Hiking trail by Weldon Springs     

 

 

                                             

Attention Motorcycle Enthusiast!  The Moto Museum opened last May and offers a close up and personal view of 150 vintage motorcycles from the United States and European countries.  This museum was created from a St Louis architect 5-year passion of collecting antique motorcycles.  This unique attraction is located in the central west end close to the Fox Theatre.                                                              

Heading away from downtown towards the county, be sure to check out Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center.  This unique St Louis attraction provides an opportunity to enjoy Mother Nature at her best.  There are hiking trails (many of them paved) and a great visitor's center.  The visitors center has a discovery room for kids, Missouri fishpond display, bird watching area and Lewis and Clark keelboat.

How about a combination of local artist works and outdoor recreation?  Just a short drive up the hill is Laumeier Sculpture Park.  This unique attraction provides great hiking trails and modern art sculptures.  Plan on to spend a couple hours enjoying the grounds and maybe add a special picnic too.  

Next stop is a little past Six Flags about 30 minutes away in Grey Summit.  Shaw Nature Reserve is a great place to get away and enjoy some solitude.  There are easy wooded hiking trails and open prairies to explore. There are observation towers that provide great views of the abundant wild life here.  This unique attraction is an extension of the Missouri Botanical Garden and offers 2,500 acres of natural Ozark landscape. 

Dog lover? Just across the highway is Purina Farms, which offers a competition dog arena, barn with farm animals and demonstrations of diving dogs.  There are many other unique attractions in this area close to six flags.  

The journey continues back across the river towards Illinois to Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area.  This unique attraction offers a wildlife preserve, visitors center, bike trails, hiking, boardwalk and fishing.  Lewis and Clark started thier journey up the Missouri river here in 1804.  The water is dangerous but if the level is low enough there is a great sandy beach area.  There is a great view of the historic Confluence.    

For more information about mainstream attractions and off the beaten path discoveries.  Check out website Saint Louis Attractions

 

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