Conveniently located between Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO, Jacksonville is a thriving community rich in historical treasures, unparalleled educational institutions, growing businesses, and hospitality all its own.

Stop by and visit is to experience some of our wide-range of sports and recreation. For the outdoorsman, the Jacksonville Area is home to an award-winning lake for fishing, boating, parks, and campgrounds. For the athletic-type, there is a dirt race track which world-renown racers have raced on, and a large sports complex in Lenz Field which hosts multiple tournaments a year. Visitors will find lots to do, both night and day.

For the history lovers, the city’s rich heritage includes numerous interesting sites that help make the past relevant to all generations. Come follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln through historic Jacksonville. See the actual places and hear the real stories of Lincoln as told by his friends and associates while Looking for Lincoln in Jacksonville. Be sure to take part in the historic homes walking tour as well. 

Jacksonville has a strong history, particularly in the 19th century.  Jacksonville is home to two Civil War generals, a very vocal abolitionist community, and was an active stop on the Underground Railroad as slaves made their way to freedom in the North.  There are many places to visit highlighting this history, including the Governor Duncan Mansion and Woodlawn Farm, the showcase homestead of Jacksonville’s Underground Railroad network.  

No visit in Jacksonville is complete without stopping by the newly restored downtown. Visitors will find entertainment, dining, and shopping all in the heart of this downtown community.   

Staying one night or even a week? Jacksonville offers national brand hotels as well as a locally-owned bed and breakfast in the historical part of town. Want to camp? Jacksonville offers that, too. There are three great locations that individuals and/or families can enjoy. All provide a good night’s sleep.

Choices are numerous, and visitors will be sure to have fun (and maybe even learn a few things, too).

Further information is available by calling the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-593-5678 or visit jacksonvilleil.org.

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