5 Reasons to Visit St. Louis in 2014
This Summer, Kiplinger crowned St. Louis as one of America’s 10 Best Cities for Cheapskates. Explore St. Louis’ free attractions; including our world famous Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park, and Anheuser Busch during St. Louis 250th year long birthday celebration!
St. Louis’ 250th
St. Louis turns 250 in 2014 and we invite everyone to join the yearlong celebration. The STL 250 Cake Walk is a definitely a must. Two hundred and fifty 10 foot tall fiberglass birthday cakes will be displayed at points of interest all around town January 1 – December 31. During the birthday bash weekend on February 14-16, takes place in Forest Park with national musical acts, 20 foot high flaming heart sculpture title Burnin’ Love, fireworks and more! On February 14, the Missouri History Museum opens a major, free exhibition to commemorate the city’s 250th, titled 250/250: 50 People; 50 Moments; 50 Places; 50 Images; 50 Objects. The exhibit will show case the richness, diversity and complexity of the city’s 250 year long history. December 31, 2014, the birthday year culminates with fireworks, music and more during First Night that will kick off the start of St. Louis’ next 250 years.
You can always count on the St. Louis Cardinals to take care of business of baseball on the field, but in 2014 they’re also hitting a home run outside of the park. The first phase of Ballpark Village opens in April on Opening Day 2014 on the north side of Busch Stadium. The new mixed-use entertainment plaza covers 10 acres and seven city blocks. Highlights include Cardinals Nation – A Venue that combines a Cards-themed restaurant and the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. A Budweiser Brewhouse, Ballpark Village Live Marketplace, a Ted Drewes and a PBR: A Cowboy Bar, featuring the cowboy cools excitement of the toughest sport on dirt, professional bull riding
Downtown visitors will notice work underway to enhance the grounds of the landmark Gateway Arch. The project, called “CityArchRiver 205,” will connect downtown St. Louis with the national monument and the Mississippi River when it’s completed next year in time for the Gateway Arch’s 50th anniversary. The plan creates a wide, landscape park over the high make the safe and beautiful walk between the Arch and downtown life. Plans also include the refurbishment of Kiener Plaza, renewal of exhibits inside Old Courthouse and at the Museum of Westward Expansion. There is no need to worry about visiting before construction is complete: the tram to the top of the Arch will remain open during the renovations.
New at the zoo
What’s new at the Saint Louis Zoo in 2014? Three habitats-Sun Bear Forest, Andean Bear Range and the Painted Dog Preserve – all open in the River’s Edge area this Spring. Malayan sun bears will roam in the new habitat near the elephant preserve. The zoo’s painted dog pack is in charge of a spacious area near the black rhinos complete with a pool and stream. A new viewing pavilion puts visitors right in the middle of their playful action. The Andean bears will enjoy climbing across from the capybaras and giant anteaters to an area where they can splash in a natural stream with underwater viewing areas
The Tsunami Saoker makes its debut at Six Flags St. Louis this summer. This interactive attraction allows riders to spray each other while turning and spinning round and round. Nine boats, with six passengers each, sit atop a circular floor that lowers into the water until it disappears, allowing the boats to float and rotate. Each passenger is armed with a giant water pistol as they engage in a water battle that will leave everyone, including bystanders, soaking wet.