Visitors Guide to Area Attractions
in Southern & Eastern Madison County, Illinois
 
including Collinsville, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon,
Granite City, and Highland
   
   
Cahokia Mounds
State Historic Site

30 Ramey Street
Collinsville, IL
618-346-5160
  Giant earthen mounds, the remains of a prehistoric Native American civilization, are being preserved at this site. An interpretative center, tours and events help visitors explore the fascinating culture that disappeared around 1400 A.D.
   
The Chidren's Museum
722 Holyoake Road
Edwardsville, IL
618-692-2094
  The Children's Museum provides hands-on interactive educational enrichment to stimulate curiosity and motivate learning. The Museum's exhibits, programs, and fun, creative environment fosters imaginative exploration in children age infant-12. For additional information visit The Children's Museum website.
Collinsville Historic Museum
408 W. Main Street
Collinsville, IL
618-344-1112
  Local historians have put together this museum of local artifacts including a collection of Blum cowbells. Hours are limited so call in advance for hours of operation.
   
The Doughboy Statue
Glen Carbon Cemetery
Guy and Center Streets
Glen Carbon, IL
618-288-7271
  The Doughboy Statue was erected and dedicated in 1920 to stand guard over the graves of two young Glen Carbon men who were killed in France in 1919 during World War I. The statue was restored and rededicated in 2017.
   
Glen Carbon Historical Museum
124 School Street
Glen Carbon, IL
618-288-7271
  The Glen Carbon Heritage Museum is housed in a building that was built in 1914 as a school house. In its past, the building has served as a school, WWII scrap metal collection center, Blood Bank, Civil Defense Building, Village Administration offices, Police Station, Doctorís offices, Teen Town, and a Library before serving its current purpose to educate visitors on Glen Carbonís rich history. The Museum offer a offers a wide array of artifacts that reflect the early history of the area.
   
Horseshoe Lake
State Recreation Area
3321 Highway 111
Granite City, IL
618-931-0270
  2,960 acre park centered around an oxbow lake with bird watching, nature trails, camping, fishing, hunting and other recreational activities.
Kaeser Park and Museum
1739 East Broadway
Highland, IL
618-654-7957
  Originally a stagecoach stop, this 1840s brick structure houses a museum operated by the Highland Historical Society and features historical items from Highlandís business community. The museum is open by appointment only with a minimum of 10 guests.
Latzer Homestead
1464 Old Trenton Road
Highland, IL
618-654-7957
  Louis Latzer developed the Helvetia Milk Condensing Company in 1885 (the name was later changed to Pet Milk.) The success of the company allowed Latzer to build a large, modern home for his family of seven children. The house was one of the first in the community to have the modern features telephones, running water, and a manufactured gas light system. This homestead is available for group tours by appointment.
Leclaire Village
Edwardsville, IL
  Developed by industrialist N.O. Nelson in the late 1800s as a model company town, Leclaire Village is a national historic district in the heart of Edwardsville. For additional information visit the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce website.
   
Madison County
Historical Museum

715 N. Main Street
Edwardsville, IL
618-656-7562
  Housed in the eight room Federal style mansion built by Dr. John Weir in 1836, this museum showcases and interprets the history of Madison County. Adjacent to the Weir house is an archival library.
Myer Arboretum
SIUE Campus
Edwardsville, IL
  This 38-acre arboretum in memory of SIUE biology professor, Donal G. Myer, contains native foliage, plants, and trees. Its oak savannah allows visitors to experience the prairie that dominated Illinois before European settlers transformed the state.
Old Six-Mile Museum
3279 Maryville Road
Granite City
, IL
618-877-1208
  The 158-year-old Emmert-Zippel House has displays of Civil War artifacts, a Native American collection, and 1830s furnishings.
Splash City
Family Waterpark

10 Gateway Drive
Collinsville, IL
618-346-4571
  Splash City Family Waterpark is a great place for family fun and offers something for every member of the family: surfing and bodyboarding a surf simulator, two 150-foot long water slides, a lap pool and the 50-foot-tall fortress of fun, Monsoon Mountain. Splash City is open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. For additional information visit the Splash City website.
   
Watershed Nature Center
1591 Tower Road
Edwardsville, IL
618- 692-7578
  This 46-acre nature center is made up of wetlands, tallgrass prairie, and upland forests and features a 3,000-foot wheelchair-accessible pathway, wood-chipped trails, 2 observation towers, a wildlife viewing blind, an outdoor amphitheatre, and a Welcome Center.
   
Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve
631 Willoughby Lane
Collinsville, IL
618-346-7529
  Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve is a recreation facility that educates visitors about the Midwestern family farm of the 1920-1950s, the regionís plant and animal life, and geological history. The farm features over three miles of trails, a 1940s-style garden, the original farm house, two restored barns and period farm equipment. Goats, chickens and rabbits, as well as local wildlife, call Willoughby home. Admission is free.
   
Woodhenge
6Collinsville Road
Collinsville, IL
618-346-5160
  Woodhenge is the site of five different circles that were constructed by the Native Americans that occupied the site from 900-1100 C.E. to make astronomical sightings. Woodhenge is located west of Monk's Mound at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site where giant earthen mounds, the remains of a prehistoric Native American civilization, are preserved. Woodhenge is the site of four interpretive events each year during the solstices and equinoxes.
   
World's Largest
Catsup Bottle

Collinsville, IL
  Built in 1949 and saved from destruction and restored in 1995, this piece of mid 20th century pop-culture Americana is a free, 24 hour drive-by roadside attraction south of Main Street on IL-159. For additional information visit the Official Website and Fan Club website.
   
Yanda Log Cabin
148 Main Street
Glen Carbon, IL
618-288-7271
  The Yanda Log Cabin is a renovated 1850s log cabin built by blacksmith William Yanda. The cabin now serves as both a satellite addition of the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum to our museum and as a reminder of the Land of Goshen era.
Fairmont Park
Collinsville, IL
  9301 Collinsville Road
618-345-4300
     
Nearby Attractions

Wood River Area
  North and west of the Southern Madison County area is Lewis & Clark country. These great explorers made camp in the Wood River/Hartford area in the winter of 1803-1804. There are numerous projects scheduled for completion before the expedition's Bicentennial. Before you get to Wood River and Hartford is the town of East Alton, home of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam and the National Great Rivers Museum. Visitors will also find several local history museums telling the tales of their communities.

Jerseyville Area
  East of Calhoun County lies the towns of Jerseyville and Otterville. Visit the Historic Courthouse Square, the Fulkerson Mansion, and the Cheney House in Jerseyville. The Hamilton Primary School, the first integrated school in the country, is in Otterville.

Pere Marquette State Park
  Located 5 miles west of Grafton on the Scenic Byway, Pere Marquette is Illinois' largest state park, and is famous for the beauty of its fall colors and as a home for bald eagles in the winter. There are plenty of year round activities including hiking, bird watching, fishing and horseback riding.
     
For Travelers Heading Down River
  French Colonial Country
Down river of St. Louis and the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area is Ste. Genevieve, Missouri and Randolph County, Illinois. This area was heavily influenced by the French fur traders who inhabited the region from 1700 to 1840.
For Travelers Heading Across the River
  Meeting the Missouri
The two longest rivers of the United States, the Missouri and the Mississippi, meet at St. Charles County, Missouri. The Historic St. Charles downtown area offers visitors a variety of attractions including the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center, The Foundry Art Centre, and Missouriís First State Capitol. Nearby is Confluence State Park and the Daniel Boone Home.
  St. Louis Area
Metropolitan St. Louis has a lot to offer its visitors. The area's most prominent attraction is the Gateway Arch, which is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial complex that also includes the Museum of Westward Expansion. St. Louis has a number of outstanding public institutions that are free to visit including the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, and the Science Center. The St. Louis region has a number of green spaces for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Faust County Park, in St. Louis County, is home to many historical and cultural attractions including the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, a historical village, and the St. Louis Carousel. The county is also home to Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, the Powder Valley Conservation Area..
   
FEATURED ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
Cahokia Mounds
State Historic Site
Pere Marquette
State Park
McCully
Heritage Project
Lewis and Clark
State Historic Site
     



 
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