Thursday, August 27, 2020

Visit Missouri- Review of Frontier Park-St. Charles

sunflowers photo by mbgphoto

Located on the Missouri Riverfront in St. Charles you will find a wonderful park, the Lewis and Clark Boathouse Museum and a delightful nature center.

Lewis and Clark Boathouse Museum

Lewis and Clark Boathouse Museum in St. Charles, Missouri

The Lewis and Clark Boat House and Museum is a wonderful way to spend time reviewing the history that took place in this area.  There is a wonderful display on the Lewis and Clark Expedition with maps for you to follow the paths taken.  There is a replica of a keel boat used during the expedition times and many other artifacts from the era.  

The  museum also gives a lot of information on the Missouri River ecosystem.  

Outside the museum you will find a wonderful nature center.  It is a small area but packed with informational signs and lots of beautiful flowers.  I particularly like to photograph the sunflowers.  

Here are some photos from a late July visit to the area.

marsh mallows plaquesunflowers photo by mbgphoto

pollinator garden plaque 
orange flower photo by mbgphoto

flowers photo by mbgphoto

purple coneflowers photo by mbgphotoI was delighted by all of the colorful cone flowers that were in bloom on this visit.
orange coneflowers photo by mbgphoto
red coneflowers photo by mbgphoto

yellow coneflowers photo by mbgphoto

coneflowers photo by mbgphoto

Frontier Park

Just east of the museum area on the riverfront you will find Frontier Park.

Missouri riverfront in St. Charles

The park covers 16 acres and is a wonderful way to spend a leisurely time watching the boats on the riverfront, watching events on the stage, visiting the old railroad depot, or taking a walk along the Katy trail. Here are the features of the park according to the St. Charles Parks website.

  • 16 Acres
  • 15 Foot Lewis & Clark Statue
  • MKT Depot
  • MO Dept. of Natural Resources Katy Trail runs through Frontier Park
  • Outdoor Jaycee Stage
  • 2 Picnic Shelters
  • Paved Hike/Bike Trail
  • Rest Area (Benches)
  • Restrooms are open year round.

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Missouri riverfront in St. Charles

St. Charles

At Christmas time the city celebrates a "St. Charles Christmas Traditions".  One of the traditions includes a parade featuring Santa's from various countries.  At the end Santa Claus stops at the railroad depot above for children to visit and have their photos taken with Santa Claus  A couple of years ago my two youngest granddaughters were visiting before the holidays and I took them to see Santa.  The depot was a wonderful spot for this tradition.  

St. Charles depot

The St. Charles area features a lot of festivals held in the area and the stage seen above is often the place where entertainment is featured. People can bring their lawn chairs and sit in the grassy areas surrounding the stage.  Some of the festivals include an Independance Day Celebration, Festival of the Little Hills, Craft Fairs and much more.

This area along the Missouri riverfront in St. Charles is a real treasure of the city and an area I never tire of visiting.

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  1. This sounds like a wonderful place to visit. The museum sounds so interesting, I love anything to do with history. As always, your photos are outstanding, Thanks for the tour.

  2. I have heard of Frontier Park and, of course, am familiar with the Katy Trail from my years of living in Missouri, but did not know about the Lewis & Clark Boathouse Museum and all the history on display. I would like to tour the museum on a future Missouri visit. Your wonderful photos, as always, enhance your travel log for those of us who have not visited there. Thanks, Mary Beth.

  3. This looks a gorgeous, relaxing and interesting place to spend some time. I love your photos of the sunflowers and cone flowers and also the scenes which give a reflection of what it would be like to visit. I would enjoy a visit here! Thank you!

  4. Mary Beth, I always appreciate your photojournalistic tours of places of great natural beauty that allow those of us who live far away to enjoy them vicariously. I'd love to be able to visit in person some day!

  5. My husband's family lived in St. Louis for a few years during his high school years. He loved living in St. Louis and remembers it as being a beautiful area. Your reviews and invitations to visit St. Louis indicate that it is still just as lovely as ever. We hope to visit St. Louis soon. I will definitely be referencing your St. Louis reviews when finalizing plans. You have made me really look forward to the trip by highlighting so many awesome parks, museums & historical points of interest.

  6. Oh this looks like a wonderful place to spend some quality time. I love the cone flowers and the sunflowers too! When I get the next chance for and "extended" road trip, I think I will add this to the roster of places that I just need to see for myself. Thanks Mary Beth for pointing me in this direction.

  7. Mary Beth, that park looks exactly like the kind of park I enjoy visiting. Too bad it's so far away. That photo of the sunflowers, bees, and sky is OUTSTANDING! I love that!

  8. I travel through your reviews. I wouldn't know of any of the places you featured hadn't you written about them. I would love to visit this park, sit on that bench by the lake with a book and a coffee.


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