10 Summer Destinations in Mt. Vernon
1. Aquatic Zoo
Mt. Vernon's own waterpark, The Aquatic Zoo, boasts a lazy river, children’s splash pad area, two waterslides, and a lap pool. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, The Aquatic Zoo is the perfect summer day getaway for the entire family.
Aquatic Zoo / 1700 S 34th St, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 / 618-241-0691
2. Broadway Market
Located at Mt. Vernon’s Broadway Market, Market Days and Friday’s Food & Art have plenty of outdoor fun to offer all summer long. Market Days occurs the first Saturday of each month May through September. Here you will find several vendors selling a variety of items including handcrafted jewelry, fishing gear, flea market items, plants, and baked goods. Friday’s Food & Art will occur the Friday before Market Days starting June 2nd. You can enjoy live music, local produce, kid’s activities, and more. Everything at Friday’s Food & Art is locally made in Illinois.
Broadway Market / 205 S. 7th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 / 618-242-3151
3. Historical Village
The Jefferson County Historical Village contains buildings that reflect life in Jefferson County from the mid-19th century forward. The village contains 19th century log homes, a one-room school, log church, jail, blacksmith shop, print shop, general store, and medical building. The Jefferson County Historical Village is open to the public the first weekend in May through the last weekend in October.
Jefferson County Historical Village / 1411 N. 27th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 / 618-246-0033
4. R & J Tactical Lazer Tag
R & J Tactical Lazer Tag provides outdoor laser tag in the woods with rocked trails. They offer birthday parties, events, fundraisers, team play, and team building activities. They also provide mobile units, so they can bring the laser tag fun to you!
R & J Tactical Lazer Tag / 12701 N Hall Ln, Woodlawn, IL 62898 / 618 204-0519
5. King City Dirt Riders Club
Established in 1971, King City Dirt Riders is a 120-acre off-road riding club located just off highway 37 in Mt. Vernon, IL. Their annual hill climb draws spectators from across the Midwest each September. For membership information contact Greg Joy at 618-316-4764.
King City Dirt Riders / Dirt Riders Lane Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
6. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is a 33,000 square-foot cultural center with four galleries, a family learning center, and performance hall. Cedarhurst is also home to Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park. Each September, over 100 artists are showcased at Cedarhurst’s Art & Craft Fair. Multiple events and activities are held at Cedarhurst throughout the year including art classes, live music, social functions, kid’s activities, and more!
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts / 2600 E Richview Rd. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 / (618) 242-1236
7. Farmers Market
Locally grown, fresh produce can be found seasonally at the Mt. Vernon Farmer’s Market every Tuesday and Friday from June to November at the Times Square Mall. This outdoor market boasts produce of every kind, pulled pork food trucks, and freshly popped kettle corn.
Mt. Vernon Farmer’s Market / 3917 Broadway Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
8. Fun Blasters
Fun Blasters offers exciting activities for children of all ages. Their facility includes inflatables, a ball blaster, bumper cars, and a toddler play area. Fun Blasters offers individual pricing, birthday packages, and family deals.
Fun Blasters / 103 Shiloh Drive Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 / 618-315-6299
9. Veteran’s Park
Veteran’s Park is home to Mary’s famous Sno Cones, open late May through Labor Day. If you are out with family enjoying the playground or taking a walk around the pond and gazebo, stop and try a Blue Eagle or Tiger’s Blood Sno cone. The park is open year-round and offers indoor classes and activities such as yoga and dancing.
Veteran’s Park / 800 S. 7th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 / 618-242-6890
10. Nu Bowl Lanes
Nu Bowl Lanes is a 28-lane bowling center with onsite dining at The Back Office Bar & Grill. Enjoy cosmic bowling every Friday and Saturday night or throw your next birthday party at Nu Bowl Lanes! Register your child on www.kidsbowlfree.com to receive two free games of bowling every day for the entire summer!
Nu Bowl Lanes / 1315 N. 17th St. Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864 / 618-242-0300