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All History & Culture Tour

  • Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area

    An officially designated “Important Birding Area” (IBA), and purchased in the 1980’s by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this 4,363-acre complex of freshwater marshes, shallow lakes, and deepwater habitat, boasts over 100 individual bodies of water which offer some of Illinois’ most sought after fishing. During hunting seasons Banner Read more [...]

  • Caterpiller Visitors Center

    It’s your day your way at the Caterpillar Visitors Center where you’ll enjoy experiencing Caterpillar on a self-guided journey at your own pace. You’ll find interactive displays and exhibits sure to engage and entertain visitors of all ages. Climb in the seat of a massive two-story Cat 797 truck and Read more [...]

  • Chillicothe Historical Society Museum

    Founded to preserve and perpetuate the history of Chillicothe and surrounding areas through written and oral history and related artifacts, the museum showcases period displays and features the William Johnston McCulley Exhibit. McCulley is best known for being the creator of Zorro and several other super heroes. A portrait of Read more [...]

  • Dickson Mounds Museum

    One of the major on-site archeological museums in the country, Dickson Mounds Museum also interprets the ecology of the Illinois River’s Emiquon region. The site itself lies where two major ecosystems meet: The Upper Mississippi River-Illinois River Bottomlands, and the Western Forest-Prairie complex. Turning onto the museum’s entry road, it’s Read more [...]

  • Fort Crevecoeur Park

    Fort Crevecoeur Park commemorates French explorer Robert Rene Cavalier de LaSalle’s presence here on the east bank of the Illinois River in 1680. The fort was built to protect the Illini Indians from the aggressive Iroquois Nation. The 86.6-acre park was deeded to the village of Creve Coeur in 1976 Read more [...]

  • Havana Riverfront Park

    Bordered by the east bank of the Illinois River this linear park possesses an ample walking trail shaded by the park’s large riparian trees. On the park’s bluff (at the terminus of Main Street) is an observation deck and raised boardwalk nestled in a grove of American elm, red maple, Read more [...]

  • Hegeler Carus Mansion

    The Hegeler Carus Mansion is an architectural masterpiece and a key to the rich history of the Illinois Valley, the Midwest and the nation. Located near Starved Rock State Park, the mansion has remained virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago. The grounds were developed shortly after Read more [...]

  • Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

    The Hennepin Canal was originally conceived in 1890 as part of an overall plan to connect the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico in order to facilitate barge shipping. The problem was that by the time the canal was finished 17 years later, a combination of decreasing railway shipping Read more [...]

  • Illinois Waterway Visitors Center

    Located at the Starved Rock Lock & Dam, the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center is owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps maintains the lock and dam system along the entire Illinois Waterway from Lake Michigan to Grafton, IL where the Illinois River empties into the Read more [...]

  • Lock 16 Visitor Center and Gift Shop

    Board the LaSalle Canal Boat, and enjoy the scenery, history and relaxation of a mule pulled ride on the waterway that changed the face of the nation – the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal. Your one-hour, round trip journey on a full-size replica canal boat will take you on the Read more [...]

  • Peoria Riverfront District

    Graced with attractions and venues for people of all ages and all walks of life, the Peoria RiverFront District has cultural, entertainment, dining, antiquing, residential, historical and recreational activities. It is home to many popular public festivals and fairs, including the Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Arts Fair – one of Read more [...]

  • Peoria Riverfront Museum

    Visit the new Peoria Riverfront Museum’s world-class facility on Peoria’s beautiful downtown riverfront. High-quality informative and interactive exhibits, all within view of the majestic Illinois River. Hear fascinating true tales or make your own history in The Street, an ever changing Peoria regional history gallery. Explore the Illinois River, from Read more [...]

  • Sand Ridge State Forest

    Fifteen centuries ago, melt-waters from the last Ice Age deposited vast amounts of sand along the Illinois River valley, which have since been sculpted into massive dunes. Following glaciation, there was a 1000 year drought and Southwestern species migrated in, including prickly pear cactus! The 7,500-acre Sand Ridge State Forest Read more [...]

  • Starved Rock State Park

    Starved Rock is one of the premier natural areas in the Midwest. There are 18 canyons cut by melting glaciers at the end of the ice age. They sparkle seasonally with waterfalls or ice falls. Fifteen miles of trails traverse old growth forests and sandstone bluffs with an amazing diversity Read more [...]

  • Wheels O’ Time Museum

    We are here to entertain and educate. Our mission is to provide a facility where folks of all ages can see and hear and sometimes touch items representing transportation, industry, farm and home life, as well as entertainment from the past. Wheels O’ Time Museum celebrates 31 years in 2014. Read more [...]