Post # 1
My son (college age) is visiting St. Louis next week with his girlfriend. Besides the arch, what are some must sees he will want to check out while he’s there? Also, any recommendations for safest areas to stay, etc? He’s pretty spontaneous, but little clues in advance are always nice.
Post # 3
The Cenral West End is fun and has some good bars (if he is of age). He definitely should visit the loop (in University City near Wash-U). There is a pizza place there called pi (also a location in the Central West End). It was were Obama ordered pizza from when he was in town. Yummy stuff! What are they interested in?
Post # 4
Tell him to definitely check out the City Museum, it’s FANTASTIC. It’s not really a “museum”, it’s like a huge indoor playground with a ton of cool stuff. It’s lots of fun. The AB Brewery used to be pretty cool, I haven’t been there since InBev took over though. The Arch is really kid of…. eh, to be honest. It’s crowded, over-priced and there’s really not that much to see. Forest Park is awesome, the Zoo is a must if the weather is good. The Science Center is pretty sweet too. I second the U-City Loop if he’s into small shops and artsy stuff.
If he’s a partier, Lacelede’s Landing has a ton of good bars (Big Daddy’s is my personal favorite, I go there pretty often). The Schlafly Tap Room is cool too. We also have a couple good casinos, Ameristar and Lumiere Place.
The Drunken Fish is one of my favorite restaurants. It’s “chinese” food and sushi.
I’d recommend staying either downtown or by the airport. Downtown is a little nicer and closer to most of the stuff we mentioned, by the airport is very centrally located and will be a lot cheaper. The airport is close to 4 major highways, 70, 170, 270, and 64/40.
I’d tell him to avoid getting lost in North St. Louis and it’s probably a bad idea to go to East St. Louis unless he knows exactly where he’s going.
Post # 5
Oh the City Museum is fun!
And ditto Central West End. Always lots of good stuff to do. Good restaurants include Kreis’ if he likes steaks, also Stoney River Steakhouse (one of my faves).
I live in Creve Coeur and it’s like 30 min from everywhere. It’s a really safe area too. There’s a Drury right off 270.
Dewey’s Pizza is also excellent for pizza, but I haven’t had Pi yet!
The science museum is fun and if the weather’s good, so is the botanical gardens. they do concerts on wednesday nights during the summer =]
Post # 6
Forest Park is awesome! And most of the places the other bees have listed are within a small radius of each other- SO much stuff to do! What is he studying in school? Maybe we could point you in the direction of some attractions that pertain to that, too. The Saint Louis Art Museum is great if they like art.
Post # 7
Thanks so much, all, for the ideas! I am passing all of these on so that that they can formulate their own plans per their preferences. Their time in St. Louis will be short, so they want to pack in a couple of big things.
He and his girlfriend are both engineering seniors–electrical for him and mechanical for her–so I am thinking they would probably enjoy City Museum and the Science Center quite a lot, but they might surprise me and go for the Art museum, too.
And the pizza place called pi sounds so… apropos… for my son. LOLOL. And ejs, they do love steak as well, so that might also be what they choose.
zippylef, thanks very much for passing on areas that might be less safe. It’s hard to know, going to a city you’ve never been to, where to start, even.
I very much appreciate all the help, girls!
Post # 8
I work near the airport and I think it’s a little scary for my taste. It is in a good location, though.
Downtown St. Charles is a good place to go, too. There is the Ameristar Casino and also lots of cute little bars downtown. A few wineries are nearby, too–within an hour, easily.
Post # 9
Science center, zoo, history muesum, art museum are all in forest park and they’re all free! The botanical garden should be a good sight, but it might be a bit chilly/sad in the wintery months.
Eating on the Hill is a MUST! Rigazzis has fantastic pizza and Ameghetti’s has the best sandwiches in the city. Two blocks from Ameghetti’s is the Missouri Baking Co for some sweets for dessert (if he goes for lunch). I think st. louis has the best food in the world so he should definitely eat as much as possible 🙂