Local Area Attractions
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
This 15,000 square foot facility houses two attractions; The Southern Illinois Artisans Shop and The Southern Illinois Art Gallery.
The Southen Illinois Artisans Shop is home to amazing works from over 850 juried artisans from Illinois. The shop is also a venue for demostrations, seasonal festivals as well as artisan workshops.
The Southern Illinois Art Gallery offers an opportunity to view changing exhibitions of work from the Illinois artists both past and present. Types of work shown are fine art, decorative art and ethnographic collections of the Illinois State Museum to southern Illinois.
Southern Illinois Miners/Rent One Park
Rent One park is home to the Southern Illinois Miners, a professional baseball team that plays in the Frontier League. The ballpark also hosts some high school athletics, the John A Logan College baseball team and music concerts throughout the year.
To keep up-to-date with the Southern Illnois Miners' schedule click here.
Shawnee National Forest
Garden of the Gods, in the Shawnee National Forest, is a collection of unique rock formations. A short-looped trail from the parking lot makes it easy for visitors to see the main rock formations, including the well-known Camel Rock. Anvil Rock and other formations can be seen along the trails in the Garden of the Gods Wilderness Area.
The Shawnee National Forest provides quality recreation opportunities and services to residents and visitors of Southern Illinois. Another popular place in the national forest is Tower Rock which features a trail with an overlook of the Ohio River.
For more information on the Garden of the Gods please visit here.
Metropolis, Illinois-Home of Superman
Metropolis is situated on Interstate 24 halfway between Nashville, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri. Metropolis is full of history and is said to be home of the oldest state park in Illinois, Fort Massac State Park. Fort Massac State Park became the first official state park in 1908. The park provides picnicking, camping, hiking, boating, fishing, skiing and hunting within its 1,540 acres of beautiful Southern Illinois landscape.
Along with other attractions here you can find the world's largest privately owned Superman collection at the SuperMuseum & Gift Store. The SuperMuseum & Gift Store is conveniently located on Superman Square in the heart of Metropolis. There is a 15-foot tall statue of the superhero also located on Superman Square. There are several more statues of famous characters from the Superman comics that can be found in the city as well as the Planet Globe, which can be found outside the Metropolis Planet Newspaper building.
Rend Lake is the second largest man-made lake in Illinois at 19,000 acres of water with 162 miles of shoreline. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers manages this area. Six major recreation areas can be found within the complex. Rend Lake has several boat ramps as well as a full-service marina.
Wayne Fitzgerald State Park provides a wonderful setting for many water activities such as fishing, water skiing, boating and swimming. Amongst the some 3,300 acres here you can also find a bridle trail, a horse stable and a sailboat basin.
Illinois Rural Heritage Museum
The Illinois Rural Heritage Museum in Pinckneyville, Indiana is located 60 miles east of St. Louis. The museum tells the story of the progression of life in rural America. Machinery and equipment displays, plows, saw mills and the earliest of tractors. Furnishings are authentic for the period down to the calendar and pictures on the walls. See stoves, used for heating and cooking, lamps and water systems. Methods of storing and preserving meats and canned fruit and vegetables will bring back memories for some.
Gourmet cuisine, natural scenic wonder, and a promise to treat you like family. That's what you'll find at Walker's Bluff. This 160 acre complex is being developed as the premier vineyard and destination in the tri-state region. Whether you're looking to host an event, celebrate your special day or just escape for an evening of the finer things, Walker's Bluff offers the very best in food, drink, amenities and atmosphere.
Franklin County Garage Museum
The original building was constructed in 1910 as a Franklin County's 1st franchise Ford Dealership. It has been restored to original condition. The museum is stocked with several vintage cars including a 1912 Model T "Huckster" that belonged to gangster, Charlie Birger and a rare 1916 J. Dallas Dort Touring.
Franklin County Jail Museum
The Historic Jail Museum in Benton serves as the home of the Franklin County Tourism Bureau. This beautifully restored 1905 structure houses memorabilia of the gang era from the days of prohibition. A new jail was built in 1991, and the old jail was placed on the register of Historic Places on Feb. 1, 1999. The jail also is home to mementos from famous Benton natives, including General John A. Logan, actor John Malkovich, NBA basketball star Doug Collins, and Beatle George Harrison.