The Best St. Louis Adventures
This summer Alex and I took a 5-week trip across the United States. Our first stop? St. Louis, Missouri, my hometown, and (in my humble opinion) the best city in the world! I loved playing tour guide and showing Alex around all my favorite spots, but also some of the more well-known St. Louis tourist destinations. Here are some of our favorite places we checked out in St. Louis!
1. The Gateway Arch
|The view from the top of the Arch.|
|Yes, I look like I'm peeing, but the point is - the elevators are small.|
2. Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
Fun fact, the St. Louis Blues recently won their first-ever Stanley Cup so Anheuser honored them by creating a beer that was brewed to the tune of Gloria by Laura Branigan (the anthem of the Blue's playoff run).
3. City Museum
|I'm not adding more photos because photos can't do this place justice.|
4. Cardinal's Game
You can't go to St. Louis without attending a Cardinal's game. St. Louis is a baseball town and has been consistently ranked as one of the best cities for baseball, and one of the best fan bases in the whole MLB. The Cards have also won the most World Series titles in the National League and the second-most in the MLB. Go Cards!
5. Forest ParkForest Park is one of the largest city parks in the United States (larger than Central Park - ha!) and it's a great place to walk around, have a picnic, go paddle-boating, golf, or go sledding in the winter (or in my case - break a leg sledding in the winter). Forest Park is also home to the Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center, Zoo, and Muny (outdoor theater) - all of which are completely FREE to the public!
6. Science Center
7. St. Louis ZooThe St. Louis Zoo is also located in Forest Park and it's always ranked as one of the top zoos in the country. What's more impressive is that despite it's high-quality, it's still completely free (thanks, taxpayers)! However, there are a few "extras" that you can take part in for a small fee, like the children's zoo and sting-ray feeding. Compared to other zoo's Alex has been to in Africa, he was quite impressed.
8. Shakespeare in the Park
10. Jefferson City and Fulton
I decided to include one activity that is slightly outside St. Louis. Jefferson City, the capital of Missouri, and Fulton are two cities about 2 hours from STL. My aunt and uncle have a farm near Fulton and Jeff City so we took a day trip there. Anyone can tour the capital building and they have a small Missouri-themed museum on the bottom floor. Fun fact: Winston Churchill gave his "iron curtain" speech in Fulton in 1946 and therefore, part of the Berlin Wall resides there, as well as a Winston Churchill museum.
|I had to add a photo of Alex's helping my aunt with her beehives.|
Best time to visit St. Louis?
Alex and I visited STL in June/July and although I LOVE summer in St. Louis, it was brutally hot. I have to tell you, after living in South Africa for 4.5 years, I would take Africa's dry heat over St. Louis's humidity any day (and Alex, the born-and-raised African agrees). The one benefit of St. Louis heat is that every store/museum/restaurant etc. blasts the AC.
Another thing to consider is that Alex and I went to the States during the school's summer break so every activity we did was full of summer camps or families trying to entertain their kiddos during the long, hot days.
St. Louis is also great in the fall and spring (unlike South Africa, STL is one of the cities with four real seasons) but winter can be gross.
Why am I so obsessed with St. Louis?
St. Louis really is one of my favorite cities in the world (and yes, I'm biased because I grew up there) but I've traveled a lot and seen a lot, and St. Louis still has my heart. It has big-city amenities with a small-town feel and there are so many free activities. St. Louis is also clean and relatively safe (yes, the rankings say otherwise, but I'm going with my gut here). Alex also said St. Louis was one of his favorite cities that we visited (and we went to nine).
I hope this post encourages you guys to check out St. Louis, a truly underrated U.S. city.