Local Attractions

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Night Life

Wineries & Vineyards

  • Tuscan Hills Winery - Located only 10 minutes from the Thelma Keller Convention Center, with over 8 acres of land, this newest winery offers guests the chance to make their own wine and bottle it. Tours will be given of the winery and how the actual grapes are made into wine will be demonstrated.
  • Vahling Vineyards - Located just north in Stewardson, Dennis & Brenda Vahling, truly believe making the wine is a family business! "The care that goes into each bottle of wine can NOT be matched"
  • Willow Ridge
  • Niemerg Family
  • Cameo Vineyards - Located in a picturesque setting on a hillside overlooking the Embarras River valley and the covered bridge. The Winery is constructed of timber from Dan Webb’s family farm and the interior is finished with barn wood and artifacts from the circa 1900 barn on the same farm. Cameo offers half a dozen varieties of red and white wines, featuring locally grown grapes.

Outdoor Activities

  • Ballard Nature Center - Enjoy the flora & fauna, hike the wooded trails and enjoy the birds & wildlife. A terrific experience in every season.
  • Evergreen Hollow Tree Walk - The walk features about 85 species of trees indigenous to Illinois.
  • Lake Sara - This 800 acre recreational lake, nestled into a wooded shoreline, offers boat rentals, and pavilion meeting space, complete with horseshoes and volleyball.

Golf & Bowling

  • Cardinal Golf Course - 18 hole golf course bordering beautiful Lake Sara. Sharpen your skills at the driving range or relax in the clubhouse.
  • Fore-Way Challenge Golf - A challenging 9 hole course, perfect for a business outing.
  • Effingham Country Club - Effingham's premier golf course. 18 holes of challenging golf set in the rolling countryside.
  • K Bowl - 36 lane Cosmic Bowling Alley! This on property facility offers Crazy Bowl and Disco Bowl. Ask about our Business/Team Bowling Program that focuses on teamwork building skills (Contact Patty Green at 217-347-5115)


  • One of the US's largest Wal-Marts, Kohl's Department Store, GameStop, Dollar Tree, Prime Sole, & more!
  • Millennium AccessoriesMillennium is a unique boutique featuring clothing, handbags, jewelry, scarves, watches and home decor.  They specialize in helping you find the perfect outfit and finishing touches for any occasion.   Feel free to bring your outfit in and one of their sales associates will work with you to find that special something be it clothing or accessory to make you and your friends say WOW!!!

Leadership Speaker / Consultant

Dan Woods Advisors

Invite Dan Woods to speak at your annual meeting and/or board of directors/leadership retreat, to lead and facilitate your strategic plan, and orient/tain and energize your leaders to achieve your mission.  For more information on booking Dan Woods, contact us at 217-347-5115. 

Entertainment & Other Attractions

The Effingham Performance Center

After the devastating news of the close of The Rosebud Theatre in Effingham, a group of local business men and women met and decided that they must work to save the theatre. The group acknowledged the community's disappointment as The Rosebud Theatre is truly a remarkable entertainment complex. Effingham and South Central Illinois sincerely embraced the live entertainment that graced the stage of this beautiful theatre. The men and women representing ACCI refused to let the curtain close forever!

Visit the Effingham Performance Center

MidAmerica Motorworks

The "MY Garage Museum & Retail Store" features Mike Yager's continuously expanding showcase of classic and low-mileage Corvettes and Air-Cooled Volkswagens, in addition to a wide array of automotive memorabilia. The entire collection is displayed in a unique 1950's-60's style backdrop, complete with storefront settings and jukebox music. Of the 30+ Corvettes and Volkswagens on display, highlights include the "Last C4", the CERV 1, SCCA Challenge Race Cars, and a 1954 Corvette Roadster, and actual "Herbie Fully Loaded." Mid America Motorworks also holds Corvette and VW workshops and seminars monthly in the MY Garage Museum. Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit MidAmerica Motorworks

The Cross

Soaring above the landscape at the convergence of Interstates 57 & 70, just south of Effingham, the Cross at the Crossroads creates an imposing sight. The cross took several months to construct. The 180.0 tons of steel were lifted into place by a crane. Construction was funded through a million dollars in private donations. A Visitors Center is located at the base of the Cross.

Visit the Cross

Effingham Chamber of Commerce

Effingham's thriving Chamber of Commerce is always ready to inform tourists of upcoming events.

Visit the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce