, located in New Harmony, Indiana.


Victory Theatre & the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus

600 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana 47708

Office: 812.425.5050

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest arts institution in the Southwest Indiana Tri-State area,

providing the powerful experience of live symphonic music.


Evansville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

401 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47713

812-421-2200 or 800-433-3025

The Evansville CVB is the official tourism resource of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

Information about local attractions and seasonal festivals is available here, along with brochures and maps.


Buffalo Run Farm, Grill, & Gifts

Highway 162, Lincoln City, Indiana


Guided group tours are available. Tours can include meal deals, historical tours, or can be customized. Expect

to enter the teepee with a Native American, join a pioneer in the Legendary Lincoln Cabin, view and feed the

buffalo herd, and enjoy a fun and educational visit. Please call for prices and arrangements.


Angel Mound State Historic Site

8215 Pollack Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47715



Angel Mounds is a prehistoric Native American archeological site. From 1100 to 1450 AD, a town on this site

was home to people of the Middle Mississippian culture, who engaged in hunting and farming on the rich

bottom lands of the Ohio River. Special events and educational programs are hosted by the site.

Evansville African American Museum

579 S. Garvin Street, Evansville, Indiana 47713


The Evansville African American Museum incorporates historical documents into a wide variety of art exhibits

from area painters, sculptors and other artisans.

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

411 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47713


The museum is a general-interest museum located on the riverfront in downtown Evansville, Indiana. Founded

in 1904, it is one of Southern Indiana's most established and significant cultural institutions, with collections in

art, history, anthropology and science. A variety of educational programs are offered, including several tailored

specifically to Girl Scouts.

Henager's Memories and Nostalgia Museum

8837 South State Road 57, Buckskin, Indiana 47613


The museum began as a repository for family memorabilia, mainly equipment and other items from the family's

long line of woodworking history. The collection gathered community and even national interest and has grown

to include numerous items of local historical interest, including photos, printed materials, automotive equipment

and vehicles and military items. The museum also shows classic movies on various dates throughout the year.

Historic New Harmony, Indiana

PO Box 579, New Harmony, Indiana 47631


Home to two Utopian societies, New Harmony was first a spiritual sanctuary that later became a haven for

international scientists, scholars, and educators who sought equality in communal living. New Harmony is

home to The Roofless Church, Atheneum, Kunstfest German Folk Festival, large Labyrinth and unique art and

antique stores. Group tours are offered daily.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

State Highway 162, Lincoln City, Indiana 47552

The site where Lincoln spent 14 of the most formative years of his life, this National Park preserves the place

where he learned to laugh with his father, cried over the death of his mother, read the books that opened his

mind, and triumphed over the adversities of life on the frontier. Included in the park is a visitor center, where

visitors can view a 15-minute orientation film about Lincoln's time in Indiana, as well as visit the museum and

memorial halls in the center. The park also features the Lincoln Living Historical Farm.


Reitz Home Museum

224 S.E. First Street, Evansville, Indiana, 47713


Evansville, Indiana's only Victorian House Museum is situated in the heart of the city's downtown Historic

Preservation District. A model of architectural splendor, the home features authentic period furniture, much of

it original, arranged as if the family were living there. The museum hosts special exhibits throughout the year,

as well special seasonal events.

USS LST 325 Memorial

840 LST Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47713


The lone, operational LST (Landing Ship, Tank) in existence, LST 325 makes her home in Evansville.

Essential to WWII maneuvers such as D-Day, LST 325 is 328 feet long and weighs 1,625 tons. The LST 325

D-Day event features American and German WWII re-enactors.


Howell Wetlands

1400 S. Tekoppel, Evansville Indiana 47719


Howell Wetlands is managed by the Wesselman Nature Society and encompasses 23 acres. The most striking

feature of this wetland area is that despite its location in the middle of a city, it impressively showcases a

diversity of wetland habitats. These habitats include a marsh, a cypress slough, an oxbow channel, as well as

the surrounding prairie and bottomland hardwood forest. Programs and hikes are hosted throughout the year

Harmonie State Park

Indiana State Road 69, New Harmony, Indiana 47631


Located on the banks of the Wabash River, Harmonie State Park is known as a nature trail lover’s paradise!

The camp offers 3,465 acres of pristine forest and ravines that are looped with hiking, biking and bridle trails.

An educational nature center offers seasonal programs throughout the year. A swimming pool, cabin and tent

campgrounds, picnic shelters, boat ramp, and fishing areas round out the recreational opportunities.

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

2421 Berment Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47720



Situated on 50-acres of rolling hillside, Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden is home to over 700 animals,

thousands of botanic species, and “Amazonia,” a world-class South American exhibit. Animals in the zoo are

grouped by geographic origin, complete with realistic environmental displays. The zoo also hosts many special

events and educational programs throughout the year.


Amazonia, Forest of Riches, demonstrates the experience of a South American rainforest! Lush foliage,

colorful birds, playful primates, and even the elusive jaguar make this exhibit one to remember.

Botanic Garden

Throughout the seasons many hundreds of plant varieties provide an ever-changing tapestry of beauty. From

towering trees and exotic tropicals to delicate spring bulbs, this plant collection reflects the dazzling diversity

found in the plant kingdom.

Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

551 N. Boeke Road, Evansville, Indiana 47711


Wesselman Woods is a National Natural Landmark and State Nature Preserve. This old-growth lowland forest

is a crucial habitat for a wide variety of animal species. A Nature Center on the western edge of the property

offers hands on educational exhibits and a wildlife observation area. There are over six miles of walking trails

within the Preserve that lead visitors through stands of massive old-growth trees of various species, through

areas of more recent forest growth, on a raised track above forest wetlands, adjacent to a seasonal pond, and

along historical remnants of two railways and the Wabash-Erie Canal.

On-site programs are offered to school, civic and scout groups throughout the year. Wesselman Woods

Nature Preserve also works in collaboration with “Canoe Evansville,” an organization which offers safe canoe

trips on local waterways.



For more information about Evansville’s Parks & Playgrounds, please contact the City of Evansville Parks &

Recreation at 812-435-6141 or visit the website:


Burdette Park Aquatic Center

5301 Nurrenbern Road, Evansville, Indiana 47712


Evansville’s premier water park, located in one of our most pristine wooded parks, offers fun in the sun for

everyone in the family with an Olympic-size pool, two diving boards, mega water slides, wading pool, bumper

boats, a lazy river ride and a children’s pool with fountains and fun attractions.


Evansville IceMen Professional Hockey League

Swonder Ice Arena, 209 N. Boeke Road, Evansville, Indiana 47711


Evansville’s professional hockey team play home games at Swonder Ice Arena November through March.

Members of the All American Hockey Association, the IceMen average 1,000+ fans at their games at Swonder.

Evansville Otters Professional Baseball

Bosse Field, 1701 N. Main Street, Evansville, Indiana 47734


The locally-owned Evansville Otters professional baseball team promises great baseball combined with fun

promotions throughout the game.

Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage

P.O. Box 3112, Evansville, Indiana 47730

The trail is currently being expanded to circle all of Vanderburgh County. Completed sections within Evansville

offer a scenic trail for walking, biking, rollerblading, and jogging. The Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage will

connect to the nation-wide system of greenways called the American Discovery Trail.


Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

411 Riverside Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47713


The museum is a general-interest museum located on the riverfront in downtown Evansville, Indiana. Founded

in 1904, it is one of Southern Indiana's most established and significant cultural institutions, with collections in

art, history, anthropology and science. A variety of educational programs are offered, including several tailored

specifically to Girl Scouts.

Kock Family Children’s Museum of Evansville

22 S.E. Fifth Street, Evansville, Indiana 47708


Geared to the four to ten year-old crowd, cMoe welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year. The experience of

learning is a hands-on effort at cMoe, so that absorbing the principles of science, physics and the creative spirit

is fun as well as educational.




Carson Center

100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


This performance arts center hosts Broadway hits, theatre, dance, and a musical series with big name

entertainers and traveling productions year-round. The staging and acoustics of the 1,800 seat Main Hall

provide a spectacular venue for artists and audiences alike

Clemens Fine Arts Center

Western Kentucky Community & Technical College

4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The Clemens Fine Arts Center is home to the “Arts in Focus” series, which has presented national touring

productions of theatre, dance, and musical attractions for forty years. Along with the touring company

productions, the series includes West Kentucky Community and Technical College Theatre and Music

Department productions and visual arts displays.

Grand Rivers Badgett Playhouse

1838 JH O'Bryan, Grand Rivers, Kentucky 42045


The playhouse is home to musical revue “VARIETY! Music, Memories, & More,” which celebrates music from

the past with singers, dangers, and a live band. It also hosts other theatrical endeavors, such as children’s

theatre, movies, and performances from regional performers.

Janice Mason Art Museum

71 Main Street, Cadiz, Kentucky 42211


Both local and regional artists are featured among the museums changing exhibits. An array of mediums is

highlighted, from metal sculpture to watercolor. Classes are available throughout the year; Check the website

for schedules and additional information.


Kentucky Opry Show

US Highway 641, Draffenville, Kentucky 42025


One of Kentucky Lake’s finest attractions, this country music and comedy show presents some of the state’s

finest talent. The Kentucky Opry also hosts a talent contest from January – May. Group tours are available;

Call or see the website for more information.

Maiden Alley Cinema

112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The Paducah Film Society programming at Maiden Alley Cinema offers award-winning independent domestic

film, classic film from the golden age of Hollywood, internationally renowned foreign film and a host of academy

award winners. The society also hosts a variety of community outreach events, including the “Movies For Me”

youth program and the River’s Edge Film Festival.

Market House Theatre

132 Market House Square, Paducah, Kentucky 42001

1-888-MHT-PLAY or Box Office: 270.444.6828

The Market House Theatre was voted on of the Top 25 community theatres in the nation, and has won awards

in every state competition it has entered. Established in 1963 as an eight-person, “little theatre” group, Market

House has grown into a regional center of performance arts.

Mentor House Gallery

332 N. Sixth Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The Mentor House Gallery is renowned for its signature 18-foot giraffe, which stands as a landmark for the

city’s art district. The gallery’s diverse selection of art glass, paintings, and sculptures promises something that

will appeal to every taste and style.

National Quilt Museum

215 Jefferson Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The Museum of the American Quilter’s Society (MAQS) is a non-profit institution established to educate,

promote, and honor today’s quiltmaker. The museum hosts professional exhibits of new and antique quilts, as

well as educational activities to help achieve this mission. Groups are required to register in advance.


Paducah Symphony Orchestra

2101 Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky 42001

270-444-0065 or 800-738-3727

This symphony orchestra is composed of the region’s most talented musicians.

Twilight Cabaret

7711 US Highway 64, Gilbertsville, Kentucky 42044


Twilight Cabaret has been producing quality productions in western Kentucky for many years. Their programs

have taken several forms; there were three-act plays, variety shows, and recently, a comedy-mystery. All of

these have been presented with both tourists and area residents in mind.

Yeiser Art Center

200 Broadway Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

The Yeiser Arts Center is a non-profit organization that promotes and presents the visual arts through

exhibitions, programs and workshops. The center features both traveling and permanent exhibits in a variety

of media, techniques, and subject matter. The Yeiser Art Center’s permanent collection, consists of an

elaborate collection of American, European, African and Asian art.


Annie’s Horsedrawn Carriage Rides

Second & Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


Enjoy an old-fashioned leisurely ride along the Ohio River to see Paducah in style.

Lowertown Trolley

Paducah Area Transit System

850 Harrison Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001

270-444-8700 or toll free 877-828-7287

Take a complementary trolley ride through Paducah’s Lowertown district. Please see the Paducah Area

Transit System website for more information.


Mantle Rock Native Education Center

110 S. Main Street, Marion, Kentucky 42064


The Mantle Rock Native Education Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting

Native American culture and history. Youth and educational programs regarding history, storytelling, crafts,

games, music and dance, among other topics are available. The site is located in a former shelter area on the

Trail of Tears, and is a pilgrimage destination for many Cherokee.

Meme’s Great Adventures

315 N. Ninth Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


Hours: Friday – Sunday; Other times by appointment

Enjoy a 30-minute tour of historic downtown Paducah and the Lowertown arts district in a quadracycle.

Tricycles are also available for individual use at an hourly rental fee.

Segway of Paducah

104 Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


Segway of Paducah offers guided segway tours of the city using cutting-edge transportation technology. Also

available are segway demonstrations to teach users how to operate the machines during self-guided tours.

Please follow Safety-Wise guidelines – girls must be Girl Scout Cadette or older to utilize a segway.


Christian Way Farm

19590 Linville Road, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240


Hours: Open Saturdays in October or by appointment

The family farm offers a chance to see farm animals, take a wagon ride, work the soil, explore a corn maze,

visit a straw castle, and much more.



Alben Barkley Museum

533 Madison, Paducah, Kentucky 42001

Built in 1852, this home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and showcases memorabilia of

Vice President Alben W. Barkley and other items from Paducah’s past.

Barlow House Museum

509 Broadway, Barlow, Kentucky 42024


The museum features displays on area history, Civil War heritage, and genealogy.

Chief Paduke Statue

Nineteenth & Jefferson Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001

Legend has it that General William Clark, who founded Paducah, named it in honor of the “Padouca” tribe, a

subtribe of the Chickasaw who lived and hunted in the area.

Civil War Walking Tour

Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau, 128 Broadway, Paducah Kentucky, 42002

Get a sense of the important role that Paducah played during the Civil War. The tour map is based on one

drawn in 1861 by a Federal captain who was among the troops occupying Paducah by order of Gen. U.S.

Grant. The eight sites are scattered throughout downtown Paducah, based around U.S. 45 and U.S. 60.

Walking Tour brochures are available at the Paducah Visitor’s Center.

Columbus-Belmont Museum

350 Park Road, Columbus, Kentucky 42032


Located in Columbus-Belmont State Park, the museum houses four Civil War galleries in a former soldiers’

infirmary. The park itself was the site of the 1861 Battle of Belmont.

Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum

5702 Tennessee Avenue, Fort Campbell, Kentucky 42223


The museum presents the history of the units that have been assigned to Fort Campbell, including the 101 st

Airborne Division Air Assault, known as the “Screaming Eagles.”


Hotel Metropolitan

724 Oscar Cross Drive, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


A project of Save America’s Treasures, this 1909 hotel housed famous African American entertainers and

sports figures during segregation. Famous guests include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway,

B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Ike and Tina Turner.

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

258 Pembroke-Fairview Road, Pembroke, Kentucky 42266


A 351 foot obelisk marks the birthplace of Confederate States of America president Jefferson Davis. The site

features an educational visitor’s center and elevator rides to the top of the monument. The first weekend in

June, the site hosts a Civil War Festival, complete with battle reenactment.

Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum

631 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The museum is in the home of Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman and highlights the role of Western

Kentucky in the Civil War.

Morris Toy Museum

1007 First Street, Carrsville, Kentucky 42081


The museum showcases a wide variety of toys from the 1800’s to the present.

The National Quilt Museum

215 Jefferson Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The museum has three amazing galleries that showcase more than 150 quilts at a time. There is always

something new to see, with about a dozen new exhibitions annually. The National Quilt museum is portal to

the contemporary quilt experience through traditional and non-traditional quilt exhibits and quilt workshops.

Oak Grove War Memorial Walking Trail

101 Walter Garrett Lane, Oak Grove, Kentucky 42262

1-866-779-1250 or 270-439-5675

The memorial features a mile-long trail with markers to honor those who served in all U.S. wars and conflicts.

A special monument dedicated to Vietnam Veterans is on site. Picnic tables are available.


Paducah Railroad Museum

200 Washington Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


Operated by the Paducah chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the museum contains displays of

railroad equipment and memorabilia.

Paducah “Wall to Wall”

Water Street, Jefferson – Washington Streets, Paducah, Kentucky 42001

Renowned artist Robert Dafford captures Paducah’s rich history in lifesized paintings on the river city’s

floodwall. These “Portraits of Paducah’s Past” overlook the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King Boulevard, Paducah, Kentucky 42001

A monument commemorating the life of Dr. King.

Steam Locomotive No. 1518

S. Water Street & Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Kentucky 42001

The last “Iron Horse” used by the ICRR serves as a memorial to the passage of the Steam Age.

Trail of Tears Commemorative Park

US Highway 41, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240


This historic park is one of the few documented sites of actual trail and campsites used during the forced

removal of the Cherokee people to present day Oklahoma. The grave sites of Chiefs White Patch and Fly

Smith are accompanied by memorial statues. A PowWow is held annually the weekend after Labor Day. For

information about Native American PowWows, please check out this website:

Upper Town Heritage Walking Tour

Clark – Tennessee Streets, Ninth – Third Streets, Paducah, Kentucky

See how African Americans carved out their own communities the Upper Town area of Paducah.

Whitehaven Welcome Center

1845 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


Hours: Open 24 hours; Tours 1 pm – 4 pm, daily

Kentucky’s Gateway to the South is open 24 hours to welcome to traveling public. The historic home features

period furnishings and memorabilia of Paducah native and former Vice President Alben Barkey.


Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

94 Green Street, Wickliffe, Kentucky 42087


Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi river, the village was occupied from about AD 1100 to 1350.

The museum consists of 3 excavated mounds with archaeological features, Mississippian burial practices,

displays of artifacts from the site and a mural of a Mississippian village. The Ceremonial Mound is intact and

can be accessed for a beautiful bird’s eye view of the park. A Hands-On Activity Touch Table rounds out a

museum tour where visitors can use prehistoric tools, and learn about Mississippian artifacts, technology and

their environment.


Historic Dogwood Trail

Downtown, Lowertown, & Residential Paducah, Kentucky 42001

This 12.5 mile trail celebrates the spectacular natural beauty of Western Kentucky as springtime turns the area

into a fairyland of azalea, dogwoods, and flowering gardens. Buses are available for guided tours throughout

the blooming season.

Land Between the Lakes

100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, Kentucky 42211

270-924-2000 or 800-LBL-7077

There are plenty of chances to learn about our physical world in this 700-acre Elk & Bison Prairie. The

Woodlands Nature Station offers hands-on nature programs. The Homeplace, a living history farm, shows how

people utilized the environment in the 1800’s, and the Golden Pond Planetarium hosts spectacular shows of

space and the night sky.



For more information about Paducah area Parks & Playgrounds, please see the website

Noble Park

2915 Park Avenue, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


This 145-acre municipal park offers picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts, an Olympic sized swimming pool

with waterslide, a skatepark, and baseball fields. A Paducah landmark, the Peter “Wolf” Toth hand-carving

“Wacinton” stands near the entrance to the park.


Bluegrass Downs Live Harness Racing

150 Downs Drive, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


Enjoy simulcast thoroughbred and harness racing from Kentucky tracks and other major racing centers around

the United States. Live harness racing on-site each spring.

Copper Canyon Ranch

14750 Ovil Road, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240


Hours: Appointment Only; Please call for details

This entertainment complex is a replica of an 1800’s mining town. Shows include comedy, music, games,

magic, ventriloquism and even live gunfights.

Four Rivers Sport Horse Center

4982 Lovelaceville Road, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The horse center has over 40 horses and offers horseback riding available with lesson, or in all-weather

outdoor arena or trails with an instructor.

Greenway Trail

2915 Park Avenue, Paducah, Kentucky 42001

A 1.75 mile Greenway Trail begins at Noble Park and ends at County Park Road, with opportunities to walk,

jog, or bike.

Happy Trails Riding Stable

735 State Highway 93 South, Eddyville, Kentucky 42038


This stable offers scenic, shady guided tours on gentle horses.

Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway

957 Truck Plaza Lane, Calvert City, Kentucky 42029


The 3/8 mile clay track hosts super late models, open wheel modified, sprint cars and limited sportsmen plus

special events.


Kentucky Shores Family Fun Center

US Highway 641, Gilbertsville, Kentucky 42044


This recreational center offers a golf driving range, mini-golf, batting cages and the longest go kart track in

western Kentucky.

Let’s Glow Golf

5027 Hinkleville Road, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


An indoor miniature golf course with glow-in-the dark blacklight effects. Parties welcome.

Maggie’s Jungle Golf & Jungle Run

7301 US Highway 641 North, Gilbertsville, Kentucky 42044


This attraction is part mini-golf course and part nature trail, complete with exotic animals.

Marine Charter Service Marina at Sportsman’s Anchor

12888 US Highway 68 East, Benton, Kentucky 42025


Charter a boat for up to six passengers on Kentucky Lake. Cruises are tailored to the customer’s wishes.

Paducah International Raceway

4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


Race times: April – October; Friday nights

NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Ken Schrader own the track and host several high-profile events

including NASCAR nights, THE USA World 50, and the Tri-Track Challenge.

Paul Rowton Indoor Tennis Center

5705 Old Highway 60 West, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The USTA award-winning facility offers six indoor courts, pro shop, locker room, and viewing area. Lessons

are available with a full-time teaching pro.


121 N. Fifth Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001



This shop offers a room for children’s tea parties, complete with child-sized table and chairs, tea sets, and a

selection of wide brimmed hats and feather boas.

Tie Breaker Park Family Aquatic Center

9503 Eagle Way Bypass, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240


Part of Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation district, Tie Breaker Aquatic Park boasts attractions such as Riptide

Express, Ripple River, the Splash Zone, and Hurricane Alley.

Venture River Water Park

280 Park Place, Eddyville, Kentucky 42038


The water park offers a wave pool, 10 exciting slides, sand volleyball, a large kiddie pool, a lazy river, and

action waves.

Western Kentucky Campgrounds

For information about campgrounds in Western Kentucky, please see the website:

Willow Creek Campgrounds & Horse Trails

1784 Linton Road, Cadiz, Kentucky 42211


8,000 acres of riding trails and over 100 trailer and tent camping sites, some with water and electricity. Tether

posts at each site, stalls and pens available. Day rides available.


Challenger Learning Center

4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The mission of the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is to improve the quality of science, math and

technology education by providing opportunities for all in our region to participate in quality real-life

experiences, attain knowledge and become life long learners. The Challenger Learning Center offers

programs to earn Space Explorer and Earth & Sky Girl Scout Brownie Try-Its and the Space Traveler Girl

Scout Junior badge. All programming requires advanced reservations.


Clement Mineral Museum

205 N. Walker Street, Marion, Kentucky 42064


The museum hosts largest display of fluorite crystal in the world, with thousands of specimens from the famed

Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky Fluorspar Region. A variety of historical and geological memorabilia of

is also on display, including gemstone carvings, photographs, records, and mining equipment.

Kentucky Dam & Visitor’s Center

US Highway 62, Grand Rivers, Kentucky 42045


This hydroelectric dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Self-guided tours offer visitors

information, photographs, and models to explain the power plant experience.

River Discovery Center

117 S. Water Street, Paducah, Kentucky 42001


The museum’s interactive, water-filled exhibits include a working model of a lock and dam. In addition, a

dredging exhibit shows how the sediment of river bottoms is moved in order to improve navigational channels.

The river habitats exhibit displays the various fish populations and aquatic species found in the local rivers.

Riverworks Discovery patches can be earned here as well – call for a group tour.




American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

1721 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63131


Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am -- 4 pm, Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm; Closed holidays.

This museum houses the nation’s finest collection of artwork on the dog, including paintings, bronze

sculptures, and etchings. Special exhibitions are held throughout the year.

Craft Alliance Gallery

6640 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Hours: Open daily. Call for details and hours of educational center.

Works of glass, clay, wood, textiles, mixed media and metal by artists from all over the world are displayed.

The gallery has a year-round rotating schedule of original exhibits.

The Fox Theater

527 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Hours: Tours at 10:30 am every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday except holidays.

Please note: Tour availability depends on performance schedule

Tour the fabulous Fox Theatre, once billed as “St. Louis' largest and most magnificent temple of amusement."

Also, check out the gallery of past performances.

Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum

12580 Rott Road at Geyer Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63127


Museum Hours: Tuesday -- Saturday: 10 am -- 5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm –- 5 pm.

Park Hours: 8 am to dark, daily

Tours available, must be reserved three weeks in advance.

This 98-acre park offers a sculpture collection of international significance exhibited in a rolling, partly wooded,

landscaped setting. Throughout the year, special exhibitions cover a full range of contemporary media–

sculpture, drawings, paintings, ceramics, video and photography by artists of international stature.



Metro Theater Company

8308 Olive Boulevard St. Louis, Missouri 63132


The Metrospective offers education programs that provide access to and appreciation for theater arts, foster

self-esteem, and creativity. Call for more information or to schedule your chance to participate in a show.

The Muny

Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri 63110


Going to the Muny is a St. Louis tradition dating back to 1917. This 12,000-seat amphitheater is the oldest and

largest outdoor musical theatre in the country. Broadway-style productions run from mid-June to mid-August. A

resident orchestra and huge choruses help set high standards in production values. There is a section of free

seating in the back; it's a good deal, but binoculars are recommended.

Powell Symphony Hall

718 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63103

314-533-2500 - Ask For Group Sales

Tours available, call in advance for reservation

This was once a vaudeville house, but now it has been converted into a concert hall where the St. Louis

Symphony Orchestra performs. Group rates are available, call for more information.

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

130 Edgar Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63119


Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am – 3:30 pm.

Tours available with reservation; Special rates for Girl Scout groups

The Loretto-Hilton Center of Webster University is home to the Repertory Theatre and Opera Theatre

companies. The Mainstage is a thrust-stage auditorium which seats 733-900. The Studio Theatre downstairs is

a "black box" performance space seating 125. It is used for experimental and innovative productions.

St. Louis Art Museum

Forest Park, 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63110


Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am – 5 pm; Open Friday until 9 pm

Tours available; contact the Education Division at least three weeks in advance.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than

30,000 works of art. The Museum also offers a full range of featured exhibitions, a research library, a varied

schedule of special events, and community and educational programming.


St. Louis Black Repertory Co.

3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


The company, based at the Grandel Theatre, presents six plays each year. Plays are musicals, dramas, and

comedies reflecting the black experience. The Black Rep has an extensive educational touring program.

Season subscriptions. Tickets can be purchased by phone. Volunteer opportunities are available, call or check

out the web for more details.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Powell Symphony Hall, 718 N. Grand Boulevard, Missouri 63103


The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra presents three concert series especially designed to introduce school

children of all ages to the wonder and excitement of orchestral music. KinderKonzerts are grades K – 3, Young

People’s Concerts are grades 4 – 6 and Young Adults concerts are grades 6 – 8. A post-concert tour of Powell

Symphony Hall can be requested in advance – availability is limited. Call the Educational Concerts tickets

office at (314) 286-4156 for more information and visit the Symphony’s website for information about classical

and holiday orchestral concerts and more than 250 free community events.

Vaughn Cultural Center/Urban League

3701 Grandel Square, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Hours: Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Center creates and introduces new programs on African-American issues, and focuses on history and

culture. The Center also sponsors cultural events and activities year-round, including lectures, exhibits,

performances and educational classes.


City Museum

701 N. 15th Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm, Friday: 9 am – 1 am, Saturday: 10 am – 1 am,

Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm; Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

City Museum is an educational environment that is a unique and diverse grouping of art, science, history and

fun. Girls can explore a labyrinth of caves and tunnels and participate in a circus show. Programs specific to

Girl Scouting are available.


Faust Park Tours

15185 Olive Street Road, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017


Different tours are available seasonally at many of the Faust Park sites, including colonial reenactments at

Faust Historical Village, Haunted History tours of Bates Cemetery, and special winter/holiday events. Please

call for more information.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

411 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102


Tours are available daily Monday - Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for groups of 40 or less. Pleas make

arrangements two weeks in advance. Tour lasts approximately 1½ hours and is recommended for Girl Scout

Juniors or older. Tour is free of charge.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Service Center

2300 Ball Drive, Maryland Heights, Missouri 63136

314-592-2360 ext. 2360

Tours, led by Girl Scout tour guides, may be arranged by calling the Program Resource Specialist. Depending

on the age level and badge or patch the troop is working on, the tour will last approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Gateway Arch, Old Courthouse & Riverboats

11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102

877-982-1410, ext. 16

Call ahead for show times, reservations, and advance ticket sales.

Several programs designed to help Girl Scouts fulfill requirements for Try-Its, Badges, and Interest Projects are

offered. National Park Service Rangers facilitate these free programs. Check out the website for a printable

brochure. In addition, girls can experience St. Louis at a birds eye view by taking a journey to the top on the

tram ride. Movies and documentaries can be added to your tour package.

Laclede Gas Company Consumer Education Dept.

4118 Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury, Missouri 63119

314-768- 7730

Visit Laclede Gas Consumer Education Department to meet requirements for the Make It, Eat It Try-It, the Lets

Get Cooking badge, and the Creative Cooking Interest Project Patch. Contact the Consumer Education

Department to schedule a free program for your troop. Space is limited, so call early for reservations

St. Louis County Police Department Communication Center

7900 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, Missouri 63105



Guided tours designed for Girl Scout Brownies and older provide a behind-the-scenes look at how requests for

emergency service are enhanced by use of 911 and computer-aided dispatching. Highlights of the tour include

operational security, service request processing, 911 usage instructions, radio dispatching, emergency medical

radio system console, and tornado warning sirens.


Bellefontaine Cemetery

4947 W. Florissant, St. Louis, Missouri 63115


Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm; Gates close promptly at 5 pm

Notify the cemetery office on arrival. Printed tour guide sheets are available upon request. The cemetery

contains the graves of many noted people who contributed to the beginnings of St. Louis and the westward

growth of our country.

Calvary Cemetery

5239 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63115


Hours: 8 am – 5 pm, daily

Established in 1857, this cemetery contains the graves of many noted persons who were identified with the

very beginning of St. Louis. Guide sheets and maps are available upon request from the cemetery office.

Campbell House Museum

1508 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm& Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Ideal for Girl Scout Juniors through Girl Scout Ambassadors, this is the only surviving house of Lucas Place, a

once fashionable location. Originally owned by merchant and fur trader Robert Campbell, it still contains the

original furnishings.

Chatillion-DeMenil Mansion

3352 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, Missouri 63118


Hours: Museum and tours are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm

The mansion was originally built in 1848 as a 4-room brick farmhouse. This historic home also features a

museum and restaurant.


Concordia Historical Institute

804 Seminary Place, St. Louis, Missouri 63105

314-721-5934, ext. 320 or 314-505-7900 to request a tour

The Institute includes archives and a museum, both devoted to American Lutheran history. The tour gives a

brief overview of the museum, a twenty-minute investigation of the archives, and concludes with the visitor's

self-guided tour in the museum. There is a small museum shop with items for sale related to our collection.

The Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum

634 South Broadway, St. Louis, Missouri 63102


The Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum is the birthplace and childhood home of Eugene Field,

known as the “Children’s Poet” It is also the home of his father, Roswell Martin Field, the lawyer who

represented Dred Scott and his family when they were suing for their freedom.

Tours offered:

General tour: Covers all areas of the history of the house and its people. Can be adapted to suit any age.

African-American History: Roswell M. Field, Dred Scott and St. Louis African-American history up to the Civil

War. Presented for Girl Scout Juniors through Girl Scout Ambassadors.

Topic Tours: on the subject your troop is studying, within the scope of the museum’s collections (must be

booked at least one month before date of visit).

Girl Scout Badge: Tours adapted for Girl Scout badges.

First Missouri State Capitol-State Historic Site

200-216 S. Main Street, St. Charles, Missouri 63301


Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Missouri’s early legislators met here from June 4, 1821 – Oct. 1, 1826, while a new Capitol was being built in

Jefferson City. The building, fully restored, contains two residences, a general store, legislative chambers, a

committee room, the first Governor’s office and an interpretative center with exhibits.

Fort Belle Fontaine Park

13002 Bellefontaine Road, Spanish Lake, Missouri 63138


Open 8 am – sunset

Free Admission, excluding special events.

Fort Belle Fontaine was the first U.S. military post west of the Mississippi in the ahhLouisiana Territory. Take a

free self-guided tour or a guided tour available by appointment only. Various educational programs are offered.

General Daniel Bissell House

10255 Bellfontaine Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63137


Hours: Group tours by appointment only.


This was the home of historical figure General Daniel Bissell. The home was built from 1814-1816 and

contains furnishings and decorative arts of the period.

The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture

2505 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63106


Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am -- 5 pm; Open Memorial Day to Labor Day 2 – 5 pm

The permanent exhibit features life-size wax figures of African-Americans with a mo connection, including Dred

Scott and George Washington Carver. There also is a scale model of a slave ship, an authentic slave cabin,

historical documents and artifacts. The museum hosts traveling exhibitions.

Holocaust Museum and Learning Center

12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63146


Hours: Monday–Thursday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday, 9:30 am – 3 pm, Sunday 10 am-4 pm.

Tours available by appointment, including evening tours.

The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (HMLC) is a 5,000-square-foot education and exhibition facility

dedicated to teaching the important history and lessons of the Holocaust and preserving the memory of the six

million Jews who perished. The exhibition is designed with a focus on the experiences of survivors who

immigrated to St. Louis. In addition, the HMLC sponsors numerous programs that are open to the public,

including a monthly film series, an annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration, lectures by

internationally recognized speakers, and outstanding temporary exhibitions.

Jefferson Barracks Historic Park

533 Grant Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63125


Hours: 8 am to a half-hour past sunset, daily. Closed January, Thanksgiving, and December 25.

Tours available, call for details

The National Cemetery, south of the park, is the 4 th largest U.S. cemetery in the nation. This 424 acre park

was once part of an Army Post that was active from 1826-1946. Converted to a historical park in 1950,

restored buildings include the Laborer’s House, the stable and two powder magazines.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center

1050 Riverside Drive, St. Charles, Missouri 63301


Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

Girl Scouts can learn about Sacagawea and her life, struggles, and impact on our heritage and history.

Missouri Historical Society & Historical Museum

5700 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63112


Hours: Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm, Wednesday-Monday 10 am - 5 pm


Numerous permanent exhibits and fun things to look at including Charles Lindbergh memorabilia, St. Louis

history, including an audio-visual show portraying St. Louis as the River City. For tours, contact the education

department at least two weeks in advance. The education department must be notified if you are unable to

keep your appointment.

Museum of Transport

3015 Barrett Station Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63122


The Museum of Transportation houses "one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the

world." The collection includes cars, buses, and trolleys dating back to the turn of the century. Aircraft and

riverboat material are also on display.

Old Cathedral and Museum

209 Walnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102


Cathedral Hours: 7 am - 5 pm, daily

Museum Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm and occasional Saturdays.

Tours are available Monday-Wednesday with a reservation.

Founded in 1770, this is St. Louis’ oldest church, known officially as the Basilica of St. Louis the King.

Payne-Gentry House

4211 Fee Fee Road, Bridgeton, Missouri 63044


Hours: February to November, 1 st & 3 rd Saturday of each month, excluding holiday weekends.

Call for special group tours at least two weeks in advance.

The Victorian cottage built by Elbridge and Elizabeth Payne in 1870 is fully restored and including a historical

doctor’s office.

Samuel Cupples House

3673 W. Pine, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


The house has 22 fireplaces, 49 rooms, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Included in

the house are glass, furniture, and art collections.

Scott Joplin State Historic Site

2658 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Hours: Seasonal, Call ahead for details

This site is the former home of famous African-American ragtime pianist and is furnished in the style of 1902,

including gaslight and period music.


St. Louis Car Museum

1575 Woodson Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63114


Fluorescent lights glisten off the cars, which include everything from a 1913 Metz Runabout to a 1997

Mercedes S600 Coupe. The sheer number and variety of automobiles makes this a fascinating place to visit.

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame/International Bowling Museum

111 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri 63102


The International Bowling Museum is a 50,000 sq. ft., 3-story history museum -- fascinating for history buffs,

and fun for young and old alike. Educational programs that use bowling to make learning fun are available.

In the hall of fame, St. Louis’ rich baseball tradition is preserved for today’s fans, with memorabilia from over

100 years of the National League St. Louis Cardinals (1892-present), the American League St. Louis Browns

(1902-1953) and the National Negro League St. Louis Stars (1920-1941).

St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway

Box 244, Jackson, Missouri 63755

573-243-1688 or 1-800-455-RAIL

Recommended for Girl Scout Juniors and older. Come take a ride back in time on the St. Louis Iron Mountain

& Southern Railway. Relax in a coach car pulled by "The Shelby Brown" steam engine built in 1946. Let the

sights and sounds of a trip behind Engine No. 5 of the historic "Iron Mountain" line spirit you away to the glory

days of the steam train era.

St. Louis Walk of Fame

6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City, Missouri 63130


Open 24 hours a day, no fee.

If you see St. Louisans walking with their heads down in the U. City Loop, it's because they're reading the 90

plaques that constitute the Walk of Fame. The plaques honor famous St. Louisans or people who have a

connection to St. Louis, including James "Cool Papa" Bell, Charles Lindbergh and Tina Turner. Along with the

stars, you'll find a brief biography of each person.

Soldier’s Memorial Military Museum

1315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 3 pm

The names of World War I servicemen who gave their lives are etched on a black granite memorial, and0

museum rooms display military memorabilia. The memorial sits beside a park with more sculptures honoring

veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. St. Louis veterans conduct flag

ceremonies on most Federal holidays.


The Thomas Sappington House

1015 S. Sappington Road, Sappington, Missouri 63126


Hours: Call the resident manager for appointment. Special hours are available with reservations.

The Sappingtons were friends of Daniel Boone in Kentucky and followed him to the St. Louis area in 1804. The

house is furnished with historic items and decorated in pioneer fashion.


Grant’s Farm

10501 Gravois Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63123


Hours: Vary seasonally, Call ahead for details.

Now maintained by Anheuser-Bush Company, this area was the home of Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s cabin,

built in 1855, is still located on the grounds. In addition, Grant’s Farm is home to Deer Park, Tier Garden, The

Bauernhof, and the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

St. Louis District Dairy Council

8710 Manchester, St. Louis, Missouri 63144


Recommended for Girl Scout Juniors and older, the Dairy Council will act as a liaison between group leaders

and dairy farmers for a dairy farm tour. Troop leaders will be provided with the name and telephone number of

a dairy farmer accepting group tours and instructions for setting up a visit. All available farms are within 70

miles of downtown St. Louis.


August A. Busch Memorial Conservation

2360 Highway D, St. Charles, Missouri 63304


Hours: April-September: 6 am – 10 pm, daily; October –March: 6 am – 7 pm, daily

A publicly owned 6,987-acre area managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Enjoy fishing, trails,

tours, interpretive programs, and more on this wildlife land. Call ahead to learn about special events.


Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

801 Strodtman Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63138

Hours: April 1 - September 30: 6 am – 1pm; October 1- March 31: 6 am – 7pm

The 4,318-acre Columbia Bottom Conservation Area was purchased in 1997 by the Missouri Department of

Conservation to create an urban conservation area. The area features a variety of bottomland/floodplain

habitats along with an excellent view of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The area also

features the River’s Edge Trail, a 3-mile hiking trail along the Missouri River and the Confluence Hiking/Biking

Trail, a 4.75-mile trail along the levee to the confluence.

Field Studies at Shaw Nature Reserve

Off of I-44 and I-270, Gray Summit, Missouri 63039


Hours: 7 am – dusk, daily

Visitor center: Monday-Friday: 8 am -- 4:30 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Field Studies can be conducted on this reserve, located on the northern edge of the Ozarks. Featuring over

2400 acres, including forests, glades, tall grass prairie, wetlands, and the Meramec River, it creates an exciting

outdoor learning laboratory. All classes are held outdoors.

Humane Society of Missouri

1201 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110


Hours: Tours and presentations are conducted every day except Thursday for groups of 15 or more

and can be scheduled between 10 am - 6 pm

Presentations include a talk focused on the responsibilities of pet ownership, the importance of spaying and

neutering pets, and the need to treat all living creatures with kindness and respect. In addition, the

presentation has a video and a tour of the headquarters facility including the animal shelter and veterinary

medical center. Presentations are tailored to the age of the children and, if requested, enhanced presentations

can be made to cover badge work.

Missouri Botanical Garden

4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63110


Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, daily

Featuring the Climatron Conservator, English Woodland Garden, Kemper Center for Home Gardening, Grigg

Nanjing Friendship Garden, 8-foot hedge maze, Interpretive Center, and Tower Grove House. The blooming

site has plenty of flowers, plants, and gardens to appeal to everyone. Narrated tram tours, a restaurant and

garden shop are also on site.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122



This urban center, nestled in 112 acres of oak-hickory forest, offers Girl Scout loaner backpacks with materials

for groups to earn badges while visiting. A “Discovery Table” associated with badge work is held once a month

during the school year. Also featured are forest, fish and wildlife exhibits, including a 3,000 gallon aquarium.

Purina Farms

200 Checkerboard Drive, Gray Summit, Missouri 63039


Hours: Open seasonally mid-March through mid-November. Spring: weekdays from 9:30am-1pm,

weekends 9:30am-3pm. Summer: Tue-Sun 9:30am-3pm. Closed on all major holidays.

Discover how pets help people live healthier lives, visit the 28-foot-tall Victorian style cat house, or pet a variety

of dogs on display. Learn how to teach dog tricks or romp in a real-life hayloft. Picnics are not allowed and

reservations are required.

Rockwoods Reservation

2751 Glencoe Road, Glencoe, Missouri 63038


Hours: Sunrise – one half-hour past sunset

Education Center 8 am – 5 pm; Closed on all state holidays

Rockwoods Reservation is a state forest and wildlife refuge located in western St. Louis County and managed

by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Facilities include six nature trails ranging in length from 300 yards

to 3-1/4 miles, picnic areas and an education center. The education center contains many exhibits on

Missouri’s forest, fish and wildlife resources.

St. Louis Children's Aquarium

City Museum

701 North Fifthteenth Street, Second Floor, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, daily

Tours available; Call for appointment & information.

A visit to the Aquacenter will let troops visit with Amazon and Mississippi animals at the touchpool and explore

the aqua stations. Hands-on exhibits highlight native wildlife. Other attractions include the Intertidal Zone, the

Fringing Reef, the Open Ocean, the Mississippi River Exposition, and a rainforest exhibit.

Girl Scout Programs at World Aquarium: The World Aquarium has developed programs just for Girl Scouts!

Programs include leader booklets with suggested activities to do with your troop before and after the visit to the

World Aquarium to meet the requirements for specific recognitions.

Programs Available:

Girl Scouts Daisies: Rose Petal (Making the World A Better Place)

Girl Scouts Brownies: Animal Try-It; Water Everywhere Try-It

Girl Scout Juniors: Water Wonders; Earth Connections; Plants and Animals; Wildlife

Girl Scouts Cadettes-Ambassadors: From Sea to Shore; Wildlife


St. Louis Zoo

Forest Park, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63110


Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, daily; Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day;

9 am – 3 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve

The St. Louis Zoo is one of the oldest and largest in the country, with a population of over 6,000 animals.

Features include the River's Edge, Zooline Railroad, Monsanto Insectarium, the Living World education center,

Children's Zoo, the Sea Lion show, and the Penguin & Puffin Coast. Group packages available; call for details.

Snooze at the Zoo program is available to Girl Scout Juniors Girl and older. This is an overnight filled with fun

activities including: evening and morning hikes, animal petting, games, etc. Call the zoo for more information

or check out the web.

Washington University Tyson Research Center Field Science Program

PO Box 258, Eureka, Missouri 63025


Fulfill badge requirements while exploring the natural world! Girl Scout programs are offered after school for

Girl Scout Brownies and on Saturdays for Girl Scout Juniors and older. Girl Scout Daisy Troop Leaders can

call to arrange a nature hike in the spring or a Girl Scout science trip in the winter.

Programs Available

Girl Scout Brownies: Animals, Earth & Sky, Eco-Explorer, Outdoor Adventurer, Nature through Art, Watching

Wildlife, Her Story, In the Hollow (Listening to the Past & Through the Years – sections)

Girl Scout Juniors: Earth Connections, Finding Your Way, Rocks Rock, Wildlife, Local Lore, Visual Arts

(through the outdoors)

Girl Scout Cadettes – Girl Scout Ambassadors: Orienteering (Oct. and April); call to arrange.

Wild Canid Survival and Research Center/Wolf Sanctuary (WCSRC)

PO Box 760, Eureka, Missouri 63025


Located within Washington University’s Tyson Research Center, the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center

offers daytime programs and tours geared to each troop’s needs, and evening wolf howl and campfire

programs in the spring and fall. Tours offer a chance to see endangered species of wolves and other wild

canids. Call for more details.

Wildlife Rescue Center

1128 New Ballwin Road, Ballwin, Missouri 63021


Hours: Day, evening and weekend times are available.

There are in-house programs for Girl Scout groups. To schedule a class, contact the Center at (636) 394-1880.

Classes include: Endangered species education, Earth Day classes, Bat education, Wild canid education,

Native Missouri wildlife education.




For information on St. Louis City parks and playgrounds, please contact the Department of Parks, Recreation

and Forestry at 314-289-5300.

Faust Park

15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017


Hours: 7 am to one half-hour after sunset, daily

History comes alive on the weekends with 19th century craft demonstrations and activities.

Highlights of Faust Park:

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and Education Center


Hours: 9 am -- 5 pm, daily (closed Christmas);

Memorial Day to Labor Day: open Wednesday evenings until 8 p.m.

Visitors will view live exotic and domestic butterflies in this facility that boasts an 8,000-square-foot

conservatory, a 60-seat theater, education classroom, exhibit hall and the Madame Butterfly Gift Shop, which

is open all year. Trained docents are available to visit schools. Disabled accessible.

Faust Annex/Estate

102 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds to stroll. Disabled accessible.

Faust Village

Hours: Weekdays 8 am-8 pm; Open the last two weekends May-July 1 pm-5 pm

For group tours of 10 or more, call 636-532.7298 for an appointment

The village illustrates the lifestyles of the settlers of St. Louis County and the skills they used to survive.

Blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, natural dyeing, and other antique arts are all demonstrated at different times

of the year.

St. Louis Carousel


Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am-4 pm; Closed January.

The St. Louis Carousel is a popular historic attraction. It was hand-carved by the Dentzel Company of

Philadelphia around 1920. The carousel, restored and installed in a climate-controlled facility, is available for

the enjoyment of the general public.

Forest Park



Fishing is permitted in the lakes and lagoons in Forest Park, except where restrictions are posted. Sledding is

permitted on Art Hill (in front of the Art Museum) during snowy weather, unless restrictions are posted.

Kennedy Forest is a great location for bird watching, and each year plays host to more than 200 species of

migratory warblers and other feathered friends.

Picnic and event permits are available through the St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry at

314-289-5330. Forest Park is patrolled by a separate unit of the St. Louis mounted Police, headquartered at

Aviation Field in the southeast edge of the park. Please observe the 10 pm curfew in Forest Park. See the

website for downloads including a visitor’s brochure & fish, bird, insect, and mammal identification guides.

Highlights of Forest Park:

Turtle Park

This unique children's play area features giant sculpted land turtles created by St. Louis artist Bob Cassily.

Mark C. Steinberg Memorial Skating Rink

This skating rink has been a popular attraction since 1957. One of the nation's largest outdoor skating rinks,

the facility offers ice skating during the winter and rollerskating during the summer. For information about

operating hours and skate rental fees, call 314-367-7465.

Forest Park Recreational Path

This 7.5-mile long path is popular with cyclists, roller-bladers, joggers and walkers. An exercise par-course is

located along the path at the north edge of the park. The path generally runs along the park's perimeter. A 2.2mile

inner path starts at Clayton Avenue and ends near the Kennedy Forest.

Lindell Pavilion

The facility offers a snack bar, golf pro shop, lockers and includes the office of Forest Park Forever.

Immediately north of the building are handball and racquetball courts.

The World’s Fair Pavilion

World's Fair Pavilion was built in 1909 as a gift to the people of St. Louis from the Louisiana Purchase

Exposition Committee. Located at the top of Government Hill, the pavilion offers some of the most glorious

vistas in Forest Park. Recently renovated with private funds, the Pavilion is an ideal location for special events.

Call for information about use permits and fees. Call 314-289-5344 for more information.

Jewel Box

The Jewel Box has enchanted visitors since 1936.The building is surrounded by rose gardens, lily ponds,

statuary and monuments. Seasonal floral displays also are popular indoor attractions.

Forest Park Boat House

The Forest Park Boat House at Post-Dispatch Lake offers authentic Gondola cruises through the canals into

the Grand Basin. Paddle boats and canoes also are available for rent. A casual lakeside café and small

children's play area make this a great destination for families.

St. Louis County Parks, St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation

41 S. Central Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63105

314-615-PARK (7275)

Recreational, educational and historical activities, tours, exhibits and special events abound in St. Louis

County parks, with 70+ parks and sites comprising more than 13,000 acres: trails, fishing, pools, gymnasiums,

rinks, fairs, concerts and more. Call for a general activity guide or a brochure of seminars especially designed

for Girl Scout troops.



Bigfoot 4 x 4

6311 N. Lindberg Boulevard, Hazelwood, Missouri 63042


Browse through the world’s single largest collection of monster truck memorabilia including BIGFOOT 1, the

“Original monster Truck” that started it all. Observe the new models being constructed in the world’s only

“monster truck factory.”

Bob Kramer’s Marionettes

4143 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63108


Tour of the studio includes an explanation of how Kramer’s puppets are made, the history of puppetry and a

puppet show. See the website or call for information about seasonal theatre schedule.

Edwards Jones Dome

701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri 63101


Tours available, schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

Learn about the St. Louis Rams and their stadium. The tour includes seeing a video on the history of the dome,

walking through the dome and locker rooms and going on the field.

Hidden Valley

17409 Hidden Valley Drive, Wildwood, Missouri, 63025

24 Hr. Snow Report Line: 636-938-6999 or Business Office: 636-938-5373

Hours (weather permitting): Monday-Thursday: 1 -9:30 pm, Fri. 1-10 pm,

Sat.: 9 am - 10 pm, Sun. 9: am - 8 pm

Hidden Valley offers unlimited golf from March through November. They also offer skiing and snow boarding

when the weather permits. Hidden Valley offers rentals of skis and snowboards as well as offering ski lessons.

Laclede's Landing

Riverfront, St. Louis, Missouri 63102


Laclede's Landing, a nine block industrial area that offers a variety of activities and community events.

Something is always happening here at Laclede’s Landing.


Scotttrade Center

1401 Clark Avenue, St Louis, Missouri 63103


Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am-2 pm

Home of the St. Louis Blues hockey team and St. Louis Steamers indoor soccer. Tours appointments must be

made at least 1 month in advance and payment must be received at least 2 weeks in advance. The best time

to schedule an appointment is in the off season of the Blues from May-Sept. Tours will not be given if an event

is already scheduled at the Scottrade Center.

Six Flags St. Louis

I-44 & Allenton, Six Flags Road, Eureka, Missouri 63025


Thrill seekers will want to climb aboard the Screaming Eagle or The Boss roller coasters, two of the best in the

country. The park offers more fun with the Tidal Wave, Colossus, Mr. Freeze and Batman rides. Hurricane

Harbor is a great place to cool down during the hot summer months. Other attractions include Looney Tunes

Town and the Warner Brothers Backlot. There are also live music shows.

Soulard Farmer’s Market

730 Carroll Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63104


Hours: Wednesday – Friday from 8 am - 5 pm, Saturdays from 6 am - 5 pm

The market was founded around 1779, and features 148 stalls with farm-fresh and imported produce, meats,

fish, and flowers. Parts of the market were destroyed by the tornado of 1896, but the beautiful south entrance

was rebuilt and modeled after a hospital in Florence, Italy.

St. Louis Area Fishing Information

Maps, seasons, limits, tips and much more can be found on the website.

Winter Trout Program:

Since 1989, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has stocked rainbow trout in the St. Louis area,

beginning in St. Louis City (as part of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program) and later expanding to Kirkwood,

Ferguson, Ballwin, Overland and the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. Stocking dates are not

announced ahead of time, but are quickly reported to the Fish Stocking Hotline at (636) 300-9652.

Swing-A-Round Fun Town

141 & Gravois, Fenton, Missouri 63026


3541 Bogey Road, St. Charles, Missouri 63303


Hours: Vary seasonally, call for details.


Featuring such attractions as go karts, kiddie karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, baseball & softball cages, balloon

typhoon & soft play, jump shot basketball, and arcades. Attractions vary upon location.

St. Louis Union Station

1820 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Once upon a time -- during the railway heydays of the 1940s -- more than 200 trains carrying 100,000

passengers came through the station daily. Its 230-foot clock tower was its signature and the building was

city's best-known landmark. Today visitors marvel at the station's Grand Hall, spectacular stained-glass

windows, Romanesque arches, carvings and gold leafing. Filled to the brim with specialty shops, some unique

to only Union Station.

Upper Limits Climbing Gym

326 South 21 st Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63101


Hours: Monday – Friday: 12 pm – 10 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

This climbing gym has a pre-designed program to help Girl Scouts earn the High Adventure Interest Project

(upon request). Group outings and free climb programs are also available. Fees vary depending on program

and number of participants. Reservations are required before initial visit, call for details.


Challenger Learning Center

205 Brotherton Lane, Ferguson, Missouri 63135


Participants are taken to a whole new world while learning new things. Programs are available for Girl Scout

Brownies through Girl Scout Ambassadors. Girls will work together, just like a crew in a space shuttle would to

complete their mission. Contact Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois for more information on opportunities available

in collaboration with the Challenger Learning Center. Groups can also schedule a visit to the Challenger

Learning Center at the number listed above. The Challenger Learning Center offers programs for Girl Scout

Brownies to earn their Space Explorer and Council’s Own Space Scientist Try-Its and for Girl Scout Juniors to

earn their Aerospace and Council’s Own Space Traveler badges.

Dental Health Theatre

Laclede’s Landing, 727 North First Street, First Floor, St. Louis, Missouri 63102


Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am-3 pm; Reservations are required.


This theatre demonstrates proper dental health through fun props, movies, hands-on exhibits and sometimes

even marionette shows.

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum

516 S Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63122


The Magic House is a participatory museum that is both educational and fun for "kids" of all ages. Exhibits

include a bubble room, an electrostatic generator, shadow walls and a three-story circular slide.

Girl Scout Programs

Special programs are available throughout the school year to assist Girl Scout Brownies with either movers or

Science Wonders Try-Its. Girl Scout Juniors can work on the Science Discovery Badge, Print and Graphics, or

Drawing and Painting. Reduced fees are offered to all Girl Scouts in uniform during the entire month of


Girl Scout Camp-Ins

On select Fridays during the school year, Girl Scout Juniors have the Magic House all to themselves! Take part

in special camp-in activities. Enjoy a bedtime snack plus breakfast. Sleep among the exhibits. Receive a

colorful Magic House patch. Call the Camp-In Coordinator for more information and reservations.

Girl Scout Outreach

The Magic House also will bring Badge workshops to you! Call for more information

St. Louis Science Center

5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110


Open everyday but Christmas; times do vary depending on time of year. Exhibits include OMNIMAX theater,

Planetarium, Discovery Room, and free hands-on exhibits. Reservations for groups of 10 or more are

accepted at least two weeks in advance. Overnight stays (Camp-Ins) are available at selected times.




Edwards Place

700 N. Fourth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62702


Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm

Tours Available; Call for details

Built in 1833, this beautifully preserved Italianate mansion is home to the Springfield Art Association.

Hoogland Center for the Arts

420 S. Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701


The Hoogland is a regional center for performance and visual arts. Call or check the website for upcoming

events and ticket prices.

Illinois State Library

300 Second Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm

“Portrait of Illinois” is the theme of a large contemporary art collection established under the Art in Architecture

program. The Heartland Painters, a strong regional art movement, inspired this collection of contemporary

Illinois artists.

Michael Victor II Art Library

Springfield Art Association

700 North Fourth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62702


Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm

This specialized library is open to the public. The collection consists of over 4,500 volumes on the visual arts,

including a large selection of current art periodicals, videotapes and children's books.

Prairie Art Alliance

420 South Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm


Central Illinois artists present an extensive range of media for sale - painting, glass, drawing fiber arts,

sculpture, watercolor, woodworking, jewelry, pastel, photography, digital imaging, quilting, ceramics, and more.

Each Gallery exhibit presents new work by member artists, plus a special two-person show.

Prairie House

3013 Lindbergh Boulevard, Springfield, Illinois 62704


Opened in 1970, Prairie House carries beautiful contemporary art and handmade fine crafts from 300

professional US artists. Collections include a large stock of rare original 19th century Lincoln and Civil Warrelated

art and antique maps. Another feature is the state-of-the-art "Virtual Gallery," in which you can search

for an artist or subject from over 40,000 prints.

Springfield Art Association Art Gallery

700 North Fourth Street Springfield, Illinois 62702


Each year, the SAA Gallery of Art hosts four to six exhibitions featuring national, regional and local artists.

Artwork by SAA students and staff is displayed throughout the year. Gallery Discovery sessions, in which a

facilitator customizes a tour and art-education program with your group may be scheduled by appointment.

Call or check the website for an exhibition schedule.

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

Washington Park, Fayette Avenue & Chatham Road, Springfield, Illinois 62703


Concert Hours: Each Sunday afternoon throughout year, Additional Wednesday concerts during

summer months; Call or see website for more information

Visit the fifth largest carillon in the world. Hear the magnificent bells while enjoying a spectacular view of the

city. Gift shop on site. Call or check the website for special event information.

University of Illinois Visual Arts Gallery

Room 201, Health & Sciences Building, University of Illinois at Springfield

One University Plaza, Springfield, Illinois 62703


Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm

The gallery holds regular exhibits by visiting artists, faculty artists, and art students.

Vachel Lindsay Home

603 S. Fifth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: Seasonal, Please call for information

Tour the home of renowned poet/artist and Springfield native Vachel Lindsay.



Capitol Complex Visitor’s Center

425 S. College Street, Springfield, Illinois 62704


Hours: Monday: 9 am – 3:30 pm, Tuesday – Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm

The center provides Information and exhibits about the Capitol Complex, including the State Capitol, the State

Archives, State Library, and state office buildings. The center also has informational brochures about sites and

attractions throughout Illinois and a 20-minute video presentation.

Central Illinois Tourism Development Office

Springfield Hilton, 700 East Adams Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Complete tourist information on all of Central Illinois, as well as statewide information.

Executive Mansion

410 E Jackson, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30-11 am & 2:00-3:30 pm; Saturday: 9:30-11 am

The home to the governor of Illinois.

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau

109 N. Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701

217-789-2360 or 800-545-7300

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am – 5 pm

You’ll find a complete selection of Springfield area brochures and maps at the Bureau’s main office. Stop in

when you arrive, sign our guest book and have all of your questions answered.


For more information about Illinois orchards, farms, and roadside markets please see the following websites: &


James Family Farm

3750 Sherman Road Sherman, Illinois 62684


Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday after 4; All day on Saturday

Naturally grown chickens, turkeys, and cattle. Groups welcomed. Call in advance for availability of fresh

cheese and milk.


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

112 North Sixth Street, Springfield 62701


The Presidential Library houses the most complete collection of Lincoln documents and artifacts in the world.

The new facility presents Lincoln as he has never been presented before, using the latest interactive

technology, film drama.

Air Combat Museum

Capitol Airport, 835 South Airport Drive. Springfield, Illinois 62707


Hours: 9 am – 4 pm, daily; Closed 12 pm – 1pm for lunch

Tours available; Call well in advance

See military aircraft displayed in tribute to veterans who operated and supported America's military aircraft.

Camp Butler National Cemetery

5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, Illinois 62707


Office Hours: Monday -- Friday: 7:30 am -- 4 pm

Visitation Hours: 8 am – Sunset, daily

This national cemetery was once the site of a Union Civil War training camp.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

524 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, Illinois 62703


Hours: 6 am – 6 pm, daily

The cathedral's outstanding 1928 Greek Revival structure includes a bell tower with gilded cross, fluted Doric

columns and stained glass images of Lincoln and Washington.


Dana-Thomas House

301 E Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, Illinois 62703


Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 9 am-4 pm

Tour one of Frank Lloyd Wright's finest Prairie-style homes, complete with original furniture, art glass doors,

windows and light fixtures.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum

503 South Walnut Springfield, Illinois 62704


Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am-12 pm, 1 – 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: by appointment

This museum provides a great opportunity to research your family history among the museum's official

records. Medals, photos, currency, drums, and uniforms from the Civil War are also displayed.

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum

629 South Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois 62703


Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm; Closed the month of December

Take a walk through a cornucopia of Civil War memorabilia.

“Here I Have Lived” Abraham Lincoln Interpretive Exhibits

Throughout downtown Springfield

See a glimpse of Springfield as Lincoln knew it through 30 outdoor interpretive exhibits.

Illinois Fire Museum

Building #7, Center Avenue & Main Street, Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois 62702


Hours: By appointment; Call for reservations

Step back in time and see antique fire service memorabilia, art works, equipment, and sculptures.

Illinois Korean War Memorial

Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1500 Monument Avenue, Springfield, Illinois 62702


Hours: April-October: 7am – 8 pm; November-March: 7 am – 5 pm

The names of 1,748 Illinois veterans killed in action are engraved on the granite walls as well as quotes from

all of the branches of the Armed Forces.


Illinois State Capitol

Second & Capitol Streets, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: Monday-Friday: 8 am – 4 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 9 am – 3 pm

Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action from balcony-level seating when the legislature is in session.

Illinois State Military Museum

1301 N. MacArthur Boulevard (Camp Lincoln) Springfield, Illinois 62702


Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 1 pm – 4:30 pm; other times and groups by appointment

This museum offers changing exhibits on a variety of subjects related to the military history of the state.

Illinois State Museum

502 S. Spring Street, Springfield, Illinois 62704


Hours: Monday - Saturday: 8:30 am-5 pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm; Closed New Year’s Day,

Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and

artistic heritage.

Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial

1500 Monument Avenue, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois 62702


Hours: April-October: 7 am – 8 pm; November-March: 7 am – 5 pm

This powerful granite monument and its eternal flame pay tribute to the 2,979 Illinois residents who were killed

in the Vietnam War or are still missing. The “Vietnam Veterans Vigil and Memorial Service” is held on the first

full weekend in May, with a Memorial Day observance later in the month. A “Christmas Remembrance” is

observed on the second Saturday in December.

Lincoln Depot

Tenth & Monroe Streets, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: April - August: 10 am – 4 pm, daily

The Depot contains restored waiting rooms, exhibits of people and places dear to Lincoln, and a video

presentation recreating the 12-day journey to his inauguration.

Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices

Sixth & Adams, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: Seasonal; Please call for Information.


Visit the only surviving structure in which Lincoln maintained working law offices. The visitor’s center includes

an exhibit gallery and an audiovisual theater.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Sixth & Adams Streets, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm, daily

Tour the Quaker-brown residence where the Abraham Lincoln family lived for seventeen years (1844-1861).

Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site

15588 History Lane, Petersburg, Illinois 62675


Hours: Seasonal, Call or check the website for more information

A reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood. Twelve log houses, the

Rutledge Tavern, ten workshops, stores, mills and a school have been reproduced and furnished as they might

have been in the 1830s. Special events and tours are hosted throughout the year; please call or check the

website for more information.

Lincoln Pew

321 South Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Hours: June-September: Monday-Friday: 10 am-4 pm

See where the Lincoln family worshipped, basked in the beauty of Tiffany windows.

Lincoln Tomb

Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1500 Monument Avenue, Springfield, Illinois 62702


This beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln.

(Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) During June-August, come on Tuesday

evenings at 7 pm to watch a flag-lowering ceremony enacted by volunteers in Civil War uniforms.

Museum of Funeral Customs

1440 Monument Ave Springfield, Illinois 62702


Hours: 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday: 1 – 4 pm

The nation’s foremost museum showcasing the history of American funeral service and mourning customs.

Old State Capitol

1 Old Capitol Plaza, Springfield Illinois 62701



"A house divided against itself cannot stand..." These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the

historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. The building

was also the final laying-out place after the President’s assassination.


State & National Parks & Wildlife Areas:

For more information about state parks, check out the following web links for more information: &

Jim Edgar Panther Creek - State Fish & Wildlife Area

10149 County Highway 11, Chandlerville, Illinois 62627


In addition to 6,000 acres of timberland and 4,200 acres of prime farmland, this site also contains a rare hill

prairie. It also is home to a rich assortment of wildlife, including endangered species that include Indiana bat,

northern harrier and red-shouldered hawk. Recreational activities include: fishing, archery, hunting, canoeing,

mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, and picnicking.

Watershed Park

Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois 62794


Hours: During the Illinois State Fair or call for appointment from April 15 to October 10

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is currently developing Watershed Park, an interactive exhibit on water

quality protection. Soil conservation, urban stormwater runoff, integrated pest management, water

management and wetlands and wildlife habitat are among the station topics presented in the park.


Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

2315 E. Clear Lake Ave, Springfield, Illinois 62703


Hours: Dawn – Dark, daily

This one-mile nature trail in the center of town is open for hiking or strolling from sunrise to sunset. A

woodland area and restored prairie were set aside by the Illinois Audubon Society as a wildlife preserve and

natures study area. Public programs are offered throughout the year.


Henson Robinson Zoo

110 East Lake Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62707


Hours: March-October, Monday - Friday: 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

November-February: 10 am – 4 pm

View over 33 species of exotic and native animals, including several endangered species. Facilities include a

gift shop, concessions, a petting area, and a classroom. Call or check the website to for information about

special programs and events that are held throughout the year.

Lincoln Memorial Garden

2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62707


Garden Hours: Sunrise-Sunset, daily

Nature Center: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm

Take a walk through 5 miles of the same beautifully wooded landscape that Lincoln walked. Maple sugaring

programs available in the winter.



Springfield, Illinois Park District

2500 South Eleventh Street, Springfield, Illinois 62703


The Springfield Park District offers a variety of educational and recreational programs and facilities. See the

website for a full listing, map of locations, and additional information.


Adventure Village

Sangamon Avenue & Peoria Road, Springfield, Illinois 62702


Hours: Open Noon Saturday and Sunday May through mid-September (Please call in advance.)

Located inside the Main Gate at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, you’ll find everything from Ferris wheels to

carousels and thrill rides.


Boulder Creek Fun Park

2400 Hilton Head Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62702


Hours: April 1-November 1, 10 am –10 pm, daily

Attractions include miniature golf, high-tech batting cages, Bankshot Basketball, and a lighted driving range.

Visit the park’s ice cream shoppe for your favorite ice cream. Groups welcome, birthday party packages

available. Call for information.

Interurban Trail

Wabash & MacArther Boulevard, Springfield, Illinois to Chatham, Illinois


The Springfield Park District's Interurban Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail is a 7 mile recreational trail that runs

from Springfield to Chatham. The trail proceeds in a southerly direction following the abandoned Interurban

Railroad Right-of-Way to the town of Chatham. The asphalt surface trail is open year-round to bicycles,

skating, jogging, and hiking. The trail also connects to the 2.2 mile Wabash Trail via a connecting sidewalk.

Lost Bridge Trail

Springfield, Illinois to Rochester, Illinois

Springfield Park District: 217-544-1751

The Lost Bridge Trail stretches nearly 5 miles from Sprinfield to Rochester. This asphalt surface trail, bordered

by dense tree lines, woodland and prairie flowers, is open to trail users including walkers, runners, bicyclists,

rollerbladers, strollers and wheelchairs.

Knight's Action Park/Caribbean Water Adventure/Route 66 Drive In Theatre

1700 Recreation Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62711


The water park offers “The Tsunami” thrill slide, along with a wave pool, waterslides, and action river ride,

pedal boats, activity pools and children’s water-themed area (Seal Bay). The dry attractions include a heated

golf practice range, kiddie rides, the Big Wheel, go karts, miniature golf courses, batting cages, “The Big

Wheel” (Ferris wheel) and the Route 66 Drive-In.

The Silo Inc. “Dare To Climb”

130 S. John Street, Rochester, Illinois 62563


Central Illinois’ newest rock climbing gym. Offers two main chambers containing (40) 65’ routes, all leadable.

And, two 100’ indoor routes, one of the tallest in the country. Groups are welcome, call for rate information.

Wabash Trail

Wabash Road Springfield, Illinois 62704


Also connects to the 7 mile Interurban Trail via a connecting sidewalk. The paved Wabash Trail extends 2.2

miles along Springfield’s southwest side. The trail begins at Robbins Road and continues all the way to Park

Street. The trail is great for rollerblading, hiking and biking.




Children’s Theatre of Terre Haute, Inc

Harmony Hall, 1257 Lafayette, Terre Haute, Indiana 47804

812-249-4517 or 812-877-3312

The Children’s Theatre features local children presenting such plays as The Lion, The Witch, and the

Wardrobe and The Little Mermaid.

Community Theatre of Terre Haute

1431 S. 25 th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47803

812-877-4501 or Box Office 812-232-7172

Community Theatre of Terre Haute, the second oldest amateur theatre group in the state, presents five fulllength

theatre productions a year as well as foreign films.

Indiana Theatre

Seventh & Ohio Street, Terre Haute 47807


Built in 1922 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theatre hosts live entertainment and

movies throughout the year.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Permanent Art Collection & Temporary Exhibits

5500 Wabash Avenue Terre Haute, Indiana 47803


Rose-Hulman continuously displays its collection of more than 2,000 pieces of art. Temporary exhibits by local,

national, and international artists are preserved each school year.

Swope Art Museum

25 S. Seventh Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807


Established inn 1942, the Swope Art Museum features an outstanding collection of 19 th and 20 th century

American art. Collection highlights include works by Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, and

Andy Warhol.


Scottish Rite Temple/Hippodrome Theatre

727 Ohio Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807


John Eberson built the Hippodrome Theatre in 1914 as a vaudeville theatre. This site is now home to the

Masonic Museum and Library.

University Art Gallery

Seventh & Chestnut Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809


Hours: Monday-Friday: 11 am – 4 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm

Located on Indiana State University campus, this gallery of showcases exhibits of modern and contemporary

art and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.


Billie Creek Village

1659 US 36 E Rockville, Indiana 47872


Billie Creek Village is a re-created early 1900s farmstead featuring three covered bridges, a 31-room inn, 38

historic buildings, and a general store. Wade in the creek, feed the farm animals, and other activities make for

an enjoyable day. Special events, such as Civil War Days, Ice Cream Social, Harvest Days & Covered Bridge

Days are held annually. Call or check the website for details.

C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Holocaust Museum & Educational Center

1532 S Third Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802


Hours: Saturday: 1 pm – 4pm

The C.A.N.D.L.E.S. (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) Museum is dedicated to

eliminating hatred and prejudice from today’s world and educating visitors about the Holocaust. Exhibits focus

on the lessons of the Holocaust: families, forgiveness, and perseverance.

Clabber Girl Museum Bake Shop, & General Store

Ninth & Wabash, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807


Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 9 am – 3 pm; Closed Sunday & Holidays

Tours available; Call for more information


The museum celebrates the history of Clabber Girl Baking Powder as one of the oldest brands in the country.

The bake shop provides breakfast and lunch item, and the General Store has many unique items and

souvenirs of the area. The facility recently began hosting cooking demonstrations and cooking classes.

Fire & Police Museum

Eighth & Idaho Streets, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802


Hours: May 1-September 15, Sunday: 1 pm-4 pm

Memorabilia and equipment from the early 1800’s, including the first motorized fire vehicle in Indiana, is

housed in the museum.

Fowler Park Pioneer Village

3000 E. Oregon Church Road, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802


Hours: Weekend tours Memorial Day through Labor Day

This 1840 era village features eight log homes, smoke house, barn, church/schoolhouse and gristmill. The

oldest remaining covered bridge in Indiana, dating back to 1844, is also in this area

Native American Museum

170 E. Poplar Terre Haute, Indiana 47802


Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

The Native American Museum is dedicated to preserving the Woodland Native American culture, both

prehistoric and historic. Bead works, points, axes, guns, clothing, regalia and knives are among some of the

treasures to see. The museum schedules many make-it and take-it classes during the year.

Paul Dresser Memorial Birthplace

First Street & Dresser Drive, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807


Hours: May – September, Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm

Group tours available by appointment

Dresser was a popular songwriter in the late 19 th century and shared his fame with his novelist brother,

Theodore Dreiser, author of the classic “An American Tragedy.” The home is a stone’s throw from the river

which Dresser immortalized -- a resting place for the home of a man who wrote Indiana’s State Song “On the

Banks of the Wabash.”

Soldiers & Sailors Monument Vietnam War Memorial

S. Third Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807

Honoring and commemorating local heroes, these monuments grace the lawn of the Vigo County Courthouse.

Vigo County Historical Museum

1411 S. Sixth Street, Terre Haute 47802



Offering special displays, this 1868 house features an early 20 th century pharmacy, Coca-Cola memorabilia, a

military room, and rooms filled with Victorian furnishings.

Wabash Valley Railroaders Museum

1316 Plum Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47804


Hours: May-October: Saturday - Sunday 10 am – 3 pm, or by appointment

The Wabash Valley Railroaders Museum features two railroad interlocking towers, and 1880s vintage depot,

numerous displays, and an observation platform overlooking the CSX railroad


Dobbs Park Nature Center

5170 E. Poplar Drive, Terre Haute, Indiana 47803


Located in Dobbs Park, the nature center features trails, a nature preserve and displays about plants, animals,

weather, and the universe.

Inland Aquatics

10 Ohio Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807


Containing over 35,000 gallons of freshwater and salt water aquariums, this 13, 000 square-foot facility is

home to many different species of fish and invertebrates. Group tours are available.

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

1 Sisters of Providence Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana 47807


The Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, features alpacas, a straw bale house, nature trails, organic

vegetables and flower gardens, orchards, a greenhouse, bees and a water garden. Tours are available and the

Center offers various programs during the year.




For information about Terre Haute, Indiana community parks, please contact Terre Haute Parks & Recreation

Dept at 232-2727, or by email at

Collett Park

Seventh & Maple Streets, Terre Haute, Indiana 47804

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dedicated in 1883. Host to Old Fashion Day in October,

during which visitors can see vintage and classic automobiles, ride in an old fashioned carriage, or take a hay

ride through the park. Arts, crafts, music, and entertainment are also part of this event.

Deming Park

Fruitridge & Ohio Boulevard, Terre Haute, Indiana 47803

Terre Haute’s largest community park, consisting of over 177 acres. Deming Park is home to Oakley

Playground, a 17,500 square foot play area designed for children with special needs. Also contains the Clark-

LandsBaum Holley Arboretum.

Fowler Park

10654 Bono Road Terre Haute, Indiana 47802


This 163- acre park offers a pioneer village, Indiana’s oldest covered bridge, camping, swimming, hiking,

boating, picnic grounds and fishing known as one of the best areas for fern fossils and fossil hunting. The

Fowler Park Wilderness Area contains a natural region of 300 acres with wild and beautiful terrain.

Backpacking, boating & fishing are permitted. There is also an 18.6 acre lake and several small strip pits.

Fairbanks Park

South First & Dresser Drive, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807

Located on the banks of the Wabash River is the site of many festivals such as the annual Wabash Valley

Festival, the Cultural Festival, and other recreational events. This facility is also utilized by the Terre Haute

Community Band, Terre Haute Symphony

Hawthorn Park & Kenneth E. Smith Memorial Labyrinth

6067 E. Old Maple Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana 47803


Located at Hawthorn Park is the Kenneth E Smith Memorial Labyrinth. It is an 80 foot diameter circle with a

switchback path patterned after the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. Total path length is slightly less

than a mile. The labyrinth is fully accessible. Surrounding the labyrinth path is a meditation garden with a water

fountain, benches, trees and shrubs.



Bogey’s Family Fun Center

3601 Union Road, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802


“Where Every Day is a Holiday!” Go-Karts, Bungee Trampoline, Batting Cages, Mini Golf, Arcade, and more!!

Terre Haute Action Track

3901 S. US Highway 41, Terre Haute, Indiana 47808


One of America’s premier short dirt tracks. Many of the sport's top drivers in the past generations (such as

Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Don Branson and many others) started their rise to the top at the Action Track.

Today's generation includes Jeff Gordon, Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart, Steve Kinser and many more!

Camping is available.

X-Treme Lazer Tag

846 West Johnson Drive, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802


For an exciting, fast-paced game of strategy, you can’t beat X-Treme Lazer Tag. The site also includes an

arcade and concessions area.


Allen Memorial Planetarium

3737 S. Seventh Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802


The planetarium at Terre Haute South High School features family-orientated light shows that are open to the

public at various times of the year.

Hook Observatory at Indiana State University

Sixth & Chestnut Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807

812-237-2054 or 812-237-3294

Located in the Indiana State University Science building, Hook Observatory offers public viewings, where

visitors can check out the stars and planets.


Oakley Observatory

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana 47803


This state-of-the-art facility, with its eight telescopes and computer equipment, gives astronomy fans of all ages

insight into our solar systems.

Terre Haute Children’s Museum

523 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807


Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am-5 pm; Saturday 10 am-3 pm

Tours available; Call in advance for reservation

At this showcase for industry, education and culture, youth and adults may experience “hands on” programs

where playing becomes learning & learning becomes fun. Visitors enjoy controlling & manipulating machines

and other exhibits available at this enlightening museum. Special traveling exhibits means there is always

something different.




� Area Colleges & Universities

Colleges and Universities offer a variety of activities. Many schools have athletic teams and theaters. Check

schedules often, as they are constantly changing and being updated. Schools also conduct campus tours.

Western Section:

Alvereatas College of Cosmetology

333 S. Kansas Street, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025


3048 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035


5400 West Main, Belleville, Illinois 62226


Trains students in the principles and practices of the profession of Cosmetology and Nail Technology.

Fontbonne University

6800 Wydown Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63105


Fontbonne University is a coeducational institution of higher learning dedicated to the discovery,

understanding, preservation and dissemination of truth.

Lewis and Clark Community College

5800 Godfrey, Illinois 62035

618-466-7000, 1-800-YES-LCCC

As a leading educational institution in southern Illinois with an annual enrollment of more than 12,000 students,

Lewis & Clark prepares students for four-year universities and colleges and trains the region’s workforce.


Lindenwood University

209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, Missouri 63301


If you are a traditional high school student looking for a place to get serious about an education and your future,

or if you are an adult seeking degree completion or a Masters to secure a promotion or perhaps a better job,

Lindenwood can help.

Logan College of Chiropractic

1851 Schoettler Road., Chesterfield, Missouri 63017


Logan College offers its students an excellent curriculum taught by highly qualified faculty, and a state of the

art educational/learning environment on a beautiful 112-acre wooded, hilltop campus.

Maryville University

13550 Conway Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63141


Independent, coeducational university. At Maryville, they take pride in their diverse, responsive, student-

centered campus - and the learning environment they have created.

McKendree College

701 College Road, Lebanon, Illinois 62053

618-537-4481 or 1-800-BEARCAT

McKendree College is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to "U.S. News & World Report."

Founded in 1828, McKendree has been meeting Illinois’ higher education needs longer than any other college

or university in the state.

Missouri Baptist College

1 College Park Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63141


Missouri Baptist College is an evangelical Christian, liberal arts college and has as its purpose, the offering of

programs of study leading to professional certificates and undergraduate degrees, in an environment where

academic excellence is emphasized, and a Biblically-based Christian perspective is maintained.

Principia College

1 Maybeck Place, Elsah, Illinois 62028


A school for Christian Scientists that graduated their first class in 1934. It is dedicated to the spiritual,

intellectual, moral, social and athletic development of each student.


Southern Illinois University --Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois 62026

618-650-2000 or 1-800-447-SIUE

Urban opportunities at a suburban university: a 2,660-acre campus only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis.

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville, Illinois 62221

1-800-222-5131 or 618-235-2700

The sixth largest community college in Illinois with campuses in Belleville, Granite City and Red Bud, plus 26

off-campus sites.

St. Charles Community College

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, Missouri 63376


St. Charles Community College is a public two year college with students in transfer career degree programs.

SCC also serves thousands of area residents through continuing education, including business and industry

training and community services.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

4588 Parkview Place, St. Louis, Missouri 63110


The five-acre campus is located in the heart of St. Louis’ Central West End medical community.

St. Louis University

221N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Saint Louis University is a premier Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to excellence in education, research

and health care.

University of Missouri - St. Louis

One University Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63121


The University of Missouri-St. Louis. Whatever your interests, we've got a place for you at UM-St. Louis,

providing you a high quality and affordable education.


Washington University

One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63130

314-935-6000 or 1-800-638-0700

Washington University in St. Louis is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research and draws

students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 90 nations.

Webster University

470 East Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63119


Webster University is an independent, nondenominational, comprehensive institution with national and

international campus centers.

Eastern Section:

Eastern Illinois University

600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, Illinois 61920


The EIU community is committed to diversity and inclusion and fosters opportunities for student-faculty

scholarship and applied learning experiences within a student-centered campus culture. Throughout their

education, students refine their abilities so as to become responsible citizens and leaders.

Greenville College

315 E. College Avenue, Greenville, Illinois 62246

1-800-345-4440 or 618-664-8800

Greenville College is a four-year Christian liberal arts school with approximately 1200 traditional students.

Founded in 1892, it is associated with the Free Methodist Church.

Indiana State University

200 North Seventh Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809


Indiana State University offers more than 100 majors, with several programs receiving national recognition.ISU

is consistently ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the “Best of the Midwest.”

Lake Land Community College

5001 Lake Land Boulevard. Mattoon, Illinois 61938



Lake Land is a public community college offering career programs that lead to immediate employment, transfer

programs that lead to a baccalaureate degree, liberal arts, adult education, special job training and retraining


Parkland College

2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, Illinois 61821

217.351.2200 /800.346.8089

Parkland College offers more than 100 associate degree, transfer, or certificate programs of study designed to

meet the diverse educational needs of our district. Our adult and continuing education programs serve as a

gateway to higher education for community residents, employers, employees, and K-12 students.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

5500 Wabash Avenue Terre Haute, Indiana 47803


Rose-Hulman is one of the nation's top undergraduate engineering, science, and mathematics colleges.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana 47876

812-535-5151 or 800-926-7692

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods was founded in 1840 by the Sisters of Providence. SMWC is the nation’s oldest

Catholic liberal arts college for women.

Southern Section

John A. Logan College

700 Logan College Road, Carterville, Illinois 62918


John A. Logan College is part of the Illinois Community College System and has been enrolling students since

1968. It is a diverse learning and teaching community committed to improving individual life and society

through high-quality, accessible educational programs and engaged learning opportunities.

Kaskaskia College

27210 College Road, Centralia, Illinois 62801

618-545-3000 or 800-642-0859

Kaskaskia College is committed to life-long student learning and to providing quality comprehensive education.

It is a student-centered, learning-oriented institution committed to student success.


Shawnee Community College

8364 Shawnee College Road, Ullin, Illinois 62992


Shawnee offers almost 100 academic programs, from two-year associate degrees to certifications that take a

matter of weeks to complete. The college has a broad variety of programs that will get students ready for

transfer to a university or start a vocational career.

Southeastern Illinois College

3575 College Road, Harrisburg Illinois 62946

618-252-5400 or 866-338-2742

As its mission, Southeastern Illinois College strives to become the educational and cultural center of the

community by providing for the development of intellectual, social, personal and productive skills.

Southeast Missouri State University

One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701


Founded in 1873, Southeast Missouri State University has a proud history of excellence in education.

Southeast is distinguished for the intellectual challenge and range of learning opportunities offered.

Southern Illinois University -- Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois 62901


As Illinois' second largest university, SIUC is a nationally known, top-notch research center with nearly 21,000

students enrolled in more than 100 academic programs.

Rend Lake Community College

468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, Illinois 62846

618-437-5321 or 1-800-369-5321

Rend Lake College believes in the democratic ideal of providing educational opportunities to all who desire and

can benefit from them.

University of Southern Indiana

8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, Indiana 47712


The University is a regionally responsive, needs-driven, comprehensive public university in the model of the

"new American college." The University of Southern Indiana is a broad-based institution offering programs of

instruction, research, and service.



If you are planning a visit that includes a ferry crossing, please call ahead as river conditions

may cause temporary closures.

Brussels Ferry


This free ferry crosses the Illinois River and connects Rt. 100 in Jersey County and Calhoun County, Illinois.

Cave-In-Rock Ferry


A free ferry that crosses the Ohio River between Illinois Rt. 1 and Kentucky Rt. 91, near Cave-in-Rock, Illinois.

Grafton Ferry


A toll ferry that crosses confluence of the Illinois River and Mississippi River, connecting Grafton, Illinois to St.

Charles, Missouri.

Golden Eagle Ferry


A toll ferry in southern Calhoun County, Illinois that crosses the Mississippi River into St. Charles County,

Missouri, near the city of St. Peters.

Kampsville Ferry


A free ferry that crosses the Illinois River and connects Rt. 108 between Calhoun and Greene counties.

Ste. Genevieve – Modoc Ferry


A toll ferry that crosses the Mississippi River and connects Ste. Genevieve, Missouri and Modoc, Illinois



The local Chamber of Commerce is another great resource on attractions and activities in a

community. Resources will often include promotional brochures, maps, and other materials.

They will also have information on local festivals and other upcoming events.

Western Section:

� Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce

216 East A Street, Belleville, IL 62220

Phone: 618-233-2015 � Fax: 618-233-2077

� Cahokia Area Chamber of Commerce

103 Main Street, Cahokia, IL 62206

Phone: 618-332-4258 � Fax: 618-332-1522

� Collinsville Chamber of Commerce

221 West Main, Collinsville, IL 62234-3002

Phone: 618-344-2884 � Fax: 618-344-7499

� Greater East St. Louis Chamber of Commerce

327 Missouri Avenue, Suite 602, East St. Louis, IL 62201-3088

Phone: 618-271-2855 � Fax: 618-274-1111

� Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce

200 University Park Drive, Suite 260, Edwardsville, IL 62025-3649

Phone: 618-656-7600 � Fax: 618-656-7611

� Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce

10003 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Phone: 618-397-3127 � Fax: 618-397-5563

� Riverbend Growth Association

5800 Godfrey Road, Alden Hall, Godfrey, IL 62035

Phone: 618-467-2280 � Fax: 618-466-8289

� Highland Chamber of Commerce

907 Main Street, Highland, IL 62249

Phone: 618-654-3721 � Fax: 618-654-8966


� Jersey County Business Association

209 North State Street, Jerseyville, IL 62052

Phone: 618-639-5222 � Fax: 618-498-3871

� Trenton Chamber of Commerce

Post Office Box 37, Trenton, IL 62293-0037

Phone: 618-224-9118 � Fax: 618-224-2129

� Troy Chamber of Commerce

647 E. US Highway 40, Troy, IL 62294-1399

Phone: 618-667-8769 � Fax: 618-667-8759

Eastern Section:

� Altamont Chamber of Commerce

202 North Second Street Altamont, IL 62411

Phone: 618-483-5212 � Fax: 618-483-6255

� Casey Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 343, Casey, IL 62420

Phone: 217-232-3430

� Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce

501 Jackson Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920

Phone: 217-345-7041 � Fax: 217-345-7042

� Effingham Area Chamber of Commerce

N. Keller Drive, Effingham, IL 62401

Phone: 317-342-4147 � Fax: 217-342-4228

� Flora Chamber of Commerce

122 North Main Street, Flora, IL 62839

Phone: 618-662-5646

� Jasper County Chamber of Commerce

207 ½ Jourdan Street, Newton, IL 62448

Phone: 618-783-3399

� Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce

708 Archer Avenue, Marshall, IL. 62441

Phone: 217-826-2034 � Fax: 217-826-2034


� Martinsville Chamber of Commerce

19 W Cumberland Street, Martinsville, IL 62442

Phone: 217-382-4323

� Mattoon Chamber of Commerce

500 Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938

Phone: 217-235-5661 � Fax: 217-234-6544

� Neoga Chamber of Commerce

248 Neoga, Neoga, IL 62447

Phone: 217-895-3237

� Oblong Chamber of Commerce

108 W Main Street Oblong, IL 62449

Phone: 618-592-4355

� Palestine Chamber of Commerce

103 S Main Street, Palestine, IL 62451

Phone: 618-586-2222

� Paris Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

105 North Central Avenue, Paris, IL 61944

Phone: 217-465-4179

� Robinson Chamber of Commerce

113 S Court Street, Robinson, IL 62454

Phone: 618-546-1557

Southern Section:

� Benton/ West Chamber-Commerce

211 N Main Street, Benton, IL 62812

Phone: 618-438-2121

� Breese Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 132, Breese, IL 62230

Phone: 618-526-7144

� Cairo Chamber of Commerce

220 Eight Street, Cairo, IL 62914

Phone: 618-734-2737


� Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

131 S Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: 618-549-2146

� Carterville Chamber of Commerce

120 N. Greenbriar Street, Carterville, IL 62918

Phone: 618-985-9642 � Fax: 618-985-6942

� Centralia Chamber of Commerce

130 South Locust Street, Centralia, IL 62801

Phone: 618-532-6789 � Fax: 618-533-7305

� Chester Chamber of Commerce

214 Opdyke Street, Chester, IL 62233

Phone: 618-826-2721

� Christopher Area Chamber of Commerce

208 N. Thomas Street, Christopher, IL 62822

Phone: 618-724-7648

� DuQuoin Chamber of Commerce

1534 S. Washington Street, DuQuoin, IL 62832

Phone: 618-542-9570

� Fairfield Chamber of Commerce

121 E. Main Street, Fairfield, IL 62837

Phone: 618-842-6116

� Flora Chamber of Commerce

122 N. Main Street, Flora, IL 62839

Phone: 618-662-5646

� Golconda/Pope County Chamber of Commerce

206 E Main Street, Golconda, IL 62938

Phone: 618-683-9702

� Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce

234 S Washington Street, McLeansboro, IL 62859

Phone: 618-643-3531

� Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce

2 E Locust Street, Harrisburg, IL 62946

Phone: 618-252-4192


� Herrin Chamber of Commerce

3 S. Park Avenue #A, Herrin, IL 62948

Phone: 618-942-5163

� Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

200 Potomac Boulevard, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Phone: 618-242.5725 � Fax: 618-242.5130

� Johnson County Chamber-Commerce

298 E Vine Street, Vienna, IL 62995

Phone: 618-658-2063

� Marion Chamber of Commerce

2305 West Main Street, Marion, IL 62959

Phone: 618-997-6311 � Fax: 618-997-4665

� Metropolis Area Chamber of Commerce

607 Market Street, Metropolis, IL 62960

Phone: 618-524-2714 � Fax: 618-524-4780

� Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce

203 S. 13 th Street, Murphysboro, IL 62966

Phone: 618.684.6421 � Fax: 618.684.2010

� Nashville Chamber of Commerce

163 E. St. Louis Street, Nashville, IL 62263

Phone: 618-327-3700

� Olney Chamber of Commerce

300 S. Whittle Avenue, Olney, IL 62450

Phone: 618-395-7302 � Fax: 618-395-7304

� Okawville Chamber of Commerce

606 S Front Street, Okawville, IL 62271

Phone: 618-243-5694

� Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce

2 S. Walnut Street, Pinckneyville, IL 62274

Phone: 618-357-3243

� Salem Chamber of Commerce

615 West Main Street, Salem, Illinois 62881

Phone: 618-548-3010 � Fax: 618-548-3014


� Sparta Chamber of Commerce

143 W. Broadway Street, Sparta, Illinois 62286

Phone: 618-443-6908

� Union County Chamber of Commerce

330 S. Main Street, Anna, Illinois 62906

Phone: 618-833-6311 � Fax: 618-833-1903

� Wabash County Chamber of Commerce

219 N. Market Street, Suite 1A, Mt. Caramel, IL 62863

Phone: 618-262-5116 � Fax: 618-262-2424

� West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce

201 E. Nolen Street, West Frankfort, Il 62896

Phone: 618-932-2181 � Fax: 618-932-6330



















































































Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois webpage features news, a program calendar, product sale information,

staff directory, forms, shop information, pictures and more.

Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. webpage, complete with special pages for just for girls, leaders, and other



An online book filled with checklists and ideas designed to help you travel efficiently and inexpensively.

The Illinois Department of Transportation website provides useful travel information including ongoing

construction, road condition reports, and public transportation.

EF Tours offers Girl Scout troops customized educational tours to the WAGSSSW world centers and

more than 50 countries in the world.

Find information and share trips with real travelers.

The Weather Channel website is a quick way to find nationwide forecasts and weather conditions.


A great guide for Illinois tourism and recreational activities related to agriculture.

A list of many of the orchards and roadside produce stands across the state.

The official website of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources provides extensive information

about Illinois State Parks and Recreation Areas.

Explore Illinois! Hosted by the State of Illinois, this website offers trip planners, brochures, ready-toorder

publications, and links to popular sites. Check often for seasonal specials and contests.

An online guide to the registered historic places of Illinois, organized by county.


The official State of Illinois government website hosts a wealth of information.

An entire webpage dedicated to maps and government studies of Illinois.

This website offers different ideas for field trips within the state and is searchable by county.

An Illinois tourism website that offers suggested regional tours, trip planners, and lists regional visitors

bureau websites.


The Southern Illinois Tourism Development Office provides a vast resource of information about the 22

counties of Southern Illinois that it serves.

An online guide to the nationally recognized roadway, which runs through the GSSI council area from

Calhoun County to Randolph County.

The official website of the Southeastern Illinois Bureau of Tourism. Browse for attractions county-bycounty.

The Southernmost Illinois Convention and Tourism Bureau webpage. Features pictures, tour

packages, Shawnee National Forest information, and additional links.

The Resource, Conservation, and Development website for Southwestern Illinois.

The official website of the Tourism Bureau of Southwestern Illinois, including an up-to-date calendar of

area events.

Maps and information for walking, hiking, and biking trails throughout the bi-state St. Louis region.


The Convention & Visitors Bureau webpage for Evansville, Indiana offers vital information to area

visitors, including a downloadable brochure.

The St. Charles, Missouri Convention & Visitors Bureau webpage has an itinerary planner,

calendar of events, and more.

The official Indianapolis, Indiana website lists attractions, current events, and other items of interest.


The Paducah, Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau webpage offers trip planning tools and the

opportunity to sign up for the mailing list.

The St. Louis County Parks & Recreation home page features a search agent, activity guide, calendar

of events, and more.

The official website for the City of St. Louis, with information about history, heritage, arts, and


The official website for the Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau. Browse by interest, search, or

request a brochure. Join the mailing list for email updates and special offers.

The Cape Girardeau, Missouri Convention & Visitor’s Bureau webpage, with information about local

attractions and seasonal events.

The homepage for the Missouri Division of Tourism, featuring attractions, events, resources and an

application for a free travel kit.

A visitors’ guide to Springfield, Illinois, our state capitol. The website includes attractions, tour ideas,

and maps to help plan.


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