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Renee’s Top Ten Things to Do in St. Louis

by Renee Riley

Alliance is only 25 days away! I hope that everyone is as excited as I am to see our colleagues, attend some great sessions, tour the vendor hall, and maybe even pet a puppy?

Lately, I have been getting the question, “What are some fun things to do in St. Louis while I am at Alliance?” So, I narrowed it down to a top ten (most of which I have done myself).

  1. Union Station – There are a lot of fun things to do at St. Louis Union Station, but my favorite is the Grand Hall Light Show. Grab a drink and sit back and watch the amazing 3D light show.
  2. The Saint Louis Zoo – I know zoos aren’t always everyone’s cup of tea, but the St. Louis zoo is truly wonderful and it is free! Not to mention we are partnering with their Center for Native Pollinator Conservation.
  3. City Museum – For those that are kids at heart, this place is very unique and not just for kids!
  4. The Gateway Arch – You cannot mention St. Louis and not recommend a visit to the Arch. Take a tram ride to the top. Or, for those that are not a fan of heights, visit the museum located at the base.
  5. For the foodies out there, a visit to The Hill is highly recommended. St. Louis is known for its individual neighborhoods that each have their own unique flair. The Hill is legendary for its Italian cuisine.
  6. And for the drink connoisseurs, a visit Anheuser-Busch’s flagship brewery is well worth it. And yes, you do get to see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales at the St. Louis campus.
  7. Missouri Botanical Gardens – Although it doesn’t seem like quite the right time of year, the Missouri Botanical Gardens are surprisingly enjoyable year-round. (Don’t forget to check out the Butterfly House.) I cannot wait to visit them again in May when the Chihuly exhibit opens.
  8. The City Foundry – New to the St. Louis scene, City Foundry is a public market that brings together restaurants, shops, and entertainment.
  9. Everyone knows the St. Louis Blues hockey team. But did you know St. Louis has a soccer team now? The Blues will be in town playing the Seattle Kraken during Alliance, but unfortunately you will have to make a return visit if you want to catch a soccer match.
  10. St. Louis Symphony Orchestra – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest professional symphony in the U.S. If you get the chance to catch a concert here or a show at The Fabulous Fox theatre, you are in for a treat.

This is just a small sample of what is available to do and see in St. Louis. I hope everyone has a chance to venture out and experience something fun in the city.

Meet me in St. Louie!


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