All tours pick up at 217 North Main. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A BOOKED RESERVATION TO RIDE. Call 816-254-2466
How do I set up a tour for my school?
Call us at 816-254-2466. We'll ask you which sites you wish to visit. We will ask for three different days your school can tour on, so we can reconcile any possible conflict with museum schedules. We will ask when you can arrive ( we recommend 9:30 a.m., if possible, but 9:00 a.m. is better still) and when you need to leave to get the children home on time (we usually try to have the children on the bus by 2:00 p.m.). We will ask approximately how many students, teachers and parents you think will be attending so we will know how many wagons to prepare for your tour. While teachers are always free, parents are charged at the adult rate. We'll get back with you in two or three days; after we've heard back from each site on their availability. We'll email you a schedule, which will divide your tour in to groups of between 20 and 25; to fit comfortably in our wagons.
We accept any normal type of payment, even credit cards. However, we do add a 3% surcharge for credit cards to cover their charges to us.
We can send an invoice to you for your records when we send you the tour schedule on request; however no money is due until the day of the tour.
We do ask our schools to have a correct nose count and tally on the day of the tour and payment ready.
Do you have bus parking available?
Yes! The National Frontier Trails Museum's parking lot easily accommodates buses. There is also spacious bus parking across the street from the Truman Ticket Center and the 1859 Jail Museum, on the northeast corner of Truman Road and Main, and we often pick up young pioneers there.
For field trips can students bring their lunch?
Yes! Students may enjoy their lunch at the National Frontier Trails Museum or on grounds next to the 1879 Chicago Alton Train Depot. In the event of inclement weather, we can provide space inside our barn (which is normally used for storing carriages).
Is it difficult to get in the wagon?
The first step from the street is about ten inches and the others are nine inches apart. We have an extra step for those that find the first step too high.
What happens if it rains?
Our Wagon Master has designed rain resistant rain panels that fit on the covered wagon's sides. However, if the weatherman's forecast is really awful, just call us and cancel. We can reschedule for another sunnier, day. Of course there is no charge!
If you have additional questions please don't hesitate to call or email us!