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The Cultural Arts Centre offers a variety of day trips and tours throughout the year. Escorted trips include motorcoach transportation, and admission to the scheduled activities.  Meals are also included with planned stops at restaurants unless otherwise stated. Most 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. Call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400  or visit Rec-Connect to sign up now.

 

2016 DAY TRIPS 

2017 DAY TRIPS



Download a flyer containing 2016 tour information. (pdf file) 

Download a flyer containing 2017 tour information. (pdf file)   

Check back for a flyer about the Paducah Quilt Show trip.

  

WALKING LEVEL: The stars shown indicate how much walking is involved with each trip.

    * Little walking. Mostly on the bus or sitting.
  ** Some walking.
 *** Quite a bit of walking, but mostly at your leisure.
**** Mostly walking.
 
 

2016 DAY TRIPS


HERMANN OKTOBERFEST

Wednesday, October 19
9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $86

Visit a significant part of early Missouri German settlement at Deutscheim State Historic Site in Hermann. Stroll through the 1840’s and 1850’s buildings and explore how German-Americans settled and developed the Missouri wine industry. Grapevines planted more than 100 years ago can still be seen on the property, as can a number of interesting historic artifacts. Enjoy a tour and sausage tasting at the Hermann Wursthaus. Then enjoy a good German meal there, consisting of bratwurst on a pretzel bun, German potato salad, red cabbage, kraut and beverage. Afterward, there’s lots of good meats to purchase there. Visit the Hermanhoff Winery for an included official wine tasting, more meat samples, and a self-guided tour of their famous cellars. Sit awhile on the patio. Purchase wine to drink there, or to take home.

 

This tour includes transportation, lunch, gratuities, wine tasting, admissions and guide. Walking level ***


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FULTON, MO & WINSTON CHURCHILL

Tuesday, Nov. 15
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $78

We will stop at the I-70 Kingdom City rest stop to view the bronze Fire Fighter’s Memorial, identical to the one donated to New York City after the September 11 terrorist attack. Buffet lunch is at the Westminster College cafeteria in Fulton. Visit the 12th Century church, redesigned by Christopher Wren in 1677, left in ruin by a German bomb during WWII, and rebuilt on the campus of Westminster College; it serves as a reminder of Winston Churchill’s visit to the college and his “Iron Curtain” speech. Under the church, see the museum, which is filled with a treasury of artifacts and information relating to the life of Sir Winston Churchill. We will also see the sculpture celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, created from eight massive sections of the actual Wall. On our way home we will make a brief stop at Crane’s Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor at Williamsburg.

 

This tour includes transportation, lunch, gratuities, admissions and guide. Walking level ***


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SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

Thursday, Dec. 8
8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. • $89

Our first stop is the magnificent 1855 Italianate Illinois Governor’s Mansion is a sight to behold in any season, but especially so when dressed in its holiday finery. The oldest house in Springfield, the 1840’s Elijah Iles House, is furnished as it was when Abraham Lincoln visited the house; it’s especially poignant when holiday-decorated like it might have been by the Iles family. Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet at the Golden Corral Steak House. Visit the beautifully decorated Dana-Thomas House, one of Frank LIoyd Wright’s largest and most elaborate Prairie-style designs. The house has 15 rooms containing more than 100 pieces of original furniture as well as 250 art glass windows. Next we tour the birthplace and long-time home of the famous poet Vachel Lindsay. See it decorated as the family would have done during the Victorian period.

 

This tour includes transportation, lunch, admissions, gratuities and guide. Walking level ****


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 2017 DAY TRIPS

 

WORLD RELIGIONS IN WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY

Friday, Feb. 24, • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $79

ABBYWe will be touring the new Hindu Temple of St. Louis where you’ll learn about Hindu beliefs and customs. We will visit the St. Louis Abbey/St. Anselm Church. This modern chapel’s design by Gyo Obata, and glass by Frei Studios, it is wonderfully unique. Buffet lunch will be at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church where you will enjoy delicious Greek entrees and delicacies prepared by members of the Congregation. After lunch, we’ll tour the Church Sanctuary’s new iconography. Next is the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple to learn customs and traditions of Buddhism. Following this will be the Daar ul Islam Mosque where you will learn about Muslim worship and customs inside this inspiring Mosque.

Tour includes transportation, lunch, and donations ***


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ST. LOUIS HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Wednesday, March 15 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $89

 

NationalBluesMuseumVisit the new National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis. The Museum celebrates the Blues as the foundation of all modern American music. Next we will view the newly-renovated Grand Hall of Historic Union Station, once the waiting hall for train travel, now it serves as a beautiful lounge and gathering places for visitors. Enjoy a delicious, cafeteria-style lunch at St. Raymond’s Maronite Church, with a large variety of foods. Following lunch, we will visit the magnificent Victoria Campbell House. Recently painstakingly restored to its mid 19th century glory. The last visit is to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park to view the fun St. Louis Route 66 exhibit. Save a bit of time to browse one of the favorite gift shops in town. 

 

Tour includes transportation, lunch, admissions, and gratuities ***

 


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IL AMISH QUILT FEST AND MORE

 

Saturday, April 29  • 7 a.m.–7 p.m. • $112

 

3quiltladiesCome visit Arthur, Illinois for the Amish quilt fest. A brief restroom and snack stop will be made at Effingham truck stop. When arriving at Arthur there should be time to stroll along the main street for a little shopping. For quilters, the Stitch and Sew Shop is a must. Then we will head out to the Arthur Quilt Show, where we will view the gorgeous quilts. Afterwards, we will head out to the Countryside and watch for signs of the Amish way of life. Stop and shop at Beachy’s Amish Grocery store for jams, noodles, baked goods, spices, cheese. Bring a hearty appetite as we will enjoy an Amish home meal served family-style in an Amish home. Next, we will visit another Amish home to take a tour of the house and outside buildings. The lady of the house will show us a variety of conveniences that differ from the ones we are used to. Check the quilts on the beds and the one in the frame. The Amish day trip will conclude with a visit to Melrose Quilts, a wonderful quilt and gift shop, or visit an interesting Amish hardware store. (Brief highway rest stop.) 

 

Tour includes transportation, admissions, lunch, and gratuities ***


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SHOES, BOOZE AND BASEBALL

Monday, May 15 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $94

 

 

HallOfFame

Get ready to “play ball” on the baseball in St. Louis tour. We will stop at Lafayette Park, site of the first baseball diamond in St. Louis, and then drive by sites of major league baseball stadiums. We will make a photo stop at the site of Old Sportsman’s Park, once the home for both the Cardinals and the Browns, and now the site of the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. Next, we will visit the James “Cool Papa” Bell monument in St. Peters Cemetery, memorializing the Negro National star and Baseball Hall of Famer. Take a photo of the “big shoe” at the Brown Show World Headquarters. Enjoy lunch and beer tasting at St. Louis’ second-largest brewer, Schlafly Bottleworks. Our buffet lunch will consist of a delicious turkey club sandwich, salad, soup of the day and beverage. Then, we will enjoy a tour of Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. See the private clubs and press box; sit in the Cardinals dugout. Also enjoy the new Cardinals Hall of Fame/Museum in Ballpark Village.

 

 

Tour includes transportation, lunch, Busch Stadium tour, Cardinals Hall of Fame/Museum, and gratuities ****

  

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IN THE ARMY NOW

Tuesday, June 13 • 8 a.m.–5 p.m. • $81

 

Fort-Leonard-Wood-sign1Arrive at Fort Leonard Wood. Take a driving tour of the base, visit buildings, facilities and activities. Enjoy dining with the soldiers in one of the post dining facilities. Next, we’ll visit the John B. Mahaffey Museum of Engineering, Military Police, and Chemical Warfare. Stroll among heavy equipment, barracks, a mess hall, and POW facility from the WW II era. We’ll be observing actual engineering and HAZMAT training sites.

 

Tour includes transportation, gratuities, and lunch **

 


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KIRKWOOD AND WEBSTER TREASURES

Friday, July 14 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • $77

 

Usonian_Kraus_Tour a famous 1950’s Usonian Home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Kirkwood artists Russell and Ruth Kraus. Also, tour the historic Kirkwood Victorian home Mudd’s Grove. You will Lunch on your own at any of the fun restaurants in Downtown Kirkwood. After lunch, visit the Kirkwood Farmer’s Market for produce, plants and browse shops in downtown Kirkwood. Then visit the historic Hawken House in Webster Groves, built for Christopher Hawken’s bride in 1857.

Tour includes transportation, admissions, and gratuities ****

  

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KIMMSWICK AND THE ANHEUSER MANSION

Thursday, Aug. 10 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $91

 

Anheuser EstateVisit Mastodon State Historic Site. View 15 minute film presentation on the prehistoric era and view exhibits on excavation. Enjoy a great lunch at the Blue Owl Restaurant. The Blue Owl is most famous for its mile-high apple pie. We will order from the “Trio” menu, picking three from the following: several choices of soup, salad, sandwich, quiche and dessert. After lunch, there will be time for shopping in Kimmswick.

 

Then, we will visit the Anheuser Mansion. This historic 1867 23-acre estate on the Mississippi River was gifted to Fred and Mabel Ruth Anheuser by his parents in the 1940’s and lots of Anheuser memorabilia are on display including dresses.

 

Tour includes transportation, admissions, lunch, and gratuities ***

 

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PROS AND CONS (THE BIG HOUSE TOUR)

Tuesday, Sept. 12 • 8 a.m.–5 p.m. • $91

 

MissouriCapitolIn this tour, we will see the old 1836 Missouri State Prison at Jefferson City. Enjoy a delicious meal of your choices, pizza, soup or salad, sandwich and beverage, at the local Prison Brews. Next, we will tour the magnificent Missouri State Capitol which dominates the bluffs of the Missouri River and is noted for its architectural features. Treat yourself to an ice cream delight at Central Dairy.

Tour includes transportation, lunch, admissions, and gratuities. ***

  

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PADUCAH QUILT TOUR

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 14 • 5:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. • $75

 

quilt show 

 

Join us for a motor coach trip to Paducah, KY to visit the 30th Annual AQS Quilt Show. Come and 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 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.

 

Let us do the driving while you read, nap or visit with others! We will make one stop each way for a break and snack. Tour includes transportation, gratuity, program and admission to the show. Meals are not provided.

  

Wear comfortable shoes as this trip is mostly walking.****

 

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TOUCHSTONES TO OUR PAST

Thursday, Oct. 26 • 8 a.m.–4 p.m. • $79

 

JEFFERSON BARRACKS CEMETERY
Tour the Bellefontaine Cemetery, established in 1849 and sprawls over 327 acres in North St. Louis. See the gravesites of many notables like William Clark, Adolphus Busch, and Thomas Hart Benton. Learn the history of the rural garden cemetery movement and admire large family mausoleums. Next, tour the 1857 Calvary Cemetery. Visit gravesites of William Tecumseh Sherman, Tennessee Williams, Dred Scott. Learn about burial customs and traditions.

 

Enjoy a delicious lunch at GRBIC restaurant. Tour participants will enjoy salad, beef goulash over spatzle, bread, beverage and dessert. After lunch, enjoy the New Mount Sinai Cemetery, the largest Jewish cemetery in the region. Learn about Jewish burial customs and traditions and see family mausoleums for the St. Louis department store magnates. Afterwards, tour Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery, one of the largest military cemeteries in the U.S. Over 150,000 servicepersons and their spouses are buried here. 

 

Tour includes transportation, lunch, gratuities, and donations *

  

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MO ROUTE 66, CUBA AND ST. JAMES WINERY

Friday, Nov. 10 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $85

 

StJamesWineryWe will head down I 44 to Cuba, MO, truly the “Route 66 Mural City.” Created by artists from US and Canada, the collection of 13 beautiful outdoor murals commemorates Cuba and our nation’s history. A short trip down Route 66, we will marvel at the world’s largest Rocking Chair and a shopping stop. Enjoy a delicious barbecue chicken, beef or pork sandwich, side, chips, cobbler and beverage, at the Missouri Hick Barbecue in Cuba. Next, we will visit one of the largest wineries in MO, St. James Winery for tasting and shopping. 

 

Tour includes transportation, lunch, gratuities, and donations *

 

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TREE-MENDOUS HOLLY-DAY TRIP

Wednesday, Dec. 13 • 12:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. • $98

 

TILLES PARK LIGHTSVisit the magnificent Romanesque Cupples House on the St. Louis University Campus. Completed in 1890 at a cost of $500,000, this Victoria mansion would cost about $20 million in today’s dollars. Next, visit Walter Knoll’s Wholesale on LaSalle Street and purchase holiday plants and decorations at wholesale prices. 

 

Afterwards, enjoy the wonderful annual holiday and wreath show at the Missouri Botanical Garden, then spend some time in the Garden Gate gift shop. Then, do some holiday shopping at DiGregario’s Grocery and Missouri Baking Company on The Hill. Enjoy a delicious dinner of chicken spedini, house salad, side of pasta, bread and beverage at the Zia’s on the The Hill. After dinner, drive by the holiday lights of downtown St. Louis and the Anheuser Busch Brewery. Also, enjoy the holiday lights at Tilles Park

  

Tour includes transportation, admissions, donations, dinner and gratuities *** 

 

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For more information on current tours, call 636-397-6903, ext. 1624.  Call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400, or visit Rec-Connect to sign up now.
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