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At an astounding 630-feet tall, the magnificent Gateway Arch remains the tallest man-made national monument in the United States. Its unique shape and stainless steel facade remarkably represent the history made in the city of St. Louis. An enclosed tram inside the Arch takes you to the top, where you will experience breathtaking views of modern St. Louis – up to 30 miles in each direction on a clear day.
In 1947, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Association conducted a contest to create a structure that would commemorate Thomas Jefferson and those settlers’ expansion into western America. Renowned architect Eero Saarinen won the contest with his concept of a stainless steel arch. His vision was completed in 1965 when workers installed the last exterior shell piece of the Gateway Arch.I would highly recommend going to the ARch especially if you have never experienced it. It's worth at least one time because the views are amazing and a great perspective of what our city looks like 360 feet and be sure to visit the museum!
was once an International Shoe Company factory and warehouse but was mostly vacant till 1983 Bob Cassilly, an artist bought it. In 1995 construction began and what was once a shoe factory is now The City Museum. opened to the public on October 25, 1997. Within two years, it was drawing 300,000 visitors a year! Since then it's expanded offering a MonstroCity in 2002, Enchanted Caves and Shoe Shaft in 2003, and World Aquarium in 2004. In 2011 Cassilly died in which he left behind The building's fifth floor houses apartments, dubbed the Lofts at City Museum, which range in size from 1,300 to more than 2,800 square feet (260 m2). The 10th floor is an extension of Windows On Washington called Windows Off Washington.
If you took a week to be here that was a smart move because you could literally spend an entire day here. With the weekend (Fri-Sat) hours of operation being from nine am to midnight you could spend the entire day! With it being $12+tax for admission not to mention the extra $5 to have access to the roof makes it fairly cheap to experience this place. The city museum offers fun and excitement for all ages. Whether you're 15 or 60 it's got something for you, I promise! If you're already visiting the Gateway Arch then after you get done there be sure to end the day at the City Museum! with it having a cafeteria it makes it super easy and convenient to just stay there with out having to deal with downtown traffic.
3. YOU'RE FULL OF HOT AIR
Nikki Caplan and John O’Toole are renowned balloonists who founded The Great Forest Park Balloon Race in 1973. In 1977 four newly certified balloonists and a whimsical group dubbed the Mississippi River Balloon Transit Company. The race, celebrating its 44th anniversary this year, is unique in that it originates from the middle of a major city, St. Louis. Attendance is free to more than 150,000 spectators who come out to watch 70 world-class balloon pilots compete in a race that is almost as exciting from the ground as it is in the air.
The Great Forest Park Balloon Race was honored as a Local Legacy — a local event that has grown to be of great significance in the community. The honor came by selection of Congressman Richard Gephardt who chose The Great Forest Park Balloon Race to represent St. Louis and the state of Missouri.
4. Plants have feelings too!
One day in the spring of 1819, Henry Shaw an 18-year-old, an Englishman recently landed in the river town of St. Louis on the edge of the American wilderness, took a half-day journey on horseback out of town. forty years after his arrival in St. Louis, he opened on the land he so loved a botanical garden for the city’s residents. This garden is today the Missouri Botanical Garden. One of the oldest botanical gardens in the U.S., Missouri Botanical Garden is outstanding not only in the excellence of its displays, but also in the richness of its architectural heritage and the importance of its botanical research.
The Missouri Botanical Garden opened to the public in 1859 and began to grow in the European tradition of horticultural display combined with education and the search for new knowledge. Today, 155 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science and conservation, education and horticultural display.
5. 5th largest spring in missouri
in 1825 a band of Shawnee Indians traveled east to meet with the Great White Father in Washington. Along the way the group camped, hiked, and met some new people along the way. Upon their return trip from Washington, the Indians invited Mr. James to journey west to see this valley and its’ offerings. James sent Samuel Massey, his business partner, to inspect the hematite mine and enormous spring. His favorable report led to the construction of the Maramec Iron Works in 1826.
the Iron Works closed in 1876.
Today the Maramec Springs is a great place to have lunch and set up a picnic. If you are wanting to catch some fish the beautiful spring offers plenty of fish including, bass. There are many things you can do here like camping, hiking, tour the museum, and the popular one The Old Iron Work Days. you can attend and learn about the history and how it was back in the days, in October 8th-9th every year. It's known as the 5th largest spring in missouri.
6. What Would You Do For A Klondike bar?
Klondike Park is 250 acres of scenic property, featuring more than 4 miles of natural and paved trails for hiking and biking. Once the site of an old silica sand quarry, the area has been preserved and turned into beautiful parkland. A unique lookout bluff provides picturesque views of the Missouri River Valley, as well as the historic Katy Trail. The quarry was in operation from the late 1800’s to the late 1900’s, shipping the white sand (which made clear glass) over on the Katy railroad to Alton, Illinois to the glass factory there.
Today the park is used for walking the paved trail around the quarry which has a nice view, seating and fishing. it's biking trails including jumps, embankment, and hard turns which include any kind of terrain from mud to pavement. if you're a bicyclist then I would make a trip here to experience the teeter totters! If you enjoy the summer days with the bugs and night sky then camping here is a good idea too. It includes camping grounds, showers, rest rooms and lots of scenic views.
7. THE RIVER OF UGLY FISHES
Fed by Maramec Spring and many smaller springs, the Meramec is floated most of the year. 1699-1700 priest Jacques Gravier traveled the river and early on the river became an important industrial shipping route carrying iron, lead, and timber. Today, the river is used commercially by tourboats for tourists getting some history on maramec River. The Meramec River is one of the longest free-flowing waterways in Missouri, draining 3,980 square miles while wandering 218 miles from headwaters near Salem to where it empties into the Mississippi River near St. Louis at Arnold and Oakville.
The Maramec River is the closest thing we got to a beach and on a special week during the year there is an event called the Bull Float. 93.7 The Bull hosts an annual float complete with country music concerts. You can expect to see big names like David Nail, Canaan Smith, and Joe Nichols. The river offers small cliffs to jump off of, a rope swing and lots of camping spots.
8. DON'T FORGET TO VISIT YOUR FAMILY
After buying the land for $3,500 and the $17,500 in the building of the St. Louis zoo. In November 1910, the Zoological Society of St. Louis was established. The founders formed the organization with the hope that a zoo would make the city more appealing for visitors and residents alike. On December 2, 1913, Mayor Henry Kiel signed legislation creating a Zoological Board of Control, and giving it authority over more than 70 acres of Forest Park.
Today the zoo attracts thousands of residents and tourists with its beautiful land and being in the center of St. Louis making it easy to get to. The zoo offers animals from small insects like ants to large like the elephants! On specific dates you can check out the Wild Lights. Get a glimpse of the North Pole at the Saint Louis Zoo, where you can walk through an arctic wonderland of twinkling holiday light displays. Enjoy special menus, fireside storytelling, family activities and more. The zoo is free to go in however if you want decent parking then it'll cost yah $10.00.
9. close as we'll get to a forest
In 1901, Forest Park was selected as the location of the 1904 World's Fair, known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. George Kessler, the fair's landscape architect, dramatically changed the park: the wetlands areas in the western part of the park were drained and converted into water features and five connected lakes. s
Forest Park is a public park located in the western part of St. Louis, MO. and covering 1,371 acres with many landmarks to visit such as the Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, The Muny, and many others! Since the early 2000s, it has carried out a $100 million restoration of its facilities through a public-private partnership aided by its Master Plan. Don't forget to visit the Steinberg Skating Rink so test your skills on ICE! There's a beautiful boat house where its both a restaurant and boat rental!
10. You Have The Ocean WE have a rock quarry
There really isn't much on this place because it's a private owner who owns this place, The Offsets! It's Address is a bit hard to find but here it is because you shouldn't miss it - 2578 Hwy, Fredericktown, MO 63645
The OffSets is basically a huge rock quarry that filled up with water which has an underwater cave, cliffs to jump off of, camping grounds to camp and hike. You pay $10 to jump and $10 to camp or $20 for both! It's a super beautiful place to visit when you are here in the summer because the swimming is just amazing. There's a party atmosphere on summer weekends at the Offsets, particularly on Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day (roughly). Holiday weekends are especially busy. Weekdays over the summer are more tame and are probably a better time for serious climbers and divers to experience the Offsets. If you seek Adrenaline then you will love the 30-60 ft cliff that you can jump into safely because the water is over 70ft deep.
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Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri