Tours and Trips

Tours and Trips

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

See the sights and embark on journeys to explore regional destinations and hidden treasures of the area.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education

Phone

314-984-7777

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Murals in St. Louis

St. Louis has a wide variety of murals: vintage murals, modern murals, legal murals, stealth murals, and murals that trick the eye. This bus tour takes you to various clusters of murals in the city. Lunch will be near a building sporting an interactive mural that will take you into an augmented reality. Bring your cellphones for the tour. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus, in the parking lot behind Tower G. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 5/15.
TRIP:701 | $69 | SR $64
S01 Th 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Douglas Schneider
May 24 FP - Off Campus

Lunch in an Original Route 66 Restaurant

Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and this bus tour, led by Doug Schneider, will take you along the original path in Franklin County and far western St. Louis County. You will see houses, inns, a saloon, a school from that era, plus a brewery, a two-room school, and a combination butcher shop and used car lot. Route 66 in 1926 attracted bicyclists, so you will see the heart-breaking Smith’s Hill. Lunch will be in the Big Chief Roadhouse, built specifically in 1928 for long-distance travelers on the original Route 66. People from St. Louis, however, had to show identification before they could stay at the Big Chief. Note: there are four gift shops along Route 66 that you can visit after the tour. Meet the tour bus at Wildwood Community College in the parking lot adjacent to Generations Drive. Tour includes lunch, transportation, and all gratuities. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 5/31.
TRIP:701 | $69
S02 Th 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Douglas Schneider
June 14 WW, Off Campus

Re-Live the 1904 World’s Fair

Join us for an illustrated, narrated tour of the actual fair grounds of the 1904 World’s Fair in and around Forest Park. Travel back in time through a special 3-D stereoscopic presentation, and then travel to the sites of the marvels you’ve just seen. Fee includes a light lunch of foods made famous at the fair and print materials (including maps). Special 3-D glasses are supplied. Some walking required. Provide own transportation for the tour. Rain date: 7/28.
TRIP:701 | $59 | SR $40.50
S04 Sa 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Douglas Schneider Charles Koehler
TRV July 21 FP - G-Tower, 115

Botanical Heights and The Grove

The Grove, once dark and desolate, is now a hot nightspot. Botanical Heights, once undesirable, is now filled with green housing. The tour will show you: giant golf balls, ghost signs, a restaurant run by a Cuban refugee whose food was a favorite of Fidel Castro, a dragon blocking the sidewalk, the Demo Man, a 3-bedroom house whose total utility bill is $25 per month. A patisserie and the shortest street in St. Louis. We will stop to mourn the loss of St. Louis’ bastion of punk rock destroyed by an airplane. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus, in the parking lot behind Tower G. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 6/5 Senior discount does not apply.
TRIP:701 | $39
S03 Tu 9-11 a.m. Douglas Schneider
June 26 FP - Off Campus

Savor South Grand

To kick off our tour of the taste of flavors from around the world in one of the most happening places in the city, we will first visit the International Institute St. Louis, the welcoming center for new Americans. We will learn how the Institute helps immigrants and their families integrate and build connections in their new communities while championing ethnic and cultural diversity in our city. Next, we will move along to savor flavors from around the world with a visit to Meskerem, whose Ethiopian dishes are made for sharing in the traditional fashion; Café Natasha, where you’ll sample hearty Persian fare; the King and I, specializing in home-style cooking from central Thailand; with dessert at Tower Grove Creamery. We’ll also enjoy a bit of shopping time at Jay’s International Food Company Market. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 7/3. Senior discount does not apply.
TRIP:701 | $95
S05 Th 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dea Hoover
July 26 FV - Off Campus
Meet tour bus at the top of the circular driveway between the Administration and Social Science buildings at the Florissant Valley campus.
S06 Th 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dea Hoover
July 26 MC - Off Campus
Meet tour bus in Lot E on NW side of the Meramec campus.

Let the Games Begin

Our gameboard begins at Across the Board Games in Crestwood for a behind-the-scenes look at this business with the owner. Across the Board Games specializes in reinventions of classic board games. Join us to learn how they make these unique games and what makes them so special. Next, we’ll move our Queen to H5 as we move through the World Chess Hall of Fame—home to the world’s largest chess piece as verified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Our guided tour of the Hall of Fame will include the current exhibit and castling over to the Chess Club for a Grand Master Lesson. For lunch will play with our food at the chess-themed Kingside Diner. Next, we will master our escape skills at Mastermind Room Escape-St. Louis. You will work with 10 other people to solve a puzzle that lets you out of the room. But hurry, you only have 60 minutes! Our gameboard concludes at Pieces STL, the city’s new board game cafe. At Pieces STL, we will have over 800 games to choose from to play while we sip a beverage or eat a snack. Tour includes: Professional Tour Guide Dea Hoover, motorcoach transportation, all listed attractions, speakers, experiences, inclusive lunch, and all gratuities to driver and guide. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Senior discount does not apply. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 7/10.
TRIP:701 | $99
S07 W 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dea Hoover
Aug. 1 MC - Off Campus

Alton Gardens and Cruise

Visit the Gordon Moore Park Rose Garden. Noted as one of the best gardens in the region, the Nan Elliot Rose Garden boasts more than 125 varieties of roses and 1600 rose bushes. Next we’re off to Lewis and Clark Community College. Created under the guidance of the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the six signature gardens at Lewis and Clark Community College feature unique sculptures, fountains, lakes, ponds and luscious flora. The gardens are designed to inspire on-lookers. For lunch, we will dine at Josephine’s Tea Room where you will experience the exquisite-from delectable lunches and luxurious décor to fabulous gardens! Our next stop is Beall Mansion. This mansion was built by railroad baron and entrepreneur Z.B. Job as a wedding gift for his son and his son’s bride, Mary Drummond, heiress to the Drummond Tobacco fortune. In 1909, Edmond Beall, Alderman, four-time Mayor of Alton, Senator, industrialist and financier purchased it. Designed by world-renowned architect Lucas Pfeiffenberger, today this three-story, 10,000+ square foot mansion serves as a living museum of turn of the century life and architecture and is one of the finest bed and breakfast inns in the area. We will finish up this tour with a cruise on the Hakuna Matata. Hakuna Matata means “no worries” and that’s just what your one-hour sightseeing cruise will be on this boat. The first level is fully enclosed with large windows and seasonally climate controlled. The upper deck is an open-air patio offering 360-degree views of the river, bluffs, islands and historical points of interest. And be sure to visit the Tiki Bar offering light snacks and drinks. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 5/15. Senior discount does not apply.
TRIP:702 | $109
S01 M 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dea Hoover
June 4 MC - Off Campus
Meet tour bus in Lot E on NW side of the Meramec campus.
S02 M 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Dea Hoover
June 4 FV - Off Campus
Meet tour bus at the top of the circular driveway between the Administration and Social Science buildings at the Florissant Valley campus.

Who Was Who?: Bellefontaine and Calvary Cemeteries

Join us to spend the day visiting beautiful garden cemeteries with magnificent monuments learning about notable figures of the past. You may be surprised about who is buried here! We will have a box lunch in Bellefountaine and stop at Crown Candy where you can purchase your favorite treat. Tour includes bus, guide, donation to the cemeteries, lunch, and gratuities. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 5/15.
TRIP:702 | $69 | SR $63.50
S03 Tu 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Joan Huisinga
June 12 MC - Off Campus

Quincy Confidential

After arriving in Quincy, we will experience a narrated ‘Quincy Off the Record’ and learn about some of the most astounding, bizarre and intriguing former residents of the area, both famous and infamous - from bright Hollywood film stars to dark serial killers and their connections to current day locations. Next, we will enjoy a private guided tour of Monckton Mansion with mafia ties and history. Mafia ties, mob activity, ghosts, basement vaults and elaborate underground tunnels are some of the rumored characteristics of this massive mansion at 1419 Locust. Al Capone is believed to have stayed at the mansion. For lunch, we will dine at a local favorite and enjoy a take home treat from Underbrink’s bakery! Visit the historic Illinois Veterans home and learn about Jennie Hodgers, who enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 as Albert Cashier at a time when the physical exam consisted of nothing more than a tap or two to the chest and a quick look in the eyes and ears. She fought in 40 battles, including the siege at Vicksburg, Miss. She lived as a man until 1911, when her true identity was discovered at what is now the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. We will drive by Dick Brothers Brewery. The brothers built large tunnels underneath the brewery on York. As legend has it, one of the brothers died in a vat of beer and his ghost haunts the halls of the former brewery. We will view serial killer Michael Swango’s home before ending our tour at Woodland Cemetery. Quincy’s founder has interesting ties to the cemetery, and so do some the people who are buried there. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 7/3. Senior discount does not apply.
TRIP:702 | $119
S04 F 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Dea Hoover
July 20 MC - Off Campus

Route 66: Springfield IL to Carlinville IL

Doug Schneider will be leading Route 66 tours again this summer for your chance to cross the Mississippi and explore the Mother Road in Illinois. There’s a lot to see, including: a motorcycle club’s Route 66 mural, visit the home of the corn dog for a morning corn dog or doughnut, see a patriotic muffler man, and get photographed by the turkey tracks. Lunch will be in a well-preserved 1929 soda fountain, with a chance to visit a 19th century pharmacy. We will visit a neon museum, and meet the man who did all the draperies for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. We will see the Battle of Virden monument and drive a unique stretch of brick Route 66 pavement. Tour includes transportation, corn dog/doughnut, buffet lunch, and gratuities. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 7/3.
TRIP:702 | $109 | SR $100
S05 Tu 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Douglas Schneider
July 24 MC - Off Campus

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