HARTFORD | Celebrate the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower’s fifth birthday with free family-friendly activities, treats and tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9.
No birthday party would be complete without a bounce house and treats and both will be available at the tower. Children of all ages can enjoy a sea-themed bounce house from noon to 4 p.m. and free airbrush face painting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors also will be treated to free cookies, punch, tea and coffee.
To show its appreciation to the community, the tower is inviting Hartford residents to tour the tower for free. Identification may be requested.
On May 14, 2010, the tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive, opened its doors to the public and has since been host to more than 70,000 visitors from throughout the United States and more than 35 countries. The tower offers year-round views of the area, including the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, from 50-, 100- and 150-foot viewing platforms.
“It is truly amazing to see this project, which began as a grassroots effort to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Lewis & Clark expedition, blossom into a major visitor attraction that has put the village of Hartford on the map,” said Deanna Barnes, projects manager for Hartford.
The tower site also features a commemorative garden that offers a detailed look at the more natural side of Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery. The garden walkway showcases native plant species as well as plants the men brought back with them.
The self-guided garden tour also will teach people about the historical uses of each plant.
This event is sponsored by SMS Engineers.
The tower is open five days a week; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided daily tours are available throughout the day. Admission to the tower is $4 for adults; $3 for those older than 62, veterans and active military; $2 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.
The tower will be open seven days a week starting May 25.