Visitors Guide to
Area Attractions
in St. Charles County, Missouri

   

Visitors to St. Charles County, Missouri will find a wide variety of attractions to check out. The historic downtown district of St. Charles harkens back to the 19th century. Most of the districtís shops and restaurants along Main Street are in refurbished historic buildings. The state of Missouri maintains the First Capitol building and adjacent to the downtown district along the banks of the Missouri River is the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center. The Katy Trail State Park biking and hiking trail begins at Frontier Park in downtown St. Charles and travels along the Missouri River through the small town of Augusta before heading off west. Augusta has become the center of one of Missouriís most popular wine regions. There are plenty of green spaces in St. Charles County. The nearly 7,000 acre August A. Busch Conservation Area contains forests, prairie, and wetlands and features 72 fishable lakes and ponds and 7 hiking trails. The Audubon Center and Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary along the Mississippi River is noted for bald eagles in the winter and migratory birds such as the American Pelican. Art and culture can be found throughout St. Charles County. The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles is housed in an old 1940-era factory building overlooking the Missouri River and offers visitors multiple galleries with high quality exhibitions, working art studios, and performing art presentations. St. Charles is full of exciting things to do and see and is conveniently located just northwest of St. Louis






   
Audubon Center at Riverlands
301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO
636-899-0090
  The Audubon Center at Riverlands is set in the 3,700 acres of the marsh and wetlands forest of the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. The Center features a number of interactive exhibits involving birds and the Mississippi Flyway. In addition to the state of the art interior the center has a wrap-around deck and picnic tables overlooking Ellis Bay along with a miniature wetland pond and access to several of the Sanctuaryís hiking trails.
   
Augusta Historical Museum
275 Webster Street
Augusta, MO
636-482-4558 or
636-228-4303
  Augusta's Historical Museum is located in the 1861 Sehrt home and is operated by the Friends of Historic Augusta organization. The museum features four rooms of antiques, artifacts, and historical memorabilia about the history of Augusta including an 1860 bedroom, a 1800s kitchen, and a workroom that preserves the tools of the 19th century.
   
Daniel Boone Home
1868 Highway F
Defiance, MO
636-798-2005
  This early 19th century home was built by Daniel Boone's son Nathan and was where he died in 1820. Now part of Lindenwood University's Daniel Boone Campus, the site also features Boonefield Village, a collection of 19th century buildings moved to the property.
   
August A. Busch
Conservation Area
2360 Highway D
St. Charles County, MO
636-441-4554
  The 6,987-acre Busch Conservation Area contains 3,000 acres of forest in addition to grassland, cropland, old fields, prairie, and wetlands. Features include 72 fishable lakes and ponds, 7 hiking trails, wildlife viewing blinds, hunting, and archery. The property is a great place for viewing a large variety of birds and other wildlife.
   
Confluence Point State Park
1000 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO
636-899-1135
  This 1,118-acre park is located on the north side of the Missouri River at its confluence with the Mississippi River. A short trail leads visitors where the two rivers meet and the area is noted for bird watching.
   
First State Capitol of Missouri
200-216 S. Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-940-3322
  An Interpretive Center is located adjacent to these restored Federal style buildings served as Missouri's first State Capitol until the permanent facility in Jefferson City was completed in 1826. Tours of the historic site are available daily and historical events are held periodically.
   
The Foundry Art Centre
520 N. Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-255-0270
  Overlooking the Missouri River and near historic Downtown St. Charles, this new 36,800-square-foot, interactive interdisciplinary arts center offers visitors multiple galleries with high quality exhibitions, performing art presentations, and classes. The second floor houses the working studios of approximately 20 artists.
Frenchtown
Heritage Museum
1121 N. Second Street
St. Charles, MO
636-946-8682
  This museum focuses on this mostly residential district that contains 48 notable structures. Open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12 pm to 3 pm or by appointment.
   
Haviland Museum
625 S. Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-925-0745
  The Haviland Museum is located in the historic Newbill-McElhiney House and has on display nearly one thousand pieces of exceptional Haviland China. Examples of this fine porcelain, dating from the 1850s to the 1920s, that can be seen are soup tureens, oyster plates, game sets, elegant serving dishes, a dining table set in Victorian style, and many other unusual pieces. A mural of 19th century Limoges by Evangeline Groth graces one wall.
   
Katy Trail State Park
From the St. Charles Riverfront along the Missouri River front
1-800-334-6946
  The Katy Trail is a 225-mile bike trail with 6 trailheads in St. Charles County. The trail follows the track bed of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad (better known as Katy.) Most of the trail parallels the northern bank of the Missouri River. 165 miles of the trail has been designated an official segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
   
Klondike Park
Highway 94 South
St. Charles County, MO
636-949-7535
  Located just off the historic Katy Trail and hailed as an innovative addition to the county park system, Klondike Park is a popular destination for outdoor recreationalists, families, and scout troops. The park was once the site of a silica sand quarry but the area has been restored to its natural habitat. Klondike Park features a modern conference center, picnic shelters, camper cabins and primitive camping spaces, a fishing lake, and a bluff that overlooks the surrounding Missouri wine country.
   
Lewis & Clark
Boat House & Nature Center

2 Bishop's Landing
1050 Riverside Drive
St. Charles, MO
636-947-3199
  This is the home base of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles and houses their replica keelboat and pirogues. The upper level of this certified site of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail features a large diorama, exhibits covering Lewis and Clark and the Missouri River ecosystem, a classroom, and a gift shop.
   
Missouri Wing
Commemorative Air Force

Smartt Airport
Grafton Ferry Road
St. Charles, MO
636-250-4515
  This volunteer organization operates a WWII Memorabilia Museum and features three operational WWII aircraft.
   
Our Lady of the Rivers
Portage des Sioux, MO
  This 25-foot high statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary sits at the water's edge looking across the Mississippi River to the bluffs above Alton, Illinois. The statue was erected by the St. Francis Church after Portage des Sioux escaped damage from the flood of 1951. Our Lady of the Rivers is the site of the annual Blessing of the Fleet in July where hundreds of decorated boats gather from miles around to receive a blessing from the town priest asking for Mary's intercession to protect their vessels from harm.
   
Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO
636-899-2600 or
1-888-899-2602
  3,700 acres of wetland area managed by the Corps of Engineers across the Clark Bridge from downtown Alton. The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is noted for bald eagles in the winter and migratory birds such as the American Pelican and the Bald Eagle. The Sanctuary is also the site of the Audubon Center at Riverlands which features a number of interactive exhibits involving birds and the Mississippi Flyway.
St. Charles County
Historical Society

St. Charles, MO
101 S. Main Street
636-946-9828
  Located on Main Street in the downtown Historic District, this building features a several historic exhibits, a library, and is home to the volunteers who research and maintain the history of the county.
Weldon Spring Conservation Area
MO-94 South
St. Charles County, MO
636-441-4554
  Weldon Spring Conservation Area is a mostly forested area with pasture, cropland, and some wetlands and glades and includes the Weldon Spring Hollow Natural Area. Katy Trail State Park passes through Weldon Spring Conservation Area. The area features a boat ramp on the Missouri River, two hiking trails, two hiking/biking trails. There are 8 ponds that are fishable along with riverbank fishing on the Missouri River. The area is noted as a good location for birding.
   
Weldon Spring Site
& Interpretive Center

7295 Highway 94 South
St. Charles County, MO
636-300-2600
  A 45-acre and reaches 75-foot tall mound covers a nuclear waste disposal cell. A viewing platform on top of the disposal cell is the highest accessible point in St. Charles County and a nearby interpretive center tells the story of this former WWII TNT facility and Cold War era uranium processing plant. The site also features a bike trail and a 150-acre native grass prairie.
Vietnam Memorial
207 W. Pearce
Wentzville, MO
  Reputed to be the first memorial to Vietnam veterans. The original memorial was replaced in 1985 by todayís monument, a column with a red granite base and topped by an eagle.
Centurytel Ice Arena
910 Main Plaza Drive
Wentzville, MO
636- 332-4600
  This facility features two ice surfaces (both professional regulation size), a fully stocked pro shop, food service center, party / group outing facilities, and a video game arcade.
Family Arena
2002 Arena Parkway
St. Charles, MO
636-896-4200
  The Family Arena offers a wide variety of affordable entertainment including sporting events, concerts, family shows, conventions and trade shows.
National Equestrian Center
6880 Lake St. Louis Blvd.
Lake St. Louis, MO
636-561-8080
  This 60-arce, equestrian and sports complex host horse & dog shows, sports events, fairs, festivals, and heavy equipment shows.
St. Peters Rec-Plex
5200 Mexico Road
St. Peters, MO
636- 939-2386
  The St. Peters Rec-Plex has state-of-the-art facilities including the natatorium, gymnasium, and skating rink.
Ameristar Casino
PO Box 720
St. Charles, MO
636-949-7777
  You can feel the excitement from miles away. Find the latest, most popular slot and video poker machines, a wide variety of table games and one of the last live poker rooms in the market. The adjoining streetscape is full of first-class restaurants, entertainment spots, and more.
Bass Pro Shop
St. Charles, MO
  1365 S. 5th Street
636-688-2500
   
For Travelers Heading Across the River
  Meeting of the Great Rivers
Scenic Byway

The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area is one of Americaís newer scenic byways. With over 20,000 acres of forest and wetlands at the heart of the Mississippi Flyway, it is a nature lovers paradise. Visitors will find spectacular colors in the fall and bald eagles in the winter. History abounds in the region ranging from the prehistoric Cahokia Mounds to sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
For Travelers Heading Up River
  Missouri's Lincoln Hills
The Lincoln Hills region of Missouri north of St. Louis is often called the Northern Ozarks. In the north is Hannibal, which conjures up images of the steamboat era and has become virtually synonymous with Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn. South of Hannibal is the Little Dixie Scenic Byway that travels atop limestone bluffs and through the real river towns of Clarksville and Louisiana. At the foot of the Lincoln Hills in Lincoln County is Cuivre River State Park, one of Missouri's largest and most rugged.
For Travelers Heading Down River
  St. Louis Area
Metropolitan St. Louis has a lot to offer its visitors. The area's most prominent attraction is the Gateway Arch, which is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial complex that also includes the Museum of Westward Expansion. St. Louis has a number of outstanding public institutions that are free to visit including the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, and the Science Center. The St. Louis region has a number of green spaces for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Faust County Park, in St. Louis County, is home to many historical and cultural attractions including the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, a historical village, and the St. Louis Carousel. The county is also home to Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, the Powder Valley Conservation Area.
   
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