Between AD 700 and 1400, the city of Cahokia gradually rose from the floodplain of the Mississippi River to become the largest city north of Mexico. Across 6 square miles, its population of 20,000 people worked together to create a thriving community grounded in astronomy, agriculture, and economics. To this end, they erected large, lasting structures such as an enormous wooden calendar that notified citizens about the changes of the seasons. Giant earthen mounds served as the foundation of the city and the site of the big mud fight that decided the mayoral election each year.
Through careful excavation, research, and reconstruction, the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society aims to preserve the site and educate visitors about its importance. During visits, guests on self-guided tours can explore 800 acres of the city, including the 100-foot-tall Monks Mound and Woodhenge, the giant calendar.
Gateway Fun Park delights visitors year-round with a range of entertainment attractions for all ages—from group outings and birthday parties to packs of friends wiling away the afternoon. Mini golfers aim for the green amid two 18-hole courses' babbling brooks, stone partitions, and miniature buildings. Drivers safely let loose their suppressed road rage by bouncing into each other in bumper cars. A full-scale go-cart track gives lead feet of any age a taste of the open road, and the kiddie track lets kids ages 4–9 finally take the wheel their parents normally refuse to let them eat.
Cool water gurgles, sprays, and rushes at Splash City Waterpark. Here, water slides and swimming pools abound. Dash through the playground as a massive bucket tilts and drenches you in chilled water, or float down the crystal creek on a relaxing ride. Surf or bodyboard on the FlowRider, or scramble up the AquaClimb climbing wall. When your fingers turn into prunes, dry off at the sand castle cove or recline on a beach chair and let the vitamin D soak in.
Get out of the house and into Collinsville Area Recreation District for a glimpse of Collinsville's more natural side.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For some tranquil green space, head directly to the only park that matters in the area. Of course, it's Collinsville Area Recreation District!
The year 2012 saw the full realization of Spin City Skate Center, thanks to the partnership between Troy Park Commissioners and a 21-year veteran of skating and skate-based youth programs. Together, they gave the rink a complete makeover, installing new sound and lighting technology, safety walls, and the infrastructure necessary for parties and group events. All of their efforts have resulted in a fun, retro-style, and exceedingly popular addition to the community. Today, Spin City hosts public skating as well as theme nights. Stop by the kitchen for a slice of pizza, or visit the pro shop for skating rentals and other needs.
The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis is an open-air shopping center that boasts 30 retail stores and restaurants, including Old Navy, Jos. A. Bank, and Bath & Body Works. Between purchases, patrons can chat with friends in the shopping center's outdoor gathering spaces, or glide across the seasonal ice-skating rink.