Highlights of the Best of Jacksonville

It’s a bold statement! but the Jacksonville Area is honored to be host to many sights, restaurants, and events that are noted as some of the best in the region.


Governor Duncan Mansion
The only Lincoln-era governor’s mansion located outside the state capitol.
Lake Jacksonville
Voted #1 Bass Fishing Lake in Illinois, 2007.
Woodlawn Farm Underground Railroad Site
A history of freedom, brought to life.
Looking for Lincoln Sites
Walk where Lincoln Walked.
Godfrey Park/Play for All Park
Fully Accessible Water Play Park.
Strawn Art Gallery
Fine art set within a stately mansion.


Leo’s Pizza & Ristorante Italiano

Local favorite for pizza and Italian cuisine.
Lonzerotti’s Italian Restaurant
Fine dining set in a rennovated train station.
Blessings on State Bed and Breakfast
Award-winning B&B in the historic district.


Prairie Land Heritage Museum Steam Show & Fall Festival Days
Festival of Farming and Farm Equipment.
Cruise Nite and Car Show
One of the largest Cruise events in Illinois. Bring your classic car, or just bring your lawn chair and watch others cruise by.

Bandstands in Community Park

The two bandstands in Community Park were originally built as part of the grounds of the State…

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris…

Blessings Bed & Breakfast

Rediscover the art of hospitality at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast, Jacksonville’s only Bed &…

Buena Vista Farms

Located 3 miles northwest of Jacksonville on HWY 67 North, features new campground and exclusive…

Governor Duncan Mansion

Governor Joseph Duncan, who served as governor of Illinois from 1834 to 1838, had this two-and…

Cruise Nite & Car Show

One of the largest cruise events in Illinois. Come to the car show during the day in Community Park…

Lake Jacksonville

Lake Jacksonville was named #1 Fishing Spot in the State of Illinois by Field and Stream in 2007…

Leo’s Pizza & Ristorante Italiano

Authentic pizza and Italian specialties. Good for families and large groups….

Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant

Fine Italian dining in a historic Alton & Chicago Railroad Station. Opened in 1987 and owned by the…

Prairie Land Steam Show

See horse-powered equipment, antique tractors, gas & steam engines, demonstrations on bailing,…

Strawn Art Gallery

Visit this beautiful, historic structure, featuring monthly changing art exhibits and permanent…

Woodlawn Farm

The showcase homestead of Jacksonville’s extensive Underground Railroad network. Former slaves were…