Attractions in Illinois Near St Louis

The "Metro East" is the name given to the three Illinois Counties of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe that lie directly east of Downtown St. Louis and St. Louis County. Many of the attractions that are found in these areas can be easily reached within minutes of Downtown. Some are geared towards family fun, such as the three Eckert's Country Store and Farms, Raging Rivers Waterpark and the old Chain of Rocks Bridge Bikeway. Other attractions would interest history buffs such as the Creole House and Fort de Chartres located in Prairie du Rocher, or even the Greater St Louis Air and Space Museum and Cahokia Mounds both found in Cahokia. Collinsville in St. Clair County has the only professional horse racing track, Fairmount Park. And for car racing enthusiasts there is the Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison and Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach. Illinois also has its share of unique attractions. Where else can you actually walk across the Mississippi River on a lock and dam but at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam or stand next to the "Gentle Giant", Robert Pershing Wadlow? Both located in Alton. Below is a list of many Illinois attractions.

Alton Museum of History and Art
Alton Museum of History and Art - The Alton Museum of History and Art showcases the art and history of the citizens of the Alton area. It is located on the SIU Dental School campus in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Museums
Alton National Cemetery
Alton National Cemetery - The Alton National Cemetery is located adjacent to the Alton Cemetery and is where Union soldiers who died at the Alton Hospital are buried. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. - More Info Tags: 62003, Alton Illinois
Argosy Casino Alton
Argosy Casino Alton - Argosy Casino Alton is gambling establishment with dining and entertainment options. It is located in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Casinos, Entertainment
Beall Manison
Beall Mansion - The Beall Mansion is a historic mansion located in Alton, Illinois built in 1903 for Z.B. Job who was a railroad baron and entrepreneur. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Brooks Catsup Bottle
Brooks Catsup Bottle - The Brooks Catsup Bottle, located in Collinsville Illinois, is the world's largest Catsup Bottle! It was also named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. An annual festival is held in July. - More Info Tags: 62234, Collinsville Illinois
Cahokia Mounds
Cahokia Mounds - Cahokia Mounds is an early Mississippian civilization archeological treasure! It is located in Collinsville, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62201, 62234, Collinsville Illinois, Attractions, Museums
Camp River Dubois
Camp River Dubois - The Camp River Dubois was the winter camp for Lewis and Clark before the expedition began. Featured there is a museum with exhibitions including a 55-foot full scale replica of the keel boat and a replica of Fort. - More Info Tags: 62048, Hartford Illinois, Museums
Casino Queen
Casino Queen - The Casino Queen is a gaming establishment located on the Mississippi Riverfront on the Illinois side, in East St. Louis. - More Info Tags: 62201, Casinos, East St Louis Illinois, Entertainment
Chain of Rocks Bridge
Chain of Rocks Bridge-Route 66 Bikeway - The old Chain of Rocks Bridge, once the route of Historic Route 66, has been transformed into the Route 66 Bikeway that is a little over a 1 mile long paved trail on the bridge, crossing the Mississippi River and connecting the St. Louis Riverfront Trail with the MCT Confluence Trail (via Chain of Rocks Road) in Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62040, 63137, City of St Louis Missouri, Granite City Illinois, Recreation
Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House
Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House - Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House was the home of one of the founders of Edwardsville, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois, Museums
Confederate Prison Alton Illinois
Confederate Prison/Alton Federal Military Prison - The ruins of the Alton Federal Military Prison, also known as the Confederate Prison, is located in Alton Illinois and was used during the Civil War to house Confederate Prisoners. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Creole House
Creole House - The Creole House is located in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois and was built in 1800 in the French Creole architectural style of Poteaux-en-terre (vertical post in the ground). It is on the National Register of Historical Places. - More Info Tags: 62277, Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Eckert's Country Store and Farms
Eckert's Country Store and Farms-Belleville - Eckert's Country Store and Farms is a "pick your own" family attraction located in Belleville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62220, Belleville Illinois
Eckert's Country Store and Farms-Grafton
Eckert's Country Store and Farms-Grafton - Eckert's Country Store and Farms-Grafton is a "pick-your-own" family attraction that is located in Grafton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62037, Grafton Illinois
Eckert's Country Store and Farms-Millstadt
Eckert's Country Store and Farms-Millstadt - Eckert's Country Store and Farms-Millstadt is a "pick your own" family attraction and is located in Millstadt Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62260, Millstadt Illinois
The Edwardsville Children's Museum
Edwardsville Childrens Museum - The Edwardsville Children's Museum, located in Edwardsville Illinois is a educational enrichment museum for children. It is housed in the historic Leclaire Academy building. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois, Museums
Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument
Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument - The Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument is located at the Alton National Cemetery and was placed to honor the outspoken and martyred abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy who is buried there. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Emma Kunz House
Emma Kunz House - The Emma Kunz House is a restored 1830s home that is modeled after the German street homes that were built in Europe during the 19th-century and is located in Belleville, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62220, Belleville Illinois, Museums
Fairmount Park
Fairmount Park - Fairmount Park is a professional horse racing track and is located in Collinsville, Illinois, just minutes from Downtown St. Louis. - More Info Tags: 62234, Collinsville Illiniois, Entertainment
Fort de Chartres
Fort de Chartres - Fort de Chartres is located in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois. The stone fort was built by the French to govern the Illinois Country in 1760. Today a portion of the fort has been reconstructed. - More Info Tags: 62277, Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site - Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site is located near Ellis Grove, Illinois. The earthworks are all that remains of the fort that was built by the French in 1703 to protect the town of Kaskaskia. - More Info Tags: 62241, Ellis Grove Illinois
Gateway Geyser
Gateway Geyser - The Gateway Geyser is located in the Malcolm Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis, Illinois, directly across the Mississippi River from the Gateway Arch that is in St. Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 62201, East St. Louis Illinois
Gateway Grizzlies
Gateway Grizzlies - The Gateway Grizzlies, an independent professional baseball team, are members of the Frontier League and were league champions in 2003. - More Info Tags: 62206
GCS Credit Union Ballpark
GCS Credit Union Ballpark - The GCS Credit Union Ballpark was built in 2002 and is the home field for the Frontier League baseball team, the Gateway Grizzlies. - More Info Tags: 62206, Sauget Illinois
Glen Carbon Heritage Museum
Glen Carbon Heritage Museum - Information on the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum featuring the history of Glen Carbon Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62034, Glen Carbon Illinois, Museums
Greater St Louis Air and Space Museum
Greater St Louis Air and Space Museum - The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum is located in Cahokia, Illinois at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in one of the two historic Curtiss-Wright Hangers. - More Info Tags: 62206, Cahokia Illinois, Museums
Hagen Family Orchard
Hagen Family Orchard - The Hagen Family Orchard, located in Calhoun County Illinois, can be reached by the Brussels ferry and offers apples, peaches and pumpkins in season. - More Info Tags: 62013, Brussels Illinois
Historic Alton, Illinois
Historic Alton Illinois - Alton, Illinois has been the location of many historic events in the history of the United States. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Historic Cahokia Courthouse
Historic Cahokia Courthouse - The Historic Cahokia Courthouse was built in 1740 and is an example of French Creole architecture, one of the few examples left in the United States. It is located in St. Clair County in Cahokia, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62206, Cahokia Illinois, Museums
Historic Elsah Illinois
Historic Elsah Illinois - Elsah, Illinois was founded in 1853 by General James Semple who came from Kentucky and is located off of the Great River Road, through the opening in the bluffs between Mt. Radiance and Mt. Pisgua. - More Info Tags: 62028, Elsah Illinois
Historic Grafton Illinois
Historic Grafton Illinois - The history of Grafton, Illinios is tied to the two rivers, the Illinios and the Mississippi, that come together at this town's riverside location. - More Info Tags: 62037, Grafton Illinois
Historic Holy Family Log Church
Historic Holy Family Log Church - The Historic Holy Family Log Church is located in Cahokia, Illinois, and is an excellent example of late 1700's French Creole architecture. - More Info Tags: 62206, Cahokia Illinois, Church
Historic Leclaire Village
Historic Leclaire Village - The historic village of Leclaire was founded in 1890 by N.O. Nelson who had a vision to create a "model" factory town. The entire village is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in Edwardsville, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62025, Edwardsville Illinois
Maeystown Illinois
Historic Maeystown Illinois - Maeystown, Illinois is located in Southern Illinois in Monroe County. Maeystown was founded in 1852 by German immigrants. This quaint town holds several annual events such as Oktoberfest, Fruehlingsfest and Fastnacht. - More Info Tags: 62256, Maeystown Illinois
Jarrot Mansion
Jarrot Mansion - The Jarrot Mansion, home of the French entrepreneur Nicholas Jarrot, was built in 1807 and is one of the oldest masonry buildings in the state of Illinois and is a National Historic Landmark. - More Info Tags: 62206, Cahokia Illinois
Katherine Dunham Museum
Katherine Dunham Museum - The Katherine Dunham Museum is located in East St Louis Illinois and houses extensive collections of costumes, mementos and art of Miss Dunham's. - More Info Tags: 62201, East St Louis Illinois, Museums
Labor and Industry Museum
Labor and Industry Museum - The Labor and Industry Museum chronicles the contributions the Belleville Illinois area made to the nation's industrial movement. - More Info Tags: 62220, Belleville Illinois, Museums
Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower
Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower - The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is a memorial celebrating the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is located in Hartford Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62048, Hartford Illinois
Lincoln Douglas Square
Lincoln Douglas Square - The Lincoln Douglas Square, located in Alton Illinois, is the exact location where the debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place when both were campaigning for the same US Senate seat in 1858. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Lindbergh Relay Station
Lindbergh Relay Station - The Lindbergh Relay Station in Godfrey, Illinois was once used to assist pilots, including Charles Lindbergh, who needed a layover along the Chicago-St. Louis Mail route. - More Info Tags: 62035, Godfrey Illinois
Martin-Boismenue House
Martin-Boismenue House - The Martin-Boismenue House, a French Creole home built in 1790, is located in East Carondelet, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62240, East Carondelet Illinois, Museums
Maryville Heritage Museum
Maryville Heritage Museum - The Maryville Heritage Museum features items that showcase the history of the citizens of Maryville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62062, Maryville Illinois, Museums
Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Melvin Price Locks and Dam - The Melvin Price Locks and Dam is an impressive engineering feat and can be toured. It also holds the National Great Rivers Museum and is located in the Mississippi River in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Mississippi River Overlook
Mississippi River Overlook - Information on Mississippi River Overlook in East St Louis Illinois - a 40 foot tall viewing platform to see the Arch and Downtown St Louis - More Info Tags: 62201, East St Louis Illinois
Modoc Rock Shelter National Historic Site
Modoc Rock Shelter National Historic Site - The Modoc Rock Shelter National Historic Site is an archaic site where Native Americans, beginning 9,000 years ago, found shelter and protection from the elements under the cliffs. Located near Modoc Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62277, Modoc Illinois
The National Great Rivers Museum
National Great Rivers Museum - The National Great Rivers Museum is located at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton Illinois. It features exhibits on the importance of the Mississippi River to the people and wildlife who live near it. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Museums
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows - The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is a St Louis attraction and a religious site located in Belleville Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62223, Belleville Illinois
North Alton Confederate Cemetery
North Alton Confederate Cemetery - The North Alton Confederate Cemetery is the final resting place of 1,354 Confederate soldiers who died while in prison in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Old Fire Engine Museum
Old Fire Engine Museum - The Old Fire Engine Museum is located in Granite City Illinois chronicles the history of firefighting. - More Info Tags: 62040, Granite City Illinois, Museums
Old Six Mile Museum in the Emmert-Zippel House
Old Six Mile Museum in the Emmert-Zippel House - The Old Six Mile Museum is housed in the Emmert-Zippel House which is located in Granite City, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62040, Granite City Illinois, Museums
Peterstown House
Peterstown House - Peterstown House is the last remaining stagecoach stop on the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail and is located in Waterloo Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62298, Waterloo Illinois
Piasa Bird Monument
Piasa Bird - The Piasa Bird is a legendary bird-like creature that, according to legend, terrorized the Illni Indian tribes long before any European settlers came to the Alton area. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Pierre Menard Home Historic Site
Pierre Menard Home Historic Site - The Pierre Menard Home Historic Site is located in Ellis Grove Illinois. The home was built around 1815 by Pierre Menard, the first Lieutenant Governor of the then new State of Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62241, Ellis Grove Illinois
Prairie du Rocher
Prairie du Rocher - Prairie du Rocher is located in Randolph County Illinois and was settled as a French farming community in 1722. - More Info Tags: 62277, Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Raging Rivers Waterpark
Raging Rivers Waterpark - Raging Rivers Waterpark, overlooking the Mississippi River, is a fun family aquatic center and is located in Grafton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62037, Grafton Illinois
Robert Wadlow
Robert Wadlow - Robert Wadlow was born and lived in Alton Illinois and is the tallest known man in the world at the height of 8 feet 11 inches. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Springfield Illinois - Springfield, Illinois has served as its state capital since 1837 when Abraham Lincoln and eight other legislators pushed to have it moved to Springfield from Vandalia. - More Info Tags: Springfield Illinois
St Clair County Historical Society
St Clair County Historical Society - Information on the St Clair County Historical Society which houses information and artifacts about the St Clair County Illinois area. - More Info Tags: 62220, Belleville Illinois, Museums
The Great River Road
The Great River Road - The section of The Great River Road that stretches between Alton Illinois and Pere Marquette State Park is called the "Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route" and is designated as a National Scenic Byway. - More Info Tags: Illinois
Tri-City Speedway
Tri-City Speedway - Tri-City Speedway is located just minutes from Downtown St. Louis in Pontoon Beach Illinois. It is a 3/8 mile dirt oval track with 10 degree banking in the corners and is 70 feet wide. - More Info Tags: 62040, Pontoon Beach Illinois
Village of Elsah Museum
Village of Elsah Museum - The Village of Elsah Museum chronicles the history of the village from its founding in 1853. - More Info Tags: 62028, Elsah Illinois, Museums
Wood River Massacre Memorial
Wood River Massacre Memorial - The Wood River Massacre Memorial is located in Alton Illinois, near the location of the massacre of 7 people in 1814 by a band of renegade Indians. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Wood River Museum and Visitor's Center
Wood River Museum and Visitor's Center - Information on the Wood River Museum and Visitor's Center which is free to the public. - More Info Tags: 62095, Museums, Wood River Illinois
Wood River Refinery History Museum
Wood River Refinery History Museum - Information on the Wood River Refinery History Museum which chronicles the history of the refinery since 1917. - More Info Tags: 62084, Museums, Roxana Illinois
World Wide Technology Raceway
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Website - World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is just minutes from Downtown St. Louis in Madison, Illinois. It hosts oval track and drag strip racing. - More Info Tags: 62060, Entertainment, Madison Illinois
Yanda Log Cabin
Yanda Log Cabin - The Yanda Log Cabin was built in 1853 by William Yanda, who became the blacksmith of Glen Carbon Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62034, Glen Carbon Illinois

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Gateway Classic Cars - Gateway Classic Cars is a consignment showroom for classic cars located in Fairmont City Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62201, Fairmont City Illinois

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