Chesterfield is a city and a western suburb of the city of St Louis. The Spirit of St Louis Airport is situated in Chesterfield. Originally called Gumbo Flats because of the consistency of its soil, Chesterfield is situated partially on the floodplains of the Missouri River. Chesterfield was submerged by the Great Flood of 1993. Since then the levees have been strengthened. Attractions include historical houses, conservation areas and a range of restaurants. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
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Sophia Sachs and her husband were instrumental in the development of Chesterfield. Her love of children and perpetual sense of wonder were honored when this butterfly zoo was named after her. It is situated in Faust Park and run by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. There are several exhibits and short films as well as areas where visitor can interact with some of the 80 species of butterflies and view the metamorphosis process up close. The outside gardens are caterpillar friendly ensuring a steady supply of butterflies. Weddings and large dinners and events can be hosted at the venue. It is open from 10 am to 4pm and closed on Mondays.

Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd. Chesterfield, MO 63017, Phone: 314-577-0888

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2.Faust Park

Faust Park
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The park is situated on grounds that belonged to the second governor of Missouri, Frederick Bates. The first 98.5 acres of land were donated by the Faust family in 1968 and a similar sized extension in 1996. To add to the existing buildings, historic homes were moved to the land from Chesterfield and elsewhere. The Historic Village is open during select weekends in spring and summer, when staff dress in period costumes. An original 1920s St Louis Carousel is housed at the park in an indoor, temperature- and humidity-controlled venue. There is a carousel gift shop and rides are $2 per person.

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3.Chesterfield Amphitheater

Chesterfield Amphitheater
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This outdoor amphitheater seats 4000 people on fixed seating and lawns. It has outstanding acoustics so the sound travels to all seats. There are free summer concerts, open air movie evenings and ticketed events scheduled throughout the year. The venue is available for hire for small- to medium-sized events. Concession stands, food trucks and a bar cater for events. Blankets and chairs can be brought in for lawn seating. No glass or smoking is allowed on the premises. The amphitheater is situated in Central Park which has walks along the stream and lakeside. There is ample parking available.

631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63017-0670, Phone: 636-537-4770

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4.Thornhill Estate at Faust Park

Thornhill Estate at Faust Park
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Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri, arrived from Virginia in 1807. He purchased 900 acres of land on which to erect his Virginia-style home, two barns and a granary. He named the estate Thornhill. Politics did not allow much time for farming other than to grow peach trees for making brandy. Sadly, he died after only a year in office. His widow outlived him by almost half a century. They and other family members are buried on the property in the family cemetery. The house has been preserved in the Historic Village as it was in 1824, when Bates became governor.

15185 Olive Blvd, 63017 Chesterfield, Missouri, Phone: 314-615-8328

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5.Dream Play Recreation, Chesterfield, MO

Dream Play Recreation, Chesterfield, MO
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Since 1991, this company has been selling residential playground equipment, basketball goals and trampolines. They have a large indoor showroom where potential buyers can try out the equipment. There is also a pay-to-play area which includes rock climbing, chain ladders and slides. This area is open from 11 am – 1 pm and 2-4 pm from Tuesday to Friday.

1701 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110, Phone: 314-497-4665

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6.The Smokehouse Market, Chesterfield, MO

The Smokehouse Market, Chesterfield, MO
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The Smokehouse, in its previous form, was started in 1937 at the end of a long dirt road. In 1993, it was totally destroyed by floods. But the owners took the opportunity to rebuild and to add new services. Today, there are hundreds of line items for sale. Imported and domestic cottage-industry, specialty foods are sourced locally and abroad, especially from the UK and western Europe. Butchers prepare selected fresh meat cuts by hand to add to the smoked sausages, hams and bacon on offer. The delicatessen serves sandwiches and light meals. A selection of fine wines is also available.

16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, Phone: 636-532-3314

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7.Rich and Charlie's, Chesterfield, Missouri

Rich and Charlie's, Chesterfield, Missouri
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The original 40-seat delicatessen that Richard Ronzio and Charlie Mugavero opened in 1967 offered carry out meals only. Some customers arrived on horseback to fetch their meals. It was the first Italian restaurant to go 'beyond pizza and spaghetti'. The enterprise now comprises four restaurants in the St Louis area, and a production facility that makes the pasta, sauces, salad dressing and sausage for all of them. The restaurants are located in Crestwood (9942 Watson Road), South County (4487 Lemay Ferry Road) and two, at 1081 and 1091 South Woods Mill Road. They are open 7 days a week.

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8.Balaban's, Chesterfield, MO

Balaban's, Chesterfield, MO
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In 1972, Balaban Café was opened in St Louis' Central West End. It started as a Left-bank Paris-styled bistro and attracted celebrity clientele. In 1999, after receiving multiple awards for their wine list, Balaban's moved to Chesterfield and opened a wine cellar alongside the bistro. New recipes were added to the menu and some of the originals were revived. There are 650 French and Spanish wines for sale. The restaurant charges retail prices plus corkage. Wine classes, topical tasting events and food pairing dinners are held regularly. Catering services include buffets, set menus and boxed lunches. Balaban's is open 7 days a week.

1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017, Phone: 636-449-6700

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More Ideas in Missouri: Hotel Frederick

Hotel Frederick is a historic hotel located in Boonville, Missouri, and was built in 1905. Although the hotel has been renovated over the years, it still has much of the original charm and character of the turn of the century era. The main areas are decorated with 19th century antique pieces, especially from the local area, which add to the history and charm.

There is a vast map collection on display, dating back to the 1890’s. The hotel consists of 24 eclectically designed rooms, each with their own personality. This hotel has the feel of a bed and breakfast but with more amenities and more space.

This is a perfect hotel for business travels, singles, couples and families too. The quaint, homey atmosphere will make every guest feel at home with a twist of old-world charm.

Hotel Frederick has 24 elegantly eclectic rooms which offer guests the feeling of a home away from home. Each room is equipped with a flat screen television, high speed Internet access and luxurious linens.

Some rooms will also include Bain Ultra Air tubs and refrigerators. All rooms have private bathrooms, some even with an innovative etched glass bathroom door or wall.

There are rooms to accommodate from two to six guests, depending upon visitors’ needs. The rustic wooden floors add to the charm and character of the room. Depending upon guests preferences, views of either the Missouri River and Katy Bridge or downtown Boonville are available.

The Fred Restaurant & Lounge is the on-site restaurant at Hotel Frederick. The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The lounge area is open Tuesday to Sunday from 4:30 p.m. and they offer a daily menu. Guests can enjoy a selection of seafood, salads, sandwiches and even hearty entrees such as Prime Rib or a 14 ounce Rib Eye steak.

Breakfast is served daily in the breakfast room and is included with your stay. It is served family style and gives guests an opportunity to mingle with other guests staying at the hotel.

The Fred Restaurant & Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a fine wine, delicious cocktail or tall pint. The lounge area is a great meeting place for old and new friends plus there is a veranda area to sit outside and take in the local sights, weather permitting. Their happy hour is from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and they will often have specials for guests to enjoy. If guests wish to try some local ales, The Fred has a good selection. Off-site, guests can opt to visit Maggie’s Bar and Grill, which is a short distance away. They offer a quaint pub-style experience with flavorful, simple foods to choose from plus a bar menu. On a Friday night, Maggie’s is sure to be a hopping atmosphere with many people out to enjoy their evening with a drink and some good company.

Hotel Frederick is happy to accommodate meetings, conferences, events and intimate weddings. There are two conference rooms on-site plus a large lobby area and a beautiful veranda.

The Fred Restaurant & Lounge is perfect for private catering of any event held at Hotel Frederick. The full service bar will cater to guests’ needs and preferences.

Anyone wishing to hold an event or occasion at Hotel Frederick needs only to call and one of the helpful staff will be happy to help plan out the perfect day or evening.

Hotel Frederick prides itself on the ways it has become environmentally conscious and the Green Initiative taken on since their reopening in 2006. There are many areas in which the hotel is proud to say they have upgraded or improved to be more environmentally responsible.

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Solar energy is being used through a 25 KW solar panel that was installed on the roof of the hotel. This reduces use of fossil fuels and instead takes advantage of clean, renewable energy. Guests may notice that most of the electricity they see being used comes from the solar panel source.

Recycling is important at Hotel Frederick. All aluminum cans are recycled through a company called Unlimited Opportunities, which is an organization giving adults with disabilities a chance to work for a living and learn new skills. In regards to water conservation, Hotel Frederick has installed water dispensers to reduce the use of bottled water. Each floor has its own dispenser for guests wishing to fill up their containers. Guests are also given the option to opt out of daily sheet washing during multiple night stays to reduce the water consumption involved with laundry.

The bathroom amenities Hotel Frederick uses include tankless water heaters in each room, plus hot water, heated floors and towel racks. Inside the showers, there are shampoo dispensers instead of providing mini bottles to each guest. Recycled toilet paper and facial tissue is used throughout the entire hotel.

Energy saving is also very important which is why boiler systems are used to heat hallways and other common areas instead of electric. A woodstove heats the foyer in the winter months. Wooden shades are used in most rooms to control the costs of energy, to reduce the amount of sunlight in the summer months and to insulate in the winter months.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater is nearby and is one of Missouri’s oldest professional regional theaters and provides audiences with entertaining, imaginative professional theater experiences including both musicals and plays. The season runs from July to the end of December. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or via telephone and of course, in person.

The Old Cooper County Jail & Hanging Barn is an interesting, historic tour available at a nominal cost. It was the oldest continuously used county jail up until it closed in 1978. The brother of Jesse James, Frank, was brought to the Cooper Jail in 1876 but the citizens of Boonville were sympathetic and raised his bail in only hours. The hanging barn is also a point of interest to anyone with an interest in the history of crime and punishment.

If games of luck are something you might be interested in, there is the Isle of Capri Casino. Here, guests will find over 900 slot machines, video poker and even table games like roulette, craps and blackjack. Guest can also enjoy delicious dining. The Farmer’s Pick Buffet offers the freshest meals around since they work in conjunction with local farmers and growers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all available at the buffet. At Farradday’s Bistro, guests can choose from a vast array of selections in a casual atmosphere. They are open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Tradewinds Marketplace is great for late night snacks or in between meals snacks. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and offer 24 hour service on weekends.

If guests wish to have spa services while visiting the hotel, A Touch of Class Salon & Spa is located a short distance down the road. It is a full-service, complete healing center where guests can work on restoring mind, body and spirit. Services such as ear candling, Reiki, Chakra Clearing and even hair salon services are offered and it is best to call ahead for an appointment. Another option is the Celestial Body Natural Arts Wellness Spa, which offers many types of massages treatments and other aromatherapy treatments. Guests can call ahead and book a time with the spa and also browse through the on-site retail store which carries their all-natural aromatherapy products as well as other treasure and gifts.

Although there is not a golf course on the ground of Hotel Frederick, guests can easily access Hail Ridge Golf Course which is only a short drive away. Hail Ridge Golf Course is a public, 18-hole course which is open 7 days a week. The course features continuous golf cart paths for easy access to all the holes, a clubhouse and a driving range as well. The staff is there to help with any questions or concerns guests may have. This course is great for golfers of all skill levels to have an enjoyable day out on the course.

There are several rooms which would suit families with multiple beds and larger overall square footage. There is breakfast served daily as part of the room rate, making this an economically friendly choice for families with children. In-room, families can enjoy use of the included DVD players or pay-per-view movies.

During the summer season, children will enjoy a trip to the Lions Park Aquatic Center which is very close by. It has something for children of all ages including a zero entry play area, two tube slides, spray ground area, a six lane lap pool and lots of shaded areas to spread out and have a picnic. There is a concession stand on-site and of course bathroom facilities and lockers.

If families are looking for an outdoor adventure, they could explore nearby Katy Trail State Park where the trails are the longest in the United States. Visitors could bike, hike or just walk leisurely and take in the scenery.

Rooms start at $99 per night.

501 High St, Boonville, MO 65233, Phone: 660-882-2828

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