Riddled with suburban communities and rife with historic must-sees, Bridgeton is the kind of Missouri town that brings back memories of black-and-white television and feel-good family sitcoms. To the east of St. Charles and west of Florissant, Bridgeton is mere miles from the Missouri River, so many travelers head north to the waters during the days, then rest in Bridgeton hotels in the evenings.
Famed for the expeditions of Lewis and Clark, the area features several memorials to the adventurers in the form of statues, museums, and dedicated parks. While peaceful and generally quiet, Bridgeton offers an abundance in family-friendly, fun, informative things to do and see.
There are many fun things to do in Bridgeton!
Frontier Park is situated on the lines between Bridgeton and Saint Charles, so visitors get the best of both cities in a single setting. Nature abounds here with paths and hiking trails into deep, forested areas.
But, for family-friendly entertainment, there are a few paved bike trails, a historic Lewis and Clark statue, and a small beach next to the river. This park is often used for events and festivals, so check with the park center for information about seasonal happenings.
The Missouri River offers plentiful fishing opportunities—bring your rod and reel for an afternoon of relaxation on those shorelines. Bring a brown-bag lunch for when noon rolls around. There are lots of sheltered picnic benches and tables where you can enjoy the views while munching on a DIY lunch.
The local municipal water park—dubbed Aquaport, is a fun and family-friendly place to bring your kiddos in the summertime. Great for adults and youngsters alike, the park features several water slides, a toddler splash zone, a lengthy lazy river with inflatables, and a large, classic swimming pool. There are lifeguards on duty every single day that the park is open—each well-trained and prepared for anything.
The only con would be the long lines to the water slides on super-hot days, but you can beat the heat by sticking to the pools and wade areas. For lunch, check out the on-site concessions stand, then pick a shaded picnic table for your family. Don’t forget to stock up on your sunscreen.
If you are free on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoon, take a quick drive to Boenker Hill Winery and sample some wine. Once a working farm, the family has converted 12 acres into a small winery. Sample up to five wines for $4 and your fee is waived when you purchase two or more bottles. Nice!
Are you a history buff?
Check this out! The Saint Charles Borromeo 1791 Log Church is a lightly restored cabin with history relevant to the entire state of Missouri. Walk around the grounds, explore the old church, and maybe talk to a few locals for interesting facts about Bridgeton and St. Charles. Be sure to bring a good camera, because you never know when you might snap a picture of a ghost or two.
There are nearly 50 restaurants in Bridgeton—which includes a number of fast food chains, like Subway and McDonalds. Massa’s Restaurant is rustic, serving up authentic Italian cuisine from generations-old family recipes. Described as whimsical and hearty, each dish is homemade and rife with love from a true Italian family.
A few famed Bridgeton meals include traditional pasta with meat sauce, seafood stuffed portabello mushrooms, garlic cheese bread, toasted raviolis, and pasta cannelloni. If you prefer to eat 'gluten free', there's also a select menu showcasing these items. Their cheesecake is also a big hit—if you have room for dessert.
Bridgeton is a town of peace and quiet—so indulge and relax for a bit. Book a stay at one of the following top-rated Bridgeton hotels.
Springhill Suites Earth City
Springhill Suites Earth City, close to the Saint Louis Airport, is a nice hotel with comfortable, basic accommodations. Sure, there are a few indulgences, such as an outdoor swimming pool, walk-in showers with amazing water pressure, and pillow top beds, but most of the hotel’s amenities are meant to remind you of the comforts of home.
There are 117 suites, each outfitted with queen-size beds, a spacious, well-furnished sitting area, a well-stocked bathroom, and a kitchenette with a mini fridge and microwave. For fun, take a dip in the heated indoor swimming pool. Or, stroll the sidewalks for sweet treat options, like a local ice cream parlor or bakery.
Extended Stay America
Seated alongside Lone Eagle Drive, Extended Stay America is one in a classic hotel chain with nationwide fame. Their accommodations are basic and simple, but comfortable and clean—perfect for a night or two in Bridgeton. Prices are affordable and convenient year-round, and there are rewards programs for consistent, regular guests to the area.
Check-in and check-out processes are smooth, customer service is reliable and hospitable, and the rooms are well-furnished, well-maintained, and super-comfy. The free daily breakfasts consist of grab-and-go favorites, like muffins and fresh-brewed coffee.
Or, if you prefer something a little heartier for your a.m. meal, Magpie’s Restaurant serves up homemade American classics for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Sample some yummy flavors, like cherry, blackberry, and blueberry, of the restaurant’s famed, homemade crepes. Or, go with lunch for breakfast and order a delicious, stacked French Dip Sandwich.
Crowne Plaza is one of the nicer hotels in Bridgeton, so says TripAdvisor reviewers. Past guests have had almost entirely positive things to say about the hotel, from the comfortable and clean amenities, to the pillow top mattresses, to the reliable, helpful customer service staff. There are 350 suites, each equipped with homey essentials, like a comfy bed, lovely kitchenette, spacious bathroom, and separate sitting room. Other features include room service, an on-site restaurant, and an indoor swimming pool. Looking to unwind? Order a custom cocktail from the downstairs bar, then mingle with fellow guests in the well-furnished, super-comfortable lounge area.
Embassy Suites, another Lone Eagle Drive hotel, provides simple, homey accommodations to business professionals, families, and other weary travelers through the city. The Bridgeton hotel is affordable for a weekend stay, and the amenities are clean, comfortable, and convenient.
For example, the most notable hotel accommodations include shuttle bus services, airport transportation, king-size suites with comfy furnishings, an on-site café, bar, and lounge, free high-speed internet, free basic cable, and a business center. Breakfast is also included, with cooked-to-order favorites, like bacon, eggs, and jam-spread toast.
Regal Cinemas is less than 4 miles from the hotel, so feel free to unwind with a new release, a bucket of popcorn, and a yummy soft drink.
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