Historical Attractions

Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center St. Charles

Where is it at?

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Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center
1050 S. Riverside Drive
St. Charles
Tel: 636 947-3199


From I-70: Exit at Fifth St. North At second stoplight,turn right onto Boone's Lick Rd. Shortly after crossing Main Street turn right into large parking lot. Facility is on far side of lot.

Where are we going today?

Lewis & Clark are a very famous part of American history, so why not spend your family day out learning all about them! The Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center is right on the Missouri River (so lovely view!) in the very charming and historic St. Charles.

The museum is a fun and educational experience for kids of all ages, as the museum features exhibits all related to that historic expedition (we're still talking about the Lewis & Clark one!)

Located on the upper level of the Boat House, there are dioramas to illustrate the highlights of their journey across America, as well as displays on Native American culture that they would have encountered, as well as habitats from the Missouri River which they would have passed.

Your self-guided tours include a brochure which not only gives you all the information you need, but there are fun activities for the kids of any age! 

The Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center has full size replicas of the boats actually used by Lewis & Clark! When you've finished your trip around the museum, you can head outdoors to the Walk of Discovery. This part of the museum has small garden plots and a nature trail that winds through a beautiful woodland area, as well as a typical wetland marsh. All plants native to the state at the time of Lewis & Clark!

Take your camera, because there is some amazing wildlife in the area - from herons, geese, and ducks. You never know what is going to visit! 

So history can be re-lived at the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center with the whole family - and journey along with Lewis & Clark themselves! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5.00
  • Children$2.00 (Under 17)
  • Free Under: 3

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily. Noon opening Sundays.

Year Round, but closed on New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Teachers corner

It's a great place for kids to learn in their new outdoor classroom! Field trips can be organized weekdays, for $2 per student. .

I'm Hungry!

Why not pack some lunch and enjoy it along your walk out in the woodlands? A beautiful spot!.

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you pack some bottled water to keep your hydrated! .

Any Top Tips?

The Discovery Expedition is $25 annually to become a member, and immerses you even more in the American history! .

Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to check if there is accessibility for wheelchairs.

Baby Facilities

A baby changing station is available.

Can I get one of those?

Many unique items and books are available in the gift shop - The Trading Post, so save those pennies! .

More information

If you want to support the museum, you can purchase a personalized paver brick so your family name will always be at the museum!.

The Weather


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Temp: 48° F / 9° C
Humidity: 86 %
Wind: SW - 1 MPH


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Temp: 47° F / 8° C
Humidity: 90 %
Wind: E - 6 MPH


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Temp: 56° F / 13° C
Humidity: 84 %
Wind: SSE - 10 MPH

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