I was at Target today and saw the May issue of St. Louis Magazine, I of course purchased the magazine because I do every month but also because of the cover tag line… 101 Things Every St. Louisan Must Do. I was completely enthralled. I won’t list all of them because that would be plagerism and also take a really really long time. But to see all of them pick up a copy.
Here are my favorites:
#1 The Gateway Arch(of course). I have been several times and JT and I plan on taking the kids this summer. J and L love to look for it in the skyline, you really can’t miss it, especially since it’s downtown and we take JT to work downtown everyday.
#7 Union Station – if you are an STL full-timer than you can remember going to Union Station was a big deal. I remember going down there and visiting the train store (no longer there) or getting a piece of fudge after you watch the entertaining way they make it (still there).
#12 The Saint Louis Zoo Penguins – very cool indeed, literally. We were just there Sunday and Tuesday. The zoo is always a great boredom buster. My kids love going there and especially love the penguins.
#22 Feed the Pygmy Goats– they are talking specifically of the ones located at Grants Farm. Grants Farm is always a great place to visit. You pay for the parking only and of course the awesome Anheuser-Busch beer you can carry around with you (I believe this is the only reason JT goes). Everyone I know has a story of the goats knocking them over or chewing on their fingers and clothes or they have a picture… such as these:
#31 The Butterfly House at Faust Park – L loves the butterfly house but J doesn’t really care for it. Faust Park also has a super awesome playground and the carousel (which happens to be #47) so it’s always a nice day when we head out there.
#32 Mount Pleasant Winery– This takes me back to my pre-child days. Oh how much fun we had on countless number of weekends out there. It’s the most beautiful winery around.
#41 The Great Forest Park Balloon Race – This is a super cool event every September. We always make sure we stay home that day because you can see them take off from L’s room. Then depending on the wind they could pass right over our house. They did one year. The best part is the Balloon Glow they have the night before. It’s beautiful, albeit a little crowded.
#64 Cards take on the Cubs at Busch Stadium – I am not a huge baseball fan but this rivalry and the fanfare will bring out the fan in you or even me.
#76 Slumber Party at the Lemp Mansion– Now I will not go so far as to spend the night in the Lemp Mansion, man it sure is creepy in there, but JT and I did have our rehearsal dinner there and us girls kept freaking each other out in the bathroom.
#82 Spend a Saturday Afternoon on the U-City Loop – A really great street where you can have lunch at Fitz’s, shop at some of the coolest most unique shops around, dinner at Blueberry Hill or get a tattoo or perhaps some piercings at Iron Age.
#85 Gus’ Pretzels – I really love their bratwursts covered in pretzels oh man and dipped in some cheese sauce, yikes that is some good food there.
#86 Saint Louis Art Fair in Clayton –Every September you can view lots of great art and eat some super yummy food in the Clayton area.
#88 Beffa’s – a little restaurant located near AG Edwards (where I worked for several years) you can visit with your friends, eavesdrop on other conversations and have a drink. There isn’t a sign to state where it’s location is, you just have to know where it is. I am happy to say I have been to this fine establishment.
#94 Ted Drewes – Famous for it’s concretes and gets wildly busy on the nicest of days. If you are city resident you know when passing by to stay out of the right lane on Chippewa or you could sit there forever. It gets that busy.
#96 Anheuser-Busch Tour – I didn’t even do this until a couple of years ago. It’s kind of fun plus the free samples at the end are LOTS of fun.
#99 Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus – No I don’t visit often but I have been for lunch several times with my mom and grandmother and OMG is all I can say. The chicken consomme, hot popovers and strawberry butter will make me come back each and every time.
#101 Thin Crust Pizza from Imo’s – Oh yeah! It’s like Whitey’s sometimes you just craze a St. Louis style pizza, plus the salad is my favorite, it’s all in the cheese.
Okay that’s my shortened list. There are so many good things on this list the writers at St. Louis Magazine did an awesome job. There are even some things I have never heard of, check out the magazine and this issue or their website www.stlmag.com.