Parks and Recreation

St. Clair County parks, recreation and attractions have an interesting history. The city of Belleville offers visitors numerous places to see including the Labor & Industry Museum, William & Florence Schmidt Art Center, and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Bellefontaine House (618) 939-5300
The Bellefontaine House was built in the 1870’s around the spring that gives the house its name. The restored home now houses the Monroe County Historical Society.

Belleville Labor & Industry Museum (618) 222-9430
Devoted to the history of the labor and industry of Belleville and southwestern Illinois, the Museum is located in the Conrad Bornman House on historic Church Street and houses exhibition galleries, an educational center and archives.

Broadway Center of Arts (618) 233-0431
The Broadway Center of Arts is a center for performing and visual arts offering classes, gallery space, and a performance stage that offers a wide variety of performances throughout the year.

Cahokia Courthouse (618) 332-1782
Originally built about 1740 as a private residence, the Cahokia Courthouse is an excellent example of early French log construction known as poteaux-sur-solle or post-on-sill foundation. The courthouse serves as a museum illustrating French Colonial life and the Lewis and Clark era.

Gateway International Raceway (618) 482-2400
Fans pack the stands at the Gateway International Raceway in Madison to watch the world's leading racecar drivers compete in the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, as well as the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals..

Frank Holten State Park (618) 874-7920
This 1,080-acre state park is almost entirely surrounded by the city of East St. Louis and is located within sight of the Gateway Arch. The park features an 18-hole golf course and facilities for fishing, picnicking, and other outdoor activities.

Holy Family Parish Log Church (618) 337-4548
This functioning Catholic Church is the second church to occupy the site since 1699. The present building was completed in 1799 and is an example of the dominant French colonial post-on-sill vertical timber style of construction.

Illinois Caverns State Natural Area (618) 458-6699
Illinois Caverns is a 120-acre preserve in southwest Monroe County that contains woodlands, prairie, and a wild cave. An application permit and proper equipment are required to explore the wild cave.

Jarrot Mansion (618) 332-1782
This two-story brick house built by entrepreneur Nicholas Jarrot in 1810 is considered to be the oldest brick building in Illinois. The interior of the mansion is well preserved to the early 19th century period.

Emma Kunz House (618) 234-0600
The Emma Kunz House, built in 1830, is the oldest Greek Revival brick home in Illinois. This classic example of an ethnic German "Street House" is now a museum and is completely furnished to illustrate the hardships of early settlers.

Martin-Boismenue House (618) 332-1782
Built in the late 18th century this French colonial style home provide a glimpse into the lifestyle of local villagers at the time of Lewis and Clark.

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (618) 397-6700
Located on over 200 acres the Main Shrine features a 2,400-seat amphitheater with grassy slopes. Other features include The Way of The Cross, Resurrection Garden, The Lourdes Grotto replica, and Annunciation Garden.

Peterstown House (618) 939-7810
This restored 1830s building began as a general store, tavern, and inn for stagecoach travelers on the Kaskaskia Trail. The Peterstown Heritage Society rescued the building from demolition and it is now a museum.

Saint Peter's Cathedral (618) 234-1166
Completed in 1866, St. Peter’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Illinois and is modeled after the Cathedral of Exeter, England and its English Gothic style of architecture, which utilizes high, pointed arches aiming towards heaven.

William & Florence Schmidt Art Center (618) 222-5278
This new 6,800 sq. ft. privately funded art gallery features sculptures, paintings, photographs, lithographs and monographs from renowned artists such as Claus Moor, Salvador Dali, Ansel Adams, Rembrandt Van Rijn, and Robert Motherwell.

Victorian Home Museum (618) 234-0600
Built in 1866 by a successful German immigrant, the St. Clair County Historical Society has furnished this Victorian Greek Revival house in the manner of a typical upper class Victorian family.

St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Areas
American Legion Freedom Park in Mascoutah
Belle-Clair Speedway in O'Fallon
Bellevue Park in French Village
Cahokia Mounds State Park in Monks Mound
Commercial Club Park in Millstadt
Dawn Heights Mini-Park in O'Fallon
Foley Park in Millstadt
Freeburg Recreation Park in Freeburg
Hanft Park in New Athens West
Hesse Park in O'Fallon
Holten State Park in French Village
Horner Recreation Park in Lebanon
Jones Park in Monks Mound
Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve in Freeburg
Laderman Park in O'Fallon
Lentzburg Village Park in New Athens East
Lincoln Park in Cahokia
Longacre Park in O'Fallon
Maple Park in Mascoutah
McAllister Park in Lebanon
Melvin Pride Memorial City Park in O'Fallon
Okaw Valley Park in New Athens West
Pleasant Hill City Park in O'Fallon
Rohr Park in O'Fallon
Saint Clair County Farm and Nature Park in Millstadt
Saint Clair Park in O'Fallon
Scheve Park in Mascoutah
Summerfield Park in Lebanon
Township Park in O'Fallon
Cardinal Creek Golf Course in Lebanon
Chapel Two-Picnic Area in Lebanon
Clinton Hill Country Club in O'Fallon
Emerald Mound Grange in Lebanon
Fox Terminal in Cahokia
Locust Hills Golf Club in Lebanon
Marissa Waterworks in Saint Libory
Mascoutah Sportsmens Club in Lebanon
Monsato in Cahokia
National Stock Yards in Granite City
Oak Hill Golf Club in French Village
Saint Clair Country Club in French Village
Scott Lake Recreation Area in Lebanon
Shiloh Valley Grange in Lebanon
Sidney Street Ferry in Cahokia
Tamarack Country Club in O'Fallon
Valley Junction in Cahokia

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  This St. Clair County website page is for Recreation, Parks, Outdoors, Lakes, Nature, Preserves, Fishing, Boating, Beaches, Swimming, Amusement, Family, Kids, Children, Wildlife, Refuges, Visitors, Weekends, Hiking, Bike Paths, Landmarks, Tourists, Guides and Regional Parks that are local and rated best in St. Clair County, O'Fallon, Saint Libory, Alorton, Belleville, Brooklyn, Lovejoy, Cahokia, Caseyville, Centreville, Dupo, East Carondelet, East St. Louis, Fairview Heights, Fayetteville, Freeburg, Lebanon, Lenzburg, Marissa, Mascoutah, Millstadt, New Athens, Sauget, Shiloh, Smithton, St. Libory, Summerfield, Swansea, Washington Park, East St. Louis, Engelmann, Prairie du Long, Shiloh Valley, St. Clair, Stites, Stookey and Sugarloaf. Places of interest in St. Clair County include Cahokia Mounds, Saint Louis University, Lindenwood University, Southwestern Illinois College, McKendree College, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, Air Mobility Command, United States Transportation Command, Eighteenth Air Force, Air Force Communications Agency, Greater St. Louis, National Stock Yards, Scott AFB, Scott Air Force Base, Peabody River King St. Fish and Wildlife Area, Church of the Holy Family, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snow, GMC Stadium, Cahokia Courthouse, Frank Holten State Park, Gateway International Raceway, Bellefontaine House, Belleville Labor and Industry Museum, Broadway Center of Arts, Illinois Caverns State Natural Area, Jarrot Mansion, Emma Kunz House, Martin-Boismenue House, Peterstown House, Saint Peter's Cathedral, William and Florence Schmidt Art Center and the Victorian Home Museum.