“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!
You have to get a token from the kaskaskia hardware store just down the road...such a neat little roadside stop =)
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.
Worth the side trip and $1! Dragon is at corner of Veterans Pkwy and Rock Island.
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 :)
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!
Water tower nearby is also a good photo opp. The dragon was neat, but the fire didn't last long. We had to buy the $1 coin from the liquor store across the street, and some may be opposed to going in there. Overall it was a neat 1 time thing to do. I don't know that I'd make a special trip to go back and see it. I think for me it's a 1 and done.
This was a cute stop, no matter the time of day, it is a cool stop. In order for the dragon to breath fire, just need to cross the street to the liqueur store (don't be discouraged of the liqueur store, they were great people, no other purchase need to get token.) and pick up a dollar token.
My 9 year old son, and 11 years daughter enjoyed it.
:) Happy Trails.
Kid's enjoyed the stop. Probably would have been more impressive if we had gone while the sky was darker, but it was a nice way to spend a few minutes and stretch our legs.
Nice stop! You can get tokens at the liquor store across the street.
MUST SEE QUICK STOP AT NIGHT! Right off the highway, so not a significant detour, and it's so much fun seeing that small burst of fire for $1 per token. Get there before 9pm on weekends, 11pm week days, to get a token from the liquor store. The fire starts the moment the token is dropped into the machine next to the dragon.
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