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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

  • 12 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
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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Reviewed by
nhoward4

  • 12 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 19, 2019
Rated 3.0

This was a very quick side trip off the interstate. The dragon was cool but not quite as big as we expected. We went into the liquor store across the street for $1 tokens. Each token buys about 8 seconds of fire breath. It was fun and made for some cool pics! It was a good way to break up our drive across Illinois.

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Reviewed by
Tempe

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 01, 2019
Rated 5.0

Met Walt Barenfanger the owner of True Value and man involved with getting this dragon out to the public for fun one cold winters day. Fun ride side stop and nice to meet Walt!

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Reviewed by
jenweglarz

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 15, 2019
Rated 4.0

It was a fun little stop. Very basic, but we had fun seeing this dragon. Go to the shop across the street and buy a $1 token to see it spit fire!

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Reviewed by
katiebrumbelow

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 06, 2019
Rated 5.0

This is a hokie, great slice of America. For $25 you can hook up an RV for the night and get tokens for the fire. Super easy to find and simply amenities.

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Reviewed by
Jess & Amanda

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 31, 2018

Good fun! I love a weird roadside attraction. You may want to knock on the dragon before putting in the token though; I didn't and a bird flew out just as the fire did, i guess its her home..poor thing. :( i hope i didn't scramble her eggs!

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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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