Attractions in Clinton County Illinois

History buffs will have plenty of things to do & sites to discover during their stay in the Carlyle Lake area with opportunities to learn about the rich agriculture and mining history of Clinton County. View the General Dean Suspension Bridge, the Cholera Cross, and the Coal Miners’ Monument. Tour Breese Historical Park & Garden and an exact replica of a Civil War fort. Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the Clinton County Historical Museum is a must-see, holding many artifacts and history from the area.

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You also don’t want to miss a tour of Excel Bottling Co. in Breese, IL, where Ski and other all-natural, pure cane sodas have been produced since the mid-30s. In 2012 Excel Brewing was established, home to several craft beers including Carlyle Lake Lager and Shoal Creek Oktoberfest, Wheat, & Winter Ale, Hop Heist, Piague Bringer and Double IPA.

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Clinton County Historical Museum

1091 Franklin St, Carlyle, IL 62231

Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the museum holds many artifacts from the area, including genealogical material, books and periodicals on the history of the county. Every Thursday except the first Thursday of the month from 10 … Continue reading ...

Variety of brown glass beer bottles with caps and Excel labels with beer name on counter.

Excel Brewing Company

488 South Broadway, Breese, IL 62230

Excel is best known for it’s signature pure cane sugar soda SKI, the Excel Bottling Company broadened it’s market to include hoppy West Coast-style beers and traditional German-style Lagers. Call for group tours. Hours: Monday & Tuesday – 8:00 – … Continue reading ...

Variety of glass soda bottles with caps and labels offered by Excel Brewing Company.

Excel Bottling Co.

488 S Broadway, Breese, IL 62230

Tours are offered of the Ski and Craft Beer bottling plant. Never heard of Ski? You have a treat in store. This is a great opportunity to see how these favorite drinks are actually made....

Variety of meats including pork, chicken, ribs and brisket in smoker with silver metal racks.

A Fine Swine BBQ

423 West Hanover Street, New Baden, IL 62265

The Barbecue joint that prides itself in serving “championship” barbecue to the community, with fresh and high quality meats. Four types of meat are served – pork, brisket, ribs and chicken. Offering numerous fresh-made sides, desserts and Excel fountain soda … Continue reading ...

General Dean Suspension Bridge over creek surrounded by trees, blue sky overhead.

General Dean Suspension Bridge

First Street, East Side, Carlyle, IL 62231

Built in 1859, the bridge is named in honor of William F. Dean, a Korean War hero, and is now also known as the “Swinging Bridge” by some in the local community....

Sam’s Pizza

173 North Main Street, Breese, IL 62230

Swamp Tales

7901 State Route 127, Carlyle, IL 62231

Cajun-themed restaurant. Classic Cajun favorites year-round, like alligator and craw-fish, Etouffee and shrimp balls. Burgers and daily lunch specials and dinner specials with steaks and prime rib offeren on Saturday and Sunday....

Makraft Brewing Company

531 South Poplar , Centralia, IL 62801

Hours: Thursday – Saturday 4:00 – 9:00...

Civil War Fort

6251 Shoal Creek Rd, Germantown, IL 62245

Visit an exact replica of a Civil War Fort complete with a jail, one room home, livery and log cabins. Be sure to see the display of area churches and other buildings all done in miniature. The churches have as … Continue reading ...

Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery

15469 State Rte 127, Carlyle, IL 62231

Not only can you sample fine local wines, but the restaurant serves first-rate barbecue. Banquet facilities are also available....

Wessel’s Corner Market

17909 St Rose Rd, St Rose, IL 62230

Wessel’s Corner Market is your hometown mom and pop grocery store and gas station.  We are located in beautiful downtown St. Rose, Illinois. We hope to serve you with that hometown hospitality while you pick up those few items you … Continue reading ...

Guzman’s Restaurant

1150 12 St, Carlyle, IL 62231

Warehouse 300 Vintage Marketplace

300 South King Oak Street, Trenton, IL 62293

WAREHOUSE 300 is a vintage marketplace located in Trenton, IL The market features vintage, rustic, farmhouse, and shabby chic home decor. The merchandise at the warehouse is provided by many talented local artisans who are not only creative, but take … Continue reading ...

Kain Tayo Filipino Cuisine

2 West Broadway, Trenton, IL 62293

Breese Historical Park & Garden

496 N Second St, Breese, IL 62230

Peruse Breese’s history in photographs, memorials and on the granite pyramid in this neighborhood park. Benches and seasonal plants make this a quiet spot for rest and reflection....

Hidden Lake Winery

10580 Wellen Rd, Aviston, IL 62216

Walk the trails around the 5-acre lake or sit and enjoy the waterfall and views of the Silent Forest. The beautiful banquet center has space for all size groups or you can book the gazebo for your group....

Crooked Creek Winery

24585 W 10th Street Rd, Centralia, IL 62801

Handcrafted Illinois wines are made in a peaceful, country setting. Open for tastings Fri, Sat & Sun afternoons....

Drink Makers

505 Old Carlyle Road, Germantown, IL 62245

Drink Makers Professional Bartenders We offer only the best in Professionally Trained, Bartenders, Servers and Event Staff. For an extra special event, our staff will help with suggestions and create whatever is needed so that your event wows. We are … Continue reading ...

7 West Bar and Grill

7 West Broadway, Trenton, IL 62293

Plush green vineyard plants at Twelve Oaks Vineyard surrounded by trees on all sides.

Twelve Oaks Vineyards

18975 Vogel Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231

Twelve Oaks Vineyard offers a wide variety of wines. New to the list is Flight of the Red Baron, a sweet red. Vignoles was added in 2016. Also offering Chambourcin, Norton, Traminette, Cayuga White and Hummingbird Dance. Feel free to … Continue reading ...

Press Coffee and Tea

19 West Broadway, Trenton, IL 62293

Main Street Pastures

8801 Main Street, St. Rose, IL 62230

Main Street Pastures is a great way to get Farm – to – Table meats and eggs. Owned by Jill and Chad Vonder Haar. All cattle, pigs and chickens are pasture raised. No hormones are used and only non-GMO corn … Continue reading ...

Coal Miners Monument

Louis St by American Legion, Beckemeyer, IL 62219

Joseph Koch, who along with eight other local miners died in a mine explosion in 1947, is depicted here....

Shakin Shuttle

291 Trestle Ave, Highland, IL 62249

Group transportation with two buses each accommodating up to 28 people. Shuttle service throughout Illinois for any and all your transportation needs. ...

Cement cross with American Flag on pole, trees in background, fluffy white clouds and blue sky.

Cholera Cross

1 Mile S of Old Hwy 50 on Germantown Rd, Breese, IL 62230

The original wooden cross was erected in 1850 by a farmer in thanksgiving for his family being spared during a cholera epidemic. Subsequent owners of the property have repaired and replaced it....

Total Access Travel

511 N Harrison Street, Trenton, IL 62293

Full Service Travel Agency     We take the hassle out of planning vacations for you, your family and friends. We do the planning you do the relaxing. Meets by appointment only at a location favorable to client....

EZN Travel

111 Clintonian Plaza, Breese, IL 62230

Your Vacation Specialist   Based in Breese, IL, we serve customers from all surrounding Clinton County communities  Do you see yourself on a beach? On a boat? Trekking across Europe? Pick up your phone, and do something about it. EZN … Continue reading ...