Enjoy Year Round Activities
St. Charles and the surrounding St. Louis area offer many local attractions. You’ll stay busy with so much to see and do. Just click here to find out more of what St. Charles has to offer.
Here are a few exciting attractions in the St. Charles area:
Attractions in St. Charles City
Historic Main Street
Main Street St. Charles is the location of Missouri’s First State Capitol and the birth place of the famed Louis and Clark Discovery Expedition
. It was the epicenter of activity and commerce in the 1800’s and this still rings true today.
Main Street is the largest historic preservation district
in Missouri and is a destination location with more than a million visitors each year strolling aside the brick streets and basking in turn of the century architecture. The 13 blocks of Historic Main Street comprise a uniquely quaint place with over 130 shops for dining, shopping, arts, entertainment and attractions.
The Foundry Art Centre
The Foundry Art Centre is a 36,000 square foot art center that offers over 20 individual studios where artisans work, display and sell their art. The Grand Hall
serves as a one-of-a-kind public envents venue and The Children's Gallery
showcases young artists' masterpieces. Galleries I, II, III hosts international exhibits in Smithsonian quality gallery spaces.
The St. Charles Family Arena
The 11,000 seat Family Arena is a large indoor event venue and is home to numerous events. The arena has played host to presidential candidates, bull riders, the Lipizzaner Stallions, Moolah Shrine Circus and various rock stars. The Arena also hosts minor league indoor football and soccer teams. You’ll never be at a loss to find something new and exciting at the Family Arena.
St. Louis Ambush
The St. Louis Ambush professional indoor soccer team is a member of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). The Ambush was awarded a MISL franchise to begin play in the 2013-14 season. The franchise is 100% locally owned and plays all home games at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
The St. Charles Convention Center
The St. Charles Convention Center is a 154,000-square-foot facility that features many trade shows and events throughout the year. The Saint Charles Convention Center also simplifies your event planning with in-house catering, decorating, audio/visual, marketing, and event staffing for meetings and exhibitions.
The Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center
The Lewis and Clark Museum highlights the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Native American displays, and various Missouri River habitats encountered during the journey.
The museum’s artwork, “Missouri River Walk”, is the largest indoor mural in the state. Visitors get a feel for old St. Charles with four half-scale buildings showing architectural styles of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Where else can you take your friends of all ages and keep them entertained all day? On one side, Demolition Ball, the action packed game played in bumper cars; on the other, Adrenaline Zone, one of the largest multi-level laser tag arenas in the state. In the middle of all the action are video games, pool tables, foosball tables and plenty of room for up to 400 of your closest friends... (or enemies).
Fast Lane Classic Cars
Come see almost 200 cars from the finest collection of classic & muscle cars in the nation and all for sale in a 45,000 sq. ft. Museum/Showroom.
The Katy Trail
The Katy Trail is a 237 mile (386 km) hiking/biking trail stretching across most of the state of Missouri. The Trail is located just outside of Historic Main Street along Frontier Park. Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River, where you can ride beneath towering river bluffs while eagles circle overhead.
America's longest "rails-to-trail" project, formerly the MKT rail line, is flat and scenic. It's ideal for hiking, running, or cycling on just about any kind of bike.
St. Charles Wineries
St. Charles and the surrounding Historic Missouri Wine Country is home to some of the finest wineries in the Midwest. Share a bottle of award-winning wine as you enjoy the picturesque surroundings from a hilltop terrace overlooking the Missouri River; or cozy up indoors by the fireplace when the weather is cold.
River City Rascals
The River City Rascals is a minor league baseball team and is a great way for the whole family to enjoy a night out for baseball. From the low priced ticket costs to events and contests at each game, it’s sure to be a fun packed day at the ball park.
St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
With just a 20 minute drive to Busch Stadium, you can’t miss an opportunity to take in one of the greatest baseball teams in history. Having won 11 World Series, the Baseball Cardinals are a “must see” for great family entertainment. Tours are also given at the stadium.
St. Louis Blues Hockey
Catch the NHL St. Louis Blues in action in downtown St. Louis.
The St. Louis Arch
More than 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark set out on their great journey. Today, the Gateway Arch stands as the iconic monument symbolizing the westward expansion of the United States. And if you've never seen the grandeur of this architectural wonder or the breathtaking views of St. Louis 630 ft. in the air — now is your chance.
The City Museum
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.
The Saint Louis Zoo
Enjoying an adventure every time you visit. Knowing a discovery will be made around each corner. You’re at the Saint Louis Zoo, a get-away destination that brings together more than 19,000 wild animals and 3,000,000 visitors each year.
Located on 90 acres in beautiful Forest Park, the Zoo is home to 655 species of animals, many of them rare and endangered. It is one of the few free zoos in the nation.
The St. Louis Science Center
Explore science like you’ve never seen it before. From the Life Science Labs and Ecology & Environment to the Amazing Science Demonstrations and Human Adventures, there’s always something exciting around every turn. Explore the dinosaurs and take in the Lego exhibits, there is something for everyone.
Admission is free to the Science Center and tickets may be purchased for the Omnimax Theater and Laserium show.
Six Flags St. Louis
Great entertainment waits as you zip through roller coasters, rides and games. Take in a show or hit the Bushwackers Paintball course. Soak up some fun-in-the-sun family adventures at Hurricane Harbor waterpark. This 12-acre tropical paradise features a 560,000-gallon wave pool, five-person raft adventure ride, multiple slides, and a children's play area. Best of all, Hurricane Harbor is free with admission to Six Flags St. Louis.
St. Louis Forest Park
St. Louis Forest Park attracts more than 12 million visitors a year. It is an active participant and catalyst in the St. Louis community. Monuments, historic buildings, wildlife, waterways and landscapes combine to form a unique cultural institution that is vitally important to the entire St. Louis region. The park is recognized as an important gathering place where people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds can gather and mix in a positive way.
It is the home to the region's major cultural institutions—the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center and the Muny Opera. It also serves as a sports center for golf, tennis, baseball, bicycling, boating, fishing, handball, ice skating, roller blading, jogging, rugby and more.
St. Louis County Parks and Recreation
St. Louis County is home to many unique parks which host a wide variety of events, concerts museums and more. Click the link to learn more about our regional parks.
For more area attractions see Greater St. Charles Visitors Bureau at: http://www.historicstcharles.com/things-to-do/