Louis is a multi-ethnic city with a rich history. It was originally the
“Gateway to the West” for American pioneers in the 1840’s, hence the
iconic Arch at the entrance to the city on the western bank of the
Mississippi River. The early immigrants established many notable
breweries in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, and the Anheuser-Busch
brewery, well known for crafting Budweiser beers, is currently one of
the largest in the world.
Tour the St. Louis Budweiser Brewery
For more information and hour of operation visit: Budweiser Tours
For more information visit: Forest Park
Visit the Gateway to the West for spectacular views of St. Louis. The Arch, which was conceived to build a memorial to help revive the riverfront and memorialize the nation's westward expansion was completed in October of 1965. Explore the history of St. Louis and take the 630 feet journey to the top of the arch for the best view of the city.
For more information visit: Gateway Arch
National Blues Museum
Whether it’s jazz or folk, country or pop, rock or rap, the Blues has exerted a deep, profound influence that resonates to this day. Part of the reason is that it has always expressed emotional, heartfelt truths about life that continue to speak to generations of listeners, from all corners and walks of society.
With distinct roots in centuries-old African-American culture, the Blues has always been about those feelings the word itself conjures up: feelings of sadness and solitude, and of being impacted by forces outside of one’s control.
The Museum includes over 15,000 sq feet of highly interactive technology and artifact-driven exhibits.
National Blues Museum Website
Missouri Botanical Gardens
The 79 acres of splendid horticultural display at the Missouri Botanical Garden offers something for everyone. Outstanding displays include the Chinese Garden, English Woodland Garden, Ottoman Garden and Victorian District.
A vibrant tropical rainforest thrives inside the Climatron conservatory, while the adjoining Temperate House is home to a multitude of Mediterranean species. The Japanese Garden covers 14 acres, making it one of the largest Japanese strolling gardens in North America.
For more information visit:Botanical Gardens Website
St. Louis Zoo
When you visit the Saint Louis Zoo, you’ll have no shortage of things to see and do.
The Zoo has 90 acres of animal exhibits, attractions, shopping and
dining for you and your family to enjoy. You can also find Zoo
activities and programs for people of all ages and abilities.
For more information and hours of operation visit: St. Louis Zoo
St. Louis offers many activities for children and families.
The Magic House
Founded by two volunteers, the not-for-profit museum was created as the first totally participatory museum designed just for children.
Over the years, The Magic House has grown from a small local museum to one of national prominence. Having undergone several major expansions, the Museum now houses 55,000 square feet of exhibits and serves over 560,000 visitors annually.
The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum will engage all children in hands-on learning experiences that spark imagination, pique curiosity, enhance creativity and develop problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic.
For more information, including suggested attire visit:Magic House Website
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former
International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of
children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and
architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild
of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained
sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997
to the riotous approval of young and old alike.
Cassilly and his longtime crew of 20 artisans have constructed the
museum from the very stuff of the city; and, as a result, it has urban
roots deeper than any other institutions’. Reaching no farther than
municipal borders for its reclaimed building materials, City Museum
boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction
cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes!
For more information visit:City Museum
St. Louis offers so many dining options and unique treats.
Visit The Hill, a colorful Italian neighborhood home of baseball's Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. The neighborhood maintains a traditional collection of authentic Italian bakeries, trattorias and grocery stores.
St. Louis is said to consume more barbecue sauce than any other US city, be sure to try the staple, pork steak.
You can't leave St. Louis without a piece of gooey butter cake. According to legend, the creation of gooey butter cake was actually an
accident. Apparently, it came about when a St. Louis baker added the
wrong proportions of ingredients to his coffee cake, resulting in a cake
with a gooey, pudding-like center.
For ideas on what restaurants to visit while you are here visit:
Best New Restaurants
The Hill Neighborhood
Dining and Nightlife
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