FREE Stuff to Do @ St. Louis

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  1. agape2travel
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    If you are looking for a great place to go for FREE family stuff to do, one of my favorites is St. Louis. While the airport is not great the city makes up for it. Here's a list of FREE stuff in St. Louis: Visit Purina Farms (petting zoo, dog shows, etc.) - Union Station (the former train station is now a shopping area) - Zoo (pay to park and walk in FREE) - Art Museum (lots of art plus a decent display on Egypt) - Science Center (let the kids discover) - History Museum (Charles Lindberg and much much) - Route 66 park - The Hill (Italian area where Yogi Berra & Joe G. grew up - great place to grab a meal) - Arch (no charge unless you go up) - plus a lot more! If you have the miles for a free trip, St. Louis will stretch your dollars.
     
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    True. St. Louis has a ton of free stuff all right in the same area.

    I wouldn't consider Union Station anything spectacular and I'd rather stay by Forest Park attractions.
     
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    I generally like the city and its surroundings, but the hotels near the arch don't seem especially good and the area tends to be deserted on nights and weekends. It's nicer IMO to stay in West End (limited hotel choices) or the Clayton area, convenient to Blueberry Hill for live music and good food.

    There's a historic area of restaurants and bars along the river to the left when you face the river at the arch. There are also some interesting local and modest restaurants/bars with live music as you walk (somewhat long) toward the athletic events field from the arch area. Finally, some might be interested in the river boats, including the casinos.
     
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    The hotels in the ARCH area are not the greatest but we do enjoy the Hilton. It's convenient for anyone wishing to catch a ballgame @ Busch. Like MSPeconomist I enjoy the West End area. The Clayton area is OK but not as good as nice as West End for the activities that we enjoy.

    I don't recommend the Forest Park area at night but during the day it's great with all the free stuff (zoo, art museum, science center, history museum, gardens, plus good walking trails.

    One area that I forgot to mention is Grant's Farm (which is free). The historic home of US Grant, the area is beautiful plus you get to see a lot of animals (the Clydesdale horses plus several other animals) and a few animal shows.

    Happy travels!
     
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    I should have clarified that by "stay" i didn't mean sleep. I'm not familiar with hotels since my parents would normally drive in and drive out.

    I agree that a lot of downtown STL is very dead on weekends. I stayed there for a conference once (some crappy motel right across from the football stadium) and walked almost 1.5 miles before finding TGI Fridays to be the only open restaurant in that area. The next night we went along the river instead.
     
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