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St. Louis City Trip — Attractions

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MUSEUMS


The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum
701 N. 15th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-231-2489

A delightful hodgepodge of aquarium, playground, circus school and much more all spread out in an old warehouse manages to charm adults, teens and children alike.

The Magic House
516 S. Kirkwood Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
314-822-8900

The magic here isn't supernatural, but rather scientific and literary. The original cozy home features exhibits for younger kids; a soaring new expansion explores forensic science, construction and government.

Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112
314-746-4599

From frontier days through the 1904 World's Fair and Charles Lindbergh's historic trans-Atlantic flight, this museum tells the story of Missouri's relationship with the world.

St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-721-0072

Yes, there's Thomas Hart Benton and George Caleb Bingham, but there's also a strong collection of German Expressionist Max Beckmann, and the third part of the Claude Monet tryptich "Water Lillies".

EVENING DIVERSIONS


The Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis, Missouri

BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups
700 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
314-436-5222

This spacious two-story venue feels like a temple to the blues. No need to check the calendar — the music's always good.

Beale on Broadway
701 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
3 14-621-7880

A blues bar that's just scruffy enough to lend authenticity to the high-calibre musicians taking the stage.

Black Repertory Theater of St. Louis
The Grandel Theater
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis, MO 63108
314-534-3810

An African-American theater company also known as the Black Rep, it operates in a converted church, offering a varied selection of works by black playwrights.

Fox Theater
527 N. Grand Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-534-1678

This huge former movie palace is a glorious setting for Broadway road companies, usually musicals, and the occasional concert. The elaborate interior makes for interesting pre-curtain and intermission strolling.

Lumière Place Casino
999 N. 2nd St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
314-881-7777

A gaming destination that houses several of downtown's trendiest restaurants and bars.

Mandarin
44 Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63108
314-367-4447

The young and well-dressed gather here to laugh, drink and dance away the evening.

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Loretto-Hilton Center
130 Edgar Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63119
314-968-4925

Strong regional theater uses both local talent and actors from Chicago and New York to produce both large shows in the main theater, and small, more off-beat work in the studio on the lower level.

St. Louis Blues
Scottrade Center
1401 Clark St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-622-5400

Despite its mild climate, St. Louis is a hard-core hockey town, and this NHL club draws dedicated fans regardless of the team's record.

St. Louis Cardinals
Busch Stadium
700 Clark St.
St. Louis, MO 63101

The much-loved baseball and its knowledgeable fans are a big reason St. Louis is known as one of the top sports cities in America.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Powell Hall
718 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-533-2500

For more than a century, the SLSO has been one of the great St. Louis institutions; conductor David Robertson has brought new zest to the podium at Powell Hall.

Sub Zero Vodka Bar
308 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
314-367-1200

Sub Zero offers plenty of room to lounge and relax, with a wide range of potables.

SITES


The Planetarium at the Saint Louis Science Center in Missouri

Anheuser-Busch Brewery
12th & Lynch Sts.
St. Louis, MO 63118
314-577-2626

The first of all the A-B breweries, it's interesting to beer drinkers and history and architecture buffs. And there's a set of the famous Clydesdale horses.

Citygarden
Market Street between Eighth and Tenth
St. Louis, MO 63103

This free public park, a two-block stretch of impressive outdoor sculpture and clever landscaping, defines the term "urban oasis."

Gateway Arch
Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63102
314-923-3048

Even if you're wary of going up in the Arch, which is tricky for the claustrophobic, the Museum of Western Expansion below and the view from ground level are worthwhile. Keep an eye out for it at night, when it's floodlit.

Grant's Farm
10501 Gravois Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63123
314-843-1700

Named for its former owner, Ulysses S. Grant, and ancestral home to the Busch brewing family, the farm is home to animals both exotic and domestic, including the famous Clydesdales.

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-577-9400

The garden's research spans the globe, yet its glorious local campus is easy to navigate and very user-friendly. Families will love the Children's Garden (open April to October).

Old Courthouse
11 N. Fourth St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
314-655-1700

This lovely classical building near the base of the Gateway Arch, part of the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom thanks to its role in hundreds of slaves' suits for freedom, is now the scene of seasonal displays and naturalization ceremonies.

Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-289-4400

From spacecraft to dinosaurs, this museum's a must-see for scientifically minded kids, while the IMAX movies and lecture series earn kudos from adults.

Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Dr., Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-781-0900

It's practically impossible to see the zoo's comprehensive collection of animals in a single day, but it's great fun trying.

Union Station
1800 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-421-6655

No trains any more at Union Station, but the building, now a shopping mall and hotel, is enchanting.

SHOPPING


One of the scenes at Central West End in St. Louis, Missouri

Central West End
Euclid Avenue from Forest Park to Wash Avenues

A neighborhood of big old homes on private streets and, restaurants, bars and shops on the public ones.

Cherokee Street
Cherokee Street from Lemp to Jefferson Aves.

The antique shops along this charming street specialize in wares from china to saxophones to vintage clothes and salvaged architectural gems.

City Sprouts
6534 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
314-862-0609

Modern clothing and other kid-related stuff can be found at this little independent shop.

Collective at MX
626 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
314-241-5420

Curated wares from more than 50 vendors are displayed under one roof in the MX, a newly developed downtown shopping and dining destination.

Delmar Loop
6000-6700 Delmar Blvd.
University City and St. Louis, MO

It's almost like a small-town Main Street, with restaurants, a restored 1924 movie theater, a root beer brewery, a bowling alley, and lots of interesting shops.

Devil City
6301 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
314-863-8080

American-made, retro-inspired clothing and accessories for men, women, and tots with attitude.

The Hill
The city's old Italian neighborhood is home to restaurants, sought-after single-family homes and some good Italian grocery stores.

Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
314-367-6731

An independent bookstore in the Central West End (with a new location downtown at 321 N. Tenth St.), Left Bank sells used books as well as new, while offering a discount on hard-cover books in stock and sponsors lots of author visits.

Plowsharing Crafts
6271 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
314-863-3723

Home accessories, jewelry and clothing from various worldwide charities look good and make the buyer feel good.

Soulard Farmers Market
7th St. at Lafayette
St. Louis, MO 63104
314-622-4180

St. Louisans have shopped this market since 1779, and everyone — from recent immigrants to noted chefs — peruses its stalls Wednesday through Saturday. Overhead signs point out local farmers.

Streetside Records
6134 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
314-726-6277
A wide variety of music for most tastes, but primarily the young and intense.

Vintage Vinyl
6610 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
314-721-4096

The musical equivalent of a used bookstore, Vintage Vinyl has all sorts of things you forgot you wanted to buy a decade or two ago.

Washington Avenue
Washington Avenue from Fourth to 16th Streets

A stroll along its brick sidewalks takes you past boutiques, trendy shops, ethnic eateries, bars, and even a bowling alley.

RESOURCES

St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

For more information about what to do in and or around the city.


MORE ST. LOUIS INFORMATION

St. Louis Hotels

St. Louis Restaurants

Travel Guide Missouri


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