HARTFORD — Mark the official end of summer and welcome autumn at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Dr., during Twilight Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.
Twilight Thursday will coincide with the autumn equinox, which marks the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator — the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator. During an equinox, the length of the day and night are nearly the same.
Admission is $5 per person, which includes unlimited trips up to the 180-foot tower’s three viewing platforms at 50, 100 and 150 feet. Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars for viewing.
Visitors will be able to view the fall sunset over the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Whether you are with family, friends, a special someone or alone, the tower is a perfect spot to relax after a long day. Make sure to check the times of the sunset to plan your trip accordingly.
“The view of the sunset from the top of the tower is breathtaking,” longtime tower volunteer Don Russell said. “It’s the greatest place to be if you want to sit back and enjoy the view unfold in front of you. Visitors can make memories they’ll never want to forget.”
The tower is now open five days a week. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Guided daily tours are available throughout the day. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for adults 62 and older, active military and military veterans; $4 for children 12 and younger and children 2 and younger are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
Fall events are sponsored by Phillips 66.