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Museum of Transportation

This family-friendly attraction is renowned for its large collection of old trains and vintage cars.

There are more than 70 old trains in the expansive Museum of Transportation, half of them sole survivors of a bygone era. You’ll find vintage cars, horse-drawn carriages, old airplanes, buses and boats. 

The collection takes up 129 acres (52 hectares) of land in West St. Louis County, 16 miles (26 kilometers) southwest of downtown. There are 10 buildings and many outdoor displays, as well as four miles (six kilometers) of railroad siding, two man-made tunnels and a research library. History buffs should allow at least half a day to explore the site.

The railroad exhibit makes up the bulk of the museum’s collection. It’s divided into five main areas: Freight Cars; Interurban and City Transit; Passenger Cars; Rail Maintenance and Test Cars; and Rail Motive Power. Climb aboard the sleeping quarters of a caboose or admire the largest working steam train ever made. An example of the streamline 1950s Aerotrain, designed by General Motors, is here, alongside a 1939 Silver Charger, one of the last shovel-nosed engines.

There are more than 200 road vehicles at the museum, all housed under the one roof. The centerpiece of the car collection is a vintage 1901 vehicle built by the St. Louis Motor Carriage Co. There are thought to be only nine of these vehicles still in existence. One of only 55 Chrysler Turbine cars ever made is also on display.

Daily guided tours are free and no reservation is required. Tours specifically for kids are run on Tuesdays and Thursdays during summer. A miniature train operates on site March through November. It’s not included in the price of a museum entrance.

The Museum of Transportation is open year-round, but hours vary depending on the season. (Check the website for details.) Many of the most impressive trains are outdoors, so come prepared for all types of weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. A bus from downtown takes about an hour, and there’s also plenty of free parking on-site.


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Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Fenton $80
Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Fenton

Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Fenton

1100 S Highway Dr, Fenton, MO
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from LIFECHURCH and within 6 mi (10 km) of Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Swing-A-Round Fun Town and Simpson Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Fenton $90
    Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Fenton

    Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Fenton

    1088 South Highway Drive, Fenton, MO
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Fenton, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from LIFECHURCH and within 6 mi (10 km) of Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Swing-A-Round Fun Town and Simpson Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Holiday Inn Express & Suites St. Louis West - Fenton $94
      Holiday Inn Express & Suites St. Louis West - Fenton

      Holiday Inn Express & Suites St. Louis West - Fenton

      1848 Bowles Ave, Fenton, MO
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Fenton, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from LIFECHURCH and within 6 mi (10 km) of Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum and Swing-A-Round Fun Town. Laumeier Sculpture Park and Simpson Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis West County $107
        Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis West County

        Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis West County

        12815 Daylight Drive, Town and Country, MO
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum and American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Kirkwood Park and Simpson Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Super 8 by Wyndham Fenton/St. Louis Area
          Super 8 by Wyndham Fenton/St. Louis Area

          Super 8 by Wyndham Fenton/St. Louis Area

          650 S Highway Dr, Fenton, MO
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Fenton, this motel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from LIFECHURCH and within 6 mi (10 km) of Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and Swing-A-Round Fun Town are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Hilltop Hotel $79
            Hilltop Hotel

            Hilltop Hotel

            1580 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in St. Louis, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Laumeier Sculpture Park and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum. Kirkwood Park is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

              Residence Inn by Marriott St. Louis West County $116
              Residence Inn by Marriott St. Louis West County

              Residence Inn by Marriott St. Louis West County

              12815 Daylight Drive, Town and Country, MO
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Town and Country, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum and American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Kirkwood Park and Simpson Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Best Western Kirkwood Inn $93
                Best Western Kirkwood Inn

                Best Western Kirkwood Inn

                1200 S Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Laumeier Sculpture Park and Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum. Kirkwood Park is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away. Kirkwood Station is 25 minutes by foot.