Make plans now to book your reservations for a pleasant trip to a new city or to venture out on a day trip to explore your own backyard. St. Louis is home to plenty of interesting places to visit throughout the year. With the coming new year, these hot spots will offer a variety of attractions that are worth checking out. Discover these top five reasons to visit St. Louis in 2015.
707 N. First St., MS 147
St. Louis, MO 63102
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the last piece placed in the center top of the Arch on October 28, 1965. In honor of this occasion, the City Arch River project has been working tirelessly to get the grounds ready, but will not be entirely completed until 2016. Still, there is plenty to enjoy at the Gateway to the West as trams continue to travel to the top for a breathtaking view of the city and Mississippi River below. Also, enjoy the Museum of Westward Expansion located inside one of the legs of the Arch and watch the challenges faced with the builders of this national monument by viewing “The Journey to the Top” shown inside the Arch, or expand your visit by a venture including a ride on a river boat.
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112
Come explore the largest green space in the city. Whether you stop in at the St. Louis Zoo that offers free admission; take pictures at any number of the scenic bridges or backdrops, enjoy the World’s Fair Pavilion, discover the Science Center, learn about the past at the Missouri History Museum, appreciate fine expressions at the St. Louis Art Museum, hit golf balls at the expansive Forest Park Golf Course, or take in an outdoor musical at the Muny, there are always plenty of new exhibits to see. Come to celebrate America’s Biggest Birthday Party during the area’s 25th annual Fourth of July festivities at Fair St. Louis that has been moved to Forest Park again, for the second year in a row. If museums or festivals aren’t your thing, kick back with a refreshing meal at the Boathouse, or take in a paddle boat ride with some friends to get a relaxing view of Art Hill.
700 Clark St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
Welcome to Ballpark Village Cardinal Nation, where you will enjoy cheering on the team that quite often makes it to the playoffs and garners several World Series championships. Cardinals baseball fans know how to make you feel welcome, and they are proud to show off their outdoor stadium that provides a clear view of the Gateway Arch, contains the Cardinals Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, and offers a place to eat and hangout before and after the game. Come watch a game anytime during the regular season, or schedule a tour year-round with the option to add on a visit to the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum. Whichever way you choose to enjoy the Cardinals and discover what new additions are added in 2015, just remember to wear your Cardinal red.
Missouri Botanical Gardens
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Come stroll through the gardens where there is always something blooming. Start 2015 off with a bright new beginning by enjoying the Garden Glow holiday light display that is open through January 4, 2015. Explore other new 2015 events throughout the year at the Missouri Botanical Gardens from the first blooms of spring to the wintry evergreens of winter. Celebrate culture at special annual events such as the Japanese Festival usually held in late summertime. Extend your passion for plants and living things at the offsite, fully enclosed, year-round Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in West County.
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
A spacious convention center is always a draw to any area, and the America’s Center is no exception. This large space for meetings and events located in a building attached to the St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome offers plenty of interesting events in 2015. Come see the newest car models getting ready to hit the roads at the annual Car and Auto Show. Build with your kids at the huge LEGOfest in March, or enjoy Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con coming in May. While downtown, be sure to explore nearby boutiques, restaurants, enjoy eating from the serving counter of a food truck or take in the City Museum to round out and complement your visit.
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