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Metropolis Tourism Welcomes You!

One Small Town - Many BIG Adventures!

Metropolis, Illinois, located at Exit 37 on Interstate 24 at the southernmost tip of Illinois, has so much to offer to so many!

Metropolis is the official Home of Superman and proudly honors its favorite son with a 15-foot bronze statue of America's Super Hero right in the middle of Superman Square. And now, a new 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, the first state park in Illinois. At Fort Massac, you will not only enjoy the breath taking views of the Ohio River, but you may take a walk back in time by visiting the 1802 replica of the Fort that once served to protect French, British and American troops.

For those who enjoy the excitement of gaming, Metropolis is also home to Harrah's Metropolis Casino & Hotel. Harrah's is ready to entertain you with table games, slots, restaurants and an entertainment center that host many big name entertainers throughout the year. But wait.....there's even more! Browse our site to learn all about Metropolis!

A BRIEF HISTORY

Founded in 1839, William McBane and James Wilcox named their town Metropolis. And why shouldn’t they? Located near many rivers, and situated on the Ohio, the founders felt their fledgling community was destined to become a bustling city. In the early years it was indeed a thriving town, thanks to riverfront industries ranging from ship and lumber yards to button and stove factories. 

As river traffic gave way to rail and road, the city did not grow as envisioned, but Metropolis remained a great place to live. Many charming, historical homes, and ironfront commercial buildings still stand today as witnesses to history. Squares and parks, including Illinois’ very first state park; Fort Massac, provide public areas throughout town.

Modern culture, too, has roots in Metropolis. A native son of Massac County, Oscar Micheaux became a pioneering black filmmaker in the early 20th century. In 1972 Superman adopted Metropolis as his hometown, bringing new fame to the city.

With a proud past and an eye towards the future, Metropolis welcomes the world every day. Come join us! 

Metropolis Tourism | 877-424-5025

Superman Celebration

This one-of-a-kind event honors Metropolis’ favorite son, Superman, and is held the second weekend of June each year.  Complete with entertainment, celebrity appearances and even a $1000 Superhero Costume Contest this celebration is a must see event!

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ASA Archery Tournament

For over a decade the city of Metropolis has hosted the ASA Illinois Pro/Am Championship at Mermet Lake - State Fish and Wildlife Area.  Archers from all over North America visit Metropolis for one week in June to compete for cash and prizes and the title of Illinois Champion.

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