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Day Trips and Tours

The Cultural Arts Centre offers a variety of day trips and tours throughout the year. Escorted trips include motorcoach transportation, admission to the scheduled activities and enroute snacks. Meals are also included with planned stops at restaurants unless otherwise stated. Some tours are narrated. All tours meet in the west parking lot at City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Following is a list of upcoming motorcoach tours that the Cultural Arts Centre has scheduled. For more information on current tours, call 636.397-6903, ext. 1624, or visit Rec-Connect and sign up now.

 

Upcoming Day Trips & Tours:



TREE-MENDOUS HOLLY-DAY TRIP

Wednesday, December 4 still available
Thursday, Dec. 12
SOLD OUT
$82/person  

Visit the magnificent holiday-decorated Campbell House on Lucas Place. After five years of painstaking restoration, this mid-1800’s Greek revival townhouse is back to its original glory. The Robert Campbell family and their ten servants lived here among the Victorian furniture, stenciled ceilings and fine appointments. Next, visit Walter Knoll’s floral establishment on LaSalle Street, Missouri Botanical Gardens’ Ridgeway Center, and Di Gregorio’s Market & Missouri Bakery on the Hill. Dine at Zia’s restaurant on the “Hill." Afterward, visit Downtown St. Louis to see the brewery and Lafayette Square holiday lights. Cap off the evening with the lights at Tilles Park.

 

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A BIT O’ THE IRISH

Thursday, March 6, 8:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

$81/person

Let’s drive to St. Patrick’s Church and the Campbell House in St. Louis and learn about Irish immigration in the St. Louis area and the contributions the Irish immigrants made to the area.

 

We’ll also tour the Shrine of St. Joseph, as well as the restored Baroque church and one of the largest handmade tracker organs in the world.
For lunch, we will enjoy a delicious corned beef sandwich, Irish stew, salad, cookies and beverage at Maggie O’Brien’s. After lunch, we’ll visit St. John’s Downtown and St. James the Greater Church in “Dogtown,” shop Ireland without crossing the ocean and enjoy the authentic Irish dances by students of Clarkson School of Irish Dance.

 

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DISCOVERING BENNY

Wednesday, April 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • $76

Come with us as we visit the Missouri side of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam, and the new Audubon Center, exploring the area and watching for the emigrating waterfowl.

On the way to Elsah, IL, we will learn how the 21,000 year old wooly mammoth, “Benny,” was discovered. We’ll view the dig site and his enormous bones and skull.

Next, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at Principia and gaze at the river as it overlooks the Mississippi. We will then enjoy a ride to the top of the new Misouri/Illinois River Confluence Tower, and drive along the Wood River, IL street that showcases 23 Sears homes.

 

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PADUCAH QUILT TOUR

Thursday, April 24, 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

$75/person

Join us for a trip to Paducah, KY to visit the 30th Annual AQS Quilt Show. Be inspired by hundreds of exquisitely crafted traditional and art quilts. Shop until you drop visiting vendors that have the latest quilt making equipment, supplies, quilts, notions and curiosities. Spend the entire day on your own, moving at your own pace through the Paducah Expo Center, Julian Carroll Convention Center and the new AQS Pavilion. Food vendors are on site, or catch a bite to eat at one of the quaint restaurants located in downtown Paducah.

We will make one stop each way for a break and snack. Expect lots of walking! Meals are not provided.

 

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AMISH QUILT FEST...AND MORE

Saturday, April 26, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
$99

Arthur’s annual Quilt Fest is not just Amish. See quilts made by local residents and stroll along Arthur’s main street for shopping. We’ll take a guided tour of Amish country, Beachy’s Amish Grocery, and tour and dine in an Amish home. We conclude by visiting Melrose Quilts.

 

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SHOES, BOOZE & BASEBALL

Monday, May 19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

$81

Get ready to “Play Ball.” On this tour, we’ll stop at Lafayette Park, site of the first baseball diamond in St. Louis, and drive by the site of the St. Louis major league baseball stadium. Next, we’ll make a photo stop at the site of old Sportsman’s Park, once the home field for both the Cardinals and the Browns.

We’ll also visit the world headquarters building of the Brown Shoe Company on this tour followed by a visit to the James “Cool Papa” Bell monument in St. Peters Cemetery.

We’ll have lunch on “The Hill,” at Lorenzo’s Trattoria, where we will dine on house salad, Chicken Florentine, a side of pasta, bread, beverage, and a cannoli for dessert. Following lunch, we will drive “The Hill” to see where three baseball Hall of Famers lived and enjoy a tour of Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT & THE HILL

Tuesday, June 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

$87

Frank Lloyd Wright, the most famous American architect, designed a Usosian Kirkwood home for artists Russel and Ruth Kraus. We’ll tour this famous home along with the historic Kirkwood Victorian home, Mudd’s Grove.

We will then enjoy a lunch of chicken spedini, house salad, side of pasta, bread and beverage at Zia’s on the Hill. Afterward, we will explore the famous St. Louis Hill. Before returning to St. Peters, we’ll visit St. Ambrose Church, Mama Toscano’s Ravioli, Milo’s Bocce, Volpi’s DiGregorio Grocery, bakeries, the gelato store as well as other shops and stores.

 

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KIMMSWICK & THE ANHEUSER MANSION

Tuesday, July 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

$87

On this tour we’ll visit the Mastodon State Historic Site and view a short film on the prehistoric era, when mastodons were in existence. We’ll also view exhibits, including actual 12,000-year-old mastodon bones and spearheads excavated from this area.
We’ll enjoy lunch at the Blue Owl restaurant, most famous for its mile-high apple pie.
After lunch, we’ll tour the restored Anheuser Mansion, a 23-acre estate on the Mississippi that belonged to Fred and Mabel Ruth
Anheuser.

 

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THE WORLD’S GREATEST FAIR

Friday, Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

$76

The 1904 World’s Fair, the largest in history, transformed St. Louis’ Forest Park and surrounding neighborhoods and helped promote St. Louis as a modern, 20th century city. A hundred years later, the Fair still impacts St. Louis.

We’ll visit the Missouri History Museum, take a driving tour of Forest Park and Washington University, tour the art in the St. Louis Art Museum and tour University City’s unique City Hall building.

We will then enjoy a delicious lunch including a house salad with proscutto and pistachios, chicken Florentine, a beverage and a cannoli at Lorenzo’s on the Hill.

 

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ROUTE 66, CUBA & ST. JAMES WINERY

Friday, Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

$77

This will be a fun trip. We’ll head down I-44 to Cuba, MO, the “Route 66 Mural City.” Created by artists from the US and Canada, we’ll view a collection of 13 beautiful outdoor murals commemorating Cuba and the nation’s history.

We’ll also visit St. James Winery, one of the two largest wineries in Missouri and for lunch, we’ll dine on delicious barbecue chicken, beef or pork sandwich, a side of chips, and a beverage and blackberry cobbler at the renowned Missouri Hick Barbecue in Cuba.

 

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FALL FOLIAGE, FERRIES & FRIED CHICKEN

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

$78

Enjoy the fall foliage on this trip up the National Scenic Highway. On the way, we’ll stop to admire the Melvin Price Locks and Dam (Alton Dam), the largest and most technologically advanced locks and dam on the Mississippi River.

Travelling on, we’ll cross the stunning “Bridge of the Future,” the 4,600ft Clark Bridge, spanning the river between Missouri and Illinois. We’ll stop at the Great Rivers Museum, located inside the locks and dam, and view the excellent “Power of the River” film.

Next, we’ll travel Route 100 past Elsah and Grafton, and into Pere Marquette State Park. Then, we’ll take the Brussels Ferry across the Illinois River to Brussels, IL as a special treat and enjoy a stop at Odehler’s roadside stand for honey, apple butter, jams, produce, and other treats.
We will have a delicious family-style fried chicken dinner at the beautiful, spacious lodge overlooking the Ilinois River.

 

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

$78

This mostly riding tour takes us to beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery, established in 1849. Over 327 acres in North St. Louis contain the gravesites of William Clark, Adolphus Busch, Thomas Hart Benton, and many other notables. We will also tour the magnificently landscaped Calvary Cemetery and visit the gravesites of Dred Scott, General William Tecumesh Sherman, Tennessee Williams, the Pink Sisters and many others. While visiting Rural Garden Cemetery and New Mount Sinai, the largest Jewish cemetery in the region, we will see the large family
mausoleums of historic department store magnates and learn about Jewish funeral and burial customs and traditions. We will also tour Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery, one of the largest military cemeteries in the US. Over 140,000 servicepersons and their spouses are buried in this beautiful cemetery.

After visiting graveyards all morning, we’ll dine on chicken salad, salad, fruit, and rolls at the haunted (?) Lemp Mansion.

 

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A TASTE OF GERMANY IN ST. LOUIS

Thursday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

$91

We’ll begin our tour driving by interesting German sculptures in Forest Park, Compton Heights, and Tower Grove Park. We will visit the Theresa Center, the mother house of the Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Joseph’s, Sts. Peter and Paul. We’ll also drive by some of the fine early stone mid-1800’s German street houses in South St. Louis, and tour the beautiful campus of Concordia Seminary, where young men train for the ministry in the Synod Lutheran Church.

Next, we’ll stop at the Bevo Mill, built by Adolphus Busch and dine delicious German fair including bratwurst, red cabbage, sauerkraut with apples, potato pancakes, and homemade cobbler.

 

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HERMANN HOLIDAY

Friday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

$91

Join us as we travel to the wonderful village of Hermann, MO to enjoy some good German gemutlichkeit (“pleasant atmosphere”).

Our first stop will be the nationally-famous Swiss Meat and Sausage Company, in Swiss, Missouri. Sample/shop for hickory smoked meats.

No trip to Hermann would be complete without a tour of Stone Hill Winery’s unparalleled wine cellers as well as the beautifully decorated St. George Catholic Church Rectory. We’ll also enjoy a delicious traditional German schnitzel dinner in the Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery, followed by Pelze Nichol performing traditional German and contemporary Christmas music.


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For more information on current City of St. Peters day trips and tours, call 636.397.6903, ext. 1624, or visit Rec-Connect and sign up now.