The 6 Best Things to Do in Mount Vernon, United States

January 25, 2018 Layne Dawes

Mount Vernon known as "The King City" is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 15,277 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Mount Vernon

1. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon, IL 62864 +1 618-242-1236
Excellent
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

Cedarhurst celebrates the arts year-round with exciting visual/performing arts, galleries, outdoor sculptures, classes, Music, & Art & Craft Fair.

Reviewed By Slp2g0 - Mt. Vernon, IL

Cedarhurst Cener for the Arts has excellent traveling exhibits plus a fantastic permanent collection, children's area, and sculpture park. Walk the grounds and trails for a nature break.(always free) Admission is free to the museum on Thursdays, and summer brings music and food vendors for Thursday Night Live. In addition, chamber music concerts are held during the fall-spring season and art classses are held for children and adults all year long.

2. Jefferson County Historical Village

1411 N 27th St, Mount Vernon, IL 62864-2782 +1 618-246-0033
Excellent
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5 based on 8 reviews

Jefferson County Historical Village

Reviewed By Legsfamily - Morton, IL

This historical village was just the right size for an afternoon visit. It was very interesting, educational and a great family destination. Many things to see! The blacksmith shop had a man showing and telling how a nail was made years ago. For a very small donation, he would make a nail for you to take home. The whole village survives on donations. This village is a great preservation of history! It's a must see if in Mt. Vernon!

3. Hall of Honor & Military Museum

100 Aviation Dr, Mt.Vernon Outland Airport, Mount Vernon, IL 62864-6694 +1 618-242-7016
Excellent
70%
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Hall of Honor & Military Museum

Reviewed By JJRiann - Chicago, Illinois

While in Mt. Vernon, My husband and I drove over to the airport to see the Military museum. Once we entered the airport driveway, There wasn't any signage directing us towards the "Museum". We did find a memorial wall that listed all of the Jefferson County heroes and what looked to be a restaurant/VFW hall, but no signs of anything else for tourists. The place had plenty of people around, but we did not ask any questions and just left. For us, It was a waste of time.

4. Appellate Court

14th & Main Street, 5th District, Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Appellate Court

Reviewed By Jesse R - Houston, Texas

This is a MUST if you are in Mt. Vernon for a bit. I was surprised to find out the courthouse is still a working one. I am sure the employees feel as if they are in a fish bowl, but they do not seem to mind the tourists. The artifacts are amazing and the tour is free. Bring the kids for an educational and historical experience. Stand where Lincoln stood! How many people can say that?

5. King City Books

104 N 9th St, Mount Vernon, IL 62864-4002 +1 618-315-6774
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5 based on 2 reviews

King City Books

Reviewed By Susan3181959 - Champaign, Illinois

Bookstores have become a rarity and we seek them out when traveling. This one did not disappoint and seems to be doing well. With all book stores a cafe and unique gifts seem to have more real estate in stores than do the books. Although this saddens me King City Books seems to have navigated this well. The books are well curated and although I missed seeing a few favorite authors they have a good selection and I was drawn to buy a book by an author I had not read before because of the thoughtful placement of the book. The staff was very friendly and recommended a good Mexican restaurant within walking distance. (Guero's)
If you love books please visit this shop when you are in the area.

6. Nu Bowl Lanes

1315 N 17th St, Mount Vernon, IL 62864-3226 +1 618-242-0300
Nu Bowl Lanes

Nu Bowl a 28 lane bowling center. We're a clean, friendly, modern and ready to make your bowling event the best possible time you will enjoy. Our staff is trained and are ready to help you. Visit the snack bar with a menu that will tantalize your tastebuds and fill your tummy full. Want a place to rest, relax, watch the game and enjoy a cold beverage of your choice? Step into the The Back Office Bar & Grill. We now feature the most inviting gaming parlor in the city! Come out and try your luck... Check out our new games in the arcade. We now have air hockey, racing cars for the competitors, and something fun for the pinball lovers. Our center would not be complete without our full-line pro shop. Get the perfect ball, bag and a pair of shoes that match your style. Our pro shop specialist will measure your hand and fit you perfectly into a ball of your choice.

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