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St. Louis Attractions

With St. Louis just a short drive away, St. Charles residents have a wealth of entertainment, cultural, and sports offerings at their fingertips. That’s the beauty of where we are situated – when you need to get away, our proximity to the city makes it easy to escape for some urban excitement.

Family Fun

Gateway Arch
www.gatewayarch.com

Take the 630-foot ride to the top of the world-famous Gateway Arch – a local landmark built to memorialize the nation’s westward expansion. Recently, CityArchRiver spearheaded a project that is transforming the Arch grounds by creating a safe and inviting bridge over the highway and a new museum beneath it. Once complete, visitors will encounter a new entrance to the facility and greater accessibility throughout the grounds. For more information, visit www.cityarchriver.org

Saint Louis Zoo
www.stlzoo.org

Recently voted America’s Top Free Attraction and Best Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. The Saint Louis Zoo is dedicated to connecting people to animals. There are more than 17,000 animals to see – many of them rare and endangered. There is plenty to do and see at the zoo with more than 90 acres of exhibits, attractions, shopping and dining. The recent additions of Sea Lion Sound, McDonnell Polar Bear Point, and updates to Rivers Edge make the zoo more popular than ever. Visitors can also take guided tours with interactive displays, ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad or enjoy the children’s petting zoo.

Grant’s Farm
www.GrantsFarm.com

Grant’s Farm is the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, named for Ulysses S. Grant who originally worked a portion of the land. The farm is a refuge for more than 900 animals, representing more than 100 different species. Encounter animals through personal feeding experiences at Grant’s Farm. Visit the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales and take carousel rides. Shop for collectibles and souvenirs, catch a show or ride a pony or camel before eating on-site. Open mid-April through October, the farm offers free admission, and many attraction fees are minimal.

The Magic House
www.magichouse.org

The Magic House opened in 1979 and has grown from a small local children’s museum to one of national prominence. The museum is dedicated to inclusion and serving children in the community who have the fewest opportunities. It is a participatory museum that provides hands-on learning experiences that spark imagination, pique curiosity, enhance creativity and develop problem-solving skills.

Butterfly House
www.missouribotanicalgarden.org

Located in Faust Park, The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is an 8,000-square-foot glass conservatory lushly planted with nearly 100 species of exotic flowering tropical plants and more than 60 species of the world’s most beautiful butterflies in free flight. Watch a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis, or interact with them in the Butterfly Garden. Take a class, shop or plan a private party on the Emerson Lakeside Terrace.

City Museum
www.citymuseum.org

Housed in the 600,000-square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel constructed from unique, found objects. The brainchild of Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the righteous approval of young and old alike.

Six Flags
www.sixflags.com/stlouis

Six Flags St. Louis and Hurricane Harbor water park combine two great parks in one great place for the perfect family getaway. With nine heart-pounding roller coasters, the park features over 22,700 feet of roller coaster track. Hurricane Harbor offers multiple water slide complexes and an interactive kid’s area, lazy river and wave pool – all included with your theme park admission. Group discounts are available for youth groups, company outings and family reunions.

Culture

St. Louis Art Museum
www.slam.org

The St. Louis Art Museum is one of the principal U.S. art museums, visited by a half million people annually. Admission is free through a subsidy from the cultural tax district. The art museum collects, presents, interprets and conserves artwork; educates and elevates the human spirit; and preserves a legacy of artistic achievement.

Missouri History Museum
www.mohistory.org

Founded in 1866, the Missouri History Museum showcases artifacts from St. Louis, Missouri, and national developments. Permanent and traveling exhibits provide various perspectives. Audio tours, community events, shopping and dining options complete the historical experiences.

Professional Sports

Professional sports teams in St. Louis give fans plenty to cheer about. The St. Louis Cardinals are 11-time World Series winners and perennial postseason contenders, making them one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball history.

Since entering the National Hockey League as expansion team in 1967, the St. Louis Blues have employed some of the greatest players in ice hockey history. Home games are played at the Scotttrade Center.

Neighborhoods

Just short drives away are other nifty neighborhoods. Famous for its authentic Italian dining is the charming community known as The Hill (www.thehillstl.com). Delmar Loop is an entertainment and shopping district packed with bars, eclectic restaurants, live music venues, vintage clothing boutiques and a Hollywood-inspired walk of fame featuring St. Louis celebrities.

As “the best urban eclectic,” Central West End (www.cwescene.com) aficionados say it holds the area’s finest restaurants, bistros, bars, pubs, shopping and entertainment. Others head to The Grove (www.thegrovestl.com), another vibrant and diverse business and entertainment district.

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