Triangle Trip

Visitor’s guide to St. Louis

by Big A on May.05, 2009, under Vacation



Meet me in St. Louis?  Here’s a short guide on what to see and what to do in St. Louis, Missouri:

Sightseeing

1. Arch and Riverfront - Not much to say, this is the one thing they always show and reference when speaking about St. Louis.  If you are visiting St. Louis, you need to see this spectacular creation.

2. Forest Park - For outdoor lovers, this is one of the treasures of St. Louis. It hosted the 1904 World’s Fair, and has undergone $100 million of restoration since.   Its 50% larger than NY’s central park at about ~1300 acres.  The park has beautiful trails, picnic areas, art museum, waterboats, and more…

3. Busch Stadium - Home of the St. Louis Cardinals.  This city revolves around one sport, its baseball, and with it, its the Cardinals.  I know of people who work in St. Louis who close down their offices just to see the home opener.  Cardinals fans are one of the greatest baseball fans in the nation.  The stadium has recently been renovated and it looks amazing.

4. St. Louis Zoo - I’ve been to a few zoos around the country and this is by far the best free zoo in the nation. If you are coming with kids, bring them to the zoo. Remember, it’s free!

5. Anheuser Busch Brewery - This is for the beer lovers, take a tour of the brewery and get a free drink as well.

6. St. Louis Science Center - Great place for kids. A “new” science center (although not new anymore) was built across the highway from the old science center, but it is attached with a bridge over the highway. Pluses: it has an Omnimax theater and a planetarium.

Nightlife

The Loop - I’m not sure why they call it the loop, but this six blocks of entertainment attracts all sorts of people. It is referenced in Nelly’s country grammar song (I’m from the Loop’ and I’m proud) Blueberry Hill is a must see, where celebrities come if they come to St. Louis. The Delmar Loop is located closely to Washington University in St. Louis so this place is packed with college kids.

Laclede’s Landing - Fun bar area in downtown, which is a must for St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Hosts many bars, a piano bar, and clubs.  Beware of the drunkards.

Soulard - Counter to the Landing, this is the French quarter of St. Louis. It has a Mardi Gras celebration which obviously is not as big as New Orleans, but its still a fun place to go. Also beware of the drunkards. It also has one of the oldest public market open in the mornings. Producers come shop here.

Central West End - This is more of a hip and trendy area for professionals to come and shop, wine and dine. This place is at the west end of St. Louis country, but it is centrally located to all of the St. Louis suburbs. Cleverly named.

 
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