If you’ve been anywhere near O’Fallon, Missouri, there’s a pretty high chance you’ve heard of the beautiful, historic, 48-acre Fort Zumwalt Park. Between structures built in the late 1800s and 1700s, miles of winding walk and pathways, 18-hole disc golf courses, and more, the park is a utopia for adventurers of all types. For lifetime residents of the area and those simply passing through, a visit to Fort Zumwalt Pak is a memorable experience that seems to have something for everyone of any age.
Here are three fun things to enjoy doing by yourself, with a friend, with your family and more at Fort Zumwalt Park:
- The Fort: Disc Golf Course
- Zumwalt’s Fort Tours
- Seasonal Events
Free Disc Golf Course
Fort Zumwalt Park is the home of O’Fallon’s first disc golf course, is free of charge for open play, and is open to all ages during normal park hours. The park even offers free score cards that can be located near the first tee. Printable PDF documents of the course map and a scorecard are also available on the official Fort Zumwalt Park website. Public restrooms are close by.
The scenic course length is some 4,290 feet from the red beginner markers and 5,957 feet from the white intermediate markers. Players will find themselves using multiple types of discs to battle on the open fairway and rolling hills, with a beautifully wooden canopy above from Fort Zumwalt’s tree landscaping.
Along with the natural beauty of the park, there are two historic sites that can be viewed and are open on specific days for tours. One of these locations is the infamous Zumwalt’s Fort, which is the only War of 1812 rebuilt settler fort in the state of Missouri. The fort was once a log home built by Jacob Zumwalt in the late 1700s, and once Native Americans began ambushing and killing American settlers in the War of 1812’s guerilla raids, area families fled to Zumwalt’s home for protection. The home is noted to have been fortified with a stockade fence, and those who sought shelter there received their drinking, cooking and cleaning water from the nearby spring, now known as Lake Whetsel.
Zumwalt’s Fort is open for tours beginning on the fourth Sunday of May and they run all the way until the fourth Sunday of September. In between May and September, the tours continue only on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. The three hour long tour begins at noon and ends at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person, but children under 10 years of age are granted free admission. For groups consisting of 10 or more individuals, a two-week notice must be given.
The Heald Home, a German-Italianate-Victorian brick home built by Darius Heald in the late 1800s, is also in Fort Zumwalt Park. It contains its original interior woodwork and economical coal-burning fireplaces.
The city does a lot of work keeping the Fort looking beautiful year round. The outside is kept looking nice with fresh paint by companies like O’Fallon Painting Contractors.
Looking for something fun to do in O’Fallon this Christmas season? Visit Fort Zumwalt Park during the holiday light display known as Celebration of Lights. Open from November 29 until December 30, every light scene is designed and funded by the area’s churches, businesses and organizations. Drive through the park at night at the admission price of $10.00 a vehicle, $15.00 for commercial vans and limousines, and $1.00 per person on a tour bus. Enjoy a specialty ride around the park via train or horse-drawn carriage or trolley.
In the evenings of December 9 and 10, Fort Zumwalt Park opens up for the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll, giving attendees the opportunity to walk through the park full of holiday lights.
Want to get out and about early this spring? On May 4, Fort Zumwalt Park will be hosting the event known as O’Fallon Founders Day. Interactive demonstrations of heritage skills, cow milking, petting zoos, cattle wrangling, leather stamping, live bluegrass music and a tree dedication are just some of the activities to do that day.
Self-guided tours of some of the park’s historical sites are open at an admission price of a $5.00 donation for ages 11 and up. Food, drink and handmade items from vendors will be available for purchase. Admittance to the park is free on O’Fallon Founders Day.
Founders’ Day. City of O’Fallon, City of O’Fallon, MO., 2012-2018, https://www.ofallon.mo.us/founders-day.