Welcome to the heart of America. O'Fallon sits just a few kilometres east of the famous city of St Louis, where the mighty Missouri and Mississippi rivers come together. But while St Louis may steal all of the attention, there is plenty to see and do during a visit to the city of O'Fallon, which is one of the largest communities in St Louis’ eastern Metropolitan area. Fans of the outdoors will surely enjoy the local trails and parks - such as Rock Springs Rotary Park - that can be found dotted around the area, while those who enjoy more sedate pleasures will find plenty to occupy their time, be it grabbing a film at the local multiplex (the Marcus O'Fallon Cinema) or hitting one of the popular eateries, or bars like the Hemingway Zen Garden for live music. Read on for just some of the things to do in O'Fallon, Illinois.
1. Admire the cars at the Gateway Classic Cars showroom
Real petrol-heads looking to while away a few minutes during their downtime will almost certainly find themselves gravitating towards Gateway Classic Cars. Its showroom hosts monthly Caffeine and Chrome events. These free family-friendly events on the last Saturday morning of each month give the general public the chance to gather with members of the classic car community and their vehicles for a social gathering.
Gateway Classic Cars showroom
Address: 1237 Central Park Drive #1, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Gateway Classic Cars
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm (closed on Sun)
2. Rent a pavilion at O'Fallon Community Park
And, speaking of family-friendly, O'Fallon is home to pleasant parkland in which to unwind and spend a few quiet moments with loved ones. What’s more, some, like the O'Fallon Community Park, are home to a number of pavilions that are available for hire to groups. So if you’re travelling as part of a large family, or group of friends, and fancy spending a bit of time enjoying the sun in the park - why not consider hiring your own pavilion shelter for a low-cost fee?
O'Fallon Community Park
Address: 401 East 5th Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: O'Fallon Community Park
Opening hours: Summer: 6am - 10pm (daily); Winter: 6am - 6pm (daily)
Price: 40 USD - 150 USD depending on pavilion size
3. Take a look at the town's history at O'Fallon Historical Society Museum
Located within a former First National Bank building - and later a library - this free museum is run by the O'Fallon Historical Society, which has been celebrating the area’s past for more than 30 years. The museum itself, which is open 3 afternoons a week, has been running for more than 20 years, and features exhibits celebrating everything from the area’s agricultural past to the likes of the people who worked the disused St. Ellen Mine. There’s even a handy gift shop for picking up some souvenirs.
O'Fallon Historical Society Museum
Address: 101 West State Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: O'Fallon Historical Society Museum
Opening hours: Wed, Fri, & Sat: 1pm - 4pm (closed on Sun - Tue & Thu)
4. Watch the latest movie at Marcus O'Fallon Cinema
Whether you’re a real film buff, or simply looking for a family-friendly activity to while away a few wet hours, the Marcus O'Fallon Cinema will certainly prove appealing. This large cinema hosts dozens of screenings every day from the latest blockbusters to classics of yesteryear. Its screens also include leather recliner DreamLounger seats - should you wish to plump for an extra-comfy upgrade - while the site it also home to a lounge bar and a ‘50s-style diner serving snacks.
Marcus O'Fallon Cinema
Address: 1320 Central Park Drive, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Marcus O'Fallon Cinema
Opening hours: Varies depending on screening times
Price: 9.50 USD (adult), 8.50 USD (over 60s) and 8.25 USD (ages 3 - 11)
5. Visit Fezziwig's Marketplace for gourmet finds
Food fans looking to tantalise their taste buds will almost certainly want to pay Fezziwig’s Marketplace a visit. It is home to everything from mouthwatering chocolates to gourmet foods and condiments. It even sells more than 100 different varieties of tea, and if you’re after something a little stronger, there’s wines available as well (and keep your eyes peeled for tasting events). Those looking for tips on how to turn their gourmet ingredients into tasty meals will also enjoy the regular one-day cookery classes.
Address: 225 West 1st Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Fezziwig’s Marketplace
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am - 5pm; Sat: 9am - 4pm; Sun: 12pm - 4pm (closed on Mon)
6. Try hot wings and crafted beers at Shooter's
This popular sports bar features a wide array of beers, and won praise from past patrons for its “great selection” of food and drink at “reasonable prices”. Food options range from a number of BBQ and hot wing selections, to hamburger options, pulled pork, fish and platters. This mix of food, drink and sport has made it a very popular spot, which can make it busy and noisy at peak times - great if you’re after a place with atmosphere, but you may wish to bear this in mind if you want a quiet drink or bite to eat.
Shooter's Bar & BBQ
Address: 113 East 1st Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Shooter’s Bar & BBQ
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 1am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 2am
7. Purchase your scrapbooking needs at Scrapbook Factory Superstore
If you’re looking to package your treasured holiday snaps in a unique keepsake, then you’ll find plenty of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing during a stop at the Scrapbook Factory. This craft, scrapbook, and stationery superstore, which is open 7 days a week, features all the items you’ll need to create your own lasting memento of your trip, or whip up unique homemade souvenirs for family and friends.
Address: 2004 W US-50, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Scrapbook Factory
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 5pm; Fri: 10am - 7pm; Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 4pm
8. Enjoy leisure time at O'Fallon Family Sports Park
This sports park covers 200 acres (81 hectares) and features 8 floodlit baseball fields, 8 synthetic soccer fields, and a further 3 that are grass - each of which can be hired out for a little family-friendly competition. There are also pavilions in which to relax, a 2.1 mile (3.4km) walking trail back into town, and a 2-acre (0.8-hectare) “splash pad” play area, with playground structures and 6,000 sq ft (557.4 sq m) splash pad for a little good-natured watery fun with your loved ones.
O'Fallon Family Sports Park
Address: 301 Obernuefemann Road, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: O'Fallon Family Sports Park
Opening hours: 10:30am - 7:30pm (daily)
Price: Varies depending on activity (see website)
9. Try the wood-fired pizzas of Peel Wood Fired Pizza
If good pizza is your idea of culinary heaven, then you’ll definitely want to give Peel Wood Fired Pizza a whirl. It enjoys a very strong reputation among its customers for the awesome food and service as well as the gluten-free options and availability of vegan cheese. Naturally, its menu boasts a large number of pizza options (at least 20 wood fired choices) - from classic margherita to jerk chicken, BBC flank steak, and ricotta. There’s even a “build your own” option for those looking for a truly unique experience
Peel Wood Fired Pizza
Address: 104 South Cherry Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Peel Wood Fired Pizza
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 11am - 8pm
10. Indulge in Southern-style cuisine at Hop House
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Another option for foodies, this popular Southern-style eatery is one of the most popular restaurants in the town and enjoys an excellent reputation for its food and service. Open until late six nights a week (and until 8pm on Sunday), it serves a range of American, Cajun, and barbecue dishes as well as wood-fired pizzas, and vegetarian and vegan options. Past diners were big fans of the baby back ribs, the smokehouse salad, and the shrimp and grits. Animal lovers will also be pleased to know that the patio is also pet-friendly. Time your visit right and you’ll also enjoy happy hour specials on pizzas, beers, and wines.
Address: 1214 Central Park Drive, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Hop House
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am; Sun: 11am - 8pm
11. Get a relaxing massage at the Bumblebee Bodyworks
A holiday is all about rest and relaxation so why not consider a stress-busting massage at the Bumblebee Bodyworks. Offering a range of holistic pain and stress therapies from its central base, it specialises in massage as well as mindfulness techniques and a range of yoga classes, including private and beginner’s sessions. You’ll be easing away those daily cares before you know it.
Address: 120 West State Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Bumblebee Bodyworks
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 1pm - 9pm
Price: Varies depending on treatment/activity (see website)
12. Try Sweet Katie Bee's baked goods
You’ve had food for the mind, but how about food for the body? Indulge your sweet tooth or penchant for pastries with a visit to Sweet Katie Bee’s Organic Bakery Cafe. Offering a range of real feel-good food - including sugar-free and low-carb options - its bakery boasts everything from cheesecakes to cupcakes, to cookies, pies, macaroons and doughnuts. It also has a sit-in cafe offering tasty breakfasts, sandwiches, paninis, salads and soups. It’s certainly won fans among customers who frequent the place for the delicious treats and friendly staff.
Sweet Katie Bee's Organic Bakery Café
Address: 212 East State Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 7am - 5pm; Sat: 8am - 3pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
13. Dine at 1818 Chophouse
Sticking with foodie treats, the 1818 Chophouse will appeal to those who love juicy meats. This popular eatery, which is spread over several floors, boasts a range of chops, steaks and seafood as well as an array of seasonal ingredients. Highlights include the roofed ‘patio terrace’ on the upper floor - which enjoys fine views - as well as a 'show kitchen’. Pan seared scallops, 16oz (454 g) prime rib and 11oz (312 g) filet mignon are just some of the tasty menu choices that await. There are also a wide array of gluten-free possibilities, too.
Address: 1405 North Green Mount Road #100, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: 1818 Chophouse
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat: 4pm - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 8pm (closed on Mon)
14. Listen to live music at the Hemingway's Zen Garden
Live music delights await those who opt for a visit to Hemingway’s Zen Garden, which hosts a range of live rock, jazz, country, and roots acts at the weekends as well as open mic nights on Tuesdays. This self-styled “number 1 spot on the east side” for live music has certainly won plenty of fans, who hailed it as a hidden gem and praised its character and nice atmosphere. What’s more, if you’re looking to grab a bite alongside the music, it also serves a range of dishes, from crab-stuffed salmon to 16oz (454 g) bone-in ribeye, as well as a range of appetisers and salads.
Hemingway's Zen Garden
Address: 123 East 1st Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Hemingway’s Zen Garden
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 4pm - 1am; Fri: 11am - 1am; Sat: 9am - 1am; Sun: 11am - 6pm (closed on Mon)
15. Stay fit at The McKendree MetroRecPlex
And, after all those tasty treats, you’ll likely be looking to burn off a few calories? Well, the McKendree MetroRecPlex will likely answer all your fitness needs. As well as a full gym, it is also home to a 10-lane competition swimming pool and aquatic centre, as well as 2 NHL-size ice rinks that offer public skating and hockey. What’s more, daily passes are available which give you full access to all facilities so you won’t have to be a member to enjoy them.
The McKendree MetroRecPlex
Address: 205 Rec Plex Drive, O'Fallon, IL 62269
Website: McKendree MetroRecPlex
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5am - 10:30pm; Sat: 6:30am - 7pm; Sun: 11:30am - 7pm
Price: Day passes: 10 USD (adult), 9 USD (under 18s); 30 USD (families of 4)
16. Explore the trails of Rock Springs Park
Hailed by visitors as a hidden gem, this beautiful park is popular among dog owners and walkers for its circular trails, which take people through a mix of pleasant open grassland and woods that offer something different for every season of the year. Naturally, if you’ve a furry friend with you, then the park will be a great spot to let them stretch their legs. And, as with the Community Park, there’s a pavilion available for hire to larger groups. A fire pit - which can also be hired - should also make for a great spot to unwind with friends of an evening.
Rock Springs Park
Address: 1428 East 3rd Street, O’Fallon, IL 62269
Website: Rock Springs Park
Plenty to do in O'Fallon
From great food and live music, to family-friendly sports facilities, multiplex cinemas, classic cars and relaxing public parks, there’s an array of things to see and do to keep you and your loved ones occupied during a visit to O'Fallon in Illinois.
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