Make Carbondale your starting point for exploration, adventure, and a little bit of fun. Start at one of two national parks and end the day dining at one of our many great restaurants downtown. With so many places to explore, Carbondale is the perfect starting point for your vacation.
A rich heritage of culture, education, and history, places Carbondale as the Capital of Southern Illinois.
Starting in Carbondale gives you many choices. All throughout the year you can attend one of several annual events. Just minutes from the Duquoin State Fair, national golf tournaments, and an endless wine trail, there is no short of things to do.
The City of Carbondale located in Southern Illinois provides a close link to many area forest and lakes. The City of Carbondale is next to the Shawnee National Forest (280,000 acres) and the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (44,000 acres). Ite is also within 10-45 minutes of Giant City (2,430 acres) and Ferne Clyffe (4,000 acres) State Parks, Trail of Tears State Forest, and the Cache River Wetlands. Landscapes designated for wilderness to developed recreation vary from bottomlands to uplands with rolling hills, bluffs, and rugged topography. Also nearby are lakes including Crab Orchard, Kinkaid, Devils Kitchen, Little Grassy, Lake of Egypt, and Cedar totaling over 17,000 acreas, ponds, and rivers including the Mississippi. This is in addition to our own forests and woodlands and private lands that are available to us. There are diverse and boundless educational and recreational opportunities for all.
City of Carbondale Cedar Lake
Giant City State Park
Trail of Tears State Forest
Shawnee National Forest
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Southern Illinois Touch of Nature
The Marberry Arboretum
The following Planned events can be accessed at:
Carbondale Main Street and/or Carbondale Chamber of Commerce
Meet on Main Street
Downtown Art & Wine Fair
Halloween on Main Street
Brown Bag Concert & Lunch Specials
Downtown Walking Tours
Friday Night Fair
Carbondale Golf Classic
Carbondale Microbrew and Music Festival
Carbondale Rocks and Revival
Carbondale Main Street Madness
Hickory Ridge Family Golf Center
Carbondale Park District
University Mall, an enclosed shopping center (677,000 square feet) with anchors: J.C. Penny, Macy's, Bed Bath and Beyond and AMC Theaters an 8 Screen Complex
Murdale Shopping Center with anchors: Neighborhood Food Co-op and Tru-Value
University Place, an open-air center (250,000 square feet) with anchors: Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Petco, AMC Theatre an 8 Screen Complex, TJ Maxx, Party City and Various other Shops
Eastgate Shopping Center with anchors: Ashley Furniture
Central Business district
West Park Plaza, an open-air center (55,322 sqare feet) with anchors Golds Gym, CVS Pharmacy and Sherwin Williams Paint