Get inspired! National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) returns May 19-25 to celebrate travel’s essential role in empowering economies, communities, and connections. According to the U.S. Travel Association, the travel industry supports vibrant and safe communities like St. Charles, MO across the U.S. by generating $89 billion in state and local tax revenue in 2023. Celebrate NTTW this year by planning a trip to St. Charles with help from our summer bucketlist.


Don’t miss out on an exciting summer in St. Charles. Check out the list below for summer things to do in St. Charles, MO (in no particular order) and check off each activity as you go along. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for more information on upcoming events and activities and request a free visitors magazine for more details on how to plan your trip to St. Charles.


Sugarbot Creamery/Little O's

1. Head to North Main Street and try Sugarbot Creamery’s Main Street Monster of the month. Feeling adventurous? Try all three of the ice cream shops on Main Street.


Farmer's Market

2. Shop for fresh, local produce at the St. Charles Riverwalk Market.


Music on Main

3. Enjoy live music at Music on Main, Hot Summer Nights, Beale Street Concert Series, and the New Town Concert Series.


Riverfest Parade 2018

4. Watch St. Charles fireworks and celebrate Independence Day at St. Charles Riverfest on the fourth and fifth of July.


Bike Ride on Katy Trail

5. Rent bikes from Bike Stop Café and ride on the 240-mile long Katy Trail. Order a fresh salad or sandwich from the café afterwards - we recommend getting some of Jodi’s famous peanut butter balls, too.


Hit the Bricks Tour

6. Take a Hit the Bricks tour to learn about the history and secrets of Main Street St. Charles. Two tours are offered: “The Key to the West: Pioneers, Explorers, and Traders…Oh My!” and “Mo than Meets the Eye: Surprises of the First State Capitol”. History awaits!


Lewis and Clark Boathouse

7. Escape the heat and visit The Lewis & Clark Boathouse Museum. Exhibits include an operational replica keelboat used by the explorers, highlights of their expedition, and Native American displays. A statue of the famous duo featuring their dog, Seaman, sits a short walk away in Frontier Park.


Women eating on terrace of Defiance Ridge Vineyards

8. Enjoy a glass of award-winning wine at a winery in Historic Missouri Wine Country.


Chicken N Pickle

9. Challenge your friends and family to a game of pickleball at Chicken N Pickle.


Black Cat Antiques

10. Spend a day searching for treasure on the St. Charles antique trail.


Foundry Art Centre Block Party

11. Enjoy an over-the-top art event at the Foundry Art Centre’s Block Party where steamrollers are used to create large-scale woodblock prints. Then take in the print exhibition, expo, art activities, and more.  


Weldon Springs Interpretive Site

12. Visit Weldon Springs Interpretive Site’s exhibits to learn more about the site’s impact on World War II and the Cold War, their cleanup initiatives, and continuing stewardship efforts. Walk up to the viewing platform for 360˚ views of St. Charles County or take a walk on the one-mile prairie trail around the property.


Miss Augusta cruise

13. Set sail for a dinner cruise with Miss Augusta on the Missouri River in Historic Missouri Wine Country.


Salt + Smoke

14. Have a hearty barbecue meal on the spacious patio of Salt + Smoke on historic Main Street St. Charles.


Trolley heading down Main Street St. Charles

15. Ride the free St. Charles trolley to get to and from different destinations on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 AM to 7 PM in May through December.


Good News Brewing

16. Grab a pint of locally brewed beer with friends at Good News Brewing in Frenchtown. Enjoy craft beer, wood-fired pizza, and good company on their patio that features an authentic AT&SF train car.

Mocha Point Coffee

17. Try traditional Yemeni coffee, chai tea, and pastries at Mocha Point Coffee on North Main Street. Their adeni chai and honeycomb bread is hard to beat!


18. Have a picnic in Frontier Park. With views of the Missouri River and historic St. Charles, it’s a charming spot for a good meal.


Historic Daniel Boone Home

19. Visit the Historic Daniel Boone Home and the reconstructed 1800s village onsite. Learn more about one of America’s great frontiersman and his connection to the area.


FR & Co

20. Go shopping at the quaint shops along brick-paved Main Street. Look for a new summer wardrobe at FR & Co and MOss, represent St. Charles with merch from Chuck & Lou, and make your living space brighter with stained glass from The Glass Workbench.

Olde Town Spice Shoppe

21. Buy spices from Olde Town Spice Shoppe on South Main Street for your next barbecue session on a nice summer day.


Main Street Books

22. Find the next book to get lost in at Main Street Books and read on a bench along Main Street.


Food trucks

23. Attend a food truck event with friends and family to eat good food and listen to live music.



24. Go fishing at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. A favorite spot for local fisherman, each lake is stocked with several kinds of fish such as catfish, crappie, and white bass.


The Bee Garden Center

25. Spruce up your lawn and garden with flowers from local greenhouses and plant nurseries.


Festival of the Little Hills

26. Shop for unique gifts and artisan items from over 300 vendors on Historic Main Street and in Frontier Park at the Festival of the Little Hills.