Non-Railroad Activities

Non-Railroad Activity Suggestions for Spouses

Historic Old Town St. Charles

Lots of restaurants and interesting shops in a historical setting adjacent to the Missouri River. Nearby Frenchtown has lots of antique stores. Just a seven minutes drive from the hotel. See merchant map and directory in registration packet)

Missouri Botanical Gardens (Shaw’s Garden)

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the United States. Spend the day wandering over seventy-nine acres of botanicals along with the many indoor
displays. A 35 minute drive from the hotel.

Forest Park

This 1,371 acre park was the location of the 1904 Worlds Fair. Wander the
grounds and visit the many attractions located here including, the St. Louis Art Museum (free on Fridays), the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center and the St.Louis Zoo where admission is always free. Driving time is 30 minutes

The Missouri Wine Trail

The wine trail is a two lane highway that runs along side the Missouri River between Defiance and Augusta. There are a half dozen wineries along that route. Sample some Missouri vintages, enjoy some food and take in the lovely scenery. Our favorite view is from the Montelle winery high up on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River Valley. Defiance is about a 30 minute drive from the hotel.

The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse

Visit the museum under the Arch and trace the story of the Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, and rebels who made America possible. Featuring six themed exhibit areas, this innovative and interactive museum celebrates America’s pioneering spirit. The Old Courthouse is adjacent to the arch grounds. It is a beautifully restored federal courthouse. The site of several pivotal cases, the Old Courthouse is where the enslaved Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom and Virginia Minor fought for women’s
right to vote. A 35 minute drive from the hotel.

Budweiser Brewery Tour

No explanation needed. Ahhh. . . .Prosit!
About a 35 minute drive from the hotel.