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Saint 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.

 

Attractions

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Tour the St. Louis Budweiser Brewery

Nestled in the historic Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, our largest and oldest brewery site was selected based on its access to the Mississippi River, the large presence of German immigrants in the 1800’s, and the natural cave formations that were used to store beer prior to artificial refrigeration.
Regardless of the experience you choose, as you walk through the halls of the historic St. Louis brewery, you are transported in time.

For more information and hour of operation visit: Budweiser Tours

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Forest Park

Visit this 1,300-acre park offering something for everyone — amazing destinations and institutions that challenge the mind, a Dual Path system that invites both leisurely walks and intense workouts, quiet places to picnic and read, and a variety of popular festivals and events — all set in the background of a city oasis, a place to escape it all.
The park offers both guided and self-guided tours as well as a variety of classes and bird watching programs.

For more information visit: Forest Park

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Gateway Arch

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

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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

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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

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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

Children's Activities

St. Louis offers many activities for children and families.

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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

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City Museum

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

Dining

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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