Located at the western side of St. Louis, Missouri, Chesterfield is the 14th biggest city in Missouri, but one of the most popular for road trippers and weekend vacationers. Outdoorsy travelers and city slickers combine in Chesterfield, where guests can step into the inner city for a booming local arts scene, or head over to a local park with nature paths and beautiful, natural sights.
There are some adventures to be had and fun things to do in Chesterfield. There are forests and farmlands to the outskirts, and nightlife to the city’s interior.
Foodies are in for a big thrill with the numerous restaurants in the area. American, European, and Italian cuisine are in abundance, but travelers can also expect Asian, Mexican, Indian, Sushi, and Thai fare with the occasional dalliance into fast food chains.
If you want casual dining with an upscale appeal to amazing steakhouse fare, Annie Gunn’s is top-ranked as the best restaurant in Chesterfield—according to TripAdvisor, that is. Their menu offers something for everyone, as the local chefs pay close attention to dietary restrictions and popular preferences. Lunch and dinner menus offers excellent, nutritious choices, such as the Meatloaf Lunch, which is new spin on a southern classic.
Or, try the jumbo lump crab cakes with a side of red wine, which is both local and delicious. Before you pick up your tab, have a bite of decadent chocolate mousse with homemade macaroons and whipped cream. For more info about cuisine in Chesterfield, check out TravNow!
For lovers of the great outdoors and all of nature’s beautiful wonders, visit the Butterfly House and Botanical Garden, located within the Faust Park of Chesterfield on Olive Boulevard. Established in 1998, the observatory houses thousands of butterfly species year-round, with an abundance more come springtime. Their outdoor gardens are dotted with nature paths, rest benches, shade trees, and beautiful flowers and exotic plants. Learn more about the butterflies and botanicals with a guided tour.
Or, take it upon yourself to read the plaques along the way and go on a self-guided tour. For an extra fee, you can take a more interior tour, where butterflies will flit against your skin when you stand stock-still in their environment. It’s quite a unique, fascinating experience for nature lovers.
Another fun and interesting sight to see in Chesterfield is the Museum of Transportation, located on Barrett Station Road. The museum is both indoors and outdoors, and it showcases the evolution of automobiles and public transportation, such as planes, trains, and buses.
You can pretend to be the conductor of a ginormous, vintage locomotive. Or, satisfy your obsession with cool, classic cars among rows of old-fashioned, pristine automobiles.
Ready to relax and settle down for the evening?
After some exploration across the inner and outer city, stay in Chesterfield for the night, there are several great, family-friendly hotels, like the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis, Hyatt Place, Hampton Inn and Suites-Chesterfield, and the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
Drury Plaza Hotel St Louis-Chesterfield Center
The Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Chesterfield Center is a ginormous, all-modern hotel with a contemporary, artsy exterior architecture, and a beautiful, comfortable interior. The amenities here are homey and simple, beginning with excellent, courteous customer service, and followed by a comfortable bed, clean kitchenette, well-stocked bathroom, and overall pleasant atmosphere. Given the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the hotel boasts a few hundred positive reviews, each citing something unique and fantastic about a past guest’s stay.
For example, some of the best highlighted amenities include a hot continental breakfast of your favorites, like eggs, biscuits, sausage, muffins, and oatmeal, as well as an on-site bar with regular happy hours, midnight snacks, room service, a beautiful banquet room, and dry-cleaning services.
Other accommodations include a swimming pool and hot tub, a fitness center, and free high-speed internet. Shoppers should take a stroll to the Chesterfield Mall for an afternoon of leisure shopping in dozens of niche-specific boutiques.
Another favorite is Hyatt Place, ranked number one on TripAdvisor’s list of the top hotels in Chesterfield. This hotel, given the coveted Certificate of Excellence, adds special touches that make each guests’ stay a great one. For example, during the Solar Eclipse of 2017, the customer service desk handed out Sun Chips and Eclipse gum—a cheeky nod to the special event.
They also plan family-friendly activities, like treasure hunts and swimming classes for kids, on a regular basis. Other accommodations include free high-speed internet, continental breakfast, a fitness room, a bar and lounge, airport transportation and shuttle services, and conference facilities for business professionals.
Lovin’ the booming arts scene? Check out The Awakening—a huge aluminum arts and sculpture installation that appears it is breaking free from the ground. See it in Chesterfield Central Park on Lydia Hill Drive.
Hampton Inn and Suites-Chesterfield
The Hampton Inn and Suites-Chesterfield on McBride and Son Center Drive is an elegant, sophisticated hotel with upscale, modern décor and homey accommodations. Often described as comfortable, and even romantic, the hotel offers basic accommodations with a cozy, pleasant appeal. Some of their amenity highlights include queen-sized beds with plump pillows and plush mattresses, an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, a fitness room with modern workout equipment, free parking for hotel guests, and free high-speed internet.
Their continental breakfast is also a big hit, as the hotel serves up several hours of hot and grab-and-go items, such as sausage biscuits, bagels and cream cheese, cereals, yogurt, coffee, and juices.
Looking for something family-friendly to do with your kiddos? They would love Chesterfield Sports Fusion—a small sports and thrills park with fun zones, like an indoor playground, laser tag courts, black light miniature golf, and obstacle courses.
Doubletree by Hilton
Seated off of Swingley Ridge Road, the Doubletree by Hilton hotel is third favorite in Chesterfield, with comfortable, pleasant accommodations, knowledgeable customer service associates, and close proximity to several shops, restaurants, and small, family-friendly parks. The amenities are mostly basic and homey, like comfy beds, a continental breakfast, and a swimming pool and hot tub.
However, there are a few accommodations that double as entertainment, so you rarely have to leave the hotel—unless you want to. These accommodations include an athletic club with tennis and basketball courts, a children’s playground with a toddler area, and an on-site restaurant with a bar and well-furnished lounge.
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