2847440402 245eeb83ad hFort Massac State Park in Metropolis has been preserved and maintained since 1908, when it became Illinois’ first state park. Located at the southern tip of the state, the park overlooks the Ohio River and is home to 1,500 acres that offer camping, hiking, fishing, boating and hunting opportunities.

The park is also well known for its annual Fort Massac Encampment festival in October, which recreates the lifestyles and atmosphere of the late 1700s, attracting approximately 200,000 people every year. Historically, the site of the park was home to multiple military forts throughout the nation’s early years, playing a role in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

Today, a replica of the 1802 American fort stands on the original site of the historical forts. In addition to the yearly encampment event, the park puts on living history weekends where visitors can experience the past for themselves, as well as an annual antique car show.

While visiting Fort Massac State Park, visitors can also take some time to visit the town of Metropolis to see the 15-foot tall Superman statue and the Super Museum, showcasing rare Superman memorabilia and selling superhero souvenirs.

From history to modern popular culture, Illinois has much to offer visitors of every age.