Recreation

US 128
Exit 82
Altamont, Illinois 62411
618-483-5798

Stroll the four acres and view 1,200 varieties of fragrant, uniquely landscaped herb, perennial and ornamental gardens. Visit the gift shop and garden center, which features hundreds of interesting plants and gifts. Alwerdt's Gardens is recognized as an All-America display garden.

15286 North Resort Road
Exit 160
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-868-2950

Enjoy picturesque views of Lake Sara from the comfort of this resort. Amenities are many, including grills for cooking your fresh catch and private decks. Each cabin features an effiency kitchen.

5253 East US Hwy 40
Exit 82
Effingham, Illinois 62401
618-483-6856

Just minutes away from the city but a world away, Ballard Nature Center is home to dozens of species of birds and wildlife. Natural prairie, wetlands, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, ponds and creeks round out the outdoor experience.

Fifth Street at Clark Ave.
Exit 159
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-342-5310

A cozy city block sized park with large trees and fountain is located just minutes off the interstates. It features a pavilion, playground area, outdoor basketball courts and a beautiful garden area. This park is a great place to enjoy a picnic with the family.

 

 

14839 Park Rd.
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-343-7761

Bluegill Marina is a full-service marina that is stocked with all you'd need for a day on the lake: snacks, beer, liquor, ice, bait, swim caps, two kayaks for rents, boat rentals, tubing/skiing flags, gas, and much more! Enjoy a cool drink on their deck overlooking Lake Sara.

1217 Rickelman Ave
Exit 160 & Exit 162
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-347-7500

This 19-acre RV campground features 75 wooded campsites onthe north shore of Lake Pauline and two fully-furnished cabins with all the amenities. Campsites offer water, sewer, electricity, cable TV, and internet access. Parking areas provide long, level pull through convenience.

15737 North Beach Road
Exit 160
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-868-2860

The Cardinal is an 18-hole public golf course that borders Lake Sara. The course was remodeled to include several new holes and landscaping, along with a driving range and putting green. An outside pavilion is available for hosting parties and outgoings.

East Temple Ave
Exit 162
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-342-4415

Community Park is a 35 acre park that includes a disc-golf course, four lighted ball diamonds, four lighted tennis courts, large play ground areas, the outdoor basketball courts, an outdoor ice rink and picnic areas.

 

Evergreen Avenue
Exit 160
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-342-4415

Evergreen Hollow Park is 42 acre park that offers baseball diamonds, tennis courts, play grounds, swimming pool, nature walks, miniature golf course, pavilions and much more. Be sure to check this out when staying in Effingham. There is always something going on!

 

 

West Evergreen Avenue
Effingham, Illinois 62401

Evergreen Mini Golf is an 18-hole miniature golf course located on West Evergreen Avenue in Evergreen Hollow Park. Hours are 2-10 p.m. during the season. For further information, call 217-342-2544.

16041 North 1000th Street
Exit 160
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-868-5418

Fore-Way is a challenging 9-hole public course located near Lake Sara and just minutes from Effingham and Anthony Acres. Call to take advantage of special packages and to plan your family or business outgoing. A driving range, putting green, and club house also are on site for visitors to enjoy.

1906 South Fourth Street
Exit 162
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-342-4415

Hendelmeyer Park is a 20 acre park that includes a skate park, four lighted tennis courts, the lighted softball diamonds, two play ground areas and picnic areas.

1206 N. Keller Drive
Effingham, Illinois 62401

K Bowl is equipped with 32 lanes, updated with computerized scoring and offers winter league and individual bowling. There is a lounge and game room, which includes pool tables and video games. K Bowl is located on Keller Drive, just off Interstate 70.

15482 Wildwood Dr
Exit 160
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-868-2787

A quiet cove at dawn, where the only sound is the whir of a casting reel and gentle splash of the fly hitting the water's surface...that's Lake Sara. A sunny afternoon slalom skiing behind a powerful boat or running along the beach..that's Lake Sara.

15482 Wildwood Dr.
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-868-2964
8724 E. Marine Rd.
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-868-2791

Larson's Landing includes a bait house, boat and kayak rentals, Pinky's restuarant, boat docks, dockside repair, charted excursions, The Stage at Lake Sara that hosts live entertainment and more. Larson's is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am.

Cardinal Cove
Exit 160
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-621-9103

A relaxing retreat at Sara's Sanctuary, located on Lake Sara, is sure to rejuvenate even the weariest of travelers. Each retreat offers a different health and wellness experience, including therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, yoga or meditation, reflexology and Reiki.

2300 South Banker
Effingham, Illinois 62401

Silver Dollar Lanes is equipped with 24 lanes. Individual Bowling, as well as league (winter and summer) bowling is offered. Bumper bowling for children is also available. Hours are noon to midnight Sunday through Thursday, noon to 1 a.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

8724 E. Marine Drive
Exit 160
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-868-2791

Looking to spend the day on Lake Sara? This is the place for all your boating needs, from boat rentals and tackle to food, fuel and drinks.

 

 

8724 E. Marine Drive
Exit 160
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-868-2791

After a day of soaking up the sun check out an outdoor concert featuing local and regional bands. Keep in mind the stage is also available to rent.

 

1325 Outer Belt West
Exit 160
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-342-5305

The TREC trail system is a public trail designed to create recreational opportunities. The trails provide a great place for visitors to exercise, whether it is riding bikes, roller blading or walking. The first phase of the trail was completed in 2010.