East Alton Ice Arena Is a City owned indoor rink that has open ice skating year round.
Great For: A chill time.
Don't Miss: The toddler times.
Hours: Check Calendar for public session times.
Price: $6 non resident admission $5 resident\senior citizen and $3 skate rental
Kid-friendly, interactive, and computer animated exhibits. There is an aquarium displaying the fish that inhabit the river. Kids can steer a towboat through a simulator, measure water consumption, or enjoy a guided tour. The lock and Dam tours are outside and give a behind the scenes look at the lock and dam. Tours are very informative. Kids should use the bathroom before leaving and be comfortable listening to speaker for a few minute presentations.
Hours: From 9- 5, public tours at 10, 1 and 3.
Great For: A short tour for all ages.
Don't Miss: The Aquarium with fish
Drawbacks: The lock and Damn tour can get HOT!
Hours: Museum is open Monday-Thursday 9-4.
Dam tours at 10, 1 and 3.
Jacoby Arts Center Offers performance arts and art classes for all ages. Offers free art club.
Great For: Elementary and Middle school
Don't Miss: Free art club.
Hours: Class times vary. Generally Wednesday-Sunday.
Price: Class prices vary.
I was impressed by the relaxed atmosphere which also felt high-end. They had a cute little water bar, great sandwiches, and french toast that my picky eaters devoured. Prices were also reasonable with a sandwich only costing $6. The kid's area and friendly staff made me feel welcome with kids while sitting back to enjoy a hot drink.
Great For: A relaxing meal or drink.
Don't Miss: The sandwiches.
Friday and Saturday 7:00am-2:00pm
Alton Splash Pad (Alton) is designed to provide water play amid nature-themed educational elements. We were thrilled to find slides, buckets, animal sprayers, lots of shade, comfortable seats for families, and a secure fence with a child-safe closure! The facility was very clean, and they opened right on time. The staff was incredibly kind and helpful each step of the way. They sell snacks, have a water bottle filler, a drinking fountain, and bathrooms. Located at 1 riverfront drive.
Best for Ages: Under 8
Great For: A hot day.
Drawbacks: Paint created a harsh surface. Wear pants or tights to avoid scrapes!
Glazebrook Parks and Splash Pad
Glazebrook Park has two ponds, two playgrounds, two concession stands, three restroom facilities, two rentable shelters, a rentable gazebo, four soccer fields, a splash pad, and over 3 miles of walking trails. The splash pad has a large dump bucket, lots of smaller buckets, and lots of sprayers. There were 4 picnic tables with umbrellas and a fence with a child lock. Staff were attentive and came over when there was something that needed to be cleaned up. Glazebrook Park is located at 1401 Stamper Lane and is the site of all of the special events, including the Great Godfrey Maze in September and October.
Best for Ages: Fenced in with larger dump bucket to satisfy most kids.
Great For: A day at the splash pad!
Drawbacks: Chairs aren't very comfy. Bring some of your own for a longer stay.
The Nature Institute has a number of shallow creeks to play in. Our family explored the Rock trail. There was not a crowd at the creeks. There is also "Beaver Falls" mentioned on the trail map. It is small, but worth the walk!
Best for Ages: All ages!
Great For: A relaxing day that all ages can enjoy.
Drawbacks: You might get dirty. NOT pet friendly. Closed Mondays. Restroom are closed at 4pm on weekdays and on weekends. elements.
GORDON MOORE PARK is a 704 acre park with tennis courts, a lake for fishing, ball diamonds, soccer fields, football fields, a 27 hole golf course, oriental garden, picnic area, nature trail, and rose garden. Also has restrooms, an interactive fountain, several playgrounds for all ages, a rose garden, bell tower, and oriental garden.
Don't Miss: The oriental garden.
Great For: Bringing a book or sketch pad and relaxing.
Drawbacks: Difficult to meet a group. Be sure to give careful directions on which playground or field.
Trails: Paved trails with beautiful views.
HOMER ADAMS PARK
has three rentable shelters, a restroom facility, playground, and a demonstration garden provided by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners program. I was impressed by the creative playscape that allowed my kids to climb and try however they were comfortable.
Don't Miss: The creative playscape.
Great For: A change of pace in a calmer place.
Drawbacks: A smaller park.
Trails: No trails.
TREEHOUSE WILDLIFE CENTER is a place for sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife. Open to the public 365 days a year. Visitors view animals for FREE. Offers hands-on learning as well as an in-depth discussion to meet the needs of the group. Not Pet Friendly for the health and safety of on site wildlife. Open 10am-4pm, Fridays-Sundays.
Don't Miss: Guided tours with fantastic guides.
Great For: An educational time with wildlife.
Drawbacks: No pets allowed. (To protect injured animals.)
Trails: Some small trails around the site.