Day Trips and Tours
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. 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.
TO REGISTER, call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400, or visit Rec-Connect.
2017 DAY TRIPS
Download a flyer containing 2017 tour information. (pdf file)
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.
PROS AND CONS (THE BIG HOUSE TOUR)
Tuesday, Sept. 12 • 8 a.m.–5 p.m. • $91 (SOLD OUT)
In this tour, we will see the old 1836 Missouri State Prison in Jefferson City. Enjoy a delicious meal of your choice, including 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 (SOLD OUT)
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.****
Download a flyer about this trip.
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TOUCHSTONES TO OUR PAST
Thursday, Oct. 26 • 8 a.m.–4 p.m. • $79
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, which will include a 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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TREE-MENDOUS HOLLY-DAY TRIP
Wednesday, Dec. 13 • 12:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m
. • $98 (SOLD OUT)
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. Next, visit Walter Knoll’s Wholesale on LaSalle Street and purchase holiday plants and decorations at wholesale prices.
Afterwards, enjoy a visit to the historic holiday-decorated DeMenil Mansion with its interesting stories and artifacts. Then, do some holiday shopping at DiGregario’s Grocery and Missouri Baking Company on The Hill.
After a delicious dinner of chicken spedini, house salad, side of pasta, bread and beverage at the Zia’s on the The Hill, we'll 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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COMING SOON... 2018 DAY TRIPS AND TOURS!