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What to do in St. Louis?

I'm being shipped out to St. Louis during the summer (for work). What's there to do out there?
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If your into history there is a Holocaust museum that was pretty sobering. When I went there we we lucky and they had a school going through so they had a survivor there to talk about his experience. It was really a heavy experience but something that I'm glad that I did. But if your looking for something a little lighter the Anheuser-Busch tour is pretty fun plus free beer at the end. If you like really, Really cheesy stuff there is a wax museum down in Laclede's Landing near the Arch, it is really a run down place but I like the hole in the wall kind of stuff.

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Re: What to do in St. Louis?

Go see the Arch. Go see a Cardinals game. Go hear some music around the Loop.
Enjoy some delicious toasted raviolis.
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Enjoy some delicious toasted raviolis.
Definitely this. Imo's Pizza too.

Also go to the Arch, as obvious as that may seem. If you're not afraid of heights go up it, but at least go under it and look up. One word of advice, don't bother going inside unless you plan to ride up it. You'll have to go through a ridiculous security checkpoint (I'm talking belts, hats, etc off, pockets emptied and run through a x-ray and you through a metal detector) and the museum and such inside isn't very good.

Their zoo is good too, one of the better ones I've been to. It helps that it's completely free. There's a lot of little museums around it in the Forest Park area that are also free, I haven't been to any of those though so I can't vouch for them.

If you have kids you might check out City Museum. It's a tricky place to explain, but it seems like it would be a lot of fun for kids. It's not really much of a museum, there is an aquarium and a few exhibits, but most of it is really based on interaction and playing on things.
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Don't go to the bowling Hall of Fame next to Busch stadium.
Was waiting for the game last year and seen it and I was like lets go to pass time and then they were charging like $12 WTF??? No thanks!!!
The free zoo...is not bad for free.
Arch rocks but is defaced by stupid people that decided it would be cool carve their names in it.
When I was out there I hit Jack in the Box like 8 times. God I miss that.
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The Arch is incredible.
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Old 04-21-09, 04:27 AM
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I'm being shipped out to St. Louis during the summer (for work). What's there to do out there?
In addition to the Arch, check out the accompanying Museum of Westward Expansion. The Anheuser-Busch brewery tour is a must, as is taking in a Cardinals game. Laclede's Landing used to be nice, but I don't know if it has gone down hill or not. Check out the University City Loop, and be sure to have a burger at Blueberry Hill. Chuck Berry plays in the basement there about once a month, so you have a chance to check out a living legend. The Hill is the place to go for Italian Food. Visiting Forest Park is a must (and you can take tours on Segways), which is where you'll find the excellent St. Louis Zoo --- one of the best in the country (Marlin Perkins used to be the director).

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Don't waste your money on Imo's.

The Art Museum kicks ass and is just up the hill from the zoo. Forest Park is one of the jewels of the city.

Get a pizza at Pi on the east end of The U-City Loop. Take in a concert across the street at The Pageant.

Eat your way around The Hill.

Eat and drink your way around Tower Grove Park - plenty of great restaurants/bars in that area of South City. Head east and there are some great places to eat in the vicinity of the brewery, too.

Don't waste your money on Imo's.

Head into North St. Louis during the daylight hours and hit up Crown Candy (recently seen on "Man vs. Food").

The Missouri Botanical Gardens are top notch if you are into that sort of thing.

The Arch is still cool after all these years, imo.

If you like strip clubs - go to the East Side.

Cards games are a must if you are a baseball fan, but the "best fans in baseball/baseball heaven" crap gets a bit annoying.

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but the "best fans in baseball/baseball heaven" crap gets a bit annoying.
And is absolutely based in fallacy
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Regardless of the fans, I'd go to a Cards game and see some of the sights. The zoo ain't half bad and obviously the arch is cool to see.

I'd also recommend taking in some of the bars since there's a pretty awesome scene there because of it's proximity to Budweiser.
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Regardless of the fans, I'd go to a Cards game and see some of the sights.
Aboslutely, I've heard the park is really nice. The All-Star game is there this year too so I'd check into maybe getting tickets to the HR Derby if the price is semi reasonable.
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How old are you? Will you have a wife and/or kids with you? What do you like to do?

If you are into amusement parks, get a season pass to Six Flags, something like $75 or so.

If you like botanical gardens, as mentioned above the Missouri Botanical Gardens are really nice (also called the Shaw Gardens).

Grant’s Farm is worth a trip one weekend afternoon – sort of a kids petting zoo / historical place with a great beer garden at the end (with a couple free beers for the adults – it’s owned / operated by Budweiser). Speaking of which, the Budweiser brewery tour is also very nice (and free) – a couple more free beers and a great gift shop.

Purina Farms is supposedly a nice place to visit though I have never been there.

Spend an afternoon at the Landing (the area just north of the Arch), and of course go up in the Arch and check out the museum at the base.

Catch a play at the Muny, in Forest Park. Catch the zoo and science center while you are there also (zoo & science center are free).

Cardinals baseball games are a great way to kill an evening.

On the weekend, go into southern Missouri (125 or 150 miles south) and go canoeing with some friends. There are plenty of outfitters. Of course take some beer if you want, sort of like a party in a canoe for a day (or a half day, depends on your trip length). Or don’t take alcohol and just relax.

The Union Station is a pretty neat mall (former train station), within walking distance of Busch Stadium (where the Cardinals play).

Do a google search on the St. Louis Tourism department (I’m sure they have one though I don’t know their name), see what they have. There will be diiferent food / music festivals etc (small scale) downtown, they will know the what, when, and where of the events.

With regard to the strip club on the east side - just keep in mind that East St. Louis (across the Mississippi River, in Illinois) is a pretty rough area. Don't get off the beaten path if you head that way.

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The mall at Union Station is a tourist trap. BUT, the whole area is pretty neat from a historic perspective. Lots of pictures inside the mall. The Drury Inn across the street is the old YMCA building for railroad workers. And there's always a few old trains and locomotives in the yard to play with.
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The mall at Union Station is a tourist trap.
Tourist trap, and an awful excuse for a mall. It's a good place to eat before hockey games though, so I end up there every time I'm in St. Louis.
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Drive three hours west to Kansas City instead.
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Last time I went to St. Louis, the mall at Union Station was pretty cool with some neat restaurants. I remember the Hard Rock Cafe was there. I actually won money at the Harrah's casino, you could always tour the Anheiser Bush Brewery, sorry InBev now.
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There are some good restaurants and a cool Beatles store. (Beatles For Sale) But other than that, nothing worth writing home about.
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And is absolutely based in fallacy
No shit.

Union Station is a waste of time.

The Lumiere Casino is supposed to very nice if you like to gamble. If you like a non-smoking environment - head across the river to the new Casino Queen.

Fairmount Park horse track is ten minutes east of downtown. Party at the Park is a decent way to spend a Friday night in the summer. Live racing on Tuesday's, too.

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Do NOT cross over the river into East St. Louis
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Do NOT cross over the river into East St. Louis
Then how is he going to get to the Sauget Ballet?

East St. Louis isn't near the hell-hole that North St. Louis is.
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You do have to cross the river into Alton, IL and go to Fast Eddie's Bon Air a huge bar with incredible food at cheap prices: Steak burgers for $.99; jumbo shrimp $.29 each, etc. Food is cheap so you'll stay there and drink, but the drink prices are reasonable. And it's a great place for people watching.

Fourth of July evening and weekends in the summer they have "Live on the Levee" down by the Arch. Free concerts by fairly big names: Emmy Lou Harris, Cyndi Lauper; Hootie and the Blowfish have all been there in the past few years.

Avoid Imo's Pizza like the plague. If you want really good pizza, take a two hour drive to Columbia and go to Shakespeare's Pizza.
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You do have to cross the river into Alton, IL and go to Fast Eddie's Bon Air a huge bar with incredible food at cheap prices: Steak burgers for $.99; jumbo shrimp $.29 each, etc. Food is cheap so you'll stay there and drink, but the drink prices are reasonable. And it's a great place for people watching.
I've heard the complex is huge w/ the patio that they added last year.

If he wants to have an interesting evening - go on a pub crawl in Alton along/around Broadway.

People have been telling me about Shakespeare's for years. I've also heard Blackthorn Pub has the best pizza in the city from several people. And it's Chicago-style.
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