SMALL TOWN AMERICA

  • Cohen Memorial Home - Dubbed by Mark Twain “the house with the blue windows,” this historical home overlooks the Mississippi River from high atop the bluffs.Guests are welcome to tour the historic home and its original furnishings. The Cohen Home is a beautiful historical site located on Harrison Street overlooking the Mississippi River. Its unusual blue storm windows make it a very visible landmark for boats on the river and travelers approaching the Chester Bridge from Missouri. Built in 1855, it was the home of the William Cohen family who lived there until 1983. The upstairs’ bedrooms contain furnishings and collections from several families of Chester including the Cohen family.

  • Spinach Can Collectibles and Museum - Located in the old Opera House Antiques where the creator of Popeye, Elzie Segar worked.Today, the Spinach Can serves as the international headquarters for the Popeye Fan Club and store for everything Popeye.Also at this stop, Pinky’s Sugarland, a small historic building which is now a specialty shop for cake pops, cupcakes, cakes and handmade greeting cards.As the only Popeye collectables store and museum in America, this small shop located in Downtown Chester will surely bring back memories of the past as you explore. Walk around the front to see original and rare collectables featuring Popeye, Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Bluto, Swee’Pen, Eugene the Jeep, and much more. Pick out the perfect unique book, toy, video, postcard, poster, or other memorabilia for someone back home or to keep for yourself. Then head into the back to see some rare and highly sought after Popeye collectables.

  • Pinky’s Sugarland – This small historic building is now a specialty shop for delicious treats and unique sentiments.Guests can pick up a cake pop, cupcakes or handmade greeting cards and souvenirs.You won’t miss this quaint sweet-shop as it’s clad in a rose bright pink hue.

  • The Courthouse and Randolph County Museum - Here guests can enjoy an outstanding 360-degree view of the Mississippi River, Missouri farmlands and Chester alongside Olive Oyl and Swee’Pea.Also here, guests can tour the 1864 Annex Museum.This stone Gothic structure museum contains artifacts that display the rich history of the early French settlers. The museum houses permanent displays as well as some artifacts that are temporarily on loan, and it hosts shows and exhibits which showcase specific treasures from the heritage and the long history of Randolph County. In addition, the newly established archives room will enable the museum to properly preserve and store documents, photographs, and other non-displayed artifacts for generations to come. Explore the history of Randolph County through collections of paintings, articles, photos, and artifacts that depict their past.

  • Welcome Center – The Chester Welcome Center offers a lookout point which gives a fantastic vantage point to observe the majestic Mississippi River below.You won’t miss this building as a large statue of the iconic Popeye cast in bronze marks its location along the Chester streets. The Chester Welcome Center is located in Segar Park next to the Chester Bridge overlooking the Mississippi River.The new Welcome Center contains restrooms, an information center with displays and a large deck overlooking the Mississippi River and Missouri Bottoms.The bronze statue of Popeye the Sailor Man has been overlooking the Mississippi River in Segar Park for more than 30 years. This is the first of numerous Popeye & Friends Character Trail statues of Popeye characters placed in various areas in Chester.

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INCLUDED TOUR

Chester Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION

Ste. Genevieve…Missouri’s Oldest European Settlement

(Full-Day Itinerary)

Step back in time and into the fascinating world of an authentic 18th Century French colony and witness the charming antiquity that has been historically preserved. Our journey begins as we make our way to the historic town of Ste. Genevieve, where we will explore the Ste. Genevieve’s historic downtown Landmark District and complete this historical tour at the Bolduc House Museum.

APPROXIMATE DURATION  4.5 hours

CAPACITY 50 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$69.00

TIMING

12:00 PM – 4:30 PM

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

French Colonist re-enactors in action

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

Bolduc House Museum, Ste. Genevieve’s European Settlement, Welcome Center, Ste. Genevieve Church, National Historic Landmark District

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Known as the “Home of Popeye,” the sailor man of comic fame, Chester, Illinois is a city rich in history and pop culture. Because creator and writer of Popeye, Elzie Crisler Segar, was born here, the famous characters starred in the show will be seen showcased frequently throughout the town. Stop at the Popeye Character Trail to view granite statues of the characters overlooking the Mississippi or check out America’s only Popeye museum and gift shop to take home a souvenir to remind you of your visit to Chester! Spend the day exploring the history of the home as you walk through luxurious homes, historical buildings, and museums!

Chester, Illinois

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION

Ste. Genevieve…Missouri’s Oldest European Settlement

(Half-Day Itinerary)

Step back in time and into the fascinating world of an authentic 18th Century French colony and witness the charming antiquity that has been historically preserved. Our journey begins as we make our way to the historic town of Ste. Genevieve, where we will explore the Ste. Genevieve’s historic downtown Landmark District and complete this historical tour at the Bolduc House Museum.

APPROXIMATE DURATION  4.5 hours

CAPACITY 50 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$69.00

TIMING

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

French Colonist re-enactors in action

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

Bolduc House Museum, Ste. Genevieve’s European Settlement, Welcome Center, Ste. Genevieve Church, National Historic Landmark District

AVAILABLE VOYAGE(S)

All voyages

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