Springtime Things to Do in Southwest Illinois

Spring is finally here and nature is alive at last! Blades of luscious green grass are dancing across the landscape.

Migrating birds are making their triumphant return. And the Mighty Mississippi River is freely flowing toward your next adventure. Stop waiting and start living in the moment. Flock to the Great Rivers this spring all around Alton.

For more information on exploring the Great Rivers & Routes region during spring, request a Visitor Guide.

Spend the night where the great rivers meet great moments. Find all of our deals and packages to plan your getaway.

Celebrate the Great Rivers

The Mississippi River is one of America's Great Rivers, celebrated as a flyway for migrating birds, a super highway for exported goods and a source of recreation for young and old alike.

Go with the Flow

Live in the moment with a flair of yesteryear as you cruise on one of the few remaining paddlewheel boats on the Mississippi River. Or enjoy a leisurely cruise on the 49-passenger excursion boat, the Hakuna Matata, sailing out of Grafton Harbor. Take your pick of sightseeing, lunch, dinner, or wine cruises.

Rare Finds on the River

You have nothing but time on your side this spring. Browse the shops for a new antique find throughout the region and then, sip wine with a river view or tranquil views of the Illinois prairie.

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