Local Attractions in St Charles MO
The arts, sports and nightlife all come together to keep St. Charles County residents and visitors entertained all year round.
Several organizations and museums keep a strong arts tradition alive in St. Charles County.
The Foundry Art Centre’s goal is to connect people with the arts through exhibitions, studio artists, performances and education. It hosts free performances, concerts, adult and children’s programs, summer camps and even a monthly book club in St. Charles. In addition, the center has a monthly “living art” series that offers free art-making events, led by local artists, to highlight the importance of art to personal well-being.
Missouri Artists on Main art gallery is located in the beautiful California House – a former stage coach stop – in St. Charles. At MAOM, there’s a variety of mediums and styles ranging from contemporary to traditional. The gallery features the work of more than Missouri 40 artists, plus classes to boot. In addition, the gallery hosts wine and cheese receptions with talks given by artists.
The J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at Lindenwood University includes two theaters and an art gallery. The facility, which is used by performing arts and communications students, features classrooms, a costume shop, dance studios and faculty offices. The center also is home to national touring shows.
The driving force behind public awareness of area arts activities is the St. Charles County Arts Council. The council sponsors meetings, exhibits, workshops, cooperative displays and art shows.
St. Peters’ Cultural Arts Centre at City Hall welcomes artists and musicians of all ages and skill levels. The facility houses a performing arts theater, thematic art shows, exhibits, rentable gallery space, art and fencing classes, a music and voice lab, summer art camps, dance troops and a Saturday Writers Group. Gallery space artwork rotates every two months.
The Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building on the campus of St. Charles Community College includes the Center Stage Theatre and Young People’s Theatre productions.
For live shows other than theater, The Family Arena in St. Charles assembles a diverse schedule of sporting events and concerts. Performers include renowned names in rock, heavy metal, country and oldies.
On Main Street in St. Charles there are more than 25 restaurants to choose from, ranging from BBQ to fondue to more formal dining.
One of the top restaurants is Bella Vino Wine Bar and Tapas. Llywelyn’s Pub, which is located in a renovated historic bank, offers Celtic food, music and shuffleboard while Tony’s on Main Street includes everything from ribeyes to garlic shrimp to grilled chicken clubs.
The Old Mill Stream Inn Restaurant and Beer Garden often features live music and Hendricks is known for its award-winning barbecue in the restored waterworks building.
The region’s newest shopping and dining destination is Streets of St. Charles, which has a movie theater, with hotels on the way. Some of the hotspots to grab some nosh or dessert at are Firebirds Wood-Fired Grill, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Bar Louie, PF Chang’s, Prasino, Pieology, Wasabi Sushi Bar and U-Swirl/Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Mission Taco Joint has great margaritas and an excellent atmosphere, and don’t miss the street corn!
For those feeling lucky, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles has slot and video machines and live game tables in its 24-hour facility. Try your hand at blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and much more. There are several excellent restaurants within the casino as well, including:
- Amerisports Bar and Grill
- Bugatti’s Steak and Pasta
- Fifth Street Deli
- Falcon Diner
- King Cat Club
- Landmark Buffet
- Star Club
The professional sports scene is dominated by the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues; however, sports fans can also catch St. Louis Ambush indoor soccer and St. Louis Stampede arena football (beginning in 2019) at The Family Arena in St. Charles.
For minor league baseball, check out the River City Rascals baseball team, based in O’Fallon. The Rascals are a member of the West Division of the Frontier League and play home games at CarShield Field.
You can also take in a game or match at Lindenwood University, which has more than 55 athletic programs and over 1,750 student-athletes.