St. Louis, best tourist city ever!
I have traveled quite a bit in my life. Traveling has become my favorite thing to do. Not surprising but St. Louis is one of my all time favorite cities anywhere. It is where I was born and raised. Although I have not lived in St Louis for over 20 years, I still consider it to be my hometown. Even though I am partial to this city, I believe St Louis is the best tourist city ever.
Just to give you a little background, St Louis is in the State of Missouri, on the Mississippi River and on the edge of Illinois. As of a couple of years ago, it was marked as the 58th largest city in the US. But the population is the 18th largest in the country. In 1904, it hosted the 1904 World’s Fair and the 1904 Olympic Games. St Louisians are very proud of that still to this day. St Louis is also an independent city, which is very usual. An independent city means that it does not form part of another local government. In other words it is not within a county. There are only 42 independent cities in the US. One of the many great things about St Louis is the weather. It has four very distinct seasons. One of the downfalls is the weather. The summer gets very hot and humid and the winter gets ice-cold.
St Louis has more free activities for people to do than any other US City. And I am going to tell you about some of my favorite things to do and see there….
- First and foremost is The Gateway Arch. Entrance into the Arch is free. Take a 630-foot ride to the top of the nations tallest monument for the finest view in the Gateway City. Attractions within the Arch are the Journey to the Top, the Museum of Westward Expansion, educational programs, two movies and shopping.
- During the spring and summer seasons, you can cheer on the 11-time World champions, St. Louis Cardinals at the new Busch Stadium. If you’re visiting in the fall or winter, you can catch the St. Louis Blues heating up the ice at the Scottrade Center or watch the Rams take to the field at the Edward Jones Dome. No matter what time of year, visitors can get a taste of true team spirit in this bona fide sports town.
- Get up close and personal with the furry, the flying and the fishy creatures of the Saint Louis Zoo. One of the city’s many free attractions, the Saint Louis Zoo has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading zoological parks. Take a ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad and get a guided tour of some of the most exciting animal exhibits in the park, or venture on your own through attractions like Big Cat Country, Penguin & Puffin Coast or the Interactive Stingray Pool. Kids will enjoy the children’s petting zoo, and dining and souvenirs are available at one of the many boutiques and restaurants located around the park.
- Once home to the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It attracts 12 million visitors a year with world-class attractions and scenic walking and biking trails. Other points of interest include the Jewel Box, a beautiful greenhouse filled with magnificent floral displays, the golf courses and the World’s Fair Pavilion, a perfect site for a company picnic or private party.
- Take a tour of the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery where you can visit the Budweiser Clydesdales and sample a variety of premium brands.
- Explore the City Museum’s unique all-ages playground filled with caves, slides and climbing apparatus made from recycled and found objects. Visitors can interact with over 10,000 sea creatures in the World Aquarium, venture through the Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem and wander through the Elmslie and Sullivan architectural exhibit. Stop in for circus-themed food, parties and educational circus classes and workshops held daily. Create your own masterpiece in Art City, take notes with the world’s largest pencil and enjoy the view while grabbing a bite at The Roof Top Cantina.
- Don’t miss the opportunity to try some of the city’s tastiest (and unique) treats. Munch on a slice of delectable St. Louis-style thin crust pizza smothered in Provel cheese from my all time favorite pizza place in the world, IMO’S (which is the very first thing I do on every single trip there) and then pick up a mouth-watering gooey butter cake (the most delicious accident ever created). Snack on scrumptious deep-fried toasted ravioli at one of the many dining establishments on The Hill, a quaint St. Louis neighborhood famous for Italian cuisine. And to top it all off, satisfy your sweet tooth at Ted Drewes with some signature frozen custard.
- See what’s new at the St. Louis Science Center. Find out what it’s like to venture out into the wild, journey under the sea or fly high up in the air at the four-story Omnimax Theater, a film experience unlike any other. See a thrilling space show at the Planetarium, one of nation’s leading space education facilities. Younger children will enjoy the Discovery Room filled with interactive exhibits and experiments, and visitors of all ages can explore over 700 hands-on displays including a life-sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- There’s no place finer than the Fabulous Fox for dazzling live theater, where you can catch the Broadway bug with a play, concert or dance troupe. Hear your favorite classical music performed by the renowned St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall, or see an award-winning musical at Stages St. Louis. Immerse yourself in operatic drama at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, or experience classic and modern playwrights at the Repertory Theater or the newly renovated Peabody Opera House. Bathe in moonlight during an outdoor show at Forest Park’s The Muny, the nation’s largest outdoor amphitheater dedicated solely to musical theater.
I could go on and on and on so let me stop here. People there are friendly and there’s great public transportation. If you ever get the opportunity then please check it out.