The great city of St. Louis is home to some of the finest and most unique attractions in the country. Founded in 1764, St. Louis’ prominent history has left behind pieces that we continue to enjoy today. Stately buildings with beautiful architecture, family restaurants that have been passed down from generation to generation, and monuments in honor of legendary leaders are just a few examples of the many attractions available to sightseeing St. Louis travelers.
As spring unfolds in the the Midwest, social life in St. Louis once again moves outdoors into fresh air and sunshine. The St. Louis Zoo is one of the most popular vacation sites in the area. Surprisingly, general admission to the St. Louis Zoo is free. There are some fee-based shows and events within the zoo, but the prices are minimal. Started in 1910, the St. Louis Zoo contains a flight cage from the World’s Fair of 1904, which was held on the grounds. The cage is used by the St. Louis Zoo to house their extensive bird exhibit. Leave at least a day for this trip. There are so many wonderful displays, you’ll want to take your time and enjoy each one.
Although St. Louis City contains a plethora of exciting things to do, the surrounding areas are just as rich in interesting attractions. Since 1841, a farmers market has been held in the historic town of Soulard. Although most markets of this type are open only during warm weather, this one is open year round, from Wednesday through Saturday. This is definitely a hot destination for St. Louis shoppers, where you will find eateries, fresh flowers, baked goods, home grown produce, and the list goes on. A large venue, this is something that must be experienced!
Missouri Botanical Garden is a popular St. Louis destination. It first opened to the public in 1859. Attractions include the Japanese Garden, Victorian District, and Tower Grove House, to name a few. The beauty of the extensive gardens are made all the more surreal by the fact that they are encased within a large metropolis like St. Louis.
For a pleasant dining experience, you might want to visit St. Louis’ oldest soda fountain, Crown Candy Kitchen. Stepping through those doors is like stepping back through time. Open since 1913, the old fashioned decor gives the delightful feel of times long past. The BLT sandwich and malt are one of the most popular meals. A trip to this establishment will be a joyful experience, and will surely remain a treasured memory.
Whether you hail from the St. Louis area, or somewhere far away, a trip to this remarkable city will certainly be a memorable occasion.
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