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
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.
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
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.
Ambulance ( 911). Fire ( 911). Police ( 911).
Hospital Emergency Room:
Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center : 3635 Vista Ave., 577-8000
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.
The country code for the United States is 1. The area code for St. Louis is 314.
At restaurants, a 15% tip is standard for waiters
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.
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.
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.
Explore the downtown sights on foot; a car is needed elsewhere.
Call the St. Louis Transit Information Line at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 for schedules.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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–)
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 is home to dozens of stores, ethnic and
American restaurants, and the Tivoli, a restored movie theatre specializing
in international and limited release films.
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
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.
701 Convention Plaza
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
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.
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 &
1868 Hwy. F – Defiance
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.
5239 W. Florissant Ave.
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
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.
701 N. 15th
Wed. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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
Tue. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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.
Tue. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Last tour at 3:15 p.m.
Restaurant on site.
An excellent example of Greek Revival architecture and beautiful period furnishings.
Dental Health Theatre
27 N. First St., Ste. 103
The only attraction of its kind in the world, with 16 three-foot-high fiberglass teeth, films, and marionettes
3617 Grandel Square
Tours by appointment only.
Promotes environmental awareness in the home and garden.
15185 Olive Blvd.
Thornhill tours by appointment.
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
Mon. – Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
State Capitol from 1821 to 1826. Fully restored legislative chambers and interpretive center.
Bounded by I-64, Kingshighway
Lindell & Skinker
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
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
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
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 &
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.
Photographs, artifacts and audio-visual displays. Resource library and Oral History Archives.
Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum
720 N. St.
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
12580 Rott Rd. at Geyer Rd.
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.
One of the major sculpture parks in the U.S. Special events throughout the year
Lewis & Clark Center
701 Riverside Dr. l St. Charles
Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Lewis & Clark Center interprets the Expedition through excellent exhibits, literature and educational programs.
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.
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)
Watch for special events and traveling exhibitions. Open daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tue., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tour “Seeking St. Louis”, a new permanent exhibition spanning three exciting and interactive galleries.
Museum of Contemporary
3700 West Pine Pedestrian Mall
Tue. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
11 N. 4th St.
Daily, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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
Tue., 1:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Wed. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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.
Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
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.
Sat. – Thur., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Closed Christmas; extended summer hours.
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.
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.
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
Daily except Christmas and New Years Day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; until 8 p.m. on Tue. in summer.
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.
1401 Clark Ave.
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
“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
Daily, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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.
Wed. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Open year around.
Founded around 1779; 148 stalls with farm-fresh and imported produce, meats, fish, herbs, and more
Stone Hill Winery &
1110 Stone Hill Highway – Hermann
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.
Open daily. Tour buses welcome.
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./
3701 Grandel Square
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
Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m.
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
9 a.m. – 6 p.m., March 1st thru last Wed. in Nov. Special Christmas tours first two weekends in Dec.
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.
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.
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.
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
Rapid ride, lazy river, zero-entry pool, lap lanes, kiddie pool, racer slides..
Mastadon State Historic Site
1050 Museum Dr., Imperial, MO
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.
one hour west of St. Louis on I-44, exit 230
Daily, 8:30 a.m. – 4 or 7:30 p.m. as season dictates.
Guided tours of natural wonders. Gift shop, restaurant, boat rides, canoe rentals..
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
11715 Cragwold Rd.
Tue. – Sun., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; April 1 to Oct. 31, trails open till 8 p.m.
112 acres. Nature Center with exhibits and wildlife viewing area. Three nature trails.
Gray Summit, MO
I-44 to Gray Summit exit, Hwy. 100 to County Rd. MM
Reservations required. Mid-March to mid-November.
Petting zoo, displays, hands-on activities, and animal demonstrations
Raging Rivers Waterpark
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.
2751 Glencoe Road
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
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (summer); 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (fall); closed Mon.
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
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
Daily (except 12/25 and 1/1), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; until 8 p.m. on Tue. in summer.
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.)
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
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
Oakland and Tamm Avenues, Forest Park
Giant turtle sculptures overlook Forest Park and Interstate 64.
Worldways Children’s Museum
West County Center
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
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
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
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
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.
open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; during daylight saving time; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.
112 acres. Nature Center with exhibits and wildlife viewing area, Three nature trails
3900 Reavis Barracks Rd.
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.
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.
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.
The American offers an intimate nightclub atmosphere with top-name entertainment.
Skinker & Forsyth
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
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
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.
“One of the country’s most respected opera companies.” Productions rotate in May and June.
14141 Riverport Dr.
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
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.
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.
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.
Presenting plays, musicals, and original works that express the African-American experience, examine issues and celebrate achievements.
St. Louis Ambush Soccer team begins season.
St. Louis Flower Show
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
Working Women’s Survival Show
Missouri Valley Post Season Basketball Tournament
Greater St. Louis Home and Garden Show
Mid-American Jazz Festival
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Run
St. Louis Cardinals begin season
Missouri Spring Festival of Art
St. Louis Film Festival Spring Sampler
Greater St. Louis Kite Festival
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
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
Fair Saint Louis
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
St. Louis Strassenfest
St. Louis Blues Heritage Festival
St. Louis County Air & Fair Show
Missouri Botanical Gardens Japanese Festival
Grand Festival of Nations For more information call 772-4640
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
includes a Frisbee exhibition and sky diving.
Big Muddy Blues Festival held annually on Labor Day weekend. For more information,
St. Louis Rams begin Football season
Labor Day Parade
St. Louis Jazz Festival
Heritage America at Cahokia Mounds
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
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
The parade route runs along Broadway and Spruce to Union Station on Thanksgiving Day. It is the Midwest’s largest holiday parade.
Kwaanza Holiday Expo
Cherokee Street Antique District Annual Cookie Walk
First Night St. Louis
Parlor tours of homes in the Lafayette park neighborhood.
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