There are two places that...
There are two places that contain great fun activities. 1. ) Laclede's landing is a good place. It has the Arch, the cathedral, the courthouse, riverfront, shops, and the Spaghetti Factory. The Spaghetti Factory is a reasonable place to eat (around Applebee's prices) with lovely victorian aura. The Wax museum is near there.
2.) Forest Park is another area. It has the Science Center (with Omni Max, Laser Light Shows, and Kid's Discovery Room), the zoo, the art museum, the Muny (theatre), and other park activities. These places are free! By far my fondest memory of St. Louis is South Grand between Arsonal street and Gravois. This section is near Tower Park where during the summer there are free concerts. They have the most diverse eating establishments. Real Vitameses, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Thai, Central American, French, and local cuisine. My favorite restraunts are Pho's, Lemon Grass, The King and I, and St. Louis Bread Company.
Downtown - Soldiers' Memorial (1936)
The Soldiers' Memorial is a World War I museum/memorial, with office space for veteran's groups as well. It was built in the 1930s as part of the very significant program of capital improvements and new facilities undertaken by St. Louis in a burst of civic energy that lasted from the mid 1920s to the eve of World War II.
The Soldiers' Memorial is at 108 N. 14th, at Chestnut Street.
It's interesting to observe the continued evolution of the neo-classical style as you walk through this area of the city. In contrast with some of the earlier grand civic buildings, here at the Soldiers' Memorials the columns have completely broken from any Greek precendent: they have become purely "symbolic" in their connection with the values and meanings of the ancient world.
The Soldiers' Memorial was created by the same firm responsible for the nearby "United States Court House and Custom house" that was opened in 1934: Mauran, Russell and Crowell. The sculptural figues which adorn the Memorial are the work of the great expressionist artist Walker Hancock (1901-1998).
Fantastic Missouri Botanical...
Fantastic Missouri Botanical Gardens!!! ---- The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis and is easily accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink to the Central West End station and catching the Garden Express shuttle bus.
take a virtual tour - click here!
Ulyssess S. Grant National Historic Site
We went to the Visitor's Center and after I got my passport stamped, we watched the 16-minute introductory film, A Place Called White Haven, shown in the Visitor Center theater, and went through the museum. Then we visited the Main House:
* Free interpretive visits to the Main House are usually offered every 30 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m. Typically the last house visit of the day begins at 4:00 p.m.
* Due to preservation and safety concerns, space is limited for each time slot and tickets (which are free, and available at the Visitor Center desk) are required to reserve a place.
Actually in our case, there was no one else there at that time of day/year, so we had a private tour. Inside they had those TV photo screens and video commentary. We found out that White Haven was named after the family farm house, but was actually painted green. Afterwards we toured the site outbuildings.
Elephant Rocks SP
Elephant Rocks State Park is located southwest of St. Louis. Bismarck is the 'larger' town nearby. Even then, you'll have to get a local map and wander several miles. It's actually near Pilot Knobs on State Routes 21.