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This is the largest celebration Kimmswick has annually, drawing nearly 100,000 visitors. Come enjoy the small town ambiance, stroll through our streets lined with 500 - 600 food, drink and craft vendors. Also enjoy lots of live entertainment throughout the town including Bluegrass and dulcimer music.The Kimmswick Historical society will gather on Friday to peel and prepare the apples. Early, before dawn, on each day of the festival, the wood-burning fire is lighted, the kettle is filled with apples and cooking and stirring continues for seven to eight hours until the fragrant spread is thick enough to be sealed in jars.The Apple Butter Festival starts at 10 a.m. each day and wraps up around 5 p.m. The town streets will be closed to vehicle traffic during these hours. Visitors may park at the Windsor School and catch a bus into town. The buses will run throughout the day shuttling visitors to-and-from the parking area at Windsor School. There will also be limited parking available off of Highway K and is just a short walking distance into town.For the children, there is a miniature train, petting zoo and pony rides that will delight kids at any age. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come visit, help stir and enjoy the ambiance at the pavilion. Apple Butter is for sale each day or until the last jar is sold.
Kimmswick overflows with strawberries to kick-off the festival season. If it is made with strawberries you will find it at this festival: fresh strawberries; strawberry shortcake; chocolate-covered strawberries; strawberry cheesecake; strawberry iced-tea; and other goodies.
Craft and food vendors line the streets. Entertainers perform at several areas throughout town. There an area filled with rides for the kids; a petting zoo; pony rides; horse-drawn carriage rides; a jazz festival; and a polka band. This is a great event for the family.
During the event, the town is closed to vehicle traffic. Visitors may park at the Windsor School and catch a shuttle into town. Parking is also available off Route K, a short walking distance into town; no shuttles from this area.
The museum is in the ancestral home of Fred and Mabel Ruth Anheuser. It is located 25 miles south of downtown St. Louis. The home, built in 1867, sits at the south end of the town by the Mississippi River at Water's Point.
The Anheuser family bought the estate in 1916 and used it as a summerhouse until 1945, when Mabel-Ruth and her husband Frederick Straub Anheuser moved there. The Anheuser collection includes family heirlooms, antiques, portraits, and a family library.
Accenting the collection are Mrs. Anheuser's Westward Ho Crystal collection and a pair of 1904 hand-carved World's Fair beds. The grounds feature splendid views of the river; bald eagles are often spotted soaring above the bluffs.
As the City of Kimmswick ages and changes, residents and property owners seek to preserve the Historic small-town atmosphere that brought them here and keeps them here. The vision for the City of Kimmswick is to achieve long-term sustainability to assure that community living, recreation, small business, and cultural activities, can both blend and thrive without compromising community values and assets.
Walk back in time when you enter the beautiful city of Kimmswick. You can enjoy lunch at The Blue Owl Restaurant, The Dough Depot, Mary's sweet shop or the Tin Cup. Shop the quaint streets or visit the Anheuser Museum and Estate.
Take a ride on the Mississippi River aboard a replica 19th century paddle-wheeler.
The Tom Sawyer and the Becky Thatcher combine the charm of the 1800s with modern conveniences. Choose from a variety of cruises, including daily sightseeing cruises (March-November); dinner cruises; music cruises; cruises to Kimmswick; lock-and-dam cruises; and private charters.
Part of the Gateway Arch Experience.
Museum spotlights early settlement of the area. Many artifacts are on display.
The Kimmswick Visitor Center is filled with information, brochures, souvenirs, a public telephone, bottled water, soft drinks, public restrooms, and an assortment of first aid and over-the-counter medications. The center provides information about the city of Kimmswick, including a map to more than 30 historic buildings located throughout the city.
The Living Well Village houses leadership camps, with health and wellness programs designed for individuals, families and organizations. The facility can be rented for family or group events/outings. Operated by The Living Well Foundation, a not-for-profit organization.
Our mission is to create healthier individuals and families, through experiential learning across the life cycle. The Living Well Village assists individuals in reaching their highest level of wellness, through education with practice.
The hours listed are our regular hours; extended evening and weekend hours are available for groups with a reservation.
Site excavations have established that Paleo-Indians hunted the American mastodon here during the ice age. The site is the home of the Kimmswick Bone Bed, one of the most famous and extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits of fossils, including a number of bones of giant mastodons.
The museum displays artifacts, fossils and a replica of a mastodon skeleton, and outlines the story of the Clovis culture, which existed in the area between 10,000 and 14,000 years ago.
Open for day use, the site offers picnicking and hiking.
Museum admission: $4, ages 6-12 $2.50, younger than 6, free. Grounds are free.
Located 20 miles south of St. Louis, off I-55, at exit 186.
Features the work of many Best of Missouri Hands Artists in handcrafted pottery, glass and jewelry. We are Located in the Little Ziegler House built in 1929 in the historic river town of Kimmswick. Closed Monday.
This restaurant and bakery offers a breakfast and lunch, complete with a selection of house-baked pies, cakes, cheesecakes and pastries, along with candies designed to satisfy any sweet tooth.
The Blue Owl is famous for the Carmel Pecan Levee High Apple Pie®, which was featured on the Food Network's "Paula’s Party," and, in 2011, was selected as one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite things and featured in O Magazine.
Mary's Sweet Shoppe, an old-fashioned soda fountain, candy store and gift shop is located next-door. The Sweet Shoppe showcases more than 20 flavors of ice cream, a variety of house-made candies, specialty coffee drinks and hot chocolates.
The Blue Owl’s website offers online ordering for take-out service.
Home of the pretzel-bread sandwich and the pickle-pizza. The Dough Depot features a line of gift items and handmade dough ornaments for Christmas and other occasions.
Windsor Harbor Road Bridge at Mill Street and Front Street is the oldest known wrought iron bridge in Missouri. Built in 1874, it originally spanned the River des Peres; it was moved to Kimmswick in 1930. The bridge is open to pedestrian traffic only. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At the intersection of Mill Street and Front Street.
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