Exploring St. Louis

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You should visit St. Louis! On our recent trip to this riverside city we stayed in the historic St. Charles area, only a block away from main street. The brick houses and roads made this town a picturesque, quiet, retreat to stay and explore when we weren’t downtown.  The Missouri River also nearby, provided another area of interest. Katy & Frontier parks bordered this area each with paved walking trails and great views of the river. One evening I found 10 different species of song birds, and shorebirds along the riverfront.

As far as our ventures into the city, our first stop was to visit Grant’s Farm. This is home to the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Standing 6′ at the shoulder these beautiful beasts were a site to see. Beyond seeing the horses we went to an animal show, bottle fed very hungry goats (which nibbled on more than the bottle), saw elephants, and zebras . I even had the opportunity to ride a camel, instead I opted for the carousel horse. Despite the hot, 90 degree day snow cones and mist fans helped to keep us cool in the sun.

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The following day we visited the Missouri Botanic gardens. The grounds were gorgeous! If you are a landscaper or gardener this is a place for you! Within the gardens and pools of water lilies was work by the famous sculpture Chihuly. These organic, glass forms enhanced and reflected the beauty of the gardens. The highlight of the visit however was the Climatron. Inside this large glass dome  were hundreds of species of tropical plants and a new LEGO exhibition. Hiding among the orchids, palm trees and ferns were large LEGO butterflies, insects and other animals.  My favorite was the butterfly!

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We also had the opportunity to try the delicious cuisine of the city. One of our favorite places to eat was the SugarFire barbecue restaurant. The brisket, bone in ribs and hand-cut fries were delectable! They had several sauces to dip in or smother your chosen meat. It was also reasonably priced.

Every place we visited was visitor friendly ages 3 – 60. I really think I would enjoy seeing more of the sites and sounds of this Midwestern city. I hope to go back again soon!

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