The Cultural Arts Centre offers a variety of bus 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 are guided by Linda Koenig and meet in the west parking lot at City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. See below for 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.
ATTENTION: The Cultural Arts Centre developed a plan for COVID-19 based on best practices and recommendations from the St. Charles County Public Health Department and the CDC. All tour guide staff will wear masks; tour participants are strongly encouraged to wear masks; increased hand washing or sanitizing for staff and participants; and staff will carry hand sanitizer, masks, sanitizing wipes and gloves. Please note that additional COVID-19 guidelines may be required at tour destinations. Download information regarding COVID-19 safety precautions (PDF).
2021 BUS TOURS
All tours include transportation, lunch, gratuities and admissions unless otherwise noted.
- IN THE ARMY NOW: Friday, June 18, 2021
- ST. LOUIS HIGHLIGHTS: Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021
- HISTORIC WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY HOMES: Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
- ARROW ROCK AND THE LYCEUM THEATRE: MOVED TO Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021
- TOUCHSTONES TO OUR PAST: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
- KIMMSWICK HOLIDAY SHOPPING AND ANHEUSER MANSION: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021
- TREE-MENDOUS ST. LOUIS HOLLY-DAY TRIP: Friday, Dec. 3, 2021
- WORLD RELIGIONS IN WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY: RESCHEDULED FOR 2022
- FULTON, MO.: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND AUTO WORLD: RESCHEDULED FOR 2022
- ILLINOIS AMISH: QUILT FEST AND MORE: RESCHEDULED FOR 2022
- HISTORIC NEW HARMONY, IND.: RESCHEDULED FOR 2022
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.
IN THE ARMY NOW
Friday, June 18, 2021 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • $78 **
Visit one of the most important Army bases in the U.S. Located in the rolling hills of Missouri, the 60,000-acre Fort Leonard Wood is home to training and education services and facilities vital to the safety and security of our country. This largest basic and specialty training base in the country is home to the Army’s structural and combat engineers, military police, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Schools. Over 50,000 service personnel are trained here every year. The bonus surprise is how beautifully this modern base is situated and landscaped.
Take a driving tour of the base, and visit buildings and facilities and activities as selected by the Ft. Leonard Wood staff. Depending on the base activity schedule, we may be treated to as-yet unscheduled events. Enjoy lunch, dining with the soldiers in one of the post dining facilities. Visit the John B. Mahaffey Museum of Engineering, Military Police, and Chemical Warfare. Stroll among heavy equipment, barracks, a mess hall, and a POW facility from the WWII era. Continue touring the base, observing actual engineering, artillery, and HAZMAT training sites.
Each person must have proof of residency in Missouri or any other state to get onto the base (a driver’s license with photo). We will ask you for this information at the time of registration.
ST. LOUIS HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • $94 ****
Constructed in 1936, we will tour the massive Kiel Opera House and Auditorium, former home to the St. Louis Symphony and many performers like the Rat Pack. Today the building has been restored to the beautiful Stifel Opera House, and once again hosts outstanding performances of all kinds. Enjoy a cafeteria-style home-cooked lunch at the very popular and plentiful Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant in the restored Grand Avenue Theatre District. There will be a delicious array of entrees and vegetables from which to choose.
Visit the magnificent Grand Hall of St. Louis Union Station, and marvel at the famous “whispering arch” there. Stop by the stunning Basilica of St. Louis to view the largest collection of mosaics in the world. Pope John Paul II spoke at this marvelous church in 1999. Treat yourself to a concrete or other specialty frozen custard delight at the famous Ted Drewes on Route 66.
HISTORIC WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY HOMES
Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • $98 ****
Frank Lloyd Wright, the most famous American architect, designed a Usonian Kirkwood home for Russell and Ruth Kraus. Tour this famous home, as well as the historic Victorian Mudd’s Grove home in Kirkwood. Enjoy lunch at the Sappington Barn Restaurant in Crestwood. Browse their gift shop afterward. Tour the oldest brick house in St. Louis County: the 1808 Sappington House. Built by Thomas Sappington for his bride, the house was erected by slaves, with bricks made on site. Visit the historic Hawken House in Webster Groves. Built in 1857, this Federal- style home was the first in Missouri to receive federal funds for restoration.
ARROW ROCK AND THE LYCEUM THEATRE
NEW DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 • 8 a.m.-7 p.m. • $135 ***
Visit the tiny restored town of Blackwater, MO. Stroll Main Street and enjoy the gardens and antique shops. Check out the Iron Horse Hotel and the telephone museum. Enjoy lunch at the J. Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock. Our meal will consist of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, biscuit, dessert and beverage. Afterwards, explore the 1840 Huston Store, summer kitchen, and upstairs ballroom and bedrooms.
Explore the wonders of Arrow Rock on your own. Visit the excellent state museum, boardwalk shops, the old courthouse, and the Bingham Home. Walk the streets of this beautiful restored town. Experience the wildly-acclaimed performance of “Sister Act” at Arrow Rock’s award-winning Lyceum Theatre. All performances at the Lyceum are exceptional, and you’ll feel like you are right in the action. There will be a brief stop at fast food places in Columbia to pick up snacks or dinner to go.
TOUCHSTONES TO OUR PAST
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • $76 • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER **
Tour (mostly riding) beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery. Established in 1849, the cemetery sprawls over 327 acres in North St. Louis. See the gravesites of William Clark, Adolphus Busch, Thomas Hart Benton, and many other notables. Admire the large family mausoleums, learn the history of the rural garden cemetery movement, and hear lots of interesting stories. Tour (mostly riding) the 1857 magnificently landscaped Calvary Cemetery. Visit the gravesites of William Tecumseh Sherman, Tennessee Williams, Dred Scott, and others. Learn about many burial customs and traditions.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Bissell Mansion. Your entree choices are fish, turkey or chicken, with veggies, potatoes, bread, beverage and dessert. Enjoy yet another rural garden cemetery, New Mount Sinai, the largest Jewish cemetery in the region. See the large family mausoleums of the St. Louis department store magnates, and learn about Jewish burial customs and traditions. 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, among the rolling hills and rows of white marble headstones.
KIMMSWICK HOLIDAY SHOPPING AND ANHEUSER MANSION
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • $88 ****
Time for holiday shopping in historic and quaint Kimmswick. This “town that time forgot” has many shops for all interests: antiques, crafts, clothing and Christmas shops. Enjoy a great lunch at the renowned Blue Owl Restaurant. Featured on many national TV shows, the Blue Owl is most famous for its mile-high apple pie. We will order from the “Trio” menu, picking three from several choices of soup, salad, sandwich, quiche and dessert.
Visit the restored Anheuser Mansion. This historic 1867 23-acre estate on the Mississippi River was gifted to Fred and Mabel Ruth Anheuser by Fred’s parents in the 1940s. Lots of interesting Anheuser memorabilia are on display, including some of the dresses Mabel Ruth wore to St. Louis society functions.
TREE-MENDOUS ST. LOUIS HOLLY-DAY TRIP
Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • $82 ****
Visit the magnificent Romanesque Cupples House on the St. Louis University campus. Completed in 1890 at a cost of $500,000, this Victorian mansion would cost about $20 million in today’s dollars. Lavishly furnished and decorated, Cupples House has been featured in many documentary films and TV shows. Shop for one of a kind novelties and gifts at Gringo Jones and the Bug Store.
Enjoy a delicious meal of salad, chicken spedini, pasta, bread and beverage at Zia’s on the Hill. Afterward, shop for delicious baked goods at Missouri Baking Company, and sausages and more at Volpi Foods on the Hill. Pay a visit to Walter Knoll Florist on Wholesale Floral Row. Purchase gorgeous holiday plants and decorations at deep discounts, and watch the floral designers making up beautiful floral displays.
WORLD RELIGIONS IN WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY
RESCHEDULED FOR 2022
Tour the Hindu Temple of St. Louis and learn about Hindu beliefs and customs, while visiting this imposing and beautiful temple. Next stop is a visit to the St. Louis Abbey/St. Anselm Parish. This modern chapel’s design by Gyo Obata, and glass by Emil Frei & Associates, is wonderfully unique. Buffet lunch at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy delicious Greek entrées and delicacies prepared by members of the congregation. Visit Temple Israel in Ladue and learn about Reform Jewish clergy, services and traditions in this modern setting. Our final stop of the day is a visit to the Daar-Ul-Islam Mosque to learn about Muslim worship and customs inside this inspiring mosque.
FULTON, MO.: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND AUTO WORLD
RESCHEDULED FOR 2022
A visit to the Auto World Museum in Fulton, MO, will definitely spark your curiosity. From an 1800s doctor’s buggy to Ford Model A’s and T’s to Pierce Arrows, this fascinating collection has 87 vintage and modern automobiles. Enjoy a generous and delicious lunch buffet at Westminster College, in Fulton, MO. Visit the 12th-Century Church of St. Mary, redesigned by Christopher Wren in 1677, and left in ruins by a German bomb during WWII. Rebuilt on the campus of Westminster College, it serves as a reminder of Winston Churchill’s visit to the college and his prophetic “Iron Curtain” speech there. Under the church, we will visit the National Churchill Museum, which today is filled with a priceless treasury of artifacts and information relating to the life and times of Sir Winston Churchill.
We also will view the sculpture celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, created from eight massive sections of the actual Berlin Wall. Visit Crane’s Country Store to treat yourself to ice cream and cobbler, an amazing museum and an iconic mid-Missouri stop.
ILLINOIS AMISH: QUILT FEST AND MORE
RESCHEDULED FOR 2022
Visit the Arthur Quilt Show, where we’ll view gorgeous quilts created by the Amish community and their neighbors. There will be lots of craft vendors here too. Head out to the countryside. Watch for buggies on the roads, clothes on the line, home gardens, and Amish farmers in the fields. Stop and shop at Beachy’s Amish Grocery Store for jams, noodles, baked goods, spices, cheese, and much, much more.
Bring a hearty appetite, as we will enjoy an Amish meal served family-style in an Amish home. The meal will consist of salad, chicken and another meat, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, noodles or dressing and homemade bread. Save room for homemade pie for dessert. After the meal, take a look around the outside grounds. Tour another Amish house and out buildings. The lady of the house will show us her appliances, lights, bedrooms and a variety of conveniences that differ from the ones we’re used to. Check out the quilts on the beds. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
Conclude our Amish Day with a visit to Arthur to do some last-minute shopping. Stitch and Sew is a wonderful shopping stop for quilters, but there are also furniture and quilt shops, a bakery, fudge shop and more. You may choose to visit a greenhouse instead to purchase beautiful spring plants.
HISTORIC NEW HARMONY, IND.
RESCHEDULED FOR 2022
Spend a wonderful day exploring the historic sites and village of New Harmony. Site of the 1820s Harmony religious society’s commune, the whole town was sold in 1825 to Robert Owen, who attempted to create an intellectual utopia here. We will begin our visit at the ultra-modern Atheneum to view exhibits there. Begin our guided tour of the town historic sites: the roofless church, log cabins, Harmonist homes, doctor’s office, opera house, community house, marble labyrinth, granary, boxwood labyrinth and more.
Lunch at the famous Red Geranium Restaurant will consist of Kentucky Hot Brown (turkey and ham), salad, beverage and dessert. Continue our guided tour of New Harmony’s historic sites. Main and Church Streets also house antique and specialty shops, bookstores and art galleries for browsing and shopping.