Those of us that live in and around St. Louis have it pretty good, we just need to be reminded sometimes. With gas prices being absurd, and airlines raping us for every little fee, a lot of cities are promoting themselves as vacation spots for their residents. St. Louis is a prime example of a lot of attractions for not a lot of money.
As far as free attractions, we have a world-class zoo; the Anheuser Busch brewery tour; Grant's Farm; the Art Museum, free seats at the Muny, and Forest Park. I'm sure I'm leaving out some - feel free to remind me in the comments.
Yesterday, Maddy and I took advantage of a couple of hot spots our town is known for. We started with the Arch. I took Jessica up there about 10 years ago, and I forgot just how cool it really is. Of course, it was a little overcast so our visibility was limited, but we still got some great pictures of the Gateway Mall and the downtown skyline. I tried to prepare Maddy for the "clothes dryer" experience of the tram, and she didn't really get it until she got in there. She did fine, and was amazed at what she could see from the Arch windows.
Then we headed to the City Museum. I had never been there, but Maddy went on a school field trip. We are definitely going back. It is a photographer's dream, and of course I forgot my camera. However, my phone took some pretty nice pictures.
The City Museum is just phenomenal. The sculptures, slides, tunnels, mosaics, caves - all just too cool for words. The pictures don't really do it justice either. There is a wall made entirely of steam table trays bolted to the wall. The staircase rails look like old shocks that have been hand painted. Kids are encouraged to touch and explore, unlike stuffy museums.
We finished our day at Joanie's Pizza in Soulard. It was too hot to sit on their patio, so we went inside and had their delicious pizza (pepperoni and bacon for Maddy, sausage and mushroom for me) and finished our meal with a mint chocolate chip truffle. Yum!
Get out and re-discover your city. You'd be surprised sometimes at what you find in your own backyard.
Check out Flickr for the pics.