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Foundation Park

(618) 533-0001
600 North Pleasant Avenue
Centralia, IL 62801

Centralia, Illinois is blessed with beautiful parks and recreation areas. Since 1989 Centralia has been designated Tree City USA, which offers a variety of beautiful trees. If you like fishing, hiking, picnicking, golfing, swimming, and water sports, there are all…

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Raccoon Lake

This great water feature offers more than 14 miles of shoreline and 970 acres of water. Fishing is the primary recreation on this lake (bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish). You may even catch a fishing tournament on this lake. Raccoon Lake’s 5 mph limit is favorable for a variety of…

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Lake Centralia

Lake Centralia covers more than 400 acres. This lake is great for boating and water skiing. Pontoon boats, sailboats, and other boats 21 feet in length and under are allowed on this lake. There is also great fishing on this lake. A boat ramp is located on Waverunner Cove accessible…

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Recreation Complex

The Centralia Recreation Complex is a 60,000 square foot multi-sport facility located in historic downtown Centralia, Illinois. Built near the site of the former railroad depot, the Complex sports the look of an “old fashioned” train station from the front while housing some of the most modern equipment…

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Fairview Park

A must-see attraction in Centralia is Railroad Village which features a historic 2500 Engine and 9415 Caboose on display in Fairview Park. Tours of these authentic rail cars once used by the Illinois Central Railroad, can be arranged upon request. While you are at Fairview Park, you should also…

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Trolley Rental

We have a proud heritage and are eager to share our history, recreational resources, and festivals with others. The Tourism trolley is utilized at local and regional events to promote tourism in Centralia.  Due to overwhelming requests, this trolley is now available for charter, more information is at the bottom…

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Bicentennial Park

This wood water tower is one of only two wooden structures of its kind still standing along the Canadian National Railroad line. It is a local historic landmark.

The wooden water tower in Centralia is a remnant of the Age of Steam, during which the Illinois Central Railroad had more…

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Dog Park

Oh, what fun your dog will have playing in our Dog Park! Opened in late 2018, pets play off-leash in this controlled environment, under the pet owner’s supervision. The Centralia Dog Park is separated for the pleasure of small and large dogs.

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Eat, Shop, Play Centralia

A variety of shops are available in Centralia, not only will you find what meets your needs but you can feel confident you are also spending your money wisely in Centralia. With sales tax ranging between 6.25% and 6…

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Locust Street Historic Fair

Come join us in Downtown Centralia at the Locust Street Historical Fair for Historic Walking Tours, crafters, artisans, food vendors, an antique car show, and historical presentations.  Free Admission!!  This annual event is held on the first Saturday each May…

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Tours & Travel Packages

Experience the hidden treasures in Centralia, Illinois. You will delighted with a plethora of locations and activities to choose from. We will provide a packet of local information and guides are available who will give a brief history of each landmark. We will help you customize the perfect tour! Centralia…

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Centralia Municipal Airport

(618) 533-7621
2331 East Calumet Street
Centralia, IL 62801

Centralia Municipal Airport is a general aviation facility owned and operated by the City of Centralia. This facility provides air freight and charter passenger services connecting to major commercial airports such as Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Chicago O’Hare…

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Centralia Balloon Fest

Balloon Fest is a three-day hot air balloon festival featuring 40 hot air balloons, entertainment, crafts, fireworks, children’s activities and lots of good food. The event is attended by approximately 40,000 visitors in scenic Foundation Park. The Balloon Fest is held the third full weekend in August…

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Centralia Amtrak Train Station

The Centralia Amtrak Station includes an enclosed waiting area, short-term/long-term parking and wheelchair accessibility. A ticket office is not available. Available routes include Illinois Service and the City of New Orleans…

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Centralia Motel

(618) 532-7357
Fax: (618) 533-4304
215 S. Poplar, Centralia, IL 62801
Route 51 South. A clean, comfortable and budget-friendly motel conveniently located in Centralia, Illinois. Pet-friendly rooms, Smoking/Non-Smoking Available.

55 Rooms – many ground level
25% non-smoking rooms
70+ Cable Channels + HBO
Individually controlled…

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Outboard Power Boat Races

The Outboard Power Boat Races are presented by the National Boat Racing Association and Outboard Drivers Association. This event is held annually in August at beautiful Raccoon Lake…

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Fall Festival & Halloween Parade

Fall Festival and Halloween Parade is an annual event held on the last Saturday in October in Downtown Centralia. This all-day event is packed full of special events for the whole family. There is food, fun and entertainment featuring the Centralia Halloween Parade in the evening with floats, bands…

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Celebrate Centralia

Held the second Saturday each October, Celebrate Centralia is a festival of Art, Wine and Music! Local artisans, musicians, crafters, wineries, craft brewers and food vendors. The Festival is held around the Carillon in downtown Centralia.


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Centralia Carillon & Musical Fountain

(618) 533-4381
114 North Elm St
Centralia, Illinois 62801

Come see and hear the distinctive sites and sounds of the Centralia Carillon towering 165 feet high above the city. The Centralia Carillon, the sixth largest bell tower in the world, is played by a professional carillonneur who climbs 173…

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Centralia Cultural Society

(618) 532-2951 or (618) 533-ARTS
1250 E. Rexford, Centralia, IL. 62801

A visit to Centralia can be enriched by the Centralia Cultural Society. You may catch a performance by the Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Choral Society, the Little Theater Players, Bronze Expression Handbells or maybe an exhibit by…

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Golf Courses

Centralia Illinois offers visitors outstanding golf opportunities with multiple courses to choose from. Swing into action at any of the terrific golf courses in the area.

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Illinois Theatre

The Illinois Theatre, located on South Locust in downtown Centralia, Illinois, is currently under renovation and will have approximately 500 seats available for professional entertainment performances. This former vaudeville & movie theatre will have all new seating, air conditioning, handicapped restrooms, lighting & sound system…

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A number of Memorials are located throughout Centralia honoring U.S. Servicemen and fallen Coal Miners…

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Historical Society Museum

(618) 545-0657
240 South Locust Street
Centralia, IL 62801

At the Centralia Area Historical Society Museum you can experience the area’s rich railroad history through vintage pictures, tools, clothing and even a tour of a real caboose. Civil War items, military uniforms, equipment, ration books, flags, awards and…

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Class Reunions

Centralia High School Reunion Years Reunion years for the following Centralia High School Classes are listed below. If this class has a reunion web site you may follow the link the their site.

Reunion Year
5 yr
10 yr
15 yr
20 yr
25 yr
30 yr
35 yr

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