1408 E. Broadway
Mattoon, IL 61938
Phone: (217) 235-6745
Fax: (217) 235-0256
The largest park in the city, Peterson Park is the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon. Watch a American Legion Jr. game on the baseball diamond, play a game of horseshoes, have your children play on the playground, or just relax with a picnic. This green park is also the site to great events, including music concerts.
Lawson Park is popular for a reason, this large park is home to a lot of activites. With four tennis courts, a batting cage, pickle ball, and a filed that can be used for football of soccer, it's no wonder that this park is the perfect spot for some fun in the sun. There is also a large playground that's perfect for kids.
This charming 24 acre park is the perfect outing for a family day. Lytle Park has a number of fun activities. This beautiful park has many unique attractions, including an old oil well and art sculptures. Play tennis on their 6 courts, take a stroll through their gardens, play in the playgrounds, have a picnic, and check out the huge swimming pool. Lytle Pool is one of the largest pools in the state and for a moderate fee you can take a dip.
Created in 1907 to help with the county's water supply, Lake Paradise is truly a paradise. You can take a boat out on to the tranquil waters of the reservoir, but there is no swimming allowed.
Located just one mile north of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Moore home is the 1860's home of Abraham Lincoln's stepsister. It is here that Lincoln bid farewell to his stepmother before leaving Illinois to become the 16th president.
The Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is renowned for housing the log cabin that was constructed and occupied by President Abraham Lincoln’s father Thomas Lincoln. The site is spread over 86 acres (34 hectares) and has accurately recreated the two room cabin of the Lincolns’ that was originally built in 1935. Another highlight is the working farm created around the room. There is an assortment of picnic amenities for visitors. Apart from the galleries depicting the family, there are plenty playgrounds, restrooms, grills and water fountains for recreation amidst the greenery, fishing and bird watching. Detailed information can be availed on their official website.
Lake Mattoon was created in the 1950s to be a water reserve and it's since become the perfect spot for recreational activities. Take a boat out and waterski along the shore. Try your luck fishing for bass and catfish. Enjoy a picnic at Lake Mattoon Public Beach. At 1,050-acres, there's a lot of room to enjoy the water.
Offers trails, playgrounds, picnic areas with grills, fishing, and camping.
Considered to be a one of its kind in the world, the Rockome Gardens is an Amish theme park in Arcola. Stroll through the beautifully themed gardens filled with countless flowers and plants. Visit the Amish houses and the mini town along with an ironsmith shop. Get on a buggy ride to take you to the cheese factory or the museum and more. If all this excursion has given an appetite, then dine at their restaurant relish on some authentic Amish food.
Lake Shelbyville is a 11,100 acre (44.9 sq. km.) reservoir created from the damming of the Kaskaskia River. The lake is surrounded by the Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area and bordered by Wolf Creek State Park and Eagle Creek State Park, making it a great location for outdoor fun. The lake, which was filled in 1970, is managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Using varieties that are indigeous to the area, this winery markets its own unique blend of wine, and features five superior varieties. The winery has a wine tasting room and gift shop and is open Tuesday through Sunday, except on holidays.
With over 11,000 acres of water and 172 miles of shoreline, Lake Shelbyvilla is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. The marina offers boat rentals, boat repair, boat sales, boat lifts, boat storage, parts and accessories, slip rentals, bait, refreshments, and guide services.