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

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