PRISM Magazine Online - May-June 2000 - Special Conference Issue
Family Tours

Family Tours

Make your plans now because these tours are always popular, and tour space is limited! Reservations will be accepted in the order that they are received. June 1 is the deadline for advance registration. The tour price includes round-trip transportation. Tickets purchased after June 1 are subject to space availability. A $5 surcharge will be added to each ticket purchased on site.  

Meet Me in St. Louis

9101-Meet Me In St. Louis!
Monday, June 19
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$60 per person

Includes: Gateway Arch tour with tram, tour of New Cathedral, lunch at Bevo Mill, and tour of Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

    Trace the history of St. Louis beginning with Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World's Fair and one of the largest city parks in the country. Today, Forest Park houses the world-renowned Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Science Center, the History Museum, and the Muny, the largest outdoor theater in the country, among other attractions.  

    Our next stop is the St. Louis Cathedral, where you will see the largest collection of mosaics in the world - more than 84,000 square feet in 8,000 shades of glass!  

    After the cathedral, we are off to the nation's tallest monument: the Gateway Arch. The Arch commemorates the westward migration of thousands of 19th-century pioneers. You may take a tram to the observation deck to enjoy the 30-mile panoramic view.  

    We will be having lunch at the Bevo Mill, built by August A. Busch. The restaurant was designed and built with the Old World in mind, and was Mr. Busch's private dining room for many years.

    After lunch we will take a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, headquarters of the world's largest brewer. The brewery is a complex of more than 71 red-brick structures on 100 acres. The buildings are known for their unique architecture and several are National Historic Landmarks. During the tour, you will see the world famous Clydesdales, the brew house, the fermentation building, the packaging plant, and a video about the brewing process. No visit would be complete without a stop in the hospitality room to sample the family of Busch products.

Missouri Wine Country

9201-Missouri Wine Country
Tuesday, June 20
8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.
$50 per person

Includes tours of two vineyards, lunch, and opportunities to sample wines.

    The rolling hills and breathtaking vistas of Augusta await you! Your tour guide will familiarize you with the past and present of Missouri winemaking during the drive. Wine production has been a part of Missouri's heritage since the mid-1800s, and at the turn of the century, Missouri ranked second in the nation in wine production.

    You will visit the award-winning Mount Pleasant Winery, overlooking the Missouri River bottoms, and tour the historic underground limestone cellars. Next, we will enjoy a family-style lunch at the Ebenezer United Church of Christ, located in the heart of quaint Augusta. Built in 1861, this is one of the oldest churches west of the Mississippi.

    After lunch, we will visit the Blumenhof Winery, where German heritage is abundant and friendly and relaxing ambiance invites you to stop and smell the flowers!

    There will be wine tastings conducted at both vineyards.

Botanical Garden & Grant's Farm

9301-Missouri Botanical Garden & Grant's Farm
Wednesday, June 21
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
$60 per person

Includes Missouri Botanical Garden tour by tram, seated luncheon at 9th Street Abbey, Grant's Farm tour.

    Celebrate the first day of summer at the Missouri Botanical Garden! Founded in 1859, it is the oldest botanical garden in the country. You will take a 20-minute narrated tram ride and then explore the 79-acre garden, which boasts flora climates as diverse as tropical rainforests to the driest deserts. Visit the Climatron, the first geodesic dome greenhouse based on Buckminster Fuller's futuristic design; the woodland garden, or the Rose Garden. Included is a visit to the 14-acre Japanese Garden, considered one of the finest outside Japan. There will be time to visit the unique Garden Gate Shop where you will find exquisite ceramics, exotic and unique gifts, plants, pots, and a large collection of gardening books.

    After the botanical garden you will see the character of St. Louis through three of its most historic neighborhoods Compton Heights, Lafayette Square, and Soulard. The newly wealthy German beer barons developed Compton Heights in the late nineteenth century. The Lafayette Square area features renovated Victorian mansions and row houses surrounding the oldest public park west of the Mississippi. Soulard is a delightful, old working-class neighborhood, which boasts the oldest continuous farmer's market west of the Mississippi.

    Lunch continues your visit into St. Louis history with a seated luncheon at the 9th Street Abbey, a renovated church dating to the 1880s, in the heart of Soulard.

    After lunch you will visit another St. Louis landmark, Grant's Farm. Your adventure begins at Grant Station where you will board a tram for a tour that winds through Deer Park, a game preserve where you may see antelope, buffalo, and other animals in a natural 160-acre habitat. You will pass Grant's Cabin, the log home built by Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States. The tram stops at the Tier Garden, where you may see elephant and bird shows. Then stroll to the historic Bauernhof built just after the turn of the century. Here you may have refreshments, sample a Busch product, see elegant stables, and one of the world's largest carriage collections. You depart aboard the tram to visit the Clydesdale stallion barn, which completes your visit.