Month: August 2010

Springfield, Missouri

A- Overview:
It’s no wonder so many visitors come to visit Springfield by car, as it is recognized as the point of origin of the famous Route 66. In 1938, Route 66 became the first completely paved transcontinental highway in America, a highway that finally stretched from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast. The red booths and gleaming chrome of the mom-and-pop diners, the stone cottages of tourist courts and the now-silent “all service” gas stations stood by to assist as America fall in love with the automobile.

Today, the city is conveniently located in the southwestern section of Missouri along Interstate 44 just a short drive from the world-renowned tourist destination of Branson. Springfield is Missouri’s third largest city and is within a 500-mile radius of nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population. Located in one of the country’s most scenic regions, Springfield and the Ozarks offer fabulous entertainment, great attractions, and wonderful shopping.

Visitors to Springfield, Missouri, enjoy a world of great attractions, comfortable lodging and an array of delectable dining. The area offers spectacular entertainment, events and cultural endeavors. As a well-rounded city, Springfield supports a thriving arts community that features a symphony and ballet, opera, art museum and more.

Summer in Springfield bustles with activities. With average temperatures in the mid-70’s F it’s the time of year when Springfieldians flock to the annual Firefall Independence Day celebration featuring a glorious fireworks display choreographed to the music of the Springfield Symphony.

Other traditions include the Ozark Empire Fair and Cider Days on historic Walnut Street. These enormously popular events capture the community’s big-hearted, old-fashioned sense of friendliness and fun. Springfield’s hometown hospitality also shines at the holiday season with the Festival of Lights and First Night, the city’s New Year’s Eve party. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Visitors can enjoy a brat and baseball game at Hammons Field or explore Wonders of Wildlife Zooquarium.

With a wide array of things to see and do, Springfield attractions offer a window to the world. A unique attraction is the Library Station. It’s a public library like no other in the country. Walk into the spacious lobby of the Library Station, the “planes, trains & automobiles” theme of the 36,000-sq-ft facility will become immediately apparent. Look down and see Rt. 66 traced on the floor, from Chicago to Los Angeles, California, with Springfield, MO, the city where the decision was made to use the number “66,”highlighted. There are antique bicycles on the walls, transportation memorabilia & great old pictures of local folk standing near vintage buses, trains & other forms of transportation. Enter the children’s department through a replica of a covered bridge. It’s an entire day for the family.

For a touch of sightseeing during a leisurely stroll, be sure to visit the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. At 562 feet end-to-end, the 100 year old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is one of few still used by pedestrians. Recently restored, train watching continues 24-7 on 13 sets of tracks just below. Double decker buses glide by dramatically, just inches below. The bridge is spectacular under its lights at night. Locals refer to it as Springfield’s largest public art sculpture.

Of course, world-famous Branson is close by with some of the finest entertainment available. When traveling with children, visitors often enjoy spending a day at nearby White Water or Silver Dollar City. There are so many sights to see and things to do that it is difficult to fit everything into one trip. It’s one of the many reasons visitors come back time and again to this welcoming Missouri city.

B- City Information:
Population: 151,580

Elevation: 1300 feet above sea level

Land Area: 73.2 square miles

Location: Located on Interstate 44 in the southwestern section of Missouri, approximately 40 miles from Branson, Missouri

Time Zone: Central time zone (when it’s noon in Springfield, it’s 1pm in New York City and 10am in Los Angeles). Springfield observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
31.3
36.7
45.9
55.3
64.4
73.1
78.2
77.2
69.0
58.0
45.5
35.3

High temperature (°F)
41.3
47.5
57.5
67.4
75.6
84.2
89.6
89.2
80.9
70.3
56.1
45.2

Low temperature (°F)
21.3
25.9
34.5
43.2
53.1
61.9
66.8
65.2
57.1
45.7
34.8
25.4

Precipitation (in)
2.0
2.2
3.8
4.2
4.6
4.8
3.6
3.3
4.7
3.5
4.5
3.1

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
8
8
10
11
11
10
8
8
8
8
9
9

Wind speed (mph)
11.4
11.5
12.5
12.0
10.2
9.3
8.4
8.4
9.1
10.1
11.0
11.2

Morning humidity (%)
78
78
77
79
85
87
87
87
87
82
80
80

Afternoon humidity (%)
65
63
59
59
63
64
62
60
63
59
63
66

Sunshine (%)
50
52
56
59
60
65
71
71
67
64
52
48

Local Seasons:

Summer tends to be the busiest time of year when families come to visit the area’s many attractions and the weather is perfect for any type of activity. Holidays tend to become quite busy as visitors enjoy the fine array of special decorations and activities both in the city itself as well as in nearby Branson. The slowest time of year is the month of January. If you are looking for a less crowded environment, peaceful surroundings, and low cost, this is the time to visit. Each season has something to offer. In the spring, the weather is exquisite for any type of activity. With temperatures during the day reaching the high 70’s F and lows at night in the 50’s, it’s the perfect time for visiting many of the great attractions and outdoor activities the city has to offer. The fall brings with it Nature’s finest in an array of colors, changing each day and bringing new breathtaking sights. There is snow in winter, and the temperatures are seasonally cold. Summer bustles with activities but with average temperatures in the mid-70’s F, there is no reason not to enjoy as many of the numerous attractions and events taking place. Regardless of the time for a visit, Springfield has a special season waiting.

How to Get There:

By Air

Springfield – Branson Airport

2801 N. General Aviation Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803

417-869-0300

The airport is conveniently located and is served by some of the nationally recognized airlines as well as their commuter affiliates. In addition, certain regional and local airlines serve the airport as well.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus services are available at the airport as well as at select locations throughout the city.

By Car:

Springfield is conveniently located on Interstate 44 which runs from the northeast to the southwest. In addition, from the north and south, U.S Highway 65 is very convenient.

By Bus

Greyhound

2425 E Kearney Street
Springfield, MO 65803

417-862-6777

How to Get Around:

With so many things to do and sites to see, both in Springfield itself as well as throughout the entire area, visitors find the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

Lincoln’s Birthday: February 12.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Truman Day: May 8

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Columbus Day: 2nd Monday in October

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Air and Military Museum
2305 E. Kearney St.
Springfield, MO 65803
417- 864-7997
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 12pm – 4pm Other times by appointment
Admission Charged, free under 6

A “Hands-On” museum of military history. Take an imaginary flight in a real Cobra helicopter, type a message on a teletype writer.

BalloonSport USA
4059 S Hooper Ave
Springfield, MO 65804
417-865-0800
Hours: Call for reservations, open by appointment only, 7 days a week
Admission Charged

Hot air balloon flights over Springfield and the scenic Ozarks.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
1935 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield , MO 65807
417-887-7334
Hours: Mon – Sat 7am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 6pm
Admission Free
Cascading waterfalls, giant aquariums, and an enormous selection of outdoor gear are just a sample of what is waiting for you at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the “Granddaddy of all Outdoor Stores”. Also featured is Hemingway’s, a unique restaurant with its own 30,000-gallon-saltwater aquarium. Explore the 300,000 sq. ft. showroom loaded with unique features including an art gallery, barber shop, firing range, Tracker boat showroom and much more.

Commercial Street Historical District
Commercial Street, between Washington & Lyon
Springfield, Missouri 65803
417-864-7015
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Admission Free

A turn-of-the century railroad boom town. This 6-block local & federal historic district is being reborn with “Shabby Chic” shopping and lots of lofts and new streetscape. Great for strolling, window shopping, and train watching from the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.

Dickerson Park Zoo
3043 N. Fort Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
417-864-1800
Hours: April – September 9am – 5pm, October – March 10am – 4pm
Admission Charged

Up-close natural adventure with hundreds of animals. “Missouri Habitats” features native species; gray wolf and mountain lions, river otters and more! Also popular, reptiles and amphibians in the Ambler Diversity of Life building.

Fantastic Caverns
4872 N. Farm Rd. 125
I-44 and Hwy 13 North
Springfield, MO 65803
417-833-2010
Hours: Open year-round, call for additional information
Admission Charged

One of America’s Ride-Through Caves. A 50-min. guided tour follows an ancient underground riverbed filled with massive formations. The cave stays a comfortable 60°F year-round. Because you ride and never walk, Fantastic Caverns is especially convenient for parents with small children, seniors and physically challenged visitors.

Founders Park
330 E. Water Street
Springfield, Missouri 65806
417-864-1049
Hours: Open year-round, 5:30am – 11pm
Admission Free

Historical timeline murals and displays depict Springfield events over the last 100 years. The amphitheater serves as seating for the outdoor movie series & live performances.

Gray/Campbell Farmstead
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Nathanael Greene Park
Springfield, MO 65807
417-724-0880
Hours: Open April – September, weekends 1pm – 4:30pm.
Admission Free

The home of John Polk Campbell, nephew and namesake of the founder of Springfield, MO. The farmstead includes the 1856 house, detached log kitchen, log granary, two-crib barns and family cemetery. Costumed guides present the history of the farmstead.

History Museum for Springfield-Greene County
830 Boonville Ave.
Historic City Hall, Third Floor
Springfield , MO 65806
417-864-1976
Hours: Tue – Sat 10:30am – 4:30pm
Admission Free, donations suggested
Located in Springfield’s stately historic City Hall, the History Museum is dedicated to preserving the unique history of this region. The permanent exhibit traces local history from pre-historic times through the 1950s. Hands-on areas help younger visitors learn about the Native Americans, pioneers and soldiers who lived here. Rotating exhibits highlight various topics.

IMAX
Southwest corner of Sunshine & Campbell
Springfield, Missouri 65807
417-882-IMAX (4629)
Hours: Open year-round, 10am – 10pm
Admission Charged
Think Big! Experience the excitement only IMAX can deliver. Breathtaking crystal clear giant screen 3D images and 12,000 watt digital sound transport visitors into the ultimate film experience.

Jefferson Avenue Footbridge
Commercial at Jefferson
Springfield, Missouri 65803
417-864-7015
Hours: Open year-round
Admission Free

At 562 feet end-to-end, the 100 year old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is one of few still used by pedestrians. Recently restored, train watching continues 24-7 on 13 sets of tracks just below. Double deckers glide by dramatically just inches below. Lit at night, locals refer to it as Springfield’s largest public art sculpture.

Jordan Valley Ice Park
635 E. Trafficway St.
Springfield , MO 65806
417-866-7444
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation
Admission Charged
Springfield’s Jordan Valley Ice Park provides excellent family recreational ice sports entertainment. Whether an experienced skater or trying it for the first time, visitors enjoy the open skating, youth and adult instructional programs for all ages. ACHA and NAHL hockey teams provide fast and exciting family entertainment.

Library Center
4653 S. Campbell
Springfield, MO 65810
417-874-8120
Hours: 8:30am – 9pm daily and 1 – 5pm on Sundays
Admission Free

The 82,000-sq-ft building houses major collections of print & electronic resources, state-of-the-art reference technology, a computer lab, 11 various-sized meeting rooms, a gift shop, cafe, outdoor story garden & auditorium. Among its many charms is the children’s area which features a life-sized giraffe & turtle, & colorful end-panel paintings & mural.

Library Station
2535 N. Kansas Expwy
Springfield, MO 65803
417-874-8140
Hours: 8:30am – 9pm daily and 1 – 5pm on Sundays
Admission Free

A public library like no other in the country. Walk into the spacious lobby of the Library Station, the “planes, trains & automobiles” theme of the 36,000-sq-ft facility will become immediately apparent. Look down & you’ll see Rt. 66 traced on the floor, from Chicago to Los Angeles, California, with Springfield, MO, the city where the decision was made to use the number “66,”highlighted. There are antique bicycles on the walls, transportation memorabilia & great old pictures of local folk standing near vintage buses, trains & other forms of transportation.

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
3861 E. Stan Musial Dr.
Springfield , MO 65809
417-889-3100
Hours: Open year-round, Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun 12pm – 4pm
Admission Charged
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is a 22,000-sq. ft. museum filled with sports memorabilia and interactive displays. Visitors are sure to enjoy a complete Missouri sports history experience at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame!

Petra Rock Climbing Gym
916 N. Cedarbrook
Springfield, Missouri 65802
417-866-3308
Hours: Mon – Thurs 2pm – 10pm, Fri 2pm – 1am, Sat. 10am – 1am, Sun 12 – 6pm

Admission Charged

Kids that rock program for ages 13 and under. Get certified to belay and have fun with the family all day!

Pythian Castle
1451 E. Pythian St.
Springfield, Missouri 65802
417-865-1464
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation
Admission Charged
Call for information

Originally built in 1913 as an orphanage by the Knights of Pythias and later owned by the US military for over 50 years, this unique castle structure has been renovated and is now open to the public. Swing and ballroom lessons, dances, murder mystery nights, holiday parties and other special events occur regularly.

Softball Museum
2141 E. Pythian
Springfield , Missouri 65810
417-887-5817
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11am – 5pm
Admission Charged
The Softball Museum features the Springfield and Missouri A.S.A. Hall of Fame with displays dating from the 1920s, including state, regional and national tournaments, Sister City Isesaki, Japan uniforms, trophies, photos and much more!

Springfield Art Museum
1111 E. Brookside Dr.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-837-5700
Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 9am – 5 pm, Thurs 9am – 8pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm

Admission Charged

Springfield National Cemetery
1702 E. Seminole St.
Springfield, MO 65804
417-881-9499
Hours: Open daily, 8am – dusk
Admission Free

Heroes from all wars are buried in the Springfield National Cemetery. Among them are William Freeman, a Revolutionary War soldier, and five Medal of Honor recipients, whose headstones are engraved in gold. Hundreds of Civil War soldiers killed during the Battle of Pea Ridge and Wilson’s Creek, as well as those who died in the Battle of Springfield, are buried here. Several special monuments have been erected commemorating Civil War heroes. In 1901, one of Missouri’s most distinguished sculptures was erected to honor the state’s Confederate soldiers and their leader, General Sterling Price.

Springfield Skatepark
945 W. Meadowmere
Springfield , Missouri 65807
417-868-8758
Hours: Summer 10am – midnight; Winter, Sun – Thurs 3 – 9pm, Fri & Sat 3pm – midnight, closed Monday

Admission Charged
Indoor park is 13,500 square feet with Finland-birch ramps; 25,000 square feet outdoor concrete park with rippin’ bowl, flow course and street plaza. Safe environment for young kids and great spectator seating. Pro shop, concessions, beginner lessons, birthday parties and helmet rentals.

Springfield Conservation Nature Center
4600 S. Chrisman Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804
417-888-4237
Hours: Building open 8am – 5pm daily. Area open 8am – 9pm Mar – Oct, 8am – 6pm remainder of the year. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Admission Free
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center provides free conservation educational activities for all ages. Indoors, enjoy nature exhibits, attend programs, purchase hunting and fishing permits, browse through a nature-related gift shop, and pick up free conservation brochures. Outdoors, enjoy three miles of hiking trails through a variety of natural communities.

Springfield’s Incredible Pizza Company
2850 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-887-3030
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11am – 9pm; Fri & Sat 11am – 10pm
Admission Charged
Springfield’s most complete family eating and entertainment experience. Pizza, pasta, dessert buffet and 80 item salad bar. Private rooms for birthday parties and group meetings. Seating for more than 600. Fairgrounds game room includes go-karts, bumper cars, mini-golf and more than 100 interactive games.

Mizumoto Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene Park
Nathanael Greene Park
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
417-864-1049
Hours: Thurs. – Mon. 9am – 7:30pm
Admission Charged

This beautifully landscaped 7 1/2 acre garden includes a teahouse, moon bridge, moon deck and pagoda, all connected by winding paths and bridges.

Wonders of Wildlife Zooquarium
500 W. Sunshine St.
Springfield, MO 65807
877-245-9453
Hours: 9am – 6pm daily. Closed Christmas Day
Admission Charged

Be entertained by over 225 species of live animals in natural habitats, including otters, bobcats, an American bald eagle, sharks, a stingray and more! Self-guided tour with interactive displays; there’s something for everyone!

Nearby Areas

Grand Country Square
1945 W. Highway 76
Branson, MO 65616
427-334-3919

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Located in the heart of Branson, it is a total vacation experience with four live shows daily, 36-hole indoor mini-golf, pizza, custard, homemade fudge, Grand Country Buffet, the world’s largest banjo and violin, 35,000 sq. ft. of shopping and Grand Country Inn with indoor and outdoor pools and interactive water park.

Marvel Cave – Silver Dollar City
399 Indian Point Rd.
Branson, MO 65616
417-338-2611

Hours: Open April – December, call for additional information
Admission Charged

Explore the cavern that started it all! Missouri’s deepest cave, Marvel Cave has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark by the US Department of the Interior-National Park Service. Its Cathedral Room is large enough for a 20 story building! Guided walking tours take approximately one hour.

Silver Dollar City
399 Indian Point Rd
Branson, MO 65616
417-336-7100

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Family adventures start at the 1880’s theme park – Silver Dollar City! It’s been one of Branson’s greatest attractions for over 40 years filled with thrilling rides like PowderKeg – A Blast In The Wilderness as well as entertaining shows, over 100 demonstrating craftsmen, four fabulous festivals and so much more!

White Water

3505 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
800-277-8587

Hours: Open May – September, call for additional information

Admission Charged

White Water is truly a water-wonderful family adventure! The 12-acre water park, located on Highway 76, has a large variety of water rides and attractions. The most adventurous members of the family can experience thrills such as Tropical Twister and Paradise Plunge. The little ones will be right at home on Splash Island and Raintree Island with colorful slides, shoots, nozzles and sprays. At White Water, the beach is within reach!

The Tracks Family Fun Park
4 locations on West Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-334-1612
Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Track Family Fun Park offers excitement for the entire family! Start with Missouri’s only wooden go-kart tracks, Wild Woody and The LumberJack. The Tracks’ four locations also offer ten more go-kart tracks, supersoaker bumper boats and mini golf. Kids Kountry features kiddie amusement rides for ages 2 and up.

Wild Bill Hickok Shootout
Park Central Square in Springfield
See the site where the nation’s first recorded shootout occurred and helped solidify the reputation of “Wild Bill” Hickok. A marker is on the side of a building at Boonville & Park Central; markers are also located in the street showing where each man stood during the shootout.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
1935 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield , MO 65807
417-887-7334
Hours: Mon – Sat 7am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 6pm
Admission Free
Cascading waterfalls, giant aquariums, and the most outdoor gear you’ll find anywhere is at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the “Granddaddy of all Outdoor Stores”. Also featured is Hemingway’s, a unique restaurant with its own 30,000-gallon-saltwater aquarium. Explore the 300,000 sq. ft. showroom loaded with unique features including an art gallery, barber shop, firing range, Tracker boat showroom and much more.

Dickerson Park Zoo
3043 N. Fort Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
417-864-1800
Hours: April – September 9am – 5pm, October – March 10am – 4pm
Admission Charged

Up-close natural adventure with hundreds of animals. “Missouri Habitats” features native species; gray wolf and mountain lions, river otters and more! Also popular, reptiles and amphibians in the Ambler Diversity of Life building.

Fantastic Caverns
4872 N. Farm Rd. 125
I-44 and Hwy 13 North
Springfield, MO 65803
417-833-2010
Hours: Open year-round, call for additional information
Admission Charged

One of America’s Ride-Through Caves. A 50-min. guided tour follows an ancient underground riverbed filled with massive formations. The cave stays a comfortable 60°F year-round. Because you ride and never walk, Fantastic Caverns is especially convenient for parents with small children, seniors and physically challenged visitors.

Jefferson Avenue Footbridge
Commercial at Jefferson
Springfield, Missouri 65803
417-864-7015
Hours: Open year-round
Admission Free

At 562 feet end-to-end, the 100 year old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is one of few still used by pedestrians. Recently restored, train watching continues 24-7 on 13 sets of tracks just below. Double deckers glide by dramatically just inches below. Lit at night, locals refer to it as Springfield’s largest public art sculpture.

Jordan Valley Ice Park
635 E. Trafficway St.
Springfield , MO 65806
417-866-7444
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation
Admission Charged
Springfield’s Jordan Valley Ice Park provides excellent family recreational ice sports entertainment. Whether an experienced skater or trying it for the first time, visitors enjoy the open skating, youth and adult instructional programs for all ages. ACHA and NAHL hockey teams provide fast and exciting family entertainment.

Springfield Skatepark
945 W. Meadowmere
Springfield , Missouri 65807
417-868-8758
Hours: Summer 10am – midnight; Winter, Sun. – Thurs. 3 – 9pm, Fri & Sat. 3pm – midnight, closed Monday

Admission Charged
Indoor park is 13,500 square feet with Finland-birch ramps; 25,000 square feet outdoor concrete park with rippin’ bowl, flow course and street plaza. Safe environment for young kids and great spectator seating. Pro shop, concessions, beginner lessons, birthday parties and helmet rentals.

Springfield’s Incredible Pizza Company
2850 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-887-3030
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11am – 9pm; Fri & Sat 11am – 10pm
Admission Charged
Springfield’s most complete family eating and entertainment experience. Pizza, pasta, dessert buffet and 80 item salad bar. Private rooms for birthday parties and group meetings. Seating for more than 600. Fairgrounds game room includes go-karts, bumper cars, mini-golf and more than 100 interactive games.

Wonders of Wildlife Zooquarium
500 W. Sunshine St.
Springfield, MO 65807
877-245-9453
Hours: 9am – 6pm daily. Closed Christmas Day
Admission Charged

Be entertained by over 225 species of live animals in natural habitats, including otters, bobcats, an American bald eagle, sharks, a stingray and more! Self-guided tour with interactive displays; there’s something for everyone!

Wild Bill Hickok Shootout
Park Central Square in Springfield
See the site where the nation’s first recorded shootout occurred and helped solidify the reputation of “Wild Bill” Hickok. A marker is on the side of a building at Boonville & Park Central; markers are also located in the street showing where each man stood during the shootout.

Nearby Areas

Silver Dollar City
399 Indian Point Rd
Branson, MO 65616
417-336-7100

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Family adventures start at the 1880’s theme park – Silver Dollar City! It’s been one of Branson’s greatest attractions for over 40 years filled with thrilling rides like PowderKeg – A Blast In The Wilderness as well as entertaining shows, over 100 demonstrating craftsmen, four fabulous festivals and so much more!

White Water

3505 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
800-277-8587

Hours: Open May – September, call for additional information

Admission Charged

White Water is truly a water-wonderful family adventure! The 12-acre water park, located on Highway 76, has a large variety of water rides and attractions. The most adventurous members of the family can experience thrills such as Tropical Twister and Paradise Plunge. The little ones will be right at home on Splash Island and Raintree Island with colorful slides, shoots, nozzles and sprays.

The Tracks Family Fun Park
4 locations on West Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-334-1612
Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Track Family Fun Park offers excitement for the entire family! Start with Missouri’s only wooden go-kart tracks, Wild Woody and The LumberJack. The Tracks’ four locations also offer ten more go-kart tracks, supersoaker bumper boats and mini golf. Kids Kountry features kiddie amusement rides for ages 2 and up.

Splash Country Indoors

1945 W. Highway 76

Branson, MO 65616

417-335-3535

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Missouri’s first indoor water park is now open 365 days in Branson, MO. 20,000 sq. ft. Splash Country has everything from a basketball shooting pool to a 3-story tree house with giant tube slides. Float the river or relax in one of the giant spas.

Branson Scenic Railway

206 East Main St.

Branson, MO 65616

417-334-6110

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Ride in the style of a bygone era in restored railcars through the Ozarks foothills. Departures from the depot in historic Downtown Branson.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events and Entertainment

February

Fat Tuesday Celebration

Held early February

Location: downtown Springfield

417-869-8558

Call for exact date and location

The fun includes street entertainment and the street team distributing tens of thousands of beads and trinkets.

Lawn and Garden Show

Held late February

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

417-833-2660

Call for details

Admission Charged

Celebrate spring from the heated comfort of more than 80,000-square-feet of exhibit space. Enjoy seminars and see equipment, supplies and plants for all your lawn and garden needs.

Cheerleaders of America Branson-Ozark Open National Championship

Held late February

Location: Shrine Mosque Arena

800-252-4337

Call for details

Admission Charged

Cheerleaders of America present the Branson-Ozark Open National Championship for cheerleaders and dancers from Missouri and surrounding states. More than 1300 competitors annually attend this event with more than 78 teams competing for the title of “Open National Champion” and cash prizes.

March

Horse Fest

Held mid March

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

417-833-2660

Call for details

Admission Charged

This showcases several breeds of horses, equine equipment and features seminars and clinics.

Missouri Dump Truckers Association Annual Convention and Tradeshow

Held early March

Location: Springfield Expo Center

573-636-2515

Call for details

Admission Free

This is a great opportunity for children to climb into the big rigs. Various companies in the dump truck industry from all over Missouri and contiguous states will exhibit and give demonstrations.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Pub Crawl

Held on St. Patrick’s Day (mid March)

Location: Downtown Springfield
417-869-8558

Call for details

April

Discovery Center of Springfield Annual Family Fun Run/Walk

Held early April

Location: Discovery Center of Springfield
Admission Charged

417-862-9910

Call for details

May

Artsfest on Walnut Street

Held early May

Location: Walnut Street, from National Avenue to west of John Q. Hammons Parkway

417-869-8558

Call for information

Admission Charged

More than 140 artists from 18 different states will display, sell and compete for cash awards. Mediums featured include: wood, glass, clay, printmaking, paper, jewelry, photography, metal, painting, drawing, fiber, and mixed medium. Typically 30,000-35,000 attend the outdoor festival each year.

July

Ozark Empire Fair

Held late July – early August

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

417-833-2660

Call for details

Admission Charged

Don’t miss this large annual event in the Ozarks and one of the top 150 fairs in the U.S. Complete with carnival, entertainment, games, livestock, exhibits, shopping, food, daily parade and tons of family fun! Enjoy the fair’s free concert series.

September

Cider Days

Held mid September

Location: Walnut Street, from National Avenue to John Q. Hammons Parkway

417-831-6200

Call for details

Admission Charged

Approximately 75 artisans from across the region will be displaying, demonstrating and selling their juried arts and crafts on historic Walnut Street. Mediums include clay, fabric, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed medium, painting, paper, photography, printmaking and wood.
Cider Days also features a wealth of other activities–Scarecrow Village, a free hands-on children’s area, pedal tractor pull, a bed race, artist demonstrations, two performance stages, vintage cars, food and more.

Greater Ozarks Blues Festival

Held mid September

Location: Downtown Springfield

417-864-6683
Call for details

Loft Walk & Art Event

Held mid September

Location: Downtown Springfield

417-864-7015

Call for details

Admission Charged

Uptown lofts feature urban lifestyle at its best. Enjoy the history district as you tour half-a-dozen “lofty abodes,” historic to contemporary.

October

Ozark Fall Farmfest

Held early October

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

417-833-2660

Call for details

Admission Free

The show features livestock, equipment and rural living exhibits to meet farm and ranch needs.

Neewollah

Held October 31

417-869-8558

Call for exact date and location

Imagine the streets of downtown packed with vampires, witches, monsters and the like. You are at Neewollah – pronounced “knee-a-wall-a”, Halloween spelled backwards. But there is nothing backwards about this Springfield, Missouri event. Neewollah is straight-ahead fun and this downtown party will not only be a feast for the eyes, but also one of the largest costume contests in Missouri.

November

Festival of Trees Celebration at the Discovery Center of Springfield

Held late November

Location: Discovery Center

417-862-9910

Call for details

Admission Charged
Food, drinks and music during the silent auction from 6:30 – 7:45pm. The live auction begins at 8pm with professionally decorated Christmas trees and fun and unique items.

WinterFest 2004

Held late November

Location: Southwest Missouri State University campus

417-836-SMSU or 1-888-4-SMS-TIX

Admission Free to arts festival, Admission charged for evening theatre performances

This acclaimed visual and performing arts festival has become a holiday tradition with its unique shopping opportunities and wonderful music by local performers spreading the seasonal spirit throughout the beautiful lobbies of Hammons Hall on the campus of Southwest Missouri State University.

December

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

417-869-8558

Call for exact date and location

Fare Charged for ride
Carriages run on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. The Springfield Christmas Parade will take place in downtown on December 11. Carriage rides that night will begin immediately after the parade.

The Nutcracker

Held mid December

Location: Springfield Ballet, 400 South Ave

417-862-1343

Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged

The ballet begins with a tree that magically grows to majestic heights, as soldiers, mice & the Prince battle. After the Prince’s triumph, he takes Clara on a journey through a winter forest to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains.

First Night Springfield

Held December 31

Location: Jordan Valley Park

417-831-6200

Call for details

Admission Charged

A community-wide, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve family celebration featuring music, theater, storytelling, dancing, magic, comedy and much more. Evening activities run from 7-11:30pm, followed by a fireworks grand finale at midnight. The Creamery Arts Center opens early at 5:30pm, featuring make-and-take hands-on art activities–New Year’s Eve hats, noisemakers, masks and calendars. Shuttles are provided free of charge to First Night attendees.

Performing Arts

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy.
Springfield, MO
417-836-6776 or 800-4-SMS-TIX

Call for performance schedule

Springfield Ballet

400 South Ave

Springfield, MO 65806

417-862-1343

Call for performance schedule

Springfield Little Theatre
Historic Landers Theatre
311 E. Walnut St.
Springfield, MO 65806
417-869-3869

Call for performance schedule

Season runs Jan. – Jun., Sept. – Dec.

Springfield Regional Opera
400 South Ave

Springfield, MO 65806
417-863-1960

Call for performance schedule

A professional opera company which performs two productions each season.

Springfield Symphony
1536 East Division St

Springfield, MO 65803
417-864-6683

Call for performance schedule

Vandivort Center Theatre
305 E. Walnut St
Springfield, MO 65806
417-831-8001 or 888-452-0930

Call for performance schedule

Vandivort Center Theatre is an intimate theatre with flexible seating offering a wide variety of performances including children’s theatre, puppet performances, contemporary and new plays, classical drama, musical comedy, cabaret singers, bluegrass and blues.

Nearby Area Theaters

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Stampede & Show
1525 W. 76 Country Blvd.
Branson, MO 65616
417-336-3000 or 800-520-5544

Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show is “Branson’s Most Fun Place to Eat.” Featuring “Stampede of Buffalos,” 32 magnificent horses, ostrich races, and trick all set in a friendly North/South rivalry and served with a fabulous four-course feast.

Jim Stafford Theatre
3440 W. Highway 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-335-8080

Call for details

Admission Charged

Voted Branson’s Best Entertainer and Best Comedy Show! Comic-genius, Jim Stafford delivers a mind-boggling, jaw-dropping, belly-laughing, knee-slapping, foot-stomping show full of sensational special effects (including a real 3-D Virtual Thrill Ride), spectacular music, and hilarious surprises.

Shoji Tabuchi Theatre
3260 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, MO 65616 (about 40 miles south of Springfield)
417-334-7469

Call for performance schedule

Dedicated to excellence in family entertainment, the Shoji Tabuchi family gives it all. Shoji is acclaimed one of the greatest entertainers in the world. Electrifying production numbers, created by his wife Dorothy, both show producer and director, are truly unforgettable. Daughter Christina, already a veteran show-stopper, is adored by fans of all ages.

Sports

Cardinal’s Double A Minor League Baseball
Games played at Hammons Field
417-863-2143

Call for game schedule and additional information
Season runs April – September
Admission Charged

The Springfield Cardinals are the class Double-A baseball team for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Drury University Lady Panthers Basketball
Games played at Weiser Gym
417-873-7265

Call for game schedule and additional information
Admission Charged

Drury University Men’s Panthers Basketball
Games played at Weiser Gym
417-873-7265

Season runs November – March
Call for game schedule and additional information
Admission Charged

Lasers World Team Tennis (WTT)
Matches are played in July

417-837-5800

Call for additional information

The Springfield Lasers team is a franchise of the World Team Tennis (WTT) Professional League.

Missouri Avengers (WPFL)
Games played at Kennedy Stadium

Season runs August – October
417-890-5452
Call for additional information

Missouri-based Women’s Professional Football League

SMSU Bears Basketball
Games played at the Hammons Student Center
417-836-7678

Season runs year-round

Call for game schedule and additional information
Admission Charged

SMSU Hockey Bears
Games played at Jordan Valley Ice Park

Season runs September – March
417-836-7678

Call for game schedule and additional information
Division II level American Collegiate Hockey

SMSU Lady Bears Basketball
Games played at the Hammons Student Center

Season runs November – March
417-836-7678

Call for game schedule and additional information
Admission Charged

Spirit Junior A Amateur Hockey (NAHL)
Jordan Valley Ice Park

Season runs January – March
417-866-7444

Call for additional information
Admission Charged

NAHL hockey provides fast and exciting family entertainment.

Springfield Rifles (NAFL)
Games played at Kennedy Stadium
Season runs June – August

417-831-6822

Call for game schedule and additional information
Admission Charged

St. Louis, Missouri

A- Overview:
St. Louis makes a stunning first visual impression. It has a look that is all its own, of red brick and cobblestone streets, terra cotta friezes and stained glass. The Mississippi River laps against a cobblestone levee. Reflected in the mighty river are towering office buildings, elegant shopping centers, hotels, and apartment complexes, all well maintained, marking the visible signs of the city’s success.

Founded by the French in 1764 as a fur-trading settlement on the west bank of the Mississippi River, St. Louis was destined for immediate success. Settlers came from New Orleans, followed by French-Canadian trappers. Next came the explorers, including the Lewis and Clark expedition. Families traveling to the mysterious western regions of the country passed through, and some settled in St. Louis. Railway workers arrived in the 1850’s, among them immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Italy, and other European countries. African-Americans settled there: some still slaves; others freed. Their combined skills and crafts enriched the city and helped to mold its character.

The construction of the 630 foot Gateway Arch in the 1960’s was intended to bring recognition to St. Louis as having been the “Gateway to the West” in those days of pioneer settlement. It accomplished far more than the original intent, however. The Arch helped spark the rebirth of downtown St. Louis, which until then had been abandoned in the rush for the suburbs. What followed was one of the country’s largest urban renewal projects and a billion dollar building boom, which resulted in the vital and energetic city that is St. Louis today.

The historic homes and businesses of St. Louis are beautiful reminders of the community’s commitment to restoration. From the old world Anheuser-Busch Brewery, to Federal row houses, Greek revival mansions and country villas, the styles are stately and their interiors are lovingly preserved.

St. Louis offers attractions of interest to the whole family at a nominal cost. Admission to many of the museums and historic sites is free! There is no charge, for example, to visit the St. Louis Zoo. The public transportation system whisks visitors around the city center easily and efficiently. For visits to the vast outlying areas, a car is preferable.

Visitors can ride a tram to the top of the Arch, and look out and watch the Mississippi River flow by the city below. Follow this with a visit to the museum under the Arch and the nearby Old Cathedral, the oldest church in St. Louis. Just across the street is the Old Courthouse, the site of the Dred Scott trial.

In spring and summer, there is always time to check out a Cardinals baseball game, and then visit the International Bowling Hall of Fame across from the stadium. After the game, take the family to one of the many excellent nearby restaurants for great Italian cuisine. If you prefer French food, that is readily available also. Not far away, the shopping is spectacular at St. Louis Centre, one of the country’s largest urban malls, and also at the completely restored Union Station.

In Forest Park, visit the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Zoo, the Muny Opera and the Science Center, with life-size animated dinosaurs, hands-on exhibits, and an Omnimax Theater. Nearby is the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of mosaic art.

For a night on the town, take in Grand Center arts and entertainment. Enjoy a concert by the world class St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Visit the “Fabulous Fox” Theatre and the St. Louis Black Repertory Company. Then head for one of St. Louis’ many pubs, microbreweries, or a riverboat casino.

Allow time in your schedule for a stroll through St. Louis’ historic neighborhoods of Laclede’s Landing, Soulard, The Hill, and Central West End. All of these are places for good shopping and fine food. Visit the historic Scott Joplin House to get a sense of ragtime music’s beginnings. Children will be delighted by Grant’s Farm, The Magic House, the City Museum and the Children’s Zoo.

Eureka, on I-44, is best known for Six Flags St. Louis, an immense family theme park and the accompanying Hurricane Harbor Water Park.

Father west on I-70 is the old French village of St. Charles with its Lewis & Clark Center, First Missouri State Capitol Building, restored riverfront historic district, an authentic showboat, and a casino. About 20 miles southwest of St. Charles on Highways 94 and F (near Defiance) is the Daniel Boone Home, where the Boone family settled in the late 1790s.

Highway 94 then winds west through the river hills to the German towns of Augusta, Dutzow and Berger, with their wonderful wineries.

Within a two-hour drive of downtown St. Louis, you can experience living history in restored towns and villages, visit Mark Twain’s boyhood home and Abraham Lincoln’s final resting place, explore enormous caves, canoe on clear rivers and sample Missouri’s finest wines. This is just a small sample of what makes St. Louis one of America’s greatest vacation destinations!

B- City Information:
Population: 396,700 in the city center; 2.56 million in the greater St. Louis area

Elevation: 585 feet

Area: 6,397 sq. miles (greater St. Louis area)

Location: St. Louis lies on the Mississippi River at the junction of I-70, I-55, and I-44, a 290 mile 5 hour drive southwest of Chicago

Time Zone: Central Standard Time (when it is noon in St. Louis, it is 1:00pm in New York City and 10:00am in California.) Missouri observes Daylight Saving Time from April-October.

To check on the time: 321-2522

Weather information: 321-2222

Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
40F
24F

February
43F
26F

March
54F
36F

April
65F
47F

May
75F
57F

June
84F
66F

July
88F
71F

August
87F
69F

September
80F
62F

October
68F
50F

November
54F
38F

December
43F
28F

When to Go

Each season in St. Louis has its special attraction for visitors. In the Spring the city blooms with color, and the St. Louis Cardinals get started once again. Summers are pleasantly warm, sometimes hot, and the many and varied events keep visitors coming back year after year. Fall brings clear, crisp days and nature paints the trees in glorious color. The Rams start their football season. Winter crowds are smaller, but there are many things to see and enjoy. Winter Wonderland thrills visitors to Tiles Park, as does Santa’s Magical Kingdom near Six Flags. The zoo features many indoor exhibits to be enjoyed.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

Business Hours

Most banks are open from 10 – 4 Monday through Friday. Many are open for several hours on Saturday. Most businesses in St. Louis are open Monday through Saturday, from 9 or 10 AM to 6 or 9 PM. Many others, including shopping centers, are also open Sunday from noon to 5 or later.

Most museums in St. Louis are open Tuesday through Sunday. A few are also open on Monday. Major attractions are open daily.

Emergencies

Ambulance ( 911). Fire ( 911). Police ( 911).

Hospital Emergency Room:

Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center : 3635 Vista Ave., 577-8000

Electricity

The U.S. electrical standard is 110 volts60 cycles AC. Visitors from other countries, traveling with dual-voltage appliances will not need a converter, but they will need a plug adapter. The standard U.S. electrical outlet takes a plug of two flat pins set parallel to one another.

Telephones

The country code for the United States is 1. The area code for St. Louis is 314.

Tipping

At restaurants, a 15% tip is standard for waiters

Getting There

Flights arrive at Lambert St. Louis International Airport (tel. 314-426-8000), which is about 20 minutes northwest of downtown.

Some sample flying times are: from New York 21⁄2 hours, from London 81⁄2 hours.

By Train

Amtrak

550 S. 16th St.

314-331-3300 or 800-872-7245

provides daily train service between St. Louis and Kansas City and Chicago. The Texas Eagle, which runs between Chicago, Dallas, and San Antonio with connecting service to Los Angeles, stops in St. Louis.

The MetroLink (tel. 314-231-2345) travels between the airport and the downtown riverfront, with stops at Laclede’s Landing, downtown (at 8th and Pine), Busch Stadium, Union Station, Central West End, Forest Park (where visitors transfer to a shuttle bus for park attractions), and other neighborhoods. One way tickets, round trip and day passes are available. Travel is free on weekdays from 11:30am to 1:30pm between Union Station and Laclede’s Landing.

By Car

St. Louis lies on the Mississippi River at the junction of I-70, I-55, and I-44, a 290-mile 5-hour drive southwest of Chicago. From I-70, I-55, and I-44 follow the exits for downtown St. Louis. From U.S. 40 I-64, exit at Broadway.

Getting Around

Explore the downtown sights on foot; a car is needed elsewhere.

By Bus

Call the St. Louis Transit Information Line at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 for schedules.

By Car

Broadway and Jefferson Avenue are major north-south streets running through downtown. Washington Avenue runs east-west leading to the Eads Bridge. Wharf Line runs along the riverfront.

MetroLink ( 314-231-2345), the city’s light-rail system, has a single line running between the airport, downtown, and East St. Louis. It stops near major attractions downtown, including Union Station, Busch Stadium, and the Kiel Center. Rides are free between Laclede’s Landing and Union Station weekdays from 11:30-1:30.

Neighborhoods

The Hill

From Downtown St. Louis,

take I-64 west to Kings highway south and turn west on Shaw.

This is the neighborhood where Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola grew up. The area was settled in the early 1900s by Italian immigrants who brought their traditions, foods and sense of community to St. Louis.

Soulard & Benton Park

From downtown St. Louis, take Broadway south;

continue south on Seventh Street to Lafayette.

Known for blues music, the lively Soulard neighborhood was named

for Antoine Soulard, a native of France who surveyed colonial St. Louis for

the King of Spain. Many of the neighborhood music clubs, pubs and

restaurants have courtyards paved with St. Louis brick.

Soulard Farmers Market, open continuously since 1779, is open

Wednesday – Saturday offering fresh produce, baked goods, and a variety of spices.

Central West End

647-6222

Lined with beautiful turn-of-the-century homes on tree lined streets (called Private

Places), the neighborhood is filled with trendy boutiques, imaginative

restaurants, sidewalk cafés and cozy neighborhood pubs. Specialty shops, the

boyhood apartment home of playwright Tennessee Williams, and a collection of

art and antique galleries also dot the stately streets.

The beautiful Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, covered inside with the

world’s largest collection of mosaic art, is one of the anchors of this district.

Lafayette Park

Lafayette Square

From downtown St. Louis take Market Street west to Jefferson Avenue south and turn east on Park

Known as the “Victorian Heart of St. Louis,” the park was

established in 1836 as the first public park west of the Mississippi River. A

drive around the park is the best way to sample the architecture of the

French Second Empire townhouses and sandstone row houses, some of which

house elegant bed and breakfast inns.

Grand South Grand & Tower Grove Park

From downtown St. Louis,

take I-64 west to the Grand exit and continue south on Grand. This neighborhood is noted for its restaurants, many of which reflect the cultures of Vietnam, Thailand, and China.

Tower Grove Park is filled with ornate band strands and whimsical gazebos. Opened in 1868, the Victorian-walking park is one of only four urban parks in the country designated as a National Historic Landmark. Next to the park, the acclaimed Missouri Botanical Garden welcomes visitors and researchers from around the world throughout the year.

The Ville

From downtown St. Louis, take 12th Street (Tucker) north, continue north on

Natural Bridge, turn south on Grand the west on St. Louis Avenue.

St. Louis’ most historically significant African-American neighborhood,

is home to Sumner High School, the first school west of the Mississippi to provide secondary education for black students.

Clayton

From downtown St. Louis, take I-64 west to Hanley Road north, or from the

Forest Park MetroLink station, take the yellow and black Shuttle Bee bus

into Clayton and the nearby Galleria Shopping mall. For more information,

call 746-0473. Fascinating shops, a diverse selection of fine art galleries, dozens of

restaurants, fine hotels and special events have all found a home in the

heart of the Clayton’s Central Business District. Dining in Clayton

with purveyors of gourmet cuisine nestled among tall office buildings, elegant specialty retailers and rows of charming antique shops.

Gallery Night receptions are held six times a year in the area’s 15 art galleries

Laclede’s Landing

The Landing, located just north of the Gateway Arch, is an easy walk from all points in

downtown St. Louis. MetroLink Light rail stops at the Laclede Landing

station. In downtown St. Louis, drivers can take Memorial Drive north to

Washington Avenue east to Landing and Arch parking. For more information,

call 241-5875. A brief stroll from the America’s Center convention complex or the

Gateway Arch, the Laclede Landing entertainment district transports visitors

back to St. Louis’ river city past. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through

cobblestone streets, visit a riverboat casino, or enjoy a sumptuous dinner

in the district named for St. Louis’ French founder, Pierre Laclede. Ornate

brick warehouses that once stored tobacco and cotton from the holds of

steamboats now contain a variety of restaurants and music clubs.

Kirkwood

From downtown St. Louis, take I-44 west to

Lindbergh north for downtown Kirkwood and the Magic House, or south for

Laumeier Sculpture Park and Powder Valley. For more information, call (800–)

231-4331.

Lovely restaurants, a National Historic Landmark train station, and a

downtown shopping district with an authentic small town flavor are

just a start for visitors to Kirkwood. The community, which was the first

planned suburb west of the Mississippi, also holds the popular Magic

House children’s museum and the Museum of Transportation where visitors can

see restored trains, street cars, automobiles and trolley cars.

The Loop

The Loop is home to dozens of stores, ethnic and

American restaurants, and the Tivoli, a restored movie theatre specializing

in international and limited release films.

Webster Groves

From downtown St. Louis, take I-44 west to Elm north. For more

information, call 962-4142.

Just 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis, this historic community is

filled with shops, specialty restaurants and century old homes.

Webster Groves is also home to Webster University and the

Loretto-Hilton Theatre, where productions by the Repertory Theatre of St.

Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis are staged each year.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours

314-577-2626.

Admission Free.

Mon.-Sat. 9-4, Sun. 11:30-4.

Tours include the recently renovated Brewhouse, Clydesdale stables, lager cellar, packaging plant, hospitality room.

Anheuser-Busch – St. Louis Conference and Sports Center

1 Soccer Park Rd., Fenton, 343-5347

A 32-acre, multi-use facility; conferences, banquets, sports. Site of youth, collegiate and World Class Soccer events. Daily, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Busch Stadium. South of the Old Courthouse is Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. On the northeast side of the stadium is the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, with sports memorabilia and audio and video highlights of the history of St. Louis baseball. 111 Stadium Plaza, 314-421-3060; 314-421-2400 tickets; 314-231-6340 museum. Apr.-Oct., daily 9-5; Nov.-Mar., daily 11-4.

America’s Center

701 Convention Plaza

(314) 342-5036

St. Louis’ state-of-the-art convention complex. Group tours of the 70,000 seat Trans World Dome SM at America’s Center by reservation only, Mon. – Fri.. Admission fee.

Black Madonna Shrine

St. Joseph’s Hill

(636) 938-5361

Apr. – Oct., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Nov. and Mar., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Dec. – Feb., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free Admission.

Hwy. 44 west to Eureka exit, left on Hwy. W, right onto Hwy. FF, left onto Hwy. F to

St. Joseph’s Hill Rd. A collection of magnificent multi-colored rock grottos.

The Black World History Museum

2505 St. Louis Ave.

(314) 241-7057

Wed. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. $4.50 adults; $3.50 youth, 13-18; $3.00 seniors; $2 children, 12 and under.

Life-size likenesses of famous African-American Missourians including George Washington Carver, Dred and Harriett Scott, and Clark Terry.

Historic Daniel Boone Home &

Boonesfield Village

1868 Hwy. F – Defiance

(636) 798-2005

1810 home where Daniel Boone lived and died; 19th century history village including one-room school, chapel, general store, woodworkers shop, milliners, and potter’s shop.

Calvary Cemetery

5239 W. Florissant Ave.

(314) 381-1313

Admission Free.

Grave sites of playwright Tennessee Williams, General William Tecumseh Sherman, Dred Scott. Many architecturally significant tombs and memorials. Historic tour guides available at the office.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

(New Cathedral)

Lindell Blvd. at Newstead Ave.

(314) 533-0544 l

Open daily. Tours, Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sun.,

1 p.m. tour after Mass.

Tour is free. Mosaic museum. Donation.

Extensive collection of mosaic art; museum.

City Museum

701 N. 15th

(314) 231-2489

Wed. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission charged.

Explore the unexpected at this exciting museum for children and adults. Art, science, history and fun weave together in this one-of-a-kind downtown attraction.

Samuel Cupples House

Saint Louis University West Pine Mall

between Grand & Spring

(314) 977-3025

Tue. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission charged.

1888 Gilded Age historic home with opulent interior and Tiffany windows. Fine and decorative art, 1,000-piece antique glass collection.

DeMenil Mansion and Museum

3352 DeMenil Pl.

(314) 771-5828

Tue. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Last tour at 3:15 p.m.

Admission charged.

Restaurant on site.

An excellent example of Greek Revival architecture and beautiful period furnishings.

Dental Health Theatre

27 N. First St., Ste. 103

(314) 241-7391

Reservations required.

Admission Free.

The only attraction of its kind in the world, with 16 three-foot-high fiberglass teeth, films, and marionettes

Earthways Home

3617 Grandel Square

(314) 531-1996

Tours by appointment only.

Promotes environmental awareness in the home and garden.

Faust Park

15185 Olive Blvd.

(636) 532-7298

Thornhill tours by appointment.

Admission charged

1820s estate of Missouri’s 2nd Govenor, Faust Historical Village, restored 1920s Dentzel carousel, the Butterfly House and St. Louis Symphony School. Village interprets history of 1840s-1880s. Historical re-enactments, spring through fall.

First Missouri State Capitol

State Historic Site

200-216 S. Main St. – St. Charles

(636) 940-3322

Mon. – Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission charged.

State Capitol from 1821 to 1826. Fully restored legislative chambers and interpretive center.

Forest Park

Bounded by I-64, Kingshighway

Lindell & Skinker

(314) 289-5300

Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,370 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City. Contains Art Museum, Science Center, Zoo, Jewel Box greenhouse, History Museum and The Muny theatre, connected by the Shuttle Bug from the Forest Park MetroLink Station. 7.5-mile biking, jogging and skating path, ice skating rink, lakes.

Gateway Arch Jefferson National

Expansion Memorial

St. Louis Riverfront

(877) 982-1410 (toll free)

Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Buy tickets on-line. Winter hours:

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Summer hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

At 630 feet, our nation’s tallest manmade monument has plenty of exciting activities. Visit the Arch and see a giant screen movie, a documentary film on the building of the Arch, a museum, shopping and “Journey To The Top” -the tram experience that blasts you to the past before you take the ride to the top.

Golden Eagle River Museum

Bee Tree Park

(314) 846-9073 or (314) 725-9467

May – Labor Day, Wed. – Sun., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Labor Day – Oct., Sat. and Sun. only. Free Admission.

The history and lore of America’s rivers and boats

Grant’s Farm

10501 Gravois

(314) 843-1700

Apr. – Oct. No reservations required. Free admission. Nominal parking fee.

Compliments of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., this Busch family estate was once owned by Ulysses S. Grant. Animal shows, petting area and a tram ride through the wildlife preserve

Historic Hanley House

7600 Westmoreland

(314) 290-8500

Sat., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Small admission charge.

Grounds typify Missouri farms of 1855-1894 restoration period. The building is Greek Revival and furnishings are from 1820-1890

Holocaust Museum &

Learning Center

12 Millstone Campus Dr.

(314) 432-0020, ext. 3711

Mon. – Thu., 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Admission Free.

Photographs, artifacts and audio-visual displays. Resource library and Oral History Archives.

Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum

720 N. St.

(314) 241-1155

More than 180 authentically costumed wax figures from London.

Open Fri., Sat., Sun.,

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Nov. and Dec., weekends only. $5 adults, $1 children.

Laumeier Sculpture Park

& Museum

12580 Rott Rd. at Geyer Rd.

(314) 821-1209

Open daily, 7 a.m. to one-half hour past sunset.

Museum hours, Tue. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., noon – 5 p.m.

Free Admission.

One of the major sculpture parks in the U.S. Special events throughout the year

Lewis & Clark Center

701 Riverside Dr. l St. Charles

(636) 947-3199

Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Admission charged.

The Lewis & Clark Center interprets the Expedition through excellent exhibits, literature and educational programs.

Missouri Botanical Garden

4344 Shaw Blvd.

(314) 577-9400

Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.

Admission charged.

See the world at the largest traditional Japanese garden in North America, the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, the Climatron rain forest and more

Missouri History Museum

(Missouri Historical Society)

Forest Park

(314) 746-4599

Watch for special events and traveling exhibitions. Open daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tue., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Free Admission.

Tour “Seeking St. Louis”, a new permanent exhibition spanning three exciting and interactive galleries.

Museum of Contemporary

Religious Art

3700 West Pine Pedestrian Mall

(314) 977-7170

Tue. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission Free.

World’s first museum of interfaith contemporary art, housed in a spacious former chapel. Permanent collection and changing exhibitions.

Museum of Transportation

3015 Barrett Station Rd.

(314) 965-7998

Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More than 300 pieces including locomotives, passenger cars, automobiles, streetcars, buses and aircraft

Old Cathedral (Basilica of

Saint Louis, King of France)

209 Walnut St.

(314) 231-3250

Daily mass; Sat. mass, 5:30 p.m.; Sun. masses, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. No admission charge.

St. Louis’ earliest church. The present structure is 166 years old and is a national monument. Museum contains countless religious artifacts.

Old Courthouse

11 N. 4th St.

(314) 655-1600

Daily, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Admission Free.

The scene of the Dred Scott trial. Galleries depict the history of St. Louis from its French and Spanish roots to its role in westward expansion. Trial reenactments, ranger tours.

The Saint Louis Art Museum

Forest Park

(314) 721-0072

Tue., 1:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Wed. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free Admission

The Fine Arts Palace of the 1904 World’s Fair; among the leading art museums in the country. Collections from ancient to contemporary. Special exhibitions throughout the year

St. Louis Children’s Aquarium

416 Hanley Industrial Ct.

(314) 647-9594

Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m

Admission charged.

Pet a shark and more at this special living museum. Learn about the Mississippi and Amazon Rivers, and the oceans that connect them.

St. Louis Science Center

5050 Oakland Ave.

(800) 456-7572

Sat. – Thur., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Closed Christmas; extended summer hours.

Admission Free.

Explore more than 700 free exhibits on environment, aviation, technology and more, life-size dinosaurs, and new space sciences center. Omnimax theatre and traveling exhibitons for nominal fee. Full-size animated dinosaurs and more.

St. Louis Union Station

Market St. between 18th & 20th Sts.

(314) 421-6655

Once the world’s largest train station, this National Historic Landmark of unsurpassed beauty is now a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex.

Saint Louis University

221 N. Grand Blvd.

(314) 977-8886

The first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi. Attractions include the historic Cupples House, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, MacLennan Gallery of Asian Art and Pére Marquette Gallery.

Saint Louis Zoo

Forest Park

(314) 781-0900

Daily except Christmas and New Years Day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; until 8 p.m. on Tue. in summer.

Admission Free.

World-class zoo with more than 6,000 animals. Recent openings include The River’s Edge and the Monsanto Insectarium. Natural habitat areas include Big Cat Country, Jungle of the Apes and the Children’s Zoo.

Savvis Center

1401 Clark Ave.

(314) 622-5400

A 20,000- seat arena, home to St. Louis Blues Hockey, Saint Louis University Billikens Basketball, concerts, sporting events and family shows. Hosts 200 events and two million guests each year.

Six Flags St. Louis

I-44 SW of St. Louis, Exit 261

(636) 938-4800

“The Boss”, a world-class wooden coaster is always popular at Six Flags. Guests also enjoy the 12-acre water park, Hurricane Harbor, free with theme park admission.

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum

1315 Chestnut

(314) 622-4550

Daily, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Free Admission

Dedicated in 1936 to St. Louis’ veterans and war dead. Exhibits include uniforms, photographs, weaponry, war souvenirs and regalia.

Soulard Farmers Market

Seventh & Lafayette Sts.

(314) 622-4180

Wed. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Open year around.

Free Admission.

Founded around 1779; 148 stalls with farm-fresh and imported produce, meats, fish, herbs, and more

Stone Hill Winery &

Vintage Restaurant

1110 Stone Hill Highway – Hermann

(573) 486-2221

Missouri’s largest winery dates from 1847. Tour underground cellars; taste award-winning wines. Enjoy the picturesque view and a meal at the Vintage Restaurant.

Tower Grove Park

4255 Arsenal St.

(314) 771-2679

Open daily. Tour buses welcome.

Admission Free

Rare Victorian walking park filled with ornate gazebos and statuary. Created by Missouri Botanical Garden founder Henry Shaw in 1868 and now a National Historic Landmark.

Vaughn Cultural Ctr./

Urban League

3701 Grandel Square

(314) 615-3600

Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission Free

Promotes awareness of African-American history and culture through exhibits, storytelling and special programs. Located within the Urban League of Met

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Black World History Wax Museum

2505 St. Louis Avenue

241-7057

Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m.

Admission charged..

Wax figures of famous African-American Missourians including George Washington Carver and Dred and Harriett Scott.

Historic Daniel Boone Home & Boonesfield Village

1868 Hwy. F, Defiance, MO

798-2005

9 a.m. – 6 p.m., March 1st thru last Wed. in Nov. Special Christmas tours first two weekends in Dec.

Admission charged.

Four-story Georgian-style home where Boone spent the last years of his life, along with an early 1800-‘s living history village

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum

516 S. Kirkwood Rd.

822-8900

School year: Tue. – Thu., 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Admission charged.

Call for summer hours.

Explore the new Children’s Village, Fitness Center, Math Path, and infant toddler area. Take a trip down a three-story slide and discover the magic of our world.

Maryland Heights Family Aquatic Center

2344 McKelvey Rd.

291-6550

Open Memorial Day – Labor Day. Mon. – Fri., 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m. – 8 p.m

Admission charged.

Rapid ride, lazy river, zero-entry pool, lap lanes, kiddie pool, racer slides..

Mastadon State Historic Site

1050 Museum Dr., Imperial, MO

314-464-3079

Mon. – Sat.; 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sun. noon – 4:30 p.m.

Small admission charge.

Museum of Missouri’s Ice Age animals and the Native Americans who hunted them more than 10,000 years ago.

Meramec Caverns

Stanton, MO

one hour west of St. Louis on I-44, exit 230

1-800-676-6105

Daily, 8:30 a.m. – 4 or 7:30 p.m. as season dictates.

Admission charged.

Guided tours of natural wonders. Gift shop, restaurant, boat rides, canoe rentals..

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

11715 Cragwold Rd.

821-8427

Tue. – Sun., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; April 1 to Oct. 31, trails open till 8 p.m.

Free.

112 acres. Nature Center with exhibits and wildlife viewing area. Three nature trails.

Purina Farms

Gray Summit, MO

I-44 to Gray Summit exit, Hwy. 100 to County Rd. MM

982-3232

Free admission.

Reservations required. Mid-March to mid-November.

Petting zoo, displays, hands-on activities, and animal demonstrations

Raging Rivers Waterpark

1-800-548-7573

Forty minutes from St. Louis on the Great River Road (Rt. 100) in Grafton, Illinois.

Swirlpool, giant wave pool, body flumes, trickle creek,

Tree House Harbor, a family interactive play area.

Rockwoods Reservation

2751 Glencoe Road

458-2236

open daily: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1,898 acres of rugged forest with springs, and streams. Seven trails, cave crawl, picnic areas, Education Center. Visitor Center

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and Education Center

Faust Park

361-3365

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (summer); 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (fall); closed Mon.

Admission charged.

The Butterfly House is a cultural and educational attraction. Visitors will see thousands of butterflies in free flight and actually witness the mystery of metamorphosis.

National Video Game & Coin-Op Museum

801 N. 2nd St., Laclede’s Landing

621-2900

Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun., noon – 5 p.m.

Call for winter hours.

Replay 75 classic video games, including Pong, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.

St. Louis Zoo

Forest Park

781-0900

Daily (except 12/25 and 1/1), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; until 8 p.m. on Tue. in summer.

Free Admission

World-class zoo with over 6,000 animals. Natural habitat areas include Big Cat Country, Jungle of the Apes and the new Bird Garden.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

Daily, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat. 11 p.m.)

Admission charge.

A magical Christmas Fantasyland with over two million lights, electrifying special effects and animation!

Six Flags St. Louis

I-44 SW of St. Louis, Exit 261

938-4800

Call 938-4800- for operating hours and more information.

State-of-the-art rides, Hollywood Themed Stunt Shows, Warner Bros. Backlot, DC Comics themed area, Miss Kitty’s Dinner Theater, and much more

Turtle Playground

Oakland and Tamm Avenues, Forest Park

535-1503

Giant turtle sculptures overlook Forest Park and Interstate 64.

Worldways Children’s Museum

West County Center

909-0497

Adventure and fun await children as they “travel” to different countries. Children can explore Mexico and China through hands-on activities, crafts, dress-up, and role playing.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Golf & Recreation

Annbriar Golf Course

1524 Birdie Lane – Waterloo, IL

(618) 939-4653 or (888) 939-5191

Come and play the majestic Annbriar Golf Course, which features a unique blend of open, links-style terrain on the scenic front nine and wooded rolling terrain on the back nine.

The Aquatic Center

670 Whitelaw Ave. – Wood River, IL

(618) 251-3110

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Aquatic Center water park has twin four story water slides, 50 meter pool, diving well with 1 and 3 meter boards, tot pool, observation deck and concessions.

Belk Park Golf Course

Wood River Parks and Recreation

633 Wood River Avenue – Wood River, IL

(618) 251-3130

Belk Park Golf Course is a championship 18-hole public facility located only 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Pro Shop, banquet facilities, new senior and ladies tees. Call (314) 355-1100 from Missouri.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Columbia Bottom Road

(314) 441-4554

North of I-270 and Riverview Drive. 4,300-acre conservation area at the confluence of America’s great rivers, the Missouri and Mississippi. Hunting, fishing, hiking, biking. Open 6 am – 10 pm daily in summer; site closes at 7 pm in the fall and winter.

Missouri State Parks

(573) 751-2479

State parks and historic sites provide outstanding opportunities to camp, hike, picnic, swim, fish and relive Missouri history.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

11715 Cragwold Rd.

(314) 301-1500

open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; during daylight saving time; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Free Admission.

112 acres. Nature Center with exhibits and wildlife viewing area, Three nature trails

Trailnet, Inc.

3900 Reavis Barracks Rd.

(314) 416-9930

Call for information on biking and hiking trails and greenways in the St. Louis area, including the Riverfront Trail, Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, and Grant’s Trail.

Riverboat Gaming

Alton

Belle Casino

219 Piasa, Alton, IL800–336-7568

Ultra-modern gambling casino 20 miles north of the Arch and airport. Cruise every two hours from 7 a.m. – 3 a.m. Sun. – Thu.; until 5 a.m. Fri. & Sat. No loss limits. Free admission.

Casino Queen

200 S. Front St., E. St. Louis, IL618-874-5000 or 800-777-0777

Across from the Arch, with slots, video poker, keno, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and fine dining. 11 cruises daily from 9 a.m. – 7 a.m. $2 admission.

Harrah’s Casino at Riverport Casino Center

777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights770-8100 or 800-HARRAHS for hotel reservations

Hottest action in two elaborate casinos.

Players Island Casino at Riverport Casino Center

Riverport Casino Center, Maryland Heights 209-0777 or 800-599-6378

Opened in early 1997 with four casinos.

The President Casino on the Admiral

St. Louis Levee, below Gateway Arch622-3000 or 800-772-3647

Dockside casino with slots, blackjack, craps, roulette, live poker, restaurants. Free downtown shuttle, parking. Daily, 8 a.m. – 4 a.m. $2 admission.

Station Casino St. Charles

I-70 at the Missouri River 949-7777 or 800-325-7777

Slots, video poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, live poker, video keno and dining. Free parking and admission all day, every day.

Arts and Entertainment

The American Theater

416 N. Ninth St. at St. Charles St.

962-4000

The American offers an intimate nightclub atmosphere with top-name entertainment.

Edison Theatre

Skinker & Forsyth

(314) 935-6543

Presents dance, theatre and music. On the campus of Washington University.

Florissant Civic Center Theater

#1 Civic Center Dr., Florissant, MO921-5678

A wide variety of professionally staged productions including the St. Louis Family Theater Series, Florissant Fine Arts Council events, and concerts.

The Fox Theater

527 N. Grand Blvd.

Ticket Information: 534-1111

Tours Tue., Thu. & Sat., 10:30 a.m.

Opened in 1929 and today presents live entertainment with superstars, Broadway shows, family shows and concerts.

Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District

533-1884

Tours by appointment.

Home to the Symphony, Sheldon Concert Hall, Forum for Contemporary Art, Black Rep, Circus Flora, Dance St. Louis, The New Theater, Portfolio Gallery, The Fox, Vaughn Cultural Center, and the Grandel Theater.

Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre

6350 Delmar

(314) 862-1100

Magnificently restored to its 1924 splendor. Elegant display cases are filled with movie memorabilia, golden-age movie posters and more. Three screens feature the best new independent films plus a classic cinema series.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Loretto-Hilton Center at Webster University

Big Bend & Edgar Rd.

(314) 961-0644

“One of the country’s most respected opera companies.” Productions rotate in May and June.

Riverport Amphitheatre

14141 Riverport Dr.

(314) 298-9944

One mile west of Interstates 70 & 270. The state-of-the-art sound system and six video screens allow concert-goers to experience a front-row view. May – Sept.

St. Louis Black Repertory Company

Grandel Theatre in Grand Center

(314) 534-3810

Contemporary works by African-American playwrights. Jan. – June performances, Thu. – Sun., at the Grandel Theatre; showtimes vary.

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Powell Symphony Hall

718 North Grand Blvd.

(314) 534-1700

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 121st season as the nation’s second oldest orchestra. From Sept. – May it presents “Music for Everyone” including classical, pops, jazz, family and chamber orchestra concerts. Box office, Mon. – Sat., 9 am – 5 pm.

The Sheldon Concert Hall & Ballroom

3648 Washington Blvd.

533-9900

Office Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Built in 1912, the Sheldon hosts a wide variety of concerts. The 728-seat concert hall is renowned for perfect acoustics

Unity Theatre Ensemble

Greeley’s 23rd Street Theatre

2240 St. Louis Ave.

(314) 355-3586

Presenting plays, musicals, and original works that express the African-American experience, examine issues and celebrate achievements.

Events

January

St. Louis Ambush Soccer team begins season.

St. Louis Flower Show

February

The Soulard Mardi Gras ( 314-773-6767) is a street celebration in the Soulard neighborhood.

Chinese New Year celebration. For more information call 772-4640

Greater St. Louis Auto Show

Annual Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Winefest

Working Women’s Survival Show

March

Missouri Valley Post Season Basketball Tournament

Greater St. Louis Home and Garden Show

Mid-American Jazz Festival

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Run

April

St. Louis Cardinals begin season

Missouri Spring Festival of Art

St. Louis Film Festival Spring Sampler

Greater St. Louis Kite Festival

Forest Park

314-997-0101

May

St. Louis Storytelling Festival

Annie Malone Parade sponsored by The Annie Malone Children’s Home, founded by one of the first African-American millionaires in the nation, brings the community together each May to remember the founder’s legacy and to celebrate neighborhood

spirit with a parade and a series of social events. For more information, call 534-8015

St. Louis Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony

Gypsy Caravan

June

University City Fair in the Square

Lafayette Square House and Garden Tour

For more information, call 772-5724.

The annual House & Garden

Tour and a Victorian Art Festival are held in June

Taste of Clayton food festival For more information, call 746-0473.

African Arts Festival

July:

Fair Saint Louis

314-434-3434

attracts 1 million people to the riverfront for air shows, entertainment, educational exhibits, fireworks, and food and crafts booths.

Soulard Bastille Day Celebration

An annual Bastille Day celebration. 773-6767

Missouri Black Expo

Summer Flower Show begins at the Jewel Box

August

St. Louis Strassenfest

Hispanic Festival

St. Louis Blues Heritage Festival

St. Louis County Air & Fair Show

Moonlight Ramble

Greek Festival

Missouri Botanical Gardens Japanese Festival

Art Happening

Grand Festival of Nations For more information call 772-4640

Fall

September

The Saint Louis Art Fair is held each September on the streets of Clayton, MO , one of the nation’s most affluent and prestigious business and residential communities. At the 2000 Art Fair, more than 130,000 art enthusiasts purchased more than $2 million worth of art.

Saint Louis Art Fair

7818 Forsyth, Suite 210

Saint Louis, MO 63105

or call 314-863-0278

Great Forest Park Balloon Race

314-993-2468

includes a Frisbee exhibition and sky diving.

Big Muddy Blues Festival held annually on Labor Day weekend. For more information,

call 241-5875.

St. Louis Rams begin Football season

Labor Day Parade

St. Louis Jazz Festival

Bevo Day

Heritage America at Cahokia Mounds

October

St. Louis Blues season begins

Columbus Day Parade: For information call 647-6222

Fright Fest at Six Flags

Historic Shaw Art Fair

St. Louis Marathon

International Folk Fest

November

St. Louis Film Festival

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

Veterans Day parade

Holiday Champagne Stroll in November.

For more information, call 746-0473.

Mid-America Holiday Parade

314-286-4086

The parade route runs along Broadway and Spruce to Union Station on Thanksgiving Day. It is the Midwest’s largest holiday parade.

December

Kwaanza Holiday Expo

Cherokee Street Antique District Annual Cookie Walk

First Night St. Louis

Parlor tours of homes in the Lafayette park neighborhood.

Destination Guide City List

Gulfport, Mississippi

A- Overview:
The town of Gulfport, Mississippi was founded in 1845, but it was not until the completion of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad, in 1902, that it became a city with a population of over 5,000. Gulfport has a long history of discovery and exploration, and the Port of Gulfport is one of the nation’s largest ports. Today it is a city of over 71,000 and is an important seaport for shipping lumber, cotton, and seafood, as well as being the largest banana port in North America.

Luxurious 24 hour casino resorts thrive and championship golf courses rest alongside centers for historical and cultural exhibits, museums, historic homes, and other structures of architectural significance.

One of the highlights of a family visit to Gulfport is an exploration of Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. This hands-on museum allows children to experience learning through exploration, discovery, and role playing. Possibilities include producing an original painting or other work of art, traveling to other countries to learn their customs, operating a crane, broadcasting in the news center, and discovering the mysteries of science. There is a tow-story climbing structure, outdoor tree houses, and a Navy submersible. Picnic areas and a toddler playground are available on the six acre grounds.

The Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo brings thousands of visitors each year to sample the thrill and excitement of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

B- City Information:
C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Armed Forces Retirement Home

1800 Beach Drive

Gulfport, MS

228-897-4016

Open year round

Hours by appointment

Admission free.

Retirement home: museum open to public on 10th floor-contains war memorabilia.

Cap’n Jay’s

710 Lewis Avenue

Gulfport, MS

(228) 863-9355

Fri-Sun May-October

Ecological tours of the Barrier Islands, coastal salt marshes and cypress swamps of the upper Pascagoula River. Observe wildlife habitats and experience the natural wonder of the only free-flowing, unfragmented (undammed) river system in the U.S.

Dixie Dreamin’ Sailing

710 Lewis Ave.

Gulfport, MS

(228) 863-9355 May-Oct.; Fri. – Sunday.

Sailing on the Mississippi sound on a 34′ sloop. Half day, full day, evening cruises.

Fun Time USA

1300 Beach Road

228.896.7315

Open year round. 10AM- midnight

Bumper boats, mini golf, go karts, tilt-a-wheel, bumper cars, prize winning arcade and children’s rides.

Gulfport Centennial Museum

1419 27th Avenue

Gulfport, MS

228.868.5849

A walking museum depicting the growth of Gulfport from 1898 to present. Museum includes hundreds of photographs, audio room and historic artifacts.

Gulfport Dragway

17085 Racetrack Road

Gulfport, MS

Every Wednesday night at 6 PM, year round, weather permitting.

Join in the excitement at this quarter mile dragstrip.

CEC/Seabee Museum

Marvin Shields Blvd.

Gulfport, MS 39501

(228) 871-3164

Open year round. Mon-Sat. 9-5.

The Museum depicts the history of the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps and the Seabees form its beginnings in World War II until the present. Civilian tours by appointment.

Copa Casino

777 Copa Blvd.

Gulfport, MS

(228) 863-3330

24 hour 98,000 square foot gaming facility with restaurants and entertainment. Handicap accessible.

Grand Casino Gulfport

3215 West Beach Blvd.

Gulfport, MS

(228) 870-7777

24 hour 105,000 sq. foot gaming facility with golf, restaurants, entertainment.

Grass Lawn

720 East Beach Road

Gulfport, MS

(228) 868-5907

Open year round. Hours: by appointment only.

Museum constructed of old, hand-hewn timbers, with wide galleries supported by 2 story columns. Furnished with period pieces.

Harrison County Fair Grounds

15321 County Farm Road

Gulfport, MS

(228) 832-8620

Open year round. Hours vary by event

Harrison County Skate Park

269 Debuys Road

Gulfport, MS

(228) 604-4045

Open year round.

Summer (starts May 28) closed Mondays. Tues-Sat. 10-8. Sun. 12-6.

Winter: Tues-Fri. 2-7. Sat. 9-7. Sun. 12-5.

Aggressive skateboarding and inline skate park consist of an advanced course, beginner course, 6’ half pipe, and concrete bowl.

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

246 Dolan Avenue

Gulfport, MS

(228) 897-6039

open year round

One of the top 50 children’s museums in the US, Lynn Meadows is located in an old Mississippi city elementary school on 6 oak shaded acres. Hands-on experiences for children are sure to please.

Marine Life Oceanarium

Joseph T. Jones Memorial Park

Gulfport, MS

(228) 864-2511

Open year round

Hours Daily 9-4. (summer). 9-3 (winter)

Spend the day watching dolphins and se lions perform. Visit a giant reef tank, underwater dive shows, a touch pool, bird shows, and a Dolphin interactive program. Take a narrated train tour to round out the day.

Mississippi Sound Maritime Historical Foundation

1300 24th Avenue

Gulfport, MS

(228) 863-8765

An amazing experience awaits at this historical museum with midship, sailtraining, and Mississippi Sound Lugger.

Naval Construction Battalion Center

4902 Marvin Shields Blvd.

Gulfport, MS

(228) 871-2393

open year round.

Mon-Fri. 8-2.

Home of the Atlantic Fleet Seabees, the Navy’s construction force.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Wet Willy’s Water Slide

120 Beach Blvd.

Gulfport, MS

228.896.6592

Memorial Day to Labor Day
Hours: Daily 10a.m.-9p.m.

Three 400′ water slides into a 30,000 gallon wade pool. Small kiddie pool

Fun Time USA

1300 Beach Road

228.896.7315

Open year round. 10AM- midnight

Bumper boats, mini golf, go karts, tilt-a-wheel, bumper cars, prize winning arcade and children’s rides.

Naval Construction Battalion Center

4902 Marvin Shields Blvd.

Gulfport, MS

(228) 871-2393

open year round.

Mon-Fri. 8-2.

Home of the Atlantic Fleet Seabees, the Navy’s construction force.

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

246 Dolan Avenue

Gulfport, MS

(228) 897-6039

open year round

One of the top 50 children’s museums in the US, Lynn Meadows is located in an old Mississippi city elementary school on 6 oak shaded acres. Hands-on experiences for children are sure to please.

Marine Life Oceanarium

Joseph T. Jones Memorial Park

Gulfport, MS

(228) 864-2511

Open year round

Hours Daily 9-4. (summer). 9-3 (winter)

Spend the day watching dolphins and sea lions perform. Visit a giant reef tank, underwater dive shows, a touch pool, bird shows, and a Dolphin interactive program. Take a narrated train tour to round out the day.

Harrison County Skate Park

269 Debuys Road

Gulfport, MS

(228) 604-4045

Open year round.

Summer (starts May 28) closed Mondays. Tues-Sat. 10-8. Sun. 12-6.

Winter: Tues-Fri. 2-7. Sat. 9-7. Sun. 12-5.

Aggressive skateboarding and inline skate park consist of an advanced course, beginner course, 6’ half pipe, and concrete bowl.

E- Events & Entertainment: