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Much to do in St. Louis

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A June 2001 trip to St. Louis by funandsun

Quote: When people I've talked to think of St. Louis, they think of the Arch and maybe baseball. When I tell them this is a city devoted to kids, families, singles and that entertainment is in abundance - for little to no cost - they can't believe it.

Much to do in St. Louis

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Overview

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When I first investigated St. Louis prior to visiting the first time, I was amazed at all there was to do in this seemingly quiet town. I sent away for a visitors guide from the St. Louis Visitors Bureau and received it within a few weeks. Not only did this describe many of the sites for us in detail, but there were also coupons included along with hotel specials. There are so many things to do and see while visiting St. Louis, we have yet to have a chance to do them all. Our favorites are The Science Center and The St. Louis Zoo. What''s especially fantastic about this town is that a lot of the attractions are free, yes, FREE! If they''re not free, the fees are fairly small. Most parking ...Read More
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When searching for a hotel to stay at while in St. Louis, getting one with an indoor pool was a must so the kids could enjoy swimming in the evening. When I phoned the Holiday Inn and asked if they had an indoor pool, they informed me they did. You would think inquiring about that amenity would lead them to believe that was important for my stay and that if this amenity in question was not available that maybe it would be imortant for them to mention this fact to us. Apparently not! When we arrived a week later, we found the pool had been closed for a few weeks and not due to re-open for a few more weeks. Then we were told we had to pay to use the hotel parking lot ($10/day). I was not a happy c...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 1, 2002

Holiday Inn Downtown Convention Center
811 North Ninth Street
St. Louis, Missouri
(800) 289-8338

Meramec Caverns

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Attraction

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Meramec Caverns is about an hour west of St. Louis off of I-44. Ticket prices are $12.50 for adults and $6 for kids ages 5-11. If you enjoy hiking through caves, don't miss this one. There's a lot of historic significance to this cave. The legendary Jesse James and his gang was said to use this cave as a hideout on several occasions. The cave was also used in conjunction with the Underground Railroad as a hideout for slaves. Even earlier in the cave's history, it was used as housing for the Indians in the area. Another fun part of history for this cave is ballroom dances were held in a large open area now near the gift store and main entrance to the underground. These dances took place 10...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2002

Meramec Caverns
Highway 44
St. Louis, Missouri 63079
(573) 468-3166

Missouri Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "Botanical Gardens"

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When traveling west on I-44 from downtown, take the Vandeventer exit and turn left onto Vandeventer, get in the left hand lane, turning left on Shaw Blvd., you will see the gardens after about 1-2 blocks. From downtown, it's about a 1/2 hour drive. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. When you arrive at the gardens, you are given the choice of taking a tour with a tour guide (only given at 1:00 so arrive early) or you can go on a self-guided tour. We preferred the self-guided so that we could go at our own pace and see or skip whatever we'd like. As a background to this garden, it was opened to the public in the 1950's and to this day, is used as a research ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2002

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 577-9400

St. Louis Science Center

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Attraction | "The St. Louis Science Center"

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Another adventure in St. Louis that's free of charge. Hard to believe with what all this science center has to offer. There is a fee for parking, however, of $7 per car. On site, they have an Omnimax theatre, and there is a charge for this feature if you want to view a film in the round. The charge is $7 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. A really cool part of the center the kids will love is the glass enclosed bridge that spans the interstate beside the center. When standing on the bridge above the road, everyone can use the radar guns that are permanently installed to see how fast the cars are going below. Just aim and check out the speed reading...what's the speed limit again?! ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2002

St. Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave (Forest Park)
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 289-4400

Gateway Arch

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Attraction | "The Gateway Arch"

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Ticket prices are as follows: $8/elevator to the top, $6/movie, $11 elevator and movie. Kid prices are slightly less. What a wonderous site. The Gateway Arch is the tallest man made monument and you don't realize just how tall it is until you're standing under it. There are doors at the base of the arch where you enter and go underground to the common area where you can purchase tickets, visit the gift store (everyone needs their own miniature arch), or enter the museum where there is information on how the west was developed or go in the theater to view a film on how the arch was constructed and the difficulties in doing so. They do allow you to take a ride to the top of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2002

Gateway Arch
St. Louis Riverfront 707 North First St
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(877) 982 1410

St. Louis Zoo

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Attraction | "The St. Louis Zoo"

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St. Louis offers one of the most extremely nicest zoos that we have visited. However, what can you say about a zoo except there are animals galore! This zoo has over 300 animals housed inside and outside. Inside there's a collection of meerkats (just like Timon in "The Lion King"), alligators, crocidiles, koala bears and many birds. On your stroll around the outdoors be sure to visit the llama, but remember, stay away from their face. Why? Because llamas love to spit and it's gross to get it on you! In Big Cat Country the snow leopards are beautiful. There are tigers, lions, pumas, and jaguars. There are bears and apes - and hold your nose when you go by the big gorilla (he ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2002

St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive (forest Park)
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 781-0900

Magic House

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Attraction | "The Magic House"

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The Magic House is the children's museum for St. Louis. It is located in a neighborhood because it is kept inside an old Victorian home. Parking is found behind the home and is free of charge. It's a great place to take kids because they have several hands-on exhibits. Our favorite is what we call 'the hair raiser'. It's a huge static electricity ball and when you touch it, no matter how long your hair, it will stand straight up on end. Be sure to take your camera because it makes quite a great picture memento! There's an exhibit dealing in the power of using a pulley. There are 3 pulleys set up next to each other and a wooden seat at each one. Each has a different tension assi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2002

Magic House
516 South Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63122
+1 314 822 8900

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While entry to this historic site is free (donations accepted), it was a bit of a disappointment to us. Basically all there is to see is an old house and grounds that aren't all that beautiful and when we were there, could not get access to. Some renovations were taking place while we were there so it's possible that's why the home was not open to the public. However, walking around looking in the windows was not very entertaining. I would not take a trip back to this location, even if the home was open for viewing. When you read about this site, the literature will tell you there are 5 buildings (house, stone building, barn, chicken house and ice house). Don't let 5 buildings fool...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 1, 2002

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
7400 Grant Rd.
St. Louis, Missouri 38.571804