Life's a Trip in Collinsville

collinsville-mapCollinsville is a great stop with plenty to see and do. At under 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Collinsville encompasses a small town feel with big city attractions and events.  
collinsville-il-019The city of Collinsville has a history of being formed and populated because of the coal mine located within the city. By 1922, 3,000 coal miners and their families made up almost a third of the city’s 9,8000 residents (from Legends of America). After the mining movement passed, the city became an oasis for people seeking a quieter, less hectic place from St. Louis. The city of Collinsville has picturesque views of downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch making it the perfect spot to be close enough to the big city without ever going into it. To find out some more information about the rich history, visitors can stop into the Collinsville Historic Museum for a better understanding of what coaling meant to this great city.
Collinsville is very well known for its many attractions. The largest (and oldest) attraction here is Cahokia Mounds. Cahokia Mounds is the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico allowcahokiaing visitors to see what life was actually like for the earliest of settlers. If you aren’t that into history, COllisnvcille also has plenty of attractions for some family fun including Splash City Family Waterpark opened throughout the summer months. Splash City features surfing, a lazy river, kids area, and more. Another great attraction for the kids is Gateway Fun Park where they offer mini golf, a go-kart track, and more.
fairmount-horsesIf you are visiting Collinsville without the family, you may be interested in stopping by nearby Far Oaks Golf Club or Fairmount Park for a day of golf or horse racing. You can also check out Wild Country for some live entertainment and dancing.
Don’t forget- a trip to Collinsville is not complete without a stop to the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle for a quick picture.
horseradish-festival-jarCollinsville is home to several great events, including Movies on Main, the International Horseradish Festival on June 2-4, the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival on July 9, and ItalianFest on September 15-16. There are also seasonal events at Willoughby Heritage Farm including Dog Days at the Farm, Fall Farm Day and more. You can also check out events at the Gateway Center such as the annual Bridal Show, Gem and Jewelry Show, and more!
fozzisThere are also some great restaurants to stop into while you are visiting. If you are craving a quick bite stop by Fazzi’s or if you want something a little nicer you have to check out Ravanelli’s or Porters.
End your travels with a stay at the DoubleTree and take a dip in the indoor pool or sit and relax outside by one of the firepits.
Collinsville has plenty more to see and do that isn’t listed here. For a full view of all of our listings within Collinsville, please click here.

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