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As mixed drinks and frosty brews get to know each other on Phil's Bar & Grill's weathered wooden bar, the steam of fresh-to-order pub fare scuttles up its vaulted ceiling. The cozy dive seats roughly 75 people, with additional standing room suited for chest bumping after a big play shines down from wall-mounted TVs. Patrons can two-hand hearty sandwiches or sate omelet and gravy longings with a menu of all-day breakfast options. And with live weekend entertainment and daily all-you-can-eat specials, Phil's encourages lingering among all visitors, not just the regular who rents out the janitor's closet as a studio apartment.

225 E Edwardsville Rd
Wood River,
IL
US

Winner of the Places to Play-4 Star Award from Golf Digest, Belk Park Golf Course presents challenging play across 234 acres of well-manicured grounds. Water in play on five holes and a fair number of doglegs make the course difficult for players who don't pay close attention to club selection, shot trajectory, and perfectly timed spitballs. On the 5th and 14th holes, fairways veer sharply around water hazards and reward errant shots with an unfavorable lie on the lake bottom.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,827 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 71.9 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 121 from the back tees
  • Four sets of tees per hole

880 Belk Park Road
Wood River,
IL
US

Eight lifeguards oversee every splish and splash conducted on the watery playgrounds at The Aquatic Center, a Wood River Parks and Recreation complex. Anchored by the commanding presence of the New Water Tree, the wading pool welcomes youngsters looking for a safe place to play or gamble water wings on who can make their fingers the pruniest. Meanwhile, older kids zoom down two four-story water slides or perfect their dives off 1- and 3-meter diving boards. An Olympic-size swimming pool gives lap swimmers plenty of room to work on their stroke, and 200 chaise lounges facilitate postlap naps and dreams of what that first bite of a gold medal might taste like.

670 Whitelaw Avenue
Wood River,
IL
US