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Kaskaskia Dragon

Rock Island Ave, Vandalia, Illinois 62471 USA

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“come watch the fire breathing dragon!”

The Kaskakia Dragon, located in Vandalia, Illinois just off Veterans Parkway has become a tourist destination, local hot spot, and stop for people from across the country. This unique, fire-breathing dragon was built to be on the side of the road to attract visitors to put a token in to watch the dragon breath fire. Since then, it has become a destination for visitors to Vandalia, a GeoCache location for GPS enthusiasts and much more. Stop by and check out the dragon for yourself today!

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Reviewed by
Betsy

  • 3 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 19, 2014
Rated 4.0

You have to get a token from the kaskaskia hardware store just down the road...such a neat little roadside stop =)

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
anna.layman.75

  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 02, 2014

its worth the stop and the dollar id say. although i dont think the fire lasted 10 seconds. a picture might b better than a video. and dont follow these directions, they take u about a block away. the dragon is on the corner of 40 and Rock island, as stated above.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wiesej1127

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 16, 2014

Worth the side trip and $1! Dragon is at corner of Veterans Pkwy and Rock Island.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
WarmFuzzy

  • 14 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
December 29, 2017
Rated 5.0

Love the dragon, & he comes with his own Knight in shining armour!! The tokens are pretty cool too - almost worth an extra $1 for the souvenir. The staff @ the liquor store across the street will even walk over to take your photo if you ask nicely :)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Gwen Hedrick

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 16, 2021
Rated 4.0

We laughed! This is a roadside oddity next to a small RV park. Picture worthy. You have to get a token at the hardware store to make the dragon breath fire.

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Reviewed by
jayjay1039

  • 13 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 26, 2021
Rated 4.0

Cute stop not far off the highway not much else to do. Place to get tokens don’t open until later. Hardware 10 AM and liquor at Noon. Our tokens were free :)

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Reviewed by
campingroots

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 14, 2020
Rated 4.0

Pretty neat stop to stretch our legs. A local man gave our kids some tokens to use. Store has some beer selection

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Reviewed by
b.briar

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 28, 2020
Rated 5.0

Had the pleasure to talk with the owner & learn the story behind this creation.
The owner has/had a metal shop. An employee asked if she could use the scrap metal to make a dragon. The owner laughed and said We're not busy right now, why not. So she did. After it was assembled a local propane guy stopped by and said he could make it breathe fire 🔥. Again, the owner said Why not. Lol, he was a nice man and we enjoyed our visit. 🐉

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Reviewed by
Charlie Smart

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 10, 2020
Rated 4.0

Super easy stop. Liquor store gave us a couple free tokens and we parked in their lot. Not huge but cool.

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Reviewed by
emergencyken

  • 17 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 20, 2020

We were there on a Sunday AM and didn’t get to see the fire :-( The stores with the tokens don’t open til 10a.

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Kaskaskia Dragon

Rock Island Ave
Vandalia, Illinois
62471 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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