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Things to do in little time

by k00kumar

I'm planning to go to St. Louis for a weekend. Is there anything special to see or any colleges to visit in the time?

RE: Things to do in little time

by dlandt

The number one attraction would be the arch. Beneath it there are some museums and stuff. There is also an Italian neighborhood called The Hill which is worth seeing. Not far away is Cahokia Mounds. That's really something but you need a car.

RE: Things to do in little time

by vanderlust

There is much to do in StL on a weekend.
When do you expect to visit? In the summer there are riverfront events such as Live on the Levee and Eats Bridge. These events have live music, fireworks, light shows. Of course there are the StL Cardinals. There is Forest Park (which holds the Art Museum, History Museum, the Zoo, The Muny, the Science Center), Shaws Garden (now MO Botanical Garden) near Tower Grove Park, there are several museums, Six Flags, the Arch etc. etc.
What part of town are you staying in and do you have transportation? There is the MetroLink which runs from Lambert Airport through downtown and to Fairview Heights on the Illinois side of the river.
Schools, we have a couple. Washington University (Ucity area) University of Missouri St. Louis (Normandy area) St. Louis University (midtown area), Fontbonne University, Maryville University, College of Pharmacy,

If you give a little information about what you are looking for I could be more specific.

RE: RE: Things to do in little time

by k00kumar

With colleges I am looking for Medical schools. My plan is that I am actually visiting Chicago and we are going to drive down to St. Louis on Fri. and stay Sat. and Sun. (Aug 12-13). I don't know any specifics just places to visit moust tourists visit. I don't really have much of a preferance. Thats all

RE: RE: Things to do in little time

by dlandt

Cahokia Mounds are just off the freeway on your way to or from Chicago, aBOUT 20 miles from St. Louis. It is the only UN World Heritage site in the region.

RE: RE: Things to do in little time

by vanderlust

We have both Washington University Medical School and St. Louis University Medical School here. WashU is a well ranked medical school they intern at Barnes Jewish Medical complex which includes Siteman Cancer Center and Childrens Hospital. StL. U interns at Ferman DesLoge medical center which includes Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital. Both are fine institutions of learning.

RE: Things to do in little time

by rwjstohr

You might enjoy St. Charles, just across the Missouri river. Nice old town, historic houses, nice riverfront.
If you are into casinos, there's a couple of them as well.
If you got a car, driving up to Alton, or up the Missouri to Augusta, with its nice vineyards, wine tasting and micro breweries. Also driving on to Hermann (antiques stores, historic Lewis and Clark places) could be worth going.

Travel Tips for Saint Louis

I loved antique shopping in...

by IslandGirl10

I loved antique shopping in St. Louis! There were so many shoppes to go in! There were a lot of unusual items that I had not seen in Maryland and even though many things were size prohibitive (such as a gas stove from the early 1900's) for me to bring home on the airplane, I just enjoyed seeing them:) I loved seeing the 'Gateway to the West'!

Art of the Osage at Saint Louis Art Museum

by deecat

Thank goodness I saw a small article in the Chicago Tribuneabout the art of the Osage at the St. Louis Art Museum! Museum is free but this special exhibit cost $8.00 for seniors and $10.00 for others.

This text was written by Jill Martin after we visited the Saint Louis Art Museum.

The St. Louis Art Museum featured an exhibit on the Art of the Osage Indians. In this exhibit, "art" is meant as any artifact made by the Osage, for utility or decoration. Items were loaned from the Smithsonian and other museums, but much of the 20th century material came from a family of Osage artisans, one of whom was featured on an accompanying video.

The exhibit offered audio headsets, with much background information provided by the curator and by Osage Indians. The audio was programed to correspond with numbers on signs so that the exhibit could be viewed in any order.

Traditional glass cases contained several examples of an item, such as clothing, headdresses, quilts. A neutral background emphasized the brilliant colors of the objects.
In the video, the current Principal Chief of the Osage nation told the history of their removal from the area of Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas to Osage and other counties in Oklahoma.

He said the Osage kept title to the mineral rights of their land; so, when oil was discovered in the 1920's, they became rich. Unfortunately, they lost most of their money during the Depression. The original 20,000 declined to 1000, but today they have rebounded to 20,00 again. The beautiful handwork of the women was shown, including quilts commemorating Osage soldiers in World War I and II.

Other hand made items include "wedding jackets" with a history. Colonial soldiers gave Osage Indian chiefs military jackets. Too small for the men, the jackets were appropriated by women, and a tradition grew of using the jackets in place of wedding gowns. Osage women sewed and decorated new jackets; traditionalists still wear them today at their weddings.

I found the story of their attempts to join modern society while retaining their historic attitudes very moving. The Native American churches of the Osage served as an example of their retention of their own values.

Kiss Your Diet Good-bye!

by ocicat

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is a St. Louis tradition. Called "concretes" the ice cream milkshakes are more like a custom mixed soft serve ice cream. Dozens of ingredients to choose from, they mix up your treat in a snap.

Don't let the long lines put you off!! They move quickly. Make sure you're ready to order when it's your turn at the window.

One last warning... beware the killer ice cream headache! :-D

BTW, it's open Feb thru Dec.

RAms Football

by BruceDunning

The stadium to the north of downtown center is an anchor to try and revive this area once deteriorated. Still somewhat has that feel, though. The American Center for convention and other events and Visitors Center are located close by

Mardi Gras Parade in the...

by Sunshine64

Mardi Gras Parade in the Soulard neighborhood. You wouldn't necessarily think of St. Louis in conjunction with Mardi Gras, but this has turned into a huge event. So big that they have changed the parade route and outlawed coolers. It used to be a lot of fun, though.


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