Saint Louis Off The Beaten Path

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    Beams in one of the outbuildings
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    Laumeier Sculpture Garden

    by bhemak Written Jan 20, 2005
    Snow and Art

    I'm a sucker for a good sculpture garden and this is one of the best I've seen. It was expecially beuatiful in the cold with the snow. It went from grand and obnoxious to small and scerene surounded by trees and ponds.

    You need a car to get here. It is South of I-44 off of Lindburgh. Follow signs from there or look at the website to help you out.

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  • Romance in the park

    by d.r.l. Updated Dec 16, 2004

    Not sure how off the path this is, but most visitors don't likely know of it. I'm sure everyone knows we have a great art museum. Little known by visitors is the beauty and mystery of Art Hill and the surrounding "Forest Park." Walk straight down the hill towards the lake outside of the museum and you will find....beautifully arched bridges perfect for kissing, huge oak trees to picnic or nap under, beautiful scenery, walking trails through romantic surroundings (not a hike for exercise). You can find many special moments here very unexpectedly. There is also a boathouse offering paddle boats, row boats -or take a ride in an italian inspired setting in your own guided gondola with a basket of wine and cheese. The boathouse also has a restaurant and has music from time to time. Even if it's just you, take a great book & a pillow, take your bike, or just take your camera. In winter you can enjoy it as well, but you may need a sled and a heavy coat - not quite the same as far as romance, but fun for the kiddies.

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    Bigfoot 4X4

    by lashr1999 Written Nov 9, 2004
    Bigfoot 4X4

    A good place to visit if you are in the Hazelwood area and a bigfoot fan. You get to see the monster truck and take a picture with it for free. Also go upstairs to look down at the workshop. I am not sure if it is a working workshop because we went just before closing on a weekend noone was inside but truck parts were. Staff are nice. A tip is since this is close to the Lambert airport you may want to stop by after getting off the plane and grab a picture with the truck and then head downtown to the city.

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    Castlewood

    by Nana87106 Written Aug 24, 2004

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    Meramac river

    Beautiful state park in St. Louis. My sister and I went hikking here. It's an easy hike, it took us about 2 hours with a lunch break. At the top of a cliff we could see the river and train tracks below in the valley. Then we hikked to the bottom and walked along the river. Not many people were around. Near the main road are picnic talbes, playgrounds, and volleyball pits where large groups of people were having their family reunions and summer parties though.

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    Antiques in Alton

    by yooperprof Written Jun 27, 2004

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    Take U.S. 67 north to Alton

    For a nice excursion from St. louis, head up the Mississippi to Alton. There are good antique stores for every price range, as well as a variety of places to knosh. (Not to mention riverboat gambling, if that's your thing.)

    Because Alton isn't as touristy as some other "excursion places" from St. Louis (i.e. St. Charles), you're more likely to find bargains and a variety of unusual items for sale.

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    Private Streets in the Central West End

    by yooperprof Written Jun 26, 2004

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    Exclusive living in the heart of the city

    St. Louis was one of the cities that pioneered the concept of the private, gated street. Some of the most famous were developed in the first decade of the 20th century as private enclaves for the well-to-do. This is Kingsbury Place, just off Union Boulevard, near Forest Park.

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    Cahokia Mounds

    by yooperprof Written Jun 24, 2004

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    Mound City

    The Cahokia Mounds are little known but fascinating, and they are only a few miles into Illinois on I-70/55. They are the largest surviving Native American construction in North America, and they are an official United Nations-sponsored World Heritage Site.

    Check out my Cahokia Mounds State Park (IL) page for photos and directions.

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    Serendipity Strikes

    by MissAntarctica2002 Updated Apr 20, 2004

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    Earthways, St. Louis

    When we were in St. Louis for a few days, we just happened to have some free time on the third Friday of the month, which is when the Earthways Home is open to the public. When I saw that it would be open while I was there, I knew I was meant to visit, and I wasn't disappointed.

    Earthways Home is an old Victorian home that has been renovated and retrofited to utilized as many environmentally friendly options as possible. Just a few that come to mind are: energy efficient appliances, photovoltaics, passive solar heating, marmoleum and recycled fibre floors, various insulating window treatments.... the list could go on and on. It might sound dull, but let me assure you that it is both fascinating and inspiring. The staff members that conduct the tours are not only knowledgeable also entertaining and passionate.

    If you are considering any sort of home improvement projects, it is worth stopping by the Earthways home to learn about all of the sustainable options out there.

    Earthways Home is located at 3617 Grandel Square, which is a block and a half north of the Fox Theatre on Grand. The nearest MetroLink stop is Grand.

    Tours are conducted at 10, 11, Noon, and 1 and last about an hour. Admission is $2 for adults, or free to anyone with a Missouri Botanical Gardens membership.

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    The Butterfly House

    by ocicat Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    A walk-through exhibit with thousands of butterflies. Great displays. A wonderful place for taking photos.

    Daily 9 am - 5 pm - Memorial Day thru Labor Day (late May til early Sept). 9am - 4pm the rest of the year. Closed Mondays.

    Admission charged. Handicapped accessable.

    Located at 15193 Olive Blvd in Faust Park in western St. Louis area.

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    more butterflies than one has ever seen!

    by johnandlynclarke Written Jan 18, 2004

    If you are travelling with kids and you have a car, then the Butterfly House is a must. It is expensive and very small as attractions go BUT it is unique unless you have been to a rainforest.
    Once in the exhibit, it is 90 degrees and very humid. One's glasses fog up immediately, but when the fog clears there are butterflies every where. One will land on your shoulder or your friend's. Everyone ooo's and ahs. Take your time. The exhibit is small. There are benches to sit upon to just stare into the foliage to see the various butterflies. Obviously, this is a very costly exhibit to operate. Butterflies only last a few days so new shipments are brought in every week.
    There is the typical gift shop to entice the kids but it is a good cause.

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    A Cabin

    by cuicui Updated Jan 12, 2004
    The Cabin

    Our instructors' cabin. The students' cabin (one which has two rooms hosted about 20 of us) has bunk beds, but pretty spacious, at least 20 or 30 beds in a room (the three women had a lot of empty beds to lay extra stuff on). But the cabins have all the cleaning facilities; clean bath towels are also provided. Besides this, all three meals every day are family-style. And at least two 'hoppers' ('literally' they 'hop' to grad food for their table; actually we shared everything between the tables) must be at the dining-hall early to set the two tables. I was a 'hopper' every morning, because when I'm in such a green bird-chirping resort I'm always an early bird.

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    Three More Shots on the Resort (Lion's Den)

    by cuicui Written Jan 12, 2004
    Hiking Trails

    The hiking trails have not only natural beauty but man-made fun stuff, such as a hanging wooden wall for you to climb, tightropes for you to walk on, and so forth. Strictly speaking, you must be accompanied by staff to play with these.

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    St. Stanislaus Jesuit museum...

    by slabeaume Updated Apr 26, 2003

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    St. Stanislaus Jesuit museum in Florissant is another interesting place to visit. It's really off the beaten path, very few people go there, but it has a great collection of antique furnishings and Jesuit artifacts. Some dating back to 1450. It's in an old monestary and is free. The guides and people working on the place are all volunteers. It's an interesting, uncrowded place.

    UPDATE---unfortunately, it has recently closed.

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  • Six Flags

    by luckymantony Written Mar 6, 2003

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    Six Flags is to the outside part of St.Louis. A lot of people miss it because it's not downtown. Take the drive out to Six Flags, it's well worth the price of admission!! They have several new roller coasters to ride and they have a place to cool off at that's included in the price of admission, it's called Hurricane Harbor. It is so much fun for the whole family and friends. This is absolutely an amusement park you don't want to miss!!!!! It's located at I-44 & Six Flags Rd. You can't miss it.

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    Castlewood State Park

    by Sunshine64 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    You wouldn't think of St. Louis as a place for hiking. There are no mountains, and few hills. But Castlewood State Park, just outside of St. Louis, has some trails and nice overlooks. While there aren't many trails, they are also not marked well, and it's easy to get lost. So stop at the office and pick up a free map.

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