Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau

Enjoy Music, Art, Parks & More

Known as the “Festival Arts City,” there is always something going on in Mt. Vernon. From live musical entertainment to gallery openings, Mt. Vernon is the place for the artist in all of us. Check out for complete lodging, event and dining listings!
Located at the crossroads of I-57 and I-64, Mt. Vernon has plenty of amenities for fun and entertainment. In Mt. Vernon, we live Creativity Redefined! everyday.

Whether you are traveling with children, teenagers or on an adult only excursion, Mt. Vernon has a place for you. Visit the nationally accredited Cedarhurst Center for the Arts includes impressive galleries and an outdoor sculpture park on 80 beautiful acres. Inside, the Beck Family Center is just what the little ones need to get moving and engage in creative play. The kid in all of us loves an afternoon at R & J Tactical Lazer Tag & Arcade in Times Square Mall.

Step back in time at the Jefferson County Historical Village and the Appellate Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln himself once tried a case! Burn off some energy and have some fun at Nu Bowl Lanes or 618 Axe. Interested in live music? The Granada Theatre, Dee Bee’s, Pro’s or Geo’s might be the place for you! If festivals and events are your jam, you are in luck because Mt. Vernon has several throughout the year!


With more than 40 locally owned specialty shops, finding a creative gift or treasure won’t be a problem in Mt. Vernon. From boutiques to resale shops and junk to elegant décor, Mt. Vernon has a shop for that! Kitchen novelties at Kingdom Seasonings, tools at Holz, and find a little of everything at Sissy’s General Store! Find a complete list of up-to-date listings online and plan your day with our trip planner.


Mt. Vernon is home to more than 60 restaurants. From fast food favorites to one-of-a-kind spots, you are sure to find something to tantalize your tastebuds.

Our Destination


Angela Schrum

Mt. Vernon, IL

Top Attractions

  • The City Park, now called Veteran’s Memorial Park
  • C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library
  • The Granada Theatre
  • Jefferson County Historical Village
  • Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
  • Aquatic Zoo Water Park
  • Jefferson County Hall of Honor & Col. R. D. White Veterans Museum
  • Local Farms: Agritourism
    • Martin’s Nest Blueberry
    • Marlow’s Pumpkin Patch
    • Blackberry Hollow Farm

Info & Stats

IL House Legislative District

IL Senate Legislative Districts

Largest Meeting Facility

Number of Hotel Rooms

Primary Source of Local Funding
LTCB Grant & Local Hotel Tax

Total Tourism Jobs Supported

Regional Tourism Expenditures
$172 million

Local Sales Taxes
%5.1 million