- Things To Do
Attractions for Everyone
Museums and Exhibits
Pontiac is home to 4 great museums and several wonderful exhibits.
|Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum|
|Livingston County War Museum|
|Museum of the Gilding Arts|
|Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center|
We are proud to partner with the Livingston County Historical Society in support of three of Pontiac's oldest and most historically and socially relevant homes. Take a step back in time as you explore these restored residences.
Livingston County Courthouse
Explore our refurbished 1875 courthouse which also houses a local history exhibit.
Looking for Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln, perhaps one of the most well known and certainly one of the most beloved American presidents, has many ties to Pontiac. Learn more about him and life in the 1800's at our nine Looking for Lincoln storyboard exhibits.
While at the historic courthouse, stop and see memorials honoring those from Livingston County who served in every major conflict since the Civil War. The memorials are located on the courthouse lawn.
Murals on Main Street
Pontiac currently has over 20 outdoor murals which depict its local commercial, cultural, and political history. See them all by following the red footprints.
While visiting Pontiac, we hope that you will take advantage of the outdoor activities we offer.
Pontiac's Art Cars
In the downtown Pontiac shopping district, you will find 15 miniature cars that have been decorated in a variety of styles by our local artists and art groups.
Pontiac Charm Trail
Perhaps one of the most unique mementos of any trip, the Charm Trail is composed of retailers throughout Pontiac offering one-of-a-kind charms to commemorate your trip.
Pontiac's Swinging Bridges
Pontiac has three unique swinging bridges for pedestrian traffic. All three bridges cross the Vermilion River.
Route 66 Wayside Exhibits
Today there are six wayside exhibits in Pontiac, and each tells a different story about America's Main Street highway and the City of Pontiac.
Seasons of Life Statues
At Dargan Park, located at the corner of Madison and Fountain streets, one block south of Howard Street, a set of three statues can be seen. The statues are made of steel plates and represent the "seasons of life."
Thomas F. Googerty Iron Works
Thomas F. Googerty was born in Pontiac on November 14, 1864. Over the course of his extraordinary lifetime, Googerty grew into one of the nation's greatest craftsmen in decorative iron work.