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The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), is a premier location for outdoor sports. We known to sailors, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching, sand beaches, and camping areas. Hotels, cabins and golf courses make the area a true outdoor lover's playground.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Illinois' only United Nations World Heritage Site. This 2,200-acre site preserves the central section of the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico. An Interpretive Center presents a coherent account of this sophisticated prehistoric culture. Climb Monk's Mound, see the film and life-size village. Don't miss annual events that focus on Native American culture.
World's Largest Catsup Bottle
This 170-foot-tall bottle that resembles a Brook's Catsup Bottle served as a water tower for the catsup manufacturer after being constructed in 1949. A popular roadside attraction, it makes for a great photo op.
The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
Built in 1927, Old Chain of Rocks was the fifth bridge to cross the Mississippi River, which shortened the distance between St. Louis, Missouri, and Edwardsville, Illinois by 15 miles.
Laser Force Lazer Tag Zone
A 5,000 sq. ft. laser tag arena and a 2,500 sq. ft. game arcade is conveniently located by hotels and restaurants off I-64.
Henry's Ra66it Ranch
This quirky must-see Route 66 attraction, information center and souvenir gift shop is home to rabbits of all kinds, bunny and VW, as well as Mother Road memorabilia.
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower is dedicated to the duo's history-making journey, and serves as a gateway to the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. The Corps of Discovery voyage began here on May 14, 1804, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Take the elevator up to the top of the 180-foot-tall tower, where you’ll step out to panoramic views of the swirling river waters (the view is particularly stunning at sunset). On platforms located at 50, 100 and 150 feet visitors learn about the early days of Hartford, as well as Lewis and Clark's journey.
Bob's Civil War Fort
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Germantown is a Civil War Fort. There is a jail, civil war cannons, a stage coach, a livery, log cabins, and much more.
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site commemorates Camp Dubois, the 1803-1804 winter camp of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It was at Camp Dubois that members of the Corps of Discovery prepared for their expedition to the Pacific Ocean. The 14,000 square-foot exhibit space contains six galleries that outline the background and history of the Lewis and Clark expedition from its conception to its meaning for today's America. Exhibits are kid-friendly, offering opportunities for hands-on engagement. A "reconstruction" of the winter camp, Camp Dubois, is located on the grounds near the visitor center. Its design reflects 1803 U.S. Army regulations for the construction of military posts. Interpreters are on-site daily in the camp to explain how the men prepared for the journey.
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
The Shrine has 200 beautifully landscaped acres of gardens and devotional areas, including the Outdoor Amphitheatre, Shrine Church, Lourdes Grotto, Stations of the Cross, Millennium Spire, the Visitors Center with a restaurant and gift shop, and the Shrine Hotel.
Gateway Fun Park
Gateway features mini-golf, go-karts, an arcade, bumper boats, a kiddie track and Rudy's Restaurant.
Louis Latzer Homestead
Louis Latzer, the founder of the Pet Milk Company, built this homestead for his wife and family in 1901. The home had many modern features of the day, including running water pumped by hand to a holding tank in the attic, a manufactured gas light system, speaking tubes between many of the rooms and one of the first telephones in the community.
Splash City Family Waterpark
Surfing in Illinois? Yes! The FlowRider creates a perfect wave for surfing and body boarding. Water slides, a lap pool, the lazy river, a sandy play area and "Monsoon Mountain" make for a family adventure.
Scotty's Route 66 Bar & Grill
Drive Route 66 to one of the Mother Road's few remaining original diners, and try your hand at golf on the nine-hole course next door.
Hidden Lake Winery
Walk the trails around the five-acre lake, or sit and enjoy the waterfall and views of the Silent Forest as you sip a glass of wine.
Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Exposition Center
Home to the annual St. Clair County Fair, several craft shows and monthly flea markets, the complex also includes the Belle-Clair Speedway, with stock car races and demolition derbies.
Dr. Poos Home - Heritage House Museum
Built in 1888, this home was occupied by Dr. Robert Poos, a local practitioner and druggist. Dr. Poos was also the staff physician at the Springs Hotel and Bath House, later known as the Okawville Original Springs Hotel.
The largest laser tag arena in the region also includes mini-golf, a big video arcade with the coolest games on the market, and food at D.S.Vespers Sports Pub and Eatery.
Fairmount Park Racetrack
Fairmount Park is home to live thoroughbred horse racing action. From March through September, the horses run on the one-mile oval dirt track Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Pleasant Ridge Park
Tucked back away from the street, a relaxing place to get away from it all is Pleasant Ridge Park. The centerpiece is the Kensella Log Home.
CITY: Fairview Heights
Wood River Refinery History Museum
Step back in time more than 75 years at the Shell History Museum in Roxana, Illinois. Trace the history of Shell Wood River and neighboring communities as you look at early photographs and the many items of interest, including vintage gasoline pumps, glass motor oil bottles Shell product advertising and city maps.
J-H Bison Ranch
Tours of this family-run bison ranch include baby bison feeding, herd tours, and photos with baby bison, llamas and horses.
Lewis and Clark Memorial
This memorial commemorates Camp Dubois, the 1803-04 winter camp of Lewis and Clark where they launched their Corps of Discovery expedition to the Pacific.
Spend the day tackling go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats and a video arcade.
Prairie State Games
This multi-sport, Olympic-style festival showcases the finest amateur athletic talent in Illinois each year on the last weekend in June.
CITY: Fairview Heights
Main Street Jazz & Blues
Join the group at this small intimate club featuring performers from St. Louis and the local area.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Ralph Korte Stadium & Sports Complex
This 3,000-seat venue is home of the SIUE track & field and soccer programs. The complex, which has hosted the NCAA Division II Championships on three occasions, is completely lighted and has a seperate throwing area for field events.
General Dean Suspension Bridge
Located just outside the city of Carlyle, this historic 130-year-old bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the area. The original bridge served as a crossing over the Kaskaskia River.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougar Field and SimmonsCooper Baseball Complex
These newly constructed additions to the sports facilities at SIUE serve as the home of the softball and baseball teams, respectively.
Civil War Monument at the Veterans' Memorial
This monument honors generations of soliders who sacrificed their lives for their country.
This expansive park features picnic areas, baseball and softball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and sand volleyball courts. The centerpiece of the park is an old train depot, a full-size caboose, and a train car that can be reserved for groups.
Knotty Pine Motel
10 rooms, credit cards accepted, cable television available, small meeting rooms, pets accepted, restaurant within walking distances, and lounge/bar on premises.
Family Fun Tyme
Located in Maryville, this facility has an indoor arcade, batting cages and lots more fun for kids. Alfonzo's Restaurant is right next door for pizza lovers.
Melvin Price Memorial Park
The 24-acre park has a pavilion, walking trails, and many other amenities. It is also the site of the Veterans of All Wars Memorial and the September 11 Memorial.
Dream Catcher Ranch and Kennel Petting Zoo
Specializing in small animals that kids can touch and play with, at Dream Catcher you can also tour the farm and ride the zoo train.
The Mermaid House
The beautiful house is an example of an 1830s hotel. Charles Dickens once visited there in 1842 while researching a book he wrote on prairies in America.
Thomas Kinkade Gallery
The Thomas Kinkade Gallery of Belleville is full of beautiful works by Thomas Kinkade.
50-acre wooded city park located in the heart of Collinsville. Amenities consist of picnic shelters, playgrounds, fishing lake, and softball diamond.
Ten Talents Gallery and Gifts
Ten Talents Gallery features handmade, individual, and unique items by Illinois artists. We offer such items as jewelry, watercolors, ceramics, wood carvings, and much more.
Splash around at the Aquatic Center. Climb up four stories and launch down your choice of two waterslides with more than 320 feet of winding turns and diving wells, or take a dip in the pool.
CITY: Wood River
Green Mount Crossing
Green Mount Crossing is lodging, restaurants, Target Store, Dierbergs, World Market, Chocolate Company, Beauty Brands & Spa, and Michael's.
Clinton County Historical Museum
This building was the former home of Judge Sidney Breese, who came to Illinois from New York. He studied law here and became Assistant Secretary of the State of Illinois.
Broadway Center of Arts
Groups regularly perform at the "Black Box" Main Stage theatre.
Main Street Gallery
The Main Street Gallery was created to display the works of juried artist. The art is professionally shown and is available for sale. Blown glass, pottery, paintings, drawings, metalwork, and jewelry are just a few of the art pieces available.
Marketplace Shopping Center
Marketplace Shopping Center is K-Mart, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Borders Books & Music, Men's Warehouse, FedEx, Kinko's, and Bombay Company.
CITY: Fairview Heights
One of the newest parks with over 9 acres of natural habitat. Sporting a new playground, small fishing pond and a wooden gazebo on its shore.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vadalabene Center
The Vadalabene Center on the Division I campus at SIUE is a flexible venue with seating for 4,000. The main gym can be configured for several different court setups: three full-sized basketball, six volleyball or five badminton. The center is also home to the SIUE wrestling program.
The Wildey Theatre
Opened in 1909 as an opera house and a meeting hall for the Independent Order of Oddfellows, the Wildey has undergone many transformations through the years. The most recent one is a $2 million renovation inside and out.
American Farm Heritage Museum
Farm implements, tools, tractors, and other equipment are featured that date back 100 years. The museum is open for special events including the Outhouse Festival in the fall.
Historic National Road Scenic Byway
The National Road is called the "road that built the nation" because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley, to East St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
Calico Moon features primitives, dry goods, rug hooking, primitive stitch, supplies, and classes.
Blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, tomatoes, and eggplant are the specialties at this orchard.
St. Louis Street Shopping
St. Louis Street in Lebanon is paved with brick and lined with many unique antique boutiques and specialty shops. Several of the stores specialize in Victorian and country collectibles, distinctive gifts, music, foods, fine glassware, and books. Shoppers can find a little bit of everything here.
Heritage House Museum
Three properties -- Dr. Poos Home & Medical Museum; the Frank Schlosser Home, which includes a turn-of-the-century house, barn, harness shop, and commercial laundry; and the Joseph Schlosser Home -- make up the Museum complex.
American Indian and Ethnographic Show
Historic artifacts on display.
Fairview Heights Plaza
Fairview Heights Plaza is Circuit City, Sports Authority, Gordman's, and a number of other shops.
CITY: Fairview Heights
Belle Clair Speedway
Stock car races, drag races and demolition derbies are regular events at this speedway.
Way of Lights
The Way of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville offers the only light display that tells the Birth of Jesus. The story depicts the “Journey to Bethlehem” and culminates at the nativity. A million white lights, life-size statues and electro-art sculptures bring the story to life. Inside the Visitors Center there are tree & wreath displays, an interactive children's village, choir performances, live animals, camel rides and an indoor laser show making this an evening to remember.
Architectural Ceramics has a great selection of ceramics for home decor, gifts, and more.
Indian Mound Golf Course
Indian Mound offers an 18-hole golf course.
CITY: Fairmont City
Winchester Plaza is specialty shops and local restaurants like Laredo's Mexican Restaurant and Bandana's Barbeque.
CITY: Fairview Heights
Street Art Fesival
Artists transform the streets around the historic downtown square into an outdoor art museum as they create fabulous street paintings in chalk. Visitors amble through the streets watching the artists at work as they enjoy a variety of food and beverages, shop at the local artist's expo and listen to live music.
Imo’s Pizza is known for their famous thin crust. Originally from St. Louis, Imo’s uses Provel cheese instead of mozzarella. Their fresh, never frozen ingredients are piled edge to edge over their homemade sauce. Side that with a salad.
Just outside of Edwardsville, Bilbrey Farms is home to exotic animals and trained birds. Come feed the animals or stay at the bed and breakfast.
Collinsville Historical Society Museum
Local and world histories are combined in these exhibits.
Lincoln Place is Kohl's, Lowe's, Old Navy, Ultimate Electronics, Office Depot, St. Louis Bread Company, Linens & Things, Pier One, Marshall's and more.
CITY: Fairview Heights
Villa Marie Winery
Villa Marie is set in the rolling countryside on the eastern edge of Maryville. The vineyard grows Corot Noir, Noiret, Vignoles, Norton and Traminette wine grapes.
Pocahontas Antique Mall
Located just 1 mile from the center of Pocahontas, Illinois, Pocahontas Antique Mall has a large variety of antiques and treasures.
Crossroads Center is T.J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Deals, and several specialty shops.
CITY: Fairview Heights
A Buck or More
A Buck or More offers flowers, gift baskets, parcels, party favors, supplies, and services.
Ben's Antique Mall
For over 17 years, Ben's Antique Mall has offered furniture, antiques, and Belleville items.
A quilt from the Civil War, coal mining memorabilia, and more are located in the Marissa Academy Building, formerly a two-year prep school built in 1867.
St. Clair Antique Mall
200 dealers, 17,000 square feet all on one level.
CITY: Fairview Heights
Patchwork Corner Crafts
Patchwork Corner Crafts has a wide variety of quilting and craft supplies.
Eckert's Country Store & Farms - Belleville
This Eckert's location has a greenhouse, restaurant, Country Store, and fruits and vegetables to pick in season.
Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance at Reconstructed Woodhenge
Meet at the reconstructed Woodhenge to hear an explanation of the discovery, form end function of this post-circle sun calendar. Arrive by 6:45 a.m.
Edwardsville Children's Museum
The museum focuses on expanding young minds through a variety of educational programs. It is available for birthday parties and field trips.
Three Sisters Crafts & Gifts
Three Sisters Crafts & Gifts offers handmade crafts, beads, jewelry-making supplies, home decor, scrapbook and quilting supplies, and much more.
Wagon Wheel Antiques
Wagon Wheel Antiques is located uptown on the square and is a large mall with a great, helpful staff. A large selection of everything for everyone.
Clinton County Showcase
The Showcase performs at the historic Avon Theatre. Call for a schedule of plays.
As home to the world’s largest catsup bottle, Collinsville is not to be missed! Located just across the mighty Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis. The Drury Inn is also not to be missed, with all of our FREE extras! Hotel Services • Free Hot QUIKSTART® Breakfast • Free 5:30 Kickback® - Hot Food & Cold Beverages • Free Wireless Internet • Free 60 Minutes of Long Distance • Free Soda/Popcorn in Lobby (daily 3-10 pm) • Free Local Phone Calls • • HBO, Our Exclusive Premium Movie Channel • CNN, ESPN, Weather Channel & More • Free Parking • Free In-room Coffee Service • 24 Hour Business Center • Exercise Room • Fax Services • Guest Laundry • Guest Voice Mail • Hair Dryers in All Rooms • Indoor Pool • Iron & Ironing Board in All Rooms • Meeting Rooms • Microwaves & Refrigerators in All Rooms • Two-line Phones & Data Ports
Safari RV Park
Open year round with 33 camp sites
CITY: Fairmont City
Log Cabin Museum
In the park next to Hamel School, this building was built between 1820 and 1852 and moved to Hamel in 1980. Artifacts from the period are displayed inside.
Bur Oaks Camp Ground
All year overnight camping facility
Collinsville Crossing Mall
Collinsville Crossing is a 460,000 square foot retail development located on 52 acres, and is home to Wal-Mart, The Home Depot and many restaurants and shops.
Yanda Log Cabin
An authentic log cabin located in the heart of Glen Carbon, it has the original ceiling rafters and attic floor. The sidewalks are made from a 1912 school building. The Cabin is used for group activities and community events. Tours by appointment.
CITY: Glen Carbon
Eagles Over the Confluence
Come to the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower on Saturdays in January and February for eagle activities - wood carvers, ice sculptors, photography, kid's activities and more. Or, just stop in to enjoy the view from the platforms at 50, 100 and 150 feet in the air. There is no better place for a bird's eye view of the region and the eagles migrating along the Mississippi River. Bring your binoculars!
The Scrapbook Factory offers all the supplies you need to create the scrapbook of your dreams.
McIlwain Mansion B&B
3 room bed and breakfast with private bathrooms.
Regular racing events, including UMP Late Models, UMP Modifies, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Factory Stocks, are held on the 1/4-mile oval. Special events like the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars are raced on the 1/2-mile track.
CITY: Pontoon Beach
3 room bed and breakfast, credit cards accepted, breakfast, deposit required, cancellation policy, private bathrooms.
In business since 1998, this Belleville gay bar features karaoke on Wednesdays, and dancing to live DJs on select Saturday nights.
The Doll Corner
The Doll Corner has a large selection of antique dolls and collectibles.
Aunt Bea's Attic Antiques
Unique antiques and collectibles from all over the world.
Village Square Antiques
Village Square Antiques is located in a 1880s, two story building and offers a large variety of furniture. At Village Spuare Antiques there is truly something for everyone.
Berger-Kiel Log House
The log house gives a glimpse into local life in the 1800s. While at the park, visit the refurbished caboose and passenger train.