Have Some Fun in Granite City

A community in the process of reinventing itself, Granite City is more than a steel mill town- with a burgeoning art scene, multiple parks and family activities, and classic Route 66 stops, come explore the city where art and industry meet.

Fun for the Entire Family

Looking for activities the whole family can enjoy?

Catch a flick at the Granite City Cinema, take to the ice at the Granite City Ice Rink, or watch a race at the Tri-City Speedway dirt track. Visit The Boardgamery and have a bowl of cereal or a cup of coffee and check out the quirky Granite City Diner attached next door.

Take a mini-road trip and see Route 66 roadside attractions like the walkable Chain of Rocks Bridge, several retro motel and service station buildings, and even a Ten-Person Swing!

You can finish your Route 66 trip with a meal at Teri’s Route 66 Diner and a classic American float at Mr. Twist Ice Cream & Sherbet.

Route 66 Travel Tip: Route 66 shoppers can also stop by the Route 66 Flea Market for antiques, gifts, and nostalgic memorabilia.

Arts & Theater

Up for a day spent discovering the arts?

Granite City has become a hub for local and regional artists to display their talents and evidence of their endeavors have been popping up across the city. Go on an art outing and see the eclectic Granite City Art & Design District- a multi-lot complex featuring the Insurance art gallery which hosts regular exhibitions, Pilot Plot Wildflower Park, a ‘Slot Lot’, multiple artist-in-residence installations, and a collection of sculptures, architectural oddities, and indoor/outdoor spaces.

Granite City art seekers can also catch a performance at the Alfresco Performing Arts Center, a historic downtown venue which puts on Broadway plays, live music, and comedic events. The Alfresco theater also puts on events at the Granite City Art & Design District where you can enjoy a live show in an outdoor setting.

Want some fun made more for adults? Go to a prohibition era bar at The Speakeasy in Granite City for a throwback to the 20’s with cocktails and even a secret entrance!

Outdoor Fun

Southwest Illinois is a beautiful place to explore the great outdoors and Granite City is no exception- take a bike ride or walk on 130 miles on the Madison County Transit Trails system, or play a round of golf at Arlington Greens Golf Course.

Wilson Park is a favorite among visitors with a public pool, one of the largest accessible playgrounds in the region, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and walking trails where you can see songbirds and native wildlife.

Granite City’s Worthen Park also has trails and playground equipment, as well as a dog park and Granite City’s Civic Park provides a central backdrop for many of the city’s large events.

Unique Events

With a wide variety of annual events, Granite City always has something fun planned to bring the community together!

Go to one of the best Mardi Gras Festivals in the region, a month-long Halloween event called the Month of Magic & Mayhem, a Winter Wonderland Festival, and one of the largest fireworks displays at the Granite City Independence Day Celebration.

You can tune in to the Rock the Block Music Festival or the Civic Park Concert Series and the Melting Pot Market has crafts and goods from across the region for a fun day of shopping.

About the Author

Kayla Howland

Kayla Howland is a local writer and artist who lives in Alton, IL with her Cairn Terrier, Ripley. She enjoys fiction and non-fiction writing, graphic design, painting, drawing and photography. Kayla is a graduate of Southwestern High School and Lewis & Clark Community College. She has worked doing freelance graphic design, photography and commissioned paintings since 2012.