So what’s in St. Louis?

The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch

I found out on Thursday that work would probably need me to travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with a customer.  The trip got approved first thing on Friday morning with flight and accomodation reservations finalized that afternoon.  Quite a quick little turn-around…but where the local sales dude scheduled the meeting for the following Thursday, it didn’t really leave many options available.

I fly out Wednesday morning for the 2-plane, 6-hour jaunt to Missouri.  I arrive late afternoon on Wednesday and fly back early morning on Friday.  My meeting is over early afternoon on Thursday.

Yeah…I’ll have a bit of spare time on my hands.

 

I obviously need to see The Gateway Arch…that one’s pretty much a given.  They’ve got some type of tram that takes you to the top of it.

CN Tower, Toronto: 11-05-08Here’s the thing: I’ve got an incredible fear of heights.  It’s brutal.  But much like going to the top of the CN Tower during my business trip to Toronto this past November, I feel that I must go there and experience it and attempt to overcome my fears.

Now, my hope is that there aren’t any f*ckin’ glass floors in the tram like there were in the elevator of the Tower…’cause that sh*t just ain’t right.  Ain’t right at all (it scared the bejesus out of me).

Anyhoo…I’ll have some spare time and have been doing a bit of research on how I could potentially spend that spare time.  Here are some of the things that I’ve come up with:

  • St. Louis ZooSt. Louis Zoo — I’m a huge fan of visiting zoos.  When you come from a relatively small area and don’t get the opportunity to see wild animals up close and in person, a large zoo tends to have massive appeal.  I’ve always wanted to go to a major zoo like the one in New York City or the massive one in San Diego, but I’ve been fortunate enough to visit large zoos in Houston and Toronto.  The zoo in St. Louis is, apparently, a free year-round attraction.  Depending on how late I get in on Wednesday or how early my meeting ends on Thursday, this is an attraction at the top of my list.
  • Busch StadiumSt. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates — I was lucky enough to see two major league baseball games during my 4-week stay in Houston a couple of years ago (Minute Maid Park is a gorgeous facility), so where the two clubs are playing each other both Wednesday and Thursday (and where I couldn’t care less about whether or not I’m sitting in a $22 bleacher seat), I think taking in a game is a pretty good bet.  Where I live in an area without a major league sports team (the closest would be the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL…but that’s a 10+ hour drive one way…no thanks), experiencing something like this is just a fun thing to do.
  • Saint Louis Science CenterSaint Louis Science Center — This would be one of those things I wouldn’t mind venturing in if time allowed.  While really more of a family-oriented place, there’s a planetarium there and my inner-dork is really interested in checking that out. There’s also an art museum and a history museum in the area, so those are certainly possibilities, too.
  • World's Fair Pavilion, Forest ParkForest Park — This park is actually larger than Central Park in New York City, and a good number of tourist attractions can be found here.  It contains monuments, historic buildings, wildlife, waterways and landscapes.  The park houses everything from the zoo to  the Art Museum, the History Museum, the Science Center and even the Muny Opera.   So yeah…if I have the time (and if the weather cooperates), this would be a fantastic area to walk through and photograph.

So at this point, that’s all I’ve got tentatively planned.  If anybody has more suggestions, know that I’m all ears.

I’m taking the company laptop so between that and the hotel internet services, blogging shouldn’t be a problem (y’know…for those desperate for your daily dose of CBG).

Oh…and if there are any restaurants that are either in the Forest Park area or close to the airport (and nothing too extravagant), please comment some suggestions.  I’m keen on trying local eateries that aren’t named “McDonalds” or “Dominos”.

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11 thoughts on “So what’s in St. Louis?

  1. You absolutley HAVE to go to Ted Drew’s frozen custard. It’s world famous and you can’t go to St. Louis without stopping there. The BBQ there is really good too. I can’t remember the name of any specific places it’s been so long but I’m sure it won’t be hard to find one. I also caught a Card’s game and there were some fun watering holes near the ball park.

  2. The arch is a must see, as you said. Good thing you’re going in spring – my brother and I drove through in later summer, and the bugs were so big, we had to have our windshield wipers on as we drove down the road. I’m not kidding! But spring you should be fine. Have a great time! That baseball game sounds awesome.

    1. Yeah…I land around 4:30pm local time and the game starts around 7:15pm. I figure it shouldn’t take me too long to get through customs and I can easily get a shuttle to the hotel (it’s an airport hotel…of COURSE I can get a shuttle…lol), so once checked-in I can just talk to the concierge and get everything set for the game.

      I might end up a little bit late, but I’ll get there for sure. The Arch is definitely on for Thursday afternoon, too.

  3. I hope you will enjoy your visit here! Some places that I go to:

    Dubliner: 1025 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101. Irish type place with sweet owners and great food.

    Wasabi: 1228 Washington Ave, St Louis, MO 63103
    (314) 421-3500. Sushi bar.

    Lucas Bar Grille: 1234 Washington Avenue – Saint Louis, Missouri 63103 (314) 241-7770. Nice cocktails!

    Chris’ Pancakes: 5980 Southwest Ave St Louis Mo 63139 314 645-

  4. I hit submit by accident! to finish what I was saying:

    Chris’ pancakes are great, love love that place. (314) 645-2088.

    In Forest Park you should visit the Boathouse and Jewel Box. The Boathouse has a restaurant.

    Have a great time in the Lou,
    Lori

  5. You are right, don’t miss Forest Park aside from it being larger than Central Park it is beautiful and a great place to stretch your legs after a long business meeting. As far as restaurants in the Park, the Boathouse is wonderful and I would highly recommend but I would also suggest Meriwethers which is located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum. There you will find a wonderful and reasonable menu (don’t miss the Bison Chili) and a fabulous view of the park.
    Have fun!

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