Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover, or avid sportsman there’s something for everyone in Scenic Havana.
10 minutes northwest of Havana of Highways 78 and 97. A branch of the Illinois State museum, it is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the country.
10 minutes northwest of Havana on Highways 78 and 97. This still-developing refuge system features the Frank Bellrose Nature Trail along the Spoon River.
Adjacent to the National Wildlife Refuge and Dickson Mounds Museum. At 6,700 acres, this model project is one of the largest natural floodplain restorations in the country and an anchor project for conserving the biological diversity of the Illinois River.
10 minutes north of Havana on the Manito Blacktop. This great place to see eagles from October through March is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Hike the wheelchair accessible nature trail, watch waterfowl, pick mushrooms and berries, and fish in Lake Chautauqua.
(416 N. Schrader) – next to the Riverfront Campground, a beautiful view of the Illinois River. Floating docks, a walk bridge and changing exhibits will educate and delight everyone who loves nature. Enjoy a cold drink, ice cream, sandwiches, and other treats while you fish, boat, or just sit and enjoy the view. Bait dishing is available for purchase and kids fishing poles are available to use for free. Seating for 40 inside and 20 outside on the deck. One dock in handicap-accessible.
(309-543-6240) – A footbridge and stage with seating overlooking the Illinois River and park. Four par pavilions, boat docks, ramps, walking paths, and playgrounds. Call to reserve your next event.
(The corner of Main and Pearl St) – Built the same year as the Eiffel Tower (1889), the fourth oldest water tower in Illinois that is still in use.
The oldest continuously-used Carnegie library in the state of Illinois.
20 minutes north of Havana near Manito. The hatchery includes 160 acres within the 7,280 acre Sand Ridge State Forest. The fishery has an impressive indoor observation area and many excellent displays, making it a must see for the entire family. Walk in or scheduled tours.
This Indian Mound at the intersection of Orange and Franklin Streets was built around 150 A.D. and is thought to be the largest prehistoric earthwork in the Illinois River Valley. It is the largest known mound of the Indians of the Western Hopewell of Havana culture. It was verified scientifically in 1986.
(217-632-4000) – Located 30 minutes south of Havana on Route 97, New Salem Park is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood. Call to find out about scheduled special events.