Winter Fun in Collinsville

Winter blues got you down? Hit the town in Collinsville for food, fun, and a few great places that will make you glad to get out and embrace the chill!

Mungo's Italian Eatery

Food For Thought

Being cold is rough but being cold and hungry is worse! Get warmed up with some pasta and red sauce at Mungo’s Italian Eatery or Ravanelli’s Italian Steakhouse or cut into a ribeye steak at Porter’s Steakhouse.

Those seeking out Mexican spice should try Agavero Grill & Cantina for hot fajitas and smoky mezcal. Fazzi’s Restaurant & Bar serves up Greek dishes.

Go out for dinner at Old Herald Brewery & Distillery and try a signature craft beer like popular Printer’s Ink, Late Edition, or Read All Over! Nothing warms up the spirits more than a tankard of ale on a cold afternoon!

Want a flaky pastry and a hot cup of coffee? Verona Coffee of Collinsville has just the drink to warm you up and Kruta Bakery, family owned and operated since 1919, serves up baked goods made from century-old recipes perfect for a winter day.

Miner's Theatre in Collinsville

A Day Out

Looking for fun in Collinsville? Take the kids and bring your inner child out for a day at Willoughby Heritage Farm. Meet goats, chickens, a donkey, and a cow, take a brisk hike on 30 acres of conservation land, and see a preserved craftsman farmhouse from the 1930’s. You can also play pickleball at Collinsville’s Glidden Park to get your heart pumping.

Listen to a live music show at Collinsville’s historic Miner’s Theatre or go out for a night of bowling at Camelot Bowl. Gateway Convention Center is also a great place to go to see fantastic floor shows like the annual Let’s Go Fishing Show, Wedding Show, or Winter Market.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site -- a UNESCO World Heritage Center


Have you ever seen an ancient Native American city? Collinsville is home to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest and largest native sites in North America. Once home to more than 20,000 people called the Cahokians, the city is also the site of Monk’s Mound, a gargantuan earth structure rising over 100 feet over the 2,200 acre city where you can climb to the very top and see for miles. Be sure to visit the interpretive center museum at the site to learn more about the Cahokian people and see artifacts from the ancient city and Mississippian culture.

Other notable sites to see around Collinsville include the iconic Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower, the largest ‘ketchup’ bottle in the world and backdrop for a great photo opportunity, Collinsville’s namesake, D.D. Collins House, and the opportunity to see Route 66 and America’s National Road which both meet in the city.

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.