Carbondale, in Southwest Illinois, is a place that approximately 26,000 people call home.
The city is located some 140 miles (225 kilometers) from the state capital of Illinois, Springfield and about 80 miles (129 kilometers) from St. Louis.
To discover natural beauty in the Carbondale area explore some of its family-friendly green spaces. Pack sunscreen, water and camera to visit Benton City Park, Coal Miner's Memorial Park or Anna City Park, all popular green settings for families.
One of the best ways to experience the natural environs of Carbondale is to tee off at one the area’s excellent golf courses. Work on your drives and putting while on vacation; play a few holes at Kokopelli Golf Club and also Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center.
While your family is in the city, visit the Williamson County Historical Museum and discover why the history of this area is so significant. One of the main historical museums in the city, it’s a must-see destination. Another popular destination is the Frankfort Area Historical Museum.
The main local exhibit spaces are the General John A. Logan Museum and the Veterans Military Museum, two exhibit spaces where visitors can pay a visit for a morning of inspiration. Of the many collections in the Carbondale area these two are among the most highly recommended.
If you love nature and wildlife, plan a trip to Pyramid State Park and Lake Murphysboro State Park, two nature preserves where locals and visitors love to spend time to find some tranquility. Take a walk and go birdwatching, before enjoying a picnic in the parks’ beautiful surrounds.
If you could do with a spot of retail therapy visit the stores and stalls that are part of the Illinois Centre Mall. It is a vibrant place filled with clothes and accessory stores and fresh food venues.
The Railroaders Memorial stands as a somber dedication to the struggles and sacrifices of Carbondale men and women in wartime. This significant place of remembrance provides a fascinating window into the proud military history of the Carbondale region.