When thinking of a vacation, or destination for student tours, many of the larger cities come to mind. New York City, Boston and Chicago are just a few examples of cities that are among the most visited in the United States. St. Louis may or may not jump to mind when thinking of such a destination, but even if it doesn’t have the flash and glitz that New York City offers, it is still an excellent place to visit. St. Louis is the home of many interesting museums, music venues and sports teams. Here are just a few things that this city has to offer.
Forest Park is one of the places that your group should make sure to visit. Located in the City, this park is St. Louis’ premiere park and contains some of the best attractions in the city. The St. Louis Art Museum is located in this park, and houses a large collection of ancient and modern art, as well as several paintings by popular painters such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The St. Louis Zoo is also located in Forest Park, and holds claim to being the most visited Zoo in America, and is home to thousands of animals. The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis (“The Muny” for short), is a large outdoor theater that presents musical theater productions during the summer months, so if you happen to be in St. Louis during the season, be sure to check it out. The Missouri History Museum and The St. Louis Science Center are also popular attractions. There are many places on the grounds to picnic, the most popular being Turtle Park, which is located near a group of large concrete turtles.
St. Louis also has quite a venue for performing arts. This city is home to the Fox Theater, which is one of the largest Broadway stages in America. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is also a popular group and holds concerts in the historic Powell Symphony Hall. There is quite a venue for jazz in St. Louis, as well as many freelance musicians, and underground bands. This is especially evident when walking down the loop, one of the most famous streets in the region. Here you will find street musicians and performers, vintage shops and independent theaters.
Finally, no one can visit St. Louis without seeing The Arch. This is probably the most famous site, the distinctive steel structure being found on many of the city’s logos. Visitors will enjoy riding the elevator to the top of this 630 foot structure, and will surely find it provides the best view of the city. There are also several unique places, such as the City Museum. This museum was once a shoe factory, but in 1997 was converted into a museum that holds a large playground, craft rooms, and an aquarium. What makes this museum so unique is that most of the materials used are recycled from farm equipment, construction sites, restaurants and more.
St. Louis also has a number of professional sports teams, as well as historic churches and neighborhoods. Another bonus is that many of these attractions (such as the Zoo, the Science Center, and certain sections of the Muny) are free of charge, making St. Louis a great place to visit on a budget. Consider making this Midwest City a destination for your school trip.