Things to Do in Chesterfield MO
Opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation are abundant in Chesterfield, plus several fitness clubs and indoor recreation centers all offer an assortment of amenities and programs to keep individuals active year-round.
The 176-acre Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex is a source of community pride, and consists of 15 baseball/softball fields, nine baseball practice fields, nine soccer fields, five football practice fields, two football game fields, two multi-purpose fields and two playground areas. These fields are utilized by a variety of youth and adult leagues, as well as tournament play, campus and clinics. In recent years, the city joined forces with St. Louis Cardinals’ stars Albert Pujols and former three-time Golden Glove catcher Mike Matheny to construct the “Miracle Field” at the complex. The field is designed and constructed to enable children of all abilities to experience the thrill of playing baseball.
The Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center in Central Park includes competitive and leisure pools with slides, play structures, a wading pool and a lazy river area. It is located at Lydia Hill Dr. and Chesterfield Parkway.
The city, in partnership with the Great Rivers Greenway District, is of constructing a 17-mile Levee Trail that will connect atop the Levee around the Chesterfield Valley. Completed areas are between the Hardee’s Iceplex and the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Fields and from Long Road to Baxter Road along Edison Avenue. Trailheads are at both locations. The next phase will connect under the Boone Bridge to Howell Island Conservation Area.
Attractions in Chesterfield
Faust Park, located just one mile north of Highway 64/Olive intersection, is one of St. Louis County’s most unique and interesting sites. Spanning approximately 200 acres, this county park is home to the 8,000-square-foot Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and Education Center, where more than 1,000 tropical butterflies are on display in a natural environment.
In addition, Faust Park Historical Village provides visitors the opportunity to see and visit a community of 19th century structures that have been preserved to represent the building and architectural changes spanning from 1840 to 1888.
While in the park, be sure to take a ride on the antique carousel featuring more than 60 hand-carved horses, deer and chariots, and see “Thornhill,” the historic mansion that was once home to Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates. On certain evenings and weekends, the park is host to a number of festivals and celebrations, including the ever-popular Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert series.
Further sites to be seen while in the Chesterfield area include the Old House in Hog Hollow, and the esteemed Spirit of St. Louis Airport.
Arts and Culture
This well-rounded city boasts of a culture that is rich and active, offering a variety of live theatrical productions through the Chesterfield Community Theatre, STAGES St. Louis and several art galleries, notably the Art Gallery of Hog Hollow, the Gallery at Chesterfield Arts, Art Trends Gallery, Fine Art Ltd. and Wiegand Studios (by appointment only).
A consortium of artists at Chesterfield Mall, known as Artropolis, has been very successful and continues to grow. Public art is widely seen throughout Chesterfield, with a number of businesses featuring high-profile sculptures both outside and inside their buildings. Most notable is “The Awakening” sculpture by J. Seward Johnson.
The gentle giant, located adjacent to Central Park, appears to be waking up from the ground after a long slumber, to the delight of children young and old.
Thanks to the support of local humanities organizations and its civic-minded residents, the arts in Chesterfield are well supported and promoted.
Annual Events in Chesterfield
CONCERTS IN THE PARK
A summer tradition comes alive in Faust Park Tuesday evenings, June through August, as the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce presents their 10-week Summer Concert Series. For more than 25 years, the Chamber has invited residents and visitors to enjoy the sounds of some of the best toe-tappin’ music around. Concert-goers can relax under the stars on a blanket or lawn chair while enjoying beverages and snacks from the Chamber’s moderately priced concession stand. Admission and parking is free. (636) 532-3399 chesterfieldmochamber.com
Held the first weekend in October, this traditional German street festival offers authentic German music, a wide variety of food, beverage and art and craft booths, as well as fun activities for kids. Local not-for-profit organizations raise funds by offering game and food booths throughout the event. For more information call 636-537-4000.
CHESTERFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GUMBO FLATS PUMPKIN RUN/CHILDREN’S FUN RUN
Presented the Saturday before Halloween, this 10K/5K Run/Walk is a fun course designed to interest the casual walker, as well as the more advanced runners. The youngsters in the family will also achieve medal status as they participate in the separate one-half mile “Children’s Fun Run.” Proceeds from the run benefit the educational programs of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and local charities. For more information call (636) 532-3399 or visit chesterfieldmochamber.com.
CHESTERFIELD TURKEY TROT
Presented by the City of Chesterfield’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Division, and held at the West County Family YMCA, the Chesterfield Turkey Trot 5K run/walk and 1K Kid’s Fun Run is a fun, family-oriented community event. Designed for people of all ages and abilities, this event has become one of the largest Thanksgiving morning road races in the region. For more information, call (636) 537-4000 or visit chesterfield.mo.us.