St. Charles, Missouri is a river town on the Missouri River. It holds the distinction of being the oldest city on the Missouri River and is a popular destination for crafters, history buffs, and day-trippers. The main street is a great study in the building styles of the 19th century and pretty much better than any museum you could visit. It is a case study in how historic preservation should be done in every town in America. You can visit the riverboat casino on the Missouri River or the newly restored Lewis & Clark Boathouse. There are many interesting and noteworthy attractions in this town that you definitely don’t want to miss.
As previously mentioned, Main Street is restored to its early 19th century splendor. The streets are paved in brick, there are gaslights instead of electrical, and the buildings along Main Street are completely restored and line the entire length of Main Street. Note the ornate ironwork on the balconies and the Stone Row houses that face the river. There are unique double houses or duplexes that stem from Spanish ownership of the town in the middle 1700s. Throughout the historical district, which also doubles as the main street, you will see influences from Spain, France, and the United States.
There are several attractions you can’t miss while visiting St. Charles, Missouri. Frontier Park is one place to go to see the Katy Depot and the Lewis & Clark statue. You should also visit the newly restored Lewis & Clark Boathouse and the Nature Center. This museum boasts a tour that will take you through the expedition of Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery. There is also an interactive building display which shows the four different types of buildings found on Main Street. There is also an interesting exhibit at this museum called the “Medical Exhibit”. The expedition had no doctor travelling on it, and only one man died during the entire journey. The Haviland Museum is another stop you may want to consider. This museum has over 1,000 pieces of Haviland china on display. This museum is located in the Newbill-McElhiney House in the historic district.
Visit the Missouri River
One thing you must do while here is see a Broadway show on the award-winning Goldenrod Showboat. It was registered as a national landmark since 1968. If gaming and gambling is more your style, then the Ameristar Casino St. Charles has something to suit your needs. They boast over 1,900 slot and video machines, over 30 table games, and live poker tournaments. They also have two restaurants on board. You may just want to book a dinner cruise. The Spirit of St. Charles Excursion Vessel is a classic 3 decked riverboat that is decked out with dining areas suited for a candlelight dinner cruise or just a short sightseeing trip. If the Spirit is booked, then check out the St. Charles Princess Yacht, which also offers daytime or evening cruises.