A creature with roots in Native American lore, the Piasa bird has survived antiquity in large part due to etchings found on limestone bluffs throughout Illinois. Under the banner of the mythical predator— most depictions lend it reptilian claws, fish-like scales, and mammalian fangs—the Illinois Piasa charge onto the field against Professional Arena Soccer League foes, stopping just short of actually eating their opponents. Founded in 1998, the PASL consists of 19 indoor-soccer squads throughout the United States; upon their league debut in the 2010–11 season, the Piasa won the Pro Frontier Division with a 9–3 record.
Sports fans flock to Glen Carbon's Sports Academy for a fun day away.
Head on over to the in-house restaurant for a delectable meal.
This club welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Sports Academy is just steps away from a parking lot.
In its years as an NCAA Division II school, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville claimed 17 titles among its men's and women's athletic teams, excelling in such sports as tennis, softball, and wrestling. Under the guidance of coach Kent DeMars, the men's tennis team claimed the national title a record-breaking seven years in a row, from 1978–84, and during the '80s, the school won three straight national titles in wrestling and four in women's tennis, prompting President Reagan to demand that the school tear down its trophy wall.
The Cougars have since made the transition to a Division I program and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference, perhaps signaling a new era of dominance in the national spotlight with 16 men's and women's sports teams. At the recently expanded Vadalabene Center, more than 4,000 fans can cheer on basketball and volleyball teams and the wrestling squad—all potential future inductees into the university's hall of fame. On campus (approximately 25 miles from St. Louis), athletes practice on 2,600 acres of majestic woodland, perched atop bluffs overlooking the calm of the Mississippi River. Sports players included, SIUE currently enrolls 14,000 students and extends its family to more than 86,000 living alumni.
Enjoy the popcorn, chairs, and film at Amc Lory 2's movie theater in Highland.
When you're out and about in the area, you'll love that this theater has a restaurant to take care of any last minute hunger.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this theater.
The outdoors and a movie are a magical combination. Experience it yourself at Amc Lory 2's open air theater.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Take your little one to Rampart Range in Pocahontas and assist them in picking out their very first bike.
Hunting and fishing takes a lot of gear, and this store has it all!
For parking, you'll be able to look towards the nearby area for available space.
So head on over to Rampart Range, where you'll find a great selection of bikes to get you from point A to point B in a flash.
Keep up with Hollywood by seeing any one of the movies at Showplace 12 Edwardsville in Edwardsville.
Breathe fresh air as you take advantage of the open-air screenings of your favorite movies at Showplace 12 Edwardsville.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.