Want to explore local history but don’t feel like spending a day indoors? Broemmelsiek Park, 1795 Hwy. DD in Defiance, is the perfect combination of active and educational fun for both two-legged and four-legged visitors.
The park is comprised of 494 acres of land with several large lakes for fishing and more than 9 miles of multiuse trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use. The 4.7-acre off-leash dog area boasts a large pond for dogs to splash around and play. Free for all, it was also voted “Best Dog Park.”
Night owls can rejoice as well. The park’s Astronomy Viewing Area, 1615 Schwede Road, is the first of its kind in St. Charles County. Members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri offer public viewings and stargazing opportunities every Friday at dusk, weather permitting.
The site is the former home of Jack and Betty Broemmelsiek, who lived on the property for over 30 years before the land was donated and the house converted into a museum and educational space.