Centralia Illinois Tourism, Events, Restaurants, Balloon Fest, Lodging, Travel, History

Welcome to Centralia
Good Shopping - Good Food
Great Fun and Recreation - Rich History

Click Here for

See the
Tour Centralia

Click Here for


Print Your Own
Centralia Brochure

Celebrating Our Past...   
      ...Building Our Future

We welcome you to share the rich and diverse culture and experiences that abound in Centralia. Centralia was founded in 1853 by the Illinois Central Railroad's passage through this area. Centralia was also a coal-mining town almost from the first years of its existence. The development of the Junction City Mine led to Centralia's first oil boom. Centralia is no longer solely a railroad community, although over 60 trains still pass through on a daily basis and Amtrak makes four stops daily. The city has an extensive area of rich Illinois farm and orchard land, and is home to many manufacturing, health care and service businesses.

We welcome you to join us and enjoy the many sites, lakes, parks and festivals described in this website tour. You may also take a short video tour for a small sample of what Centralia has to offer.

The Centralia Carillon (bell tower) rises 150 feet over the downtown area and is one of only 150 in the country. The 65 bell instrument is one of the largest in the world. It is a treat to experience one of the weekend summer concerts, daily programs or to enjoy a tour of this world-renowned structure. Tours are by reservation only, see Local Sights & Attractions.


Beautiful Lake Centralia offers over 400 acres of full water sports and the 700 acre Raccoon Lake features over 20 miles of shoreline primarily for fishing (bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish).

Nature hiking trails, fishing, outdoor amphitheater, a Chapel in the Woods, and nature's beauty are located in the 235 acres of Foundation Park. The park is the setting for the annual Balloon Fest, a hot air balloon festival held the third weekend in August.

The annual Centralia Balloon Fest features 45 hot air balloons in a unique setting with up-close and personal viewing of the balloons and their active crews. There are daily balloon races and an evening balloon glow to showcase all of the intriguing balloons. There is something for everyone in the family -- an activity area for children, a food court, craft fair, car shows and a variety of entertainment throughout the three-day festival.

And we are just getting started! You won't want to miss the Centralia Museum, the Centralia Recreation Complex, excellent shopping, fine restaurants, and much more all in a small town atmosphere rich in railroad and mining history. You will enjoy exploring the details using the buttons on the left to discover our Local Sights and Attractions, Lakes, Parks and Recreation, Events and Festivals, Antiques and Collectibles, Restaurants, Transportation and Lodging, Travel Packages, and Reunions.

Celebrate Centralia

To find your next fun event or favorite activity, please examine our Calendar of Events. There is something there for everyone.


We welcome you to contact us for more information and look forward to your next visit to Centralia!

We are hard at work!

The City of Centralia and the Centralia Tourism Committee are in the process of completely remodeling SeeCentralia.com from top to bottom.

While you are waiting we encourage you to visit our Facebook page or to visit the City of Centralia website.

Thank you for your patience!

[ Close ]

| Welcome to Centralia | Calendar of Events | Local Sites & Attractions |
| Lakes, Parks & Recreation | Events & Festivals | Antiques & Collectibles | Restaurants |
| Transportation & Lodging | Travel Packages | ReunionsVideo | Contact Us |

Centralia Chamber of Commerce photos and original text are Copyright 2003-2014 Centralia, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. All Rights Reserved. Creative Design and Website logos are Trademarks TM of Creative Design. All other original material, photographs, logos, HTML code and server side programs are Copyright 2003 Creative Design. All Rights Reserved.
Business, Educational and Scientific Software

Web Page Design
by Creative Design,
Software Consultants
Internet Marketing Specialists