Tours and Trips

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | Wildwood | Off-Site

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

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Registration for spring 2019 Continuing Education classes opens on Jan. 7. Ageless Learning Seminar registration opens Jan. 22Call 314-984-7777 to register for spring classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.

We care about your comfort during our Tours and Trips! So it's important you are aware that these outings may require navigation of stairs or uneven surfaces. By nature, walking tours may offer limited access to seating. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in any program or activity, please contact the Continuing Education Access Office at 314-984-7704 for assistance. For trips and tours, accommodations advance notice of up to one month is needed.

Great Tips for Traveling Abroad

Planning an international trip this year? Many mistakes can be avoided by tapping the brains and experiences of those who've been there. Our instructor has traveled through Italy, Turkey, Austria, England, France, Greece, China and Egypt and has lots of helpful tips for what to bring (and more important: what not to bring!), the best ways to pack, things to do before you leave (home safety) plus lots and lots of tips on traveling internationally. Little things can make a big difference in your experience. If you're planning to go abroad, make this class your first stop!
TRIP:703 | 1 session | $21 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P01 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Fred Miller | March 5 | Clayton HS, 123

Visiting What's New in St. Lou

New buildings are springing up and what's old is being re-imagined. See the many positive changes being made in St. Louis as we drive by many and tour several. You will be amazed at the progress. Tour includes admissions, bus and gratuities. Tour includes walking. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: February 13.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $96 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P01 | W 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Joan Huisinga | March 6 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Please note that lunch is not included in this tour. It is incorrectly listed in the catalog.

Visiting What's New in St. Lou: A Driving Tour

New buildings are springing up and what's old is being reimagined. See the many positive changes being made in St. Louis as we drive by many and tour several. You will be amazed at the progress. Munch on a donut and sip some juice on a sightseeing tour designed for those who would rather not do any walking, This tour is strictly a driving tour. Tour includes lunch, admissions bus and gratuities. Bus has steps for entry and wheelchair lift. There is room on bus for 2 wheel chairs. Wheel chair lifts are not compatible with walkers. There is no restroom on the bus. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: February 14.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $34 Age 60+ | $39 Regular
P02 | Th 9 a.m.-noon | Joan Huisinga | March 7 | MC-Off Campus

Predator and Prey: Exclusive Experience at Endangered Wolf Center

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to enjoy a private, two-hour, guided tour tailored to what you most want to see and learn. With insights gathered over four decades of working with and for wolves and other wild canids, Endangered Wolf Center is offering a rare experience to get to know these animals. You'll get the chance to know wolves the way the staff at Endangered Wolf Center knows them-you'll find there's far more to wolves than what the word "predator" brings to mind. Naturally shy around humans, wolves are loyal, intelligent, and highly family oriented, with social bonds so strong that they often mourn the passing of pack members for days with their howls. We'll also share an inside look at three additional endangered species in our care: African painted dogs, maned wolves, and swift foxes. Before your next adventure, you will enjoy a buffet lunch at Holiday Inn Express Six Flags. The next stop is the World Bird Sanctuary for a guided tour to view birds on display and learn about the past inhabitants of the area and meet the current residents. While at the World Bird Sanctuary, you will visit the animal hospital and then observe a flying demo in the Nature Center. Tour fee includes: professional tour guide Dea Hoover, transportation, all listed attractions, speakers, experiences, lunch and all gratuities to driver and guide. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: February 15.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $99 Age 60+ | $99 Regular
P01 | Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | March 9 | FV-Off Campus
Meet tour bus: Top of circular drive between Administrative and Social Sciences buildings at the Flo Valley Campus
P02 | Sa 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | March 9 | MC-Off Campus
Meet tour bus: Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus

Valley Park: City of Many Faces

In the 19th century, Ulysses S. Grant took wife-to-be Julia Dent to Valley Park because it was the perfect place to woo her. In the 21st century, filmmakers set up their cameras in Valley Park because it was the perfect place to shoot a movie about uranium-crazed zombies. Join us to view the many faces of this city on the Meramec River. On this tour, you will: find out why rustlers who come to Valley Park were arrested, find out how Carol House got started, find out where the oar fights took place, see a bar that called itself a House of Fun, find out how the Valley Park train station disappeared, see where Charles Lindbergh danced with the local ladies, find out how the largest company of its kind in the United States disappeared in one day, hear about the man who escaped the Lemp family curse, find out about the great Hershey Bar disaster, enter a building that has served as both an AA meeting hall and a tavern, see a business built from a do-it-yourself kit, and see why Valley Park is the most important company town in Missouri. There is something for everyone on this tour! Fee includes guide Doug Schneider, transportation, lunch, and all 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: March 5.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $54 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P12 | Tu 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Douglas Schneider | March 26 | MC-Off Campus

Renegade STL: 10,000+ Years in Two Hours

Talk about time travel! Join Amanda Ball Clark, of Renegade STL, as she takes you on a whirlwind tour of all things St. Louis history, in her signature off-beat style. Go beyond the everyday sights and venture into neighborhoods such as Hyde Park, The Ville, Carondelet, Gravois Park, Cherokee Street, and more! Tour covers the beautiful architecture, the monumental history, and the modern challenges of the Red Brick City, St. Louis. This is a bus tour with 2-3 stops. Minimal walking beyond stepping off of bus is required. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $49 Age 60+ | $49 Regular
P03 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Amanda Ball Clark | March 30 | FP-Off Campus

Renegade STL: St. Louis Women's Literary History

Learn about St. Louis' incredibly rich history of women writers, playwrights, poets, and even a muse or two. This two-hour bus tour will visit several sights that famous female authors called home, including Sara Teasdale, Kate Chopin, and Maya Angelou. Learn about the historical context of their lives and work, while gaining a historical context for the lives they led. We will also uncover several women whose work has been lost to popular history, but will astound you with their genius and unbelievable life stories. This is a bus tour with 2-3 stops, including restroom stops. Minimal walking required. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $49 Age 60+ | $49 Regular
P04 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Amanda Ball Clark | April 6 | FP-Off Campus

Route 66 in Illinois: Mitchell to Litchfield

This is your chance to cross the Mississippi and explore the Mother Road in Illinois. There's a lot to see, including the Rabbit Ranch (VW rabbits and bunny rabbits), remains of the Interurban, Mother Jones' grave and a Route 66 gas filling station turned into a dentist's office. We'll also see where Al Capone liked to hang out, see a Mustang corral and a Route 66 museum, have lunch at an iconic Route 66 restaurant, and visit a preserved 1926 Shell station. On the way home, see a muffler man and a Futuro house and a swimmer boy close up. It's Route 66-Illinois at its finest! Tour includes lunch, and a souvenir Rabbit Ranch matchbook. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 3/19.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $100 Age 60+ | $109 Regular
P05 | Tu 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider | April 9 | MC-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 3D 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 3D glasses are supplied. Some walking required. Provide own transportation for the tour.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $40.50 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P05 | Sa 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Charles Koehler | April 13 | FP-G, 115

All Aboard Amtrak for Washington, MO

Hop on the train to Washington, MO to visit and tour the Iron Spike Model Train Museum and learn about the science, technology and history of trains at this railroad museum where model trains of all shapes and sizes run all day. You will enjoy a docent tour of this interactive train museum with multiple train layouts and special displays that folks of all ages enjoy! Next, you will dine for lunch at Hawthorne Inn, serving award winning food for 20 years and consistently voted the area's favorite restaurant. Finally, you'll visit the Washington Historical Society Museum for a docent tour that tells the history of Washington, MO from corn cob pipes to zithers and everything in between, including artifacts from the Native American communities, World Wars I and II, and furnishings and items used in daily life. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. NOTE: Due to Amtrak group booking policy, legal first and last names as well as dates of birth are required at time of registration. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 1.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $109 Age 60+ | $109 Regular
P06 | Tu 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | April 23 | MC-Off Campus

All Creatures Great and Small: The Gentle Barn

In the heart of Jefferson County sits the Gentle Barn, a sanctuary saving animals from abuse and neglect. From run away cows to a duck that likes blueberries, large and small creatures have found a home and rehabilitation here. After a two hour tour we will have a picnic vegan lunch. Following lunch we will visit a forgotten town and an old haunted hotel. Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Tour includes lunch, admissions 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: April 2.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $90 Age 60+ | $99 Regular
P03 | Tu 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Joan Huisinga | April 23 | MC-Off Campus

Maplewood: Our Trendiest Suburb

There is lots of creativity and lots of architecture to see in trendy Maplewood, including: a mule palace, the oldest bowling lanes west of the Mississippi, licking tables, bar swings, Moosylvania, salt from the Dead Sea, a bastion of classic rock music, craft tea, a tugboat where you can eat empanadas, the 24th most popular bar in the United States, Route 66 nostalgia, a building built by the WPA during the Depression, and a steel house. You will learn about Maplewood's birth by fire and how it became the first green dining district in the USA. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 2.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $34 Age 60+ | $39 Regular
P11 | Tu 9:30 a.m.-11:30 am | Douglas Schneider | April 23 | FP-Off Campus

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 murals in the city. Lunch will be at a restaurant with a mural on the ceiling. And you will see an interactive mural (only six cities in the world have an interactive mural!). Bring your cellphones and/or a camera for the tour. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 5.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $64 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P06 | W 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Douglas Schneider | April 24 | FP-Off Campus

Renegade STL: Old North St. Louis

Join Amanda Ball Clark, of Renegade STL, as she takes you deep into the incredible history of Old North St. Louis. Learn about one of our city's oldest and most storied neighborhoods, uncovering complex layers of immigration, social change, industry, and racial divides. The tour will cover over 200 years of St. Louis architecture along the way. This is a 1.5-hour walking tour that will conclude with a visit to Crown Candy Kitchen (you are responsible for food purchase). Provide own transportation to tour. Tour begins on the corner of 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue (across from Crown Candy Kitchen).
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $35 Age 60+ | $35 Regular
P08 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Amanda Ball Clark | April 27 | FP-Off Campus

Exploring St. Louis

Discover places you probably haven't seen before in the St. Louis area. Some are historical and some are so new you may be the first of your friends to visit. We carpool and there is always space in a car for a non-driver. Admission fees are extra and bring a lunch the first day. Come explore with us, every week is a fun adventure! Walking involved. First class meets on campus in the Student Center Cafeteria, followed by a tour. Class meets off-campus after first session. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 5.
TRIP:701 | 4 sessions | $63 Age 60+ | $99 Regular
P07 | F 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Joan Huisinga | April 26-May 17 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Location has changed.

Lunch in an Original Route 66 Restaurant

Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 - 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 campus in the parking lot adjacent to Generations Drive. Tour includes lunch, transportation, and all gratuities. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 18.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $64 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P09 | W 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Douglas Schneider | May 1 | WW-Off Campus

Discover the History and Architecture of Downtown STL: A Walking Tour

Encounter the rich and vibrant history of St. Louis (and the United States!) on this downtown St. Louis walking tour. Discover, or re-discover, the structures and sites unique to our special city that have historical and architectural significance, both locally and nationally. Join us to find a new and/or deeper appreciation for the city known as the Gateway to the West. Trip-goers are to meet in front of Stifel Theater (south side of Market Street between 14th and 15th Streets.) Garage or street parking is available and may be an additional cost. Refreshments and light snacks will be available for purchase at an energizing venue along the route.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $23 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P10 | Su 1-4 p.m. | Richard Mueller | May 5 | FP-Off Campus

The Walls Can Talk: Prison Tour in Jeff City via Amtrak

All aboard for Jefferson City-this trip is like no other. On the train ride, you will enjoy a boxed lunch while gazing out the window at the passing scenery as you travel by Hermann, MO. Upon our arrival in Jefferson City, you will experience a two-hour Missouri State Penitentiary tour with guide and former inmate. The tour will be followed by a one-hour question and answer session with a former inmate. After the tour and Q&A but before departing, we will stop for an ice cream treat at Crane's Country Store. Tour fee includes: Professional tour guide Dea Hoover, transportation and Amtrak Transportation, all listed attractions, speakers, experiences, boxed 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. NOTE: Due to Amtrak group booking policy, legal first and last names as well as dates of birth are required at time of registration. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 10.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $129 Age 60+ | $129 Regular
P07 | F 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | May 3 | MC-Off Campus

Warm Springs Ranch and Rocheport

Visit the home of the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales at their breeding farm to see the mares, stallions, and their frolicking foals at Warm Springs Ranch. Set outside Boonsville, the farm is 300 acres but the barn, breeding area, and new colts are easily viewed along paved paths on our tour. It is a unique experience. Following the tour and beer sampling, we will head to the town of historic Rocheport-named the number one small town in Missouri by Southern Living Magazine last year. Lunch will be in a French Chalet overlooking the Missouri River. There will be time to tour the town and its shops or just sit on a bench with an ice cream cone from the General Store. Tour includes admissions 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: April 25.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $99 Age 60+ | $109 Regular
P04 | Th 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Joan Huisinga | May 16 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Please note time change from catalog.

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