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St. Louis has a lot more than just the Arch!

May 1, 2006  I have lived in St. Louis for over 35 years, and although I did not go to high school here, an insider St. Louis joke (we make fun of ourselves because no one asks where you went to college, everyone asks each other where they went to high school, I suppose because it pretty much tells the other person what kind of a socioeconomic background you are from) none the less, St. Louis is my home. We have raised five children here and prior to my St. Louis life I lived in 13 different midwestern cities. So I think I know St. Louis and the surrounding areas pretty well.
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Spring is the best time to visit St. Louis. It is the time to be outside and appreciate the enormous amount of things to see and do here. Summers here are hot and humid so all St. Louisians appreciate Spring and Fall.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Eureka, Saint Louis
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • 1. Missouri Botanical Gardens
    http://www.mobot.org

    Located close to the downtown area, the gardens have all the local flora of the area, as well as a climatron & japanese garden. Watch for special events on their website, which are always well done and well attended.

  • 2. The Kady Trial
    http://www.bikekatytrail.com/

    A bicycle path one can do with families or not. There are bike rental places and B & B's along the way. Bike to a small town, visit a local restaurant, winery or bakery. The trail is easy enough for anyone old enough to ride or walk the trail.

  • 3. Six Flags St Louis
    Six Flags St Louis, Eureka, Missouri

    An amusement park outside of St. Louis for those of you who aren't nature lovers and prefer lots of action.

  • 4. Float Trips
    http://www.thetent.com

    Missouri is big on floating (canoeing or tubing) on it's numerous creeks. It is a fun filled day. An outfitter will take you to the head of your float and pick you up when you are done. A great family activity or romantic one. Spring is a good time to float if you like the action. The creeks are full from the spring rains. Summer is best with small children because the water is shallower and the creek milder. Just make inquiries because there are many, many rivers and creeks, some more action packed and some better for the unexperienced.

  • 5. The Boat House
    http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/boathouse.html

    A restaurant and boat house. You can rent a paddle boat that seats five, two adults and three children, or a canoe and paddle over the original lagoons of the 1904 World's Fair in fabulous Forest Park. Eat lunch and walk over to the famous St. Louis Zoo! You could spend a weekend in Forest Park alone. They also have a public golf course which has been recently updated. In the winter Forest Park has a skating rink.

  • 6. St. Louis Science Center
    Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

    The Science Center is an interactive exhibit of principals of science and it's applications. In the Spring and during nice weather a family tour (children have to be 12 or older, check their website for updated info) through Forest Park on Segways. Older children, teens and adults love Segways. If it rains, the Center has a "space station" you can walk through and then go stargazing in a theater where you lay down to watch the constellations or see projections of other activities in space. They have an Omnimax and many, many exhibits to visit.

  • 7. The Muny Theater
    The Muny, Saint Louis, Missouri

    The Muny is a wonderful late Spring activitiy. It opens in June and closes mid August. This outdoor theater is immense, 4000 seats. It is a fun thing to go do with the entire family. Have a picnic on in Forest Park, where it is located and go to the theater after. I like the Muny in the late Spring, early summer best, because the heat and humidity can be a bit much.

  • 8. Soulard Farmers Market
    Soulard Farmers Market, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Strolling through Soulard is always a hoot. You can see skinned racoons, fresh chickens, and any and all produce. It is an adventure just to walk through. It is close to the Brewery, so if you get any of the frequent spring rains, stroll over to the Anheuser-Busch brewery for a tour. The kids like it just as much as the adults because you also get to see the Clydesdale horses and the factory is interesting.

  • 9. Grant's Farm
    Grant's Farm, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Always a wonderful place to go with children.

  • 10. Bob Kramer's Marionettes
    http://www.kramersmarionnettes.com/

    If the weather is not co-operating and you have children ages 2 to about 10 (acutally older kids may object to going to see a puppet show, but they actually end up loving it) see if Bob Kramer isn't doing a show. His puppets and programs are amazing and delightful. The theater is small and there is always audience interaction. This is a must see.

  • 11. The World Bird Sanctuary
    http://www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

    Wow! This is the place that provides many U.S. attractions with it's bird shows. The sanctuary is fascinating for all ages. Numerous bird species are there for rehabilitation and educating the public. Ronald Reagan's eagle gifted to him by China resides there. There are kinds of interesting birds and reptiles. If you are fotunate to be there when the "behind the scenes" tours are held. GO! When I was on one we saw a nest of baby owls and it was difficult to tell how many there were because they were all bunched together and occationally one would open it's eyes and pop his head out of the pile of feathers. I was three feet away from them. The World Bird Sanctuary is on the way to Lone Elk Park, a park you can drive through and observe wild deer, elk and buffalo. Go in the early morning or late afternoon for the best possibility of seeing things.

  • 12. TheGreat River Road
    http://www.thegreatriverroad.com

    Just across the river from St. Louis is the Great River Road. The town of Alton, Illinois is a quaint river town with antique shops and curiosity shops. But the real adventure is driving the road itself. It runs along the river and has a few historic stops, the first one being the Piaza Bird, a drawing on the river bluffs left over from local Indians long ago. Pierre Marquette park and several home cooking type reastaurants are located on the river itself. Eijay's Landing Restaurant in Godfrey, Illinois is famous for it's great home cooking. Sometimes on Saturdays or Sundays the restaurant has lines a block long. Bike riders bike to this great place and it actually is fun to walk around the town and stand in line and talk to people from all over. Speaking of bike riding this is an awesome and easy bike ride. Families with children will need to take care because you are driving along the highway, however there is a wonderful wide and safe bike path and you see numerous families with kids riding along the Great River Road.