St. Louis Journals

St. Louis - A Best Kept Secret

An October 2005 trip to St. Louis by aahhh

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Somewhat small room for two double beds, but not too bad. The beds were super comfy. Hotel is right in downtown, so it's walking distance to the stadium, the Arch, and the Landing. Parking was extra and located in a garage, a one block walk from the hotel.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

St. Louis Pavilion Hotel
1 South Broadway
St. Louis 63102
(314) 421-1776

Big Bang

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The Big Bang is a dueling piano bar on the landing. Two guys sitting at facing pianos, play only requests from the audience. You can request songs or artists, for which they'll either pick a song or do a montage of songs. If it's pretty empty, they'll usually go with the shout it out method (and new people arriving usually get next pick). If it's busier, you write it on napkins and drop it on the piano. To make sure it gets played or to get it played sooner, you add a tip. Bigger the tip, sooner it gets played. Every hour they switch out guys and usually do a couple of the requested songs with guitar and drums added in at the transition time. Their drinks are very good and I'd say about average price....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Big Bang
807 North 2nd Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 241-1754

St. Louis Zoo

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St. Louis Zoo is a great place to spend the day—and it's free! One of the few free zoos in the U.S. (Though, they do charge for parking, so I suppose that makes up for it.) It's a great place for kids of any age. Most of it's outdoor walking, so wear comfy shoes. It's also open year-round, so keep the weather in mind too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

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

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The St. Louis Science Center is one of the most fun places in St. Louis! Good for any age! Everyone will have a blast going through the exhibits on everything from the body, to computers, to the dinosaurs, to construction, to space exploration! A notable thing to see is the walkway bridge that crosses over I-64 connecting the two buildings. There are clear panels in the floor to watch the cars zoom by underneath and speedometers on the railings to measure their speed as they go by! The Science Center also has an IMAX theater and the projection room is walled with glass so you can see the huge projector and roles of film as you wait in line to enter the theater.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

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

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Wonderful museum and a great way to spend the day. The museum, like most attractions in Forest Park, is free, though special exhibits cost extra. And don't forget to check out the view from the museum out over Forest Park.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 721-0072

Forest Park

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A beautiful jewel in the middle of St. Louis. Whether you're looking to spend the day outside or inside, Forest Park has something you can do. Home to the Zoo, the Science Center, the Art Museum, and the Jewel Box, (most of which are free), you'll have something that interests you.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Forest Park
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63112
(314) 367-7275

Saint Louis Galleria

Attraction | "Galleria"

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The biggest mall in St. Louis. Very nice place to shop with a huge variety of stores. Nice selection of restaurants to choose from as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Saint Louis Galleria
1155 Saint Louis Galleria
St. Louis, Missouri 63117
(314) 863-5500

St. Louis Union Station

Attraction | "Union Station"

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The old train station converted into a shopping mall. Most of the stores have souvenirs or some kind of out of the norm merchandise. Not huge but a nice place to just walk around. The ponds outside are filled with Koi and include coin-operated machines you can get fish pellets from. There is a Hard Rock Cafe in the parking lot.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

St. Louis Union Station
1820 Market St
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 421-6655

St. Louis Arch

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You can't visit St. Louis and not stop by the Arch. And you're really missing out if you don't visit the top. After a very cramped space ride (claustrophobics beware) to the top in one of the elevators that run up each leg of the arch, you are rewarded with a great view of downtown (including old city hall and Busch stadium) in one direction and a view out across the river into Illinois in the other. The museum below is on the journey of Lewis & Clark and the westward expansion. It's pretty interesting. After you're done on the inside, wander around outside and take a walk down to the Muddy Miss below.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

St. Louis Arch

St. Louis, Missouri