Things to Do in Alton

It’s not quite the city that never sleeps, but from the time the morning sun illuminates the Mississippi River until the neon lights go dark in the Fast Eddie’s Bon Air sign there’s something to keep you busy in Alton.

Shopping in the antique district, seeing where Abraham Lincoln stayed, worked and played or taking in a concert at the open-air amphitheater, the city is ready to show visitors a good time no matter what time it is.

Downtown Alton

Nothing captures the essence of this eclectic, vibrant city like its downtown. Chic boutiques, locally-owned bars, and restaurants and no shortage of antique and niche shops define Downtown Alton, giving it a style and feel all its own. Stop in to Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge for a specially-crafted cocktail, see the handmade pottery at Mississippi Mud Pottery and have a perfectly-cooked steak at Tony’s Restaurant. It’s all in a day’s work in Alton’s downtown district.

Arts & Culture

Fans of the arts will not be disappointed in Alton’s offerings. Immerse yourself in a captivating exhibit at Jacoby Arts Center. Hear music fill the air on a warm summer night with the Alton Municipal Band. And the fun never stops at Alton Little Theater, which has been entertaining audiences since 1934. Get some culture in your life from the arts in Alton.

Museums & History

Crane your neck to see the entirety of the statue of Robert Wadlow, the World’s Tallest Man, in Upper Alton. Groove with the Prince of Darkness, Miles Davis, at his statue downtown. Those are just two of the numerous monuments and statues that celebrate Alton’s place in history. Walk in Abraham Lincoln’s footsteps, follow an escaped slave’s journey to freedom, uncover the truth about a famed man-eating dragon. Discover the city’s rich flavor as a river town and social hub through its museums and historical sites.


Like the city itself, Alton’s shopping experience is diverse and worth exploring. The downtown antique district, commonly referred to as “Arts & Antique Row,” boasts a wide array of treasures, trinkets, antiques, hand-made crafts and unusual gifts. Homer M. Adams Parkway is lined with bigger department stores for all your retail shopping needs. And Alton Square Mall continues to house a range of specialty stores ideal for finding the perfect gift.

Outdoor Adventures

Play around at Alton’s numerous above par golf courses, sprawling parks and miles of trails. Of course, perhaps the best thing to do is simply walk along the riverfront and take in the views of the peaceful Mississippi River. Alton’s great outdoor experiences are waiting for you!

Haunted Alton

Alton is considered "One of the Most Haunted Small Towns in America," and it’s time you found out why. Take your authentic ghost hunting adventure to the next level with one of the city’s walking tours in hopes of getting a glimpse of the shades, shadows and souls that reportedly walk the historic streets and haunt the ancestral buildings of the region.

A murky past of murder, war, death and destruction has led to Alton’s haunted present. Through the years, many travelers have investigated and inquired about the unexplained happenings and psychic phenomena found throughout Alton. Several locations reportedly haunted include the infamous McPike Mansion, Mineral Springs Hotel, The First Unitarian Church, and Milton School. These locations and more have been featured on popular haunted shows airing on the Travel Channel and Syfy Channel.

Experience Haunted Alton for yourself!

Argosy Casino

Argosy Casino Alton offers non-stop gaming action, featuring more than 800 of your favorite slots and video poker machines plus Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and other exciting table games. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious entree or just a quick bite, Argosy has buffet and restaurant dining options. Journey offers delicious steaks, seafood, gourmet burgers, salads and more ... all with the "Best View in Town." The Captain's Table Buffet is a visitor favorite offering a variety of culinary creations, along with carving stations, hand-tossed pizzas, and rich homemade desserts. Enjoy regional craft beers at the Hops House, located on the main floor of the casino.

Events in Alton

At any point in the year there’s something going on worth seeing and doing in Alton, which means there’s no excuse not to be seeing and doing it all.

Where to Eat in Alton

With more than 60 restaurants in Alton alone, there’s no excuse for going hungry.

Lodging in Alton

Lofts with breathtaking views, luxurious award-winning bed and breakfast inns, full-service hotels ... Alton has the perfect pillow to lay down your weary head.


Take a walk through the streets of Alton and meet local artisans and makers while browsing warm and cozy shops full of delightful products.