The 10 Best Things to Do in Edwardsville, United States

October 3, 2017 Terina Blouin

Edwardsville is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 24,293. It is the county seat of Madison County and is the third oldest city in the State of Illinois. The city was named in honor of Ninian Edwards, then Governor of the Illinois Territory.
Restaurants in Edwardsville

1. Lewis & Clark State Historic Site & Interpretive Center

#1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048 +1 618-251-5811
Excellent
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site & Interpretive Center

Reviewed By herestoadventures - Fishers, Indiana

I struggled with rating this.

Given an absence of funding, this interpretive center is being kept alive by volunteers. They're obviously doing a great job,and they're friendly and informed. I salute them.

The interpretive center includes a cut-away reconstruction of a keelboat, and it's fascinating to see it up close. I can't imagine how they pulled anything that heavy through the lower Missouri.

The film and the rest of the indoor exhibits are also well done. Gift shop has really good selection of books. For these reasons, I've given it a 4.

Now the truly sad part: the State of Illinois has not seen fit to maintain the reconstruction of the fort at Camp DuBois. It is in such a sad state of disrepair that visitors can no longer go inside if it. The exterior is festooned with "caution" tape, and 8-foot weeds can be seen growing inside.

Even the interpretive center itself needs a coat of paint.

What a missed opportunity. Given the importance of this site, one can only hope that Illinois funds its maintenance.

2. CP Pinball

115 Sinclair Ave, South Roxana, IL 62087-1549 +1 618-251-6337
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5 based on 6 reviews

CP Pinball

Reviewed By lauramaymuse - Zweibruecken, Germany

It's a great place. If you don't know anything about Pinball, it might blow your mind. I'm in Year 3 now.

The best part about CP, is that the riff-raff isn't there! Everyone who "attends" the weekend "gatherings" is all about the game - good fun (smart) folks.

We like the "crowd" who hangs there, and hope nothing about it changes (except a game or two here and there).

Great value - excellent experience! Thanks for having such a COOL place!!

3. Wildey Theater

252 N Main St, Edwardsville, IL 62025-1604 +1 618-307-1750
Excellent
74%
Good
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Wildey Theater

Reviewed By Bob D - Saint Louis, Missouri

Beautifully restored and intimate venue of just 326 seats offers great sight lines, beautiful sound, and everything from $2 Movie Nights to great artists like Dave Mason, Gypsy and Pavlov's Dog.
Artists are generally pretty laid back in this atmosphere, and frequently come out after the show for meet 'n ' greets and to sign and sell merch.
GM Al Canal (yes, it IS the "I know Al Canal, do you?" guy!) makes great host for the festivities!

4. Boogies

2082 Vadalabene Dr, Maryville, IL 62062-5841 +1 618-288-2898
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 17 reviews

Boogies

Reviewed By EStLouiesmokey - Collinsville, Illinois

As a coincidence, I've been there twice in two days. After golf on Monday and Tuesday night for dinner. Good food and good choices. Tuesday special is buy a pound of wings, get a pound free. Needless to say, the place in very busy on that night.
There is a dining room plus table service in the bar side. (lots of TV in the bar side)

5. Beast Escape Room

4517 S State Route 159, Unit #4, Glen Carbon, IL 62034-1584 +1 618-530-7341
Excellent
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5 based on 12 reviews

Beast Escape Room

Beast Escape Room is St. Louis Metro East's only Escape Room. We've created puzzles to challenge your communication & problem solving skills. Will you be able to finish the game before the 1 hour time limit expires? Book your experience today!

Reviewed By Whitney D

My three friends and I visited, not knowing what to expect. We did the room called "Trapped with Friends." The puzzles were challenging and fun. We had a great time trying to work together to get out. The owner was very friendly and helpful, giving us clues when we needed them. We did complete the challenge. At the end, he takes a group picture. I would definitely recommend this place -it was a great time! Will try to book the new room he mentioned.

6. The Gardens at SIUE

6 Arboretum Lane, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62025 +1 618-650-3070
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

The Gardens at SIUE

Reviewed By Charlee T

If you live around Edwardsville and are looking for a beautiful and FREE place to take some photos (whether it be for an engagement, graduation, prom, anniversary, etc.), The Gardens at SIUE is a wonderful place! There are many features in the gardens (rustic wooden bridges, beautiful water fountains, colorful flowers, a stone amphitheater, a vast prairie, etc.) that allow different shots and backgrounds. I've come here for homecoming photos, senior photos, and just for fun photos with my boyfriend. On each occasion, I was more than pleased with the creativity and uniqueness the gardens allowed.

7. Watershed Nature Center

1591 Tower Ave, Edwardsville, IL 62025-1015 +1 618-692-7578
Excellent
75%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Watershed Nature Center

Reviewed By Maggie K - Collinsville, Illinois

Pleasant walks through wooded areas, small lakes with geese nesting and educational opportunities. Check schedule to partake in those, they are great for the kids. Adults can also enjoy learning about birding and nature walks.

8. Miner Park

194 S Main St, Glen Carbon, IL 62034-1419
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5 based on 5 reviews

Miner Park

Reviewed By Kristin K - Morton, Illinois

Miner Park is a fun park for everyone. With a dog area, play grounds equipment, the MCT Bicycle Trail, this park has something for everyone. It even has a train car with working rail lights.

9. K-10's Model Trains

19 Schiber Ct, Maryville, IL 62062-5840 +1 618-288-9720
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4 based on 1 reviews

K-10's Model Trains

Reviewed By Railhistoryfan - Philadelphia

K-10 is open limited hours, but if you can be there they are open, they have a lot to do. Kids can run trains and you can watch many trains circling around. The layout is handicapped accessible and has stairs to allow close up views. The railroad is complete, with many buildings and great scenery. They have some great effects like a thunderstorm. The front area is a railroad hobby shop with a large selection of goods. They have some free magazines for kids.

10. The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House

409 S Buchanan St, Edwardsville, IL 62025-2037 +1 618-692-1818
Excellent
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5 based on 8 reviews

The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House

Reviewed By Jennifer B - Edwardsville, Illinois

The Benjamin Stephenson house in Edwardsville is a unique tourist attraction. My kids love this place and have gone on several tours with their schools. It's a step back in time to see how things were so long ago. The staff dresses in period clothing and is extremely knowledgeable about the time. I highly recommend a visit!

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