Saint Charles Travel Guide

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Saint Charles Things to Do

  • Old County Courthouse

    The old county courthouse is on a hill over the downtown. It is still a government building housing the county council and is nice inside with good views over town to the Missouri River.

  • Downtown

    Downtown Saint Charles is lovely,full of old buildings, shops, restaurants, the old capitol building, and more. It's a bit touristy, but there's a reason and it is a lovely and fun place to stroll around and spend the day.

  • Old State Capitol

    The original state capitol building of the early1820s is a typical small commercial structure of the era, as was common in very small settlements of that time in the US, with a general store downstairs (a similar one from California that comes to mind is the Trinity County courthouse in Weaverville, built in 1857 and still the county courthouse)....

  • Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center

    Along the Missouri River on the edge of downtown Saint Charles is this boat house and nature center with a small museum containing artifacts, dioramas of the Lewis & Clark expedition which went through here at the start on the way to the Pacific Ocean, wildlife information, a play town for kids, and kids' activities,plus a large Lewis & Clark...

  • Antiques, restaurants, shops & more!

    We enjoyed ambling down the brick paved streets in St. Charles. One street over, Riverside Drive follows the Missouri River. This is a unique town and very, very pleasant. There are many Cottages housing Colonial Furniture, Home Decor & Gardening items.We ate lunch at Lewis & Clark's American Restaurant.

  • See the Frontier Park & Katy Depot along...

    There is plenty of parking along Riverside Drive the street that lines the Missouri River. This is a good place for a stroll through the Frontier Park to see the Katy Depot and the Lewis & Clark Statue.

  • Visit Lewis & Clark Boathouse and...

    The exhibits in this museum gave us a sample of the exciting expedition of Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Our tour included a good 15 minute movie. We also saw a display about St. Charles, the oldest city along the Missouri River. Four model buildings show different types of structures during the early days of St. Charles. One of the...

  • The Largest Historic District in...

    I've never been in another town that had such a LONG main street (10 blocks); I've never been in another town with so many restored houses and buildings (88 restored buildings dating from 1790 to the late 1800s.)I've never been in another town that had so many QUALITY craft and speciality shops (125 different ones)!It is true that here in Saint...

  • Statue of San Carlos Borromeo

    He's the dude the city and county of St. Charles is named after.St. Carlos Borromeo (1538-1584) was an Italian priest who worked with the poor and the sick in his home city of Milano. He became one the favorite saints of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and was much venerated in lands under Catholic influence. This statue was only "unveiled" in...

  • Here Are Some Area Attractions That Are...

    First State Capitol of Missouri200-215 S. Main St.(636-940-3322)St. Charles, MissouriRestored Federal style buildings served as Missouri's first State Capitol until the permanent facility in Jefferson City was completed in 1826. Furnished as they appeared when St. Charles served as the capital from 1821-1826... Missouri State Department of Natural...

  • St. Charles Makes Use of the Missouri...

    Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were in St. Charles for 5 days in May of 1804. They used the Missouri River looking for a water-way to the Pacific Ocean. Today, the city of St. Charles still makes good use of the Missouri River.1. Ameristar Casino St. Charles is a Las Vegas-styling gaming which features 1,9000 slot and video poker...

  • Buggy Rides to Frenchtown St. Charles

    The charming carriages will carry you through historical St. Charles and into the great adventures awaiting you in another historical district--Frenchtown! There are several antique shops to turn your head so be prepared to spend the afternoon browsing in the colorful shops on 2nd street!While you are on Mainstreet be sure to dine at the ever...


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Saint Charles Restaurants

  • Great Ice Cream and Candy

    This is a great ice-cram and candy store. They make great candy of various types and have great ice cream. They also sell trinkets and whatnot but the real reason to go here is the great selection of candy and ice cream.

  • Good Brewpub

    This is a good brewpub in an interesting old brick building that looks like it was once a mill, with water wheel right on a creek. It has been converted inside with modern accoutrements, seating on a couple different levels with some looking down into the brewing equipment through glass. There are different area to sit, breaking up the place into...

  • Good Food & a Great Setting in a...

    On my husband, Allan's, recommendation, Jill and I ate lunch in Saint Charles at Lewis & Clark's American Restaurant and Public House. We thank Allan for his fine suggestion.As we were walking up to the restaurant, a horde of people were getting off of a Tourist Bus and literally running to get there first. Instead of waiting to be seated, as the...

  • Don't Miss This Fine Restaurant! food at affordable prices! Also look for their sister restaurant Trailhead Brewing Co. located just down the street on Main at Boonslick. The while chili is delicious! But that is only one item...everything is delicious and the service is very good.

  • Lovely place for "Al Fresco"

    Lovely place for a pleasant light lunch on a spring day - with indoor seating for those thunderstormy days as well. Attentive and cheerful service - I had ice tea, and the server did excellent duty in keeping my glass full! Right on S. Main Street in the historic center.

  • Try the Spicy Creole Gumbo

    We had the Spicy Creole Gumbo with a House Salad. The Gumbo was spicy and good.This combo came with some hot bread. My cousin who took us to this place had the French Dip, a sandwich with sliced prime rib and cheese. All of this was very good. Our server was attentive and helpful. We were there when it opened at 11AM so we sat inside, but the...


Saint Charles Nightlife

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    We went gambling at the...

    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    We went gambling at the 'riverboat' Station casino. Time flies in this place. It was our first time to gamble.

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Saint Charles Transportation

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    Take a trolley ride through St. Charles

    by 807Wheaton Written Nov 11, 2007

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    This trolley travels the 10 block 200 year old Main Street with more than 125 shops, antique stores and restaurants.

    Hop on and hop off!
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Saint Charles Shopping

  • Cool Diecast Model cars, like on TV

    I have been in this store a bunch of times. They have a ton of the 1/18 scale diecast model cars. The first two I bought were the Dukes of Hazzard General Lee and the KNight Rider Kitt car. All of their car models are very detailed and very close to the real thing only smaller. The two guys that own the shop are the nicest on Main Street. I applaud...

  • For Hard to Find Spices That Are Fresh,...

    What a delightful store Olde Towne Spice Shoppe is. They specialize in all kinds of spices, and the auroma permeates the establishment. We saw spices in this store that I had to ask the saleswoman what they were.John & Pat Urbanowicz are the shop Keepers.Open:Mon.-Sat. 10:30-4:30Sun. 12:00-4:00 I Purchased regular Lemon Pepper and Lemon Pepper...

  • If You Are Looking For Quality Items,...

    The Saturday that we visited Saint Charles, there was a misty rain falling, and Jill and I were in our "trusty raingear". We arrived too early, and many of the stores had not opened yet. However, when we walked by THE FLOWER PETALER, we noticed that it was open and quite crowded. Once we stepped inside the store, we knew it was filled with quality...


Saint Charles Tourist Traps

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    Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature...

    by yooperprof Written Jul 22, 2004

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    This is certainly not what I expect to find in a nature center. The displays are made of plastic, the animals are plastic or stuffed, and there's not a living thing in sight. This a private museum created by local enthusiasts, but it falls short of professional standards of curatorship. References to Native Americans are slighting; background information about pre-Columbian America is lacking. If you are interested in Lewis & Clark history, you'd be much better off going to the St. Louis Historical Society in Forest Park, or crossing the Mississippi into Illinois to visit Camp River Dubois near Alton.

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Saint Charles Off The Beaten Path

  • St. Joseph Health Center - medical...

    This faceless soul-less structure is just a block away from historic Main Street, and across the street from the historic St. Charles County Courthouse. Even the County Jail has windows!

  • What a Classy Town Saint Charles Is!

    We knew that Saint Charles was a wonderful town filled with quaint shops, good restaurants, historic buildings, brick streets, gas lamps, and unique museums. But, we had never seen such a beautiful elevated Gazebo with steps leading to it and surrounded by black wrought iron fencing. But here's the real surprise. Under this elevated Gazebo they...

  • Rekindled Memories at Lindenwood...

    One of the reasons that Jill and I stayed overnight at Saint Charles is because Jill wanted to visit Lindenwood University where she attended college all those years ago.It is located on Kingshighway and First Capitol. It is the oldest school west of the Mississippi River. Sibley Hall is on the National Historic Register. Today on campus is a 3,000...


Saint Charles Favorites

  • Little Red Caboose

    I miss cabooses.The word caboose is from Middle Dutch, _kabuys_, meaning cabin house or ship's galley.

  • St Charles RR Depot

    Some interesting exhibits here about the history of the railroads in St. Charles County. It's very appropriate that this is one of the major "trailheads" for the KATY trail - one of America's most successful "rail-to-trail" projects, stretching almost 200 miles across Missouri.

  • Missouri River at St. Charles

    As the Missouri River approaches its merger with the Mississippi, it takes a final "big bend" about 20 miles west of St. Louis. As it passes St. Charles, it is actually flowing northward.


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