Don’t break the bank or the gas tank this year for spring break. ILLINOISouth is a great place to get away with activities for everyone. Plan your visit today with these great spring break road trip stops.
Big Things in a Small Town, Casey
Start your road trip with a unique experience. Visit the town of Casey, Illinois to see larger than life creations. This small town is home to 8 Guinness Book of World Records for the World’s Largest Mailbox, Rocking Chair, Wind Chime, Golf Tee, Knitting Needles and more. All attractions are free and make great photo ops. Don’t miss your chance to send a postcard to family and friends at the World’s Largest Mailbox.
Excel Bottling Co., Breese
Excel Bottling Company produces flavored soda using cane sugar, returnable bottles, and vintage bottling equipment. The county’s favorite soft drink, Ski, was added in 1961 and accounts for the majority of soda produced. We are one of a few remaining “mom & pop” bottlers left in the nation and the only returnable bottling line left in Illinois. Aside from bottling soda, the plant produces syrup for use on fountain equipment.
As a huge fan of craft beer, Excel Bottling Company manager Bill Meier took advantage of new distribution laws in Illinois that allowed craft breweries to self-distribute and established Excel Brewing Company in 2012. With the knowledge and passion of Rod Burguiere, a former brewer at Stone Brewing Company in California, the company has brought hoppy, West Coast style beers to the midwest, as well traditional German-style lagers that celebrate the heritage of the Southern Illinois and St. Louis region.
Take a tour and learn about how their sodas and beer are made. Try some samples and take some home with you.
Gateway Fun Park, Collinsville
Bring Your Family For A Day (Or Evening) Of Fun At The Amusement Park. This amusement park’s two mini golf courses, superspeedway go-kart track, separate kiddie kart track for the youngsters, batting cages, and arcade have been bringing Family Fun to Collinsville since 1993. We really do have something for everyone. The arcade is jam-packed with all the latest video & redemption games of chance, along with classic Skee Ball, Pac Man, Gallaga. No matter what your age you will appreciate the variety of games in the arcade. When you need to take a breather we have a full range of amusement park refreshments, from St. Louis thin-style pizza’s to soda fountains and candy bars.