Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is an archaeological site near Collinsville, Illinois, which is a short 15-minute drive from downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Cahokia Mounds is the site of Cahokia, a pre-Columbian city that featured over 100 mounds used for various functions. It is thought that when it reached its peak importance around the year 1250, Cahokia was home to more people than London.
Cahokia Mounds is a fascinating historical attraction for families to visit - in addition to learning all about the history and culture of Cahokia's inhabitants in the Interpretive Center, you can explore the mounds by following the site's several trails.
Things to Do
- Explore the many exhibits on display in the Interpretive Center - you'll learn all about the Mississippian tradition, life in Cahokia, and get to explore the beautiful recreated village.
- Watch the orientation film in the Interpretive Center's theater - it provides visitors with a great introduction to the site and its historical importance.
- See the mounds up close by walking along the site's various trails. Be sure to grab a map and a trail guide from the Interpretive Center so that you can learn about the various purposes of the mounds as you visit them!
Cahokia Mounds Insider Tips
- Don't miss the chance to climb Monks Mound, the largest pre-Columbian mound in the Americas. Once you climb the long staircase to the top you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the rest of the archaeological site as well as St. Louis and its famous Gateway Arch in the distance!
- Bring along a camera - you'll want to take photos of Cahokia's historic mounds as well as its fascinating exhibits that feature artifacts found at the archaeological site.
- If you're planning to spend the entire day at Cahokia Mounds, bring along a picnic lunch. Visitors are welcome to use the site's designated picnic grounds to enjoy an outdoor family meal on a nice day.