Your Guide to Family Fun in Collinsville

Connect to family fun in Collinsville

The City of Collinsville is known for its diverse cultural history, the largest horseradish festival in the world, and for being home to one of only three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Illinois. The suburban community is only 12 miles from downtown St. Louis and a great escape from the bustle of the city.

Family Fun Day

Searching for a vacation shake-up? Spend the day cooling off at the Aqua Park with multiple slides, aquatic obstacle courses, and a lazy river, or embrace your need for speed at the Gateway Kartplex at World Wide Technology Raceway’s professional track!

Aspiring kingpins can try to strike out at Camelot Bowl and families can enjoy Collinsville Movies in the Park Nights- watch films for all ages under the stars throughout the summer!

Get Outdoors

Collinsville is a great place to connect to the Madison County Transit Trails bike and hike system- see the scenic Midwestern countryside and explore the colorful communities of the region.

Go fishing or for a picnic at Woodland Park or Horseshoe Lake State Park, pick fresh flowers and strawberries at Donahue’s Sunshine Farm, or see a 1940’s era homestead and interact with petting zoo animals like goats, donkeys, and sheep at Willoughby Heritage Farm.

Arts & Culture

Collinsville is home to one of the oldest Native American settlements in the United States- discover the remnants of an ancient civilization at Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site and walk the steps up the largest man-made earth mound in the country- the base of Monk’s Mound is larger than the base of the Pyramid of Giza! Be sure to check out the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center at the site to see interactive exhibits, artifacts, and learn about the ways the Cahokian people built their sprawling civilization.

Learn more about the city’s vibrant past at the Collinsville Historical Museum or spend a Saturday at the D.D. Collins House. Catch a live show at the outdoor amphitheater at Herald Square and shop for fresh produce, antiques, tasty snacks, and more at the family-friendly Herald Square Farmer’s Market.

Festival Days

Collinsville’s festival days can’t be matched! Keep an eye out for the International Horseradish Festival celebrating the Horseradish Capital of the World- Collinsville provides 85% of the world’s horseradish and the festival celebrates the spicy root in style!

Barbecue-lovers can find delicious smoked meats at the Smokin' On Main Festival or join in on the two-day Italian Fest celebrating the city’s prominent Italian heritage.

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.