Pre- & Post-Conference Ideas
State delegations may choose to arrive several days before the conference or stay a few days after to sightsee around the area.
Collinsville Student Council members brainstormed ideas for activities, attractions and excursions in our general vicinity that your delegation may enjoy. Please do your research; some of these are free but many are not.
We hope you have a great time exploring the area!
Catch a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium
The Cardinals will be in town June 27, 28 and 29, 2023. The Cardinals have great priced tickets for their games. You can add an all inclusive food option if you would like to. Please contact Pierce Jefferson at firstname.lastname@example.org for options.
The Cardinals have also recently added Ball Park Village that is right across the street from the stadium. Numerous dining and shopping experiences are available. https://www.stlballparkvillage.com/
Experience a St. Louis CITY SC game at the brand new Centene Stadium
The brand new St. Louis CITY professional soccer team begins play in 2023! Be one of the first groups to visit and stay for a game! https://www.stlcitysc.com/
Take in a Gateway Grizzlies Minor League Baseball game
The Gateway Grizzlies are located at GCS Ballpark just ten miles away from Collinsville! https://www.gatewaygrizzlies.com/landing/index
Visit the City Museum
Housed in the 600,000 sq. ft. former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, fun house, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. It is constructed of the very stuff of the city and, as a result, it has urban roots deeper than any other institutions’. Reaching no farther than municipal borders for its reclaimed building materials, City Museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile and even two abandoned planes! https://www.citymuseum.org
Enjoy some music!
Get your live music fix at The Pageant, ranked one of the top five concert venues in the world by Pollstar. For larger multi-band tours and festivals, travel to the outdoor Hollywood Casino Amphitheater or the concert club at Enterprise Center. The Factory is an industrial-style venue dedicated to presenting diverse musical genres in a space designed with the performer as well as the audience in mind. For something more historic, visit Blueberry Hill, the landmark restaurant and music club known for hosting diverse touring acts as well as St. Louis’ top bands. For a more intimate venue, check out the award-winning Jazz at the Bistro or one of St. Louis’ famous blues clubs like BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups and Broadway Oyster Bar. You can also check out the National Blues Museum to learn about the history of the genre and catch a live performance. If you want to indulge in symphonic music, get tickets to a performance of the renowned St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall. Founded in 1880, SLSO is the nation’s second oldest orchestra and considered one of the country’s best.
Stroll through the Missouri Botanical Garden
Explore 79 acres of lush gardens, landscape architecture, greenhouses and conservatories at the oldest botanical garden in the United States. Wander through collections of botanical and horticultural plants among beautiful fountains and statuary. Visit the Climatron for a real rainforest experience featuring magnificent waterfalls, tropical birds and exotic plants like bananas, cacao, coffee bushes and orchids. Other points of interest include the serene Japanese garden and the interactive and educational Children’s Garden. https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Visit Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis, originally known as Six Flags Over Mid-America, is an amusement park featuring characters and rides from many Warner Bros. films and tv shows such as, Looney Tunes, DC Comics, and formerly Scooby-Doo. It is located in Eureka, Missouri, which is a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Its layout consists of eight themed areas, each of which contain numerous attractions, dining locations and live entertainment. The adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park is free with park admission. https://www.sixflags.com/stlouis
Dive into the new Union Station & St. Louis Aquarium
Go on a journey through different watery habitats at the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. Your adventure begins with a freshwater river before delving into a salt marsh and finally ending in the deep blue ocean. Along the way, you’ll meet the inhabitants of these remarkable ecosystems and learn how they’re all connected by their environments. Come face to face with river monsters, be tickled by a doctor fish, and see shoals of sharp-toothed piranhas – watch those fingers! You can get hands-on with horseshoe crabs and give stingrays and sharks their lunch. Feeling brave? Then you can give them a stroke too! Finish your explorations with a visit to The Deep, where moon jellyfish light the way. Home to sea dragons and a giant octopus, this is where things get really weird! Inside the Aquarium you will also find a ropes course and other fun activities! https://www.stlouisaquarium.com
Take a spin on the St. Louis Wheel
Want to see the city from a different perspective? Then make like a bird and take to the skies with a ride on this 200-foot-high observation wheel. From your comfortable perch in one of the 42 enclosed gondolas, you’ll soar above the city skyline and see the sights from a rather unique vantage point. Each ride on the St. Louis Wheel lasts for 15 minutes, with up to four rotations treating you to all the best camera angles. If you don’t want the fairground magic to end, then head over to the St. Louis Union Station Carousel and re-create those childhood memories. As you trot up and down on the vintage horses and exotic animals, revel in the delight of leisure from a bygone era. https://www.thestlouiswheel.com/
Fun, Short-Duration Attractions
Bowling, arcades and Imo’s St. Louis style pizza.
Edison’s Entertainment Complex
Bowling, arcades, games, fun food, laser tag and more!
Altitude Trampoline Park
Trampolines, Extreme Dodgeball, Foam Pits and more!
Urban Air Adventure Park
Adventure Hub, Battle Beams, Climbing Walls, Dodge Ball, Ropes Course, Sky Riders and more!
Catch a movie, rent out the theater and have some good food!
Springfield Day Trip
Things to Do in Springfield, IL (90 minutes north of Collinsville)
- Saint Louis Zoo (Note that free reservations are required to visit the Saint Louis Zoo. Also, while general admission is free, some attractions require an additional fee.)
- Audubon Center at Riverlands
- Saint Louis Science Center (Note that while general admission is free, some shows and exhibits require an additional fee.)
- Laumeier Sculpture Park (Note that while general admission is free, some workshops and events require an additional fee.)
- Suson Park Farm (Note that while general admission is free, some tours and events may require an additional fee.)
- Saint Louis Art Museum (Note that while general admission is free, some special exhibits may require an additional fee.)
- Missouri History Museum
- Lone Elk Park
- Emerson Free Family Nights at The Magic House (Families enjoy free admission to The Magic House from 5-8 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. Reservations are recommended.)
- The Muny (Seating in the last nine rows is free.)
- Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
- Historic Daniel Boone Home Village (Note that while self-guided tours of the village grounds are free, guided tours of the interior of the Daniel Boone Home require an additional fee.)
- Contemporary Art Museum
- The Nature Institute
- Purina Farms (Note that additional fees may apply for some events.)
- Foundry Art Centre
- National Great Rivers Museum
- Free admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden during the Whitaker Music Festival (Enjoy free general admission to the garden on select Wednesday evenings during the summer.)
- Stroll through the Historic Village at Faust Park (Note that additional fees apply to tour the buildings.)
- Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
- Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
- World Chess Hall of Fame
- Museum at the Gateway Arch (Note that while admission to the museum is free, additional fees apply for tram rides and other attractions at the Gateway Arch.)
- Louis Shakespeare Festival
- Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center