Heroes and history meet on the shores of the Ohio River in Metropolis, Illinois. The town is located at Exit 37 on Interstate 24 at the southernmost tip of Illinois on the Ohio River.
Local tourist attractions include Fort Massac State Park, Harrah's Hotel & Casino, the 15-foot Superman Statue and Super Museum, Mermet Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area and Mermet Springs Scuba Facility.
Metropolis also boasts seven Convention and Visitors Bureau-approved lodging facilities, over 20 local eateries and over 20 specialty shops.
In 1972, Superman put Metropolis on the map when it was adopted as his hometown. Today, the town proudly honors its favorite son with a 15-foot bronze statue in the middle of Superman Square. In addition, a statue of actress Noel Neil, posed as Lois Lane, stands just two blocks down the street.
Metropolis is also home to Fort Massac State Park, which overlooks the Ohio River. With Fort Massac and a nearly 1,500-acre park, it draws both nature lovers and history buffs. Enjoy picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, boating and seasonal hunting programs, plus disc golf on an 18-hole course.
See what life was like back in the 1700s and early 1800s at Fort Massac State Park's 45th annual Fort Massac Encampment on Oct. 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The encampment is more than an old-time crafts fair. Historical reenactors and skilled craftspeople demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of early residents. During the event authentically-garbed troops will face off in the Battle of Drouillard Creek.
The replica 1802 fort at the state park remains closed pending structural rehabilitation.