June 9-12 will be the 33rd annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL. Thousands of visitors from all over the world will touch-down this weekend in a quaint Illinois town that has more in common with Clark Kent’s home town of Smallville than the comic book version of Metropolis. In 1972, DC Comics declared Metropolis the “Hometown of Superman.” If you visit in June, that couldn’t be more true.
Sea of Supermen, Courtesy Metropolis Planet
Multiple Supermen, costumed heroes, sidekicks, and villains flock to the Superman Celebration. Superman Celebrities like Brandon Routh (Superman in Superman Returns), Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns), and Alaina Huffman (Black Canary in Smallville) attend the event which includes a carnival, a window painting contest, a BMX bike show, a baseball tournament, costume contests for children and adults, bench press and dead lift competitions, Superman Trivia, a Super Dog Show and more. Start at the 15-foot bronze statue of Superman and have a super time!
Stay right in town at the Summers Riverview Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1889, the Mansion features elegant Victorian detailing coupled with modern amenities. The inn is just one block from the Ohio River and five blocks from Superman Square.
When you’ve had your fill of caped crusaders, Metropolis is just 30 miles from some of the most beautiful country in Illinois.
Shawnee National Park is filled with waterfalls, canyons, hiking and biking trails. Situated in Southern Illinois Wine Country, the area offers bouldering and birding. In the heart of it all, find The Irish Inn, the perfect elopement spot for Lois and Clark!
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