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5 Unique Day Trips near Hermann MO

Do you need ideas for day trips? Hermann Hill, a luxurious boutique hotel located in Hermann, is the gateway to a fabulous getaway. First, book your overnight stay in one of our Vineyard Inn Suites or River Bluff Cottages, and then head out for a day of sightseeing, adventure, and shopping  – all located within a tank of gas. From downtown Hermann and wine country to sweet St. Louis, check out our list of unique day trips near Hermann, MO.

Couple ziplineing over the lush green tree tops

#1 – Day Trip North to New Florence, MO

Located just north of Hermann, MO, lies the pretty town of New Florence. Spend a day exploring the Danville Conservation Area, ziplining over the trees, and sipping craft bourbon.

Danville Conservation Area

After a delicious breakfast at Hermann Hill, head out a little farther north, about 35 minutes, to the Danville Conservation Area. Here you’ll discover 3,136 acres of mostly wooded land with several narrow ridges, burbling creeks, limestone glades and woodlands, and a sandstone woodland, much of which is reminiscent of the Ozarks farther south. In season, you’ll see delicate coneflowers, prairie clovers, and Indian paintbrush. If you’re a nature enthusiast, hiker, or birdwatcher, you will thoroughly enjoy walking through this protected native land. Spend as much time as you like, and when your legs get tired, it’s time to break for lunch. You can plan ahead with a packed lunch, or head back towards Hermann for a bite to eat.

  • Hunting season is mid-September through mid-January.
  • Area Brochure
  • Area Map
  • Open daily from 4am to 10pm
  • Tel: 573-815-7900

Zipline Tour

If you’re ready for some more exploring, head back towards Hermann and in 20 minutes you’ll be at Eco Adventure Ziplines. These eco tours will give your legs a rest as you glide over the lush tree top canopies and through valleys.

Wood Hat Spirits

Before heading back to Hermann, venture north again just 7 minutes to Wood Hat Spirits. This locally owned and operated craft distillery uses locally grown grains, fruit and nuts to create award-winning Bourbons, Corn Whiskeys and Cordials. For guests staying at Hermann Hill, you can enjoy a tasting, tour and even take a souvenir shot glass home for just $5. Gary the owner says these hand-crafted spirits are unique, like turning a hat out of wood; it’s what you carve away that gives it shape.

After a full day of hiking rails, zip line tours and whiskey tasting, it’s likely dinner time. You can enjoy dining out in Hermann, or heading back to your private Vineyard Inn Suite or River Bluff Cottage for a Grill Your Own Feast or Slow Cooker Meal. We can arrange to have it in your room when you return. Sit on your patio or balcony to enjoy some R&R as you listen to the night sounds and reflect your adventurous day.

Black silhouette of a crowd of people observing the sea life in a giant indoor aquarium

#2 – Adventurous Day Trip to St. Louis, MO

St. Louis is about 80 miles from Hermann, which means you can take a day trip to this city on just one tank of gas. After breakfast at Hermann Hill, head east for about 1-½ hours. St. Louis is a major city with lots to do, but here are a few must-see and adventurous attractions that will make for a fun and eventful day trip.

Gateway Arch

The iconic arch is immediately recognizable with its impressive sleek, metal design, and happens to be the tallest monument in the United States. Rising 630 feet, the views at the top are the finest around, so be sure to take the tram ride up. While you’re up there, there is an interesting museum that traces 200 years of Missouri’s history, which includes Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, and rebels – all of who made America possible.

St. Louis Train Station

You may be wondering, visit a train station? In this case, yes! The St. Louis Train Station was once one of the largest and busiest train station terminals in the world! Today, you’ll easily find a day’s worth of fun things to do, such as:

  • St. Louis Aquarium – Featuring over 13,000 animals and more than 250,000 gallons of water, this engaging and interactive aquarium will take you into the local streams and rivers of Missouri, down to the depths of the oceans, without ever getting wet. You’ll encounter prehistoric paddle fish, Zebra sharks, Doctor fish, rays, sharks, gators, turtles, jellyfish, and much more.
  • The St. Louis Wheel – Soaring 200 feet into the sky, this over-the-top ferris wheel features 42 fully-enclosed and climate-controlled gondolas for visitors to enjoy while rotating 3 to 4 times. You’ll witness stunning views of the St. Louis skyline that you’ll never forget.
  • Mini Golf – Try your hand at 18 holes of fun and at times challenging miniature golf with the beautiful St. Louis Wheel in the background.
  • Mirror Maze – This iconic 1904 World Fair attraction is not just for kids. Try to navigate your way through the maze as surrounded by nothing but mirrors and reflections. Check out this video to catch a glimpse of what to expect.
  • Rope Course – Not for the faint of heart, this ropes course will test your agility and strength with more than 90,000-cubic feet of climbing space and 30 obstacles to challenge you every step of the way. They also offer the SkyRailTM, a 100-foot long zip line that glides 50 feet above the Union Station lobby. What’s more, you control where to go and what to do.

The Train Station offers several restaurants where you can satisfy your appetite and your thirst after these adventurous activities. Stay late and take in the Grand Hall Light Show. Each day from 5 to 10 pm is a laser lights dance show on the station’s 65-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling – not to be missed!

Looking straight up at a canopy of bright green tree tops from the forest floor

#3 – Outdoor Day Trip to St. Louis, MO

If you’re looking for a more relaxing day in St. Louis where you can enjoy fresh air in the great outdoors, then you’ll enjoy these fun opportunities just waiting to be experienced.

Gateway Arch

If heights aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy this iconic monument – from the ground that is. As you head out to explore this historic city, you’ll find countless views of the arch that make for excellent photo opps.

Forest Park

Another 1904 World Fair attraction, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States with over 1,300 acres (500 acres larger than New York City’s Central Park!). Offering 7.5 miles of scenic biking and walking trails, Forest Park is also home to a zoo, an art and history museum, a science center, the Jewel Box greenhouse, and the Muny Theatre – .5-mile biking – all for FREE.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Another favorite outdoor space is the Missouri Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the United States. Stroll among 79 acres of lush gardens, including a tropical rain forest and Japanese garden, as well as conservatories, greenhouses, and landscape architecture.

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#4 – Shopping Day Trip from Hermann, MO

Hermann, MO has enough shops to keep you busy all day, but if you want to see more of the area, there are also many wonderful places to browse and shop from here to St. Louis – especially in St. Louis.

Shopping in Hermann, MO

Beginning downtown, you’ll find ample places to peruse and purchase while helping support locally-owned shops and businesses. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it. Art, leather, internationally-acclaimed brats and sausages, home goods, souvenirs, sweets, clothing, jewelry and more are all readily available right here in Hermann. What’s more, our Hermann Hill Voucher will help you save $10 at participating stores, and 5% off your nightly stay with us!

Located just 16.2 miles from Hermann in New Haven is Astral Glass Studio. Watch as they create gorgeous works of art or enjoy live glass blowing every Saturday and Sunday. Astral Glass creates more than just works of art but also jewelry and fused glass pieces.

An easy 30-minute drive away in Williamsburg, is Crane’s Country Store, a truly old-fashioned general store, and one of the top-rated general stores in Missouri.

The Crane family opened its first store in 1898 at Mineola, MO, just east of Williamsburg. There have been several name changes through the years from Harrison and Crane to Crane & Son to the current store, Crane’s Country Store, which was built in 1926. Through hard work and word of mouth, Crane’s Country Store has grown by leaps and bounds.

Merchandise includes Carhartt Clothing, groceries and produce, nuts and bolts, gadgets, shoes and boots, gas and ice, and just about anything else you’d expect to find in a general store of yore. While at the store, take time to look at the unique items the family has collected through the years that are stashed in every nook and cranny.

Shopping in St. Louis, MO

Of course, you can easily head to St. Louis for some serious shopping. The challenge will not be where to shop, but finding the time to see everything!

  • Plaza Frontenac
  • Saint Louis Galleria –
  • St. Louis Mills –
  • West County Center –
  • Chesterfield Mall –
  • The Loop – The Loop in Midtown features 150 shops located with six blocks. As you stroll down the people and tree lined sidewalks you’ll find clothing, books, art, housewares and furniture, wine, and more.
  • Central West End (CWE) – Also in Midtown is the Central West End featuring a sophisticated array, including boutiques, galleries, and antique shops
  • Cherokee Antique Row –
  • St. Louis Union Station – The downtown Union Station houses over 80 unique shops to search for that perfect find.

Group of people at a winery tasting wine

#5 – Day Trip to Hermann’s Area Wineries

This is Missouri wine country, after all, so a day trip exploring the area’s vineyards and wineries is ideal. There are two ways to tour the wineries: 1) follow the Hermann Wine Trail, or 2) visit select wineries on your own. We’ve highlighted a few worth visiting.

Röbller Vineyard

Take advantage of the picturesque countryside at Röbller Vineyard and Winery in New Haven, MO. The rich soil and gentle slopes provide excellent growing conditions while offering a spectacular view of the region. Röbleler wines focus on French hybrid varieties and European styling in blends. The tasting room offers gift items along with cheese and sausage. We encourage you to go out and try their incredible wines.

Bias Winery

Mention the gnome and the game they play. Nestled atop a bluff overlooking the rich Missouri River bottom-lands, Bias Winery was the first winery in Franklin County. In 1997 they became the first Winery in Missouri, and second in the nation, to combine both a Winery and Microbrewery, adding great micro-brewed beers to their accomplishments. Many Hermann Hill guests join them in the spring for the Adult Easter Egg Hunt or the Gnome Scavenger Hunt for good wine and a fun time.

White Mule Winery

The White Mule is situated on a turn of the century farmstead 28 miles south of Hermann and is a beautiful country drive for Hermann Hill guests. The Scholtachs bought the neighboring farm in 2004 from one of the oldest farming families who continued to use White Mules to farm into the 1980’s.   The vineyard winery still hosts the friendly, beautiful white mules and features classic Missouri wine and great steak and fried chicken dinners on Friday and Saturday Nights. Come out and wine and dine and enjoy the beautiful peaceful White Mules that are still on the farm today.

Wenwood Farm Winery

The owners of Wenwood Farm Winery located 36 miles southwest of Hermann have a long history in the winemaking business and an even longer history in the family farm. Tom and Kathy opened Wenwood Farm Winery in 2000 when they purchased Kathy’s fourth generation century farm. Tom has had an interest in wine making since he was 14 years old. Living in Wisconsin he worked at a winery for many years. The rustic country setting and gallery is a perfect place for guests to unwind with a delicious glass of wine or join them for open air events almost every Saturday.

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