My first visit to St Louis, MO and at the top of my list was The City Museum. It is in a 100 year old building, 600,000 square feet and 10 stories high. It was opened in 1997 and exhibits have been added and updated over the years. It has an outdoor exhibit, MonstroCity as well as a rooftop exhibit (the rooftop is only open during the summer).
It is now on my top 10 places to visit list. I felt like I was awake inside of a dream. It’s truly incredible and online photos really don’t do it any justice.
I would recommend at least 3 to 4 hours to visit. It’s an interactive experience even if you don’t plan on climbing and crawling around, wear comfortable shoes. Dress comfortable and casual since you’re going to a giant, all ages playground made of metal, wood and cement. They have a few areas dedicated to small kids. It seems to have many areas accessible to handicap or elderly- they have an elevator and lots of exhibits that do not require climbing.
There are no maps, just explore!
Sugarfire BBQ is worth the visit. Just popped in for lunch but everything looked incredible. Staff seemed fun and friendly. The atmosphere and prices are good too.
St. Louis was founded in 1764 and in 1870 it was the 4th largest city in the country. St. Louis currently ranks at 61st for largest cities. It has amazing architecture. I enjoyed walking around even though St. Louis also currently ranks at number 1 in the country for dangerous cities, violent crimes and murders. However, it seems to be isolated to certain neighborhoods such as in north St. Louis. I spend the day walking around alone in the downtown area, Laclede’s Landing and near the arch without any concern other than general “city awareness”. Uber or Lyft is an option for safe transportation in the city.
I checked out BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups. Restaurant/ Bar with live music.
Broadway Oyster Bar is another restaurant/ bar with live music. It was very busy and also recommended by my friend that is a local. I tried the “Fried Alligator”.
My buddy that is a St. Louis native took me to a couple of his favorite bars.
The Silver Ballroom – Pinball and Punk Rock bar. Yes please! It’s an awesome spot even though I suck at pinball, I still had fun. It is about a 15 min drive from the downtown area.
The Crack Fox is a dark bar located near the downtown and convention center area. They have DJ’s, performers and events. They are open 6 days a week, closed on Sundays.
My friend Kevin hanging with me at The Crack Fox.
Another long day ended at close to midnight. About 17 hours from the time of my arrival in the airport to my departure. I was able to do quite a bit! Hopefully, I get another opportunity to come back. Still plenty more to check out.