707 North First Street St. Louis Riverfront St. Louis, MO 63102 +1 877 982 1410
The Mississippi River has long beckoned adventurers to ride its mighty currents. Here you can board a paddle wheeler, the Tom Sawyer or the Becky Thatcher and take a step back in time to the era of Mark Twain. The slow-moving vessels offer perfect vantage points for sightseeing, while the riverboat captain narrates the tour and points out attractions and historic sights as they steam past. Take the less expensive daytime cruise or spend a little more for the dinner cruise or the helicopter tours.
209 Walnut Street St. Louis, MO 63102 +1 314 231 3250
By the 1960s, almost all of the buildings on the riverfront had been torn down to make way for the Gateway Arch. The only building on the Arch grounds that remained was the Old Cathedral, just west of the Arch's south leg. The Old Cathedral was inaugurated in 1818. Inside there are religious statues and paintings that tell the story of Christ's crucifixion. There are postcards available for sale inside a gift shop on the west side of the building. Guests are welcome from the morning through the afternoon.
710 North Second Street St. Louis, MO 63102 +1 314 241 5875
The district is named after Pierre Laclede, the man who founded St. Louis. Amuse yourself by walking on the cobblestone streets or, if you are feeling bold, take a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy the view of the riverboat casinos on the Mississippi. There are several restaurants to choose from, and when the weather permits, you can dine outside and listen to the street musicians. Partake in a dinner theater show at the Royal Dumpe, which is actually a lot better than the name implies.
Foot of Washington Avenue St. Louis, MO 63130 +1 314 421 1023
Named after the builder, Eads Bridge is a combination road and railway bridge over the Mississippi River. It joins St. Louis with East St. Louis in Illinois. At 6,442 ft, it was the bridge with the longest arch in the world, constructed of steel arch spans, and was the first bridge to use this material. This was also the deepest sunk bridge, and one of the first to use the cantilever support method and pneumatic caissons. It is still open for road and pedestrian traffic, and only light rail traffic passes over it.
6128 Delmar Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63112 +1 314 863 5811
The Regional Arts Commission provides funding for the arts and cultural institutions in order to contribute to local economic development. Artistic considerations, equal access across diverse cultural groups, and fiscal health are seen as crucially interrelated issues. The Commission maintains a number of programs and initiatives to further their goals, including a Gallery occupying the first floor of their Cultural Resource Center.
6504 Delmar Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63130 +1 314 727 4444
The Duck Room, located in the fabulous Blueberry Hill is a great performing stage. The music covers hip-hop, rock, reggae, country and folk, and apart from the national and local bands that have regular performances, Rock-and-Roll star Chuck Berry is on the playbill once a month. The room has an extensive memorabilia collection featuring the likenesses Elvis Presley, The Simpsons and Howdy Doody that adds a lot of character to the place. This is also a perfect location for private parties as it has a well stocked bar, extensive banquet menu and comfortable seating for around 300 guests. On musical nights, one must be over 21 years of age to enter and cover charges vary as per event. The doors open at 11a daily.
801 Strodtman Road St. Louis, MO 63138 +1 314 877 6014
The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is located at the convergence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Its myriad habitats support a multitude of wildlife. The area is open daily from dawn to dusk.
516 South Kirkwood Road St. Louis, MO 63122 +1 314 822 8900
Jody Newman and Barbie Freund founded this non-profit organization in 1975 with the goal of creating an interactive museum that attracts, educates, and entertains both children and adults. First Impressions is one of the world's largest movable sculptures, standing over eight feet tall. Lean against it for fun and make an impression of yourself. Learn about magnets, electricity or about the environment through hands-on activities such as the Oil Spill Cleanup project, or be a star on the KIDS-TV station.
11715 Cragwold Road St. Louis, MO 63122 +1 314 301 1500
Pack up the kids, some snacks, and an attitude for exploration. Powder Valley Nature Center, located in a remote and beautiful segment of the Kirkwood district is a perfect place to relax and soak in nature. There is no cost to roam these lands. Hike the 3 miles of winding trails and enjoy the beautiful foliage of every season. Visit the nature complex for educational and fun indoor activities, then take a piece of the experience home by visiting the gift shop. The nature center is not a park, however, so pets are not allowed. -Cathryn D. Blue
533 Grant Road St. Louis, MO 63125 +1 314 544 5714
More than 200 members' efforts and time contribute to the success of this park and the preservation of the natural historic setting. Activities that take place on the 405-acre park include picnics, softball games, meetings, concerts and more. The park offers memberships, with the dues being used to preserve and enhance the park. Visit the gift shop to purchase a physical memory of Jefferson's era and of your visit to this historic piece of heaven.
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