David Freese’s MVP (Most Valuable Places)
Looking for fun stuff to do in St. Louis between World Series games? Who better to ask for advice than a local? David Freese, the Cardinals’ star third baseman and National League Championship Series MVP, grew up in St. Louis and shared his Top Ten list of winning St. Louis attractions.
We’ve added one more for luck since the Redbirds are aiming for their eleventh championship in 2011.
#1 The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch has been the iconic image of St. Louis since 1965 – long before little David Freese started Kindergarten at Green Pines School in Wildwood, MO. Rising 630-feet-high, a tram ride to the top of the nation’s monument provides a bird’s-eye view into the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium roost.
In addition to catching his own team on the field, David directs sports fans to the fast-paced action at the Scottrade Center, home of the NHL St. Louis Blues, as well as a football-infused afternoon spent with the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.
#3 Six Flags St. Louis
Before he donned Cardinal Red, David and his teen-aged pals loved to visit the giant St. Louis theme park. Every weekend during Red October, it’s post-season fun at Six Flags when the park gets ghoulish with a variety of hair-raising shows, electrifying live entertainment, haunted hayrides and an equally haunted house.
#4 Live Music
Major league musical talent graces the stages at two of David’s favorite concert venues – The Pageant in The Loop and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Riverport. Another local hero, Chuck Berry, still performs live at legendary shows each month at Blueberry Hill in The Loop.
#5 The Saint Louis Zoo
Like any true St. Louisian, David Freese loves going to the Saint Louis Zoo. Open free of charge, this world-class kingdom of animal delights will win you over. You’re sure to recognize why the Saint Louis Zoo has been named one of the top zoos in the world.
#6 Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
When he’s got a sweet tooth, Mr. Freese heads straight to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. The iconic dessert stand is his top pick for a cool place to chill in St. Louis. David’s menu suggestion: sample a Cardinal Sin, a creamy custard sundae topped with tart bing cherries and thick, rich hot chocolate. Now, that’s a winner!
#7 Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Beer and baseball are two of St. Louis’ most famous exports and enduring attractions. David reminds us that he has shared the field at Busch Stadium with the stars of the famous Anheuser-Busch brewery tour. The beautiful Clydesdales’ and their Cardinal red wagon clip clop around Busch Stadium prior to every Opening Day and at post-season pre-game events.
#8 Grant’s Farm
A Cardinal through and through, David enjoys the wide variety of animal encounters that can be experienced at Grant’s Farm. During the Fall Classic month of October, the animal preserve is open for special family Halloween events.
#9 The Saint Louis Science Center
David Freese has mastered the science of hitting, but during his youth he tackled the hands-on science experiments at the Saint Louis Science Center where you can reach for the stars, dig dinosaur fossils and more at this free St. Louis attraction.
#10 St. Louis Casinos
David hopes a little luck will rub off on visitors to St. Louis’ array of riverfront gaming establishments. Games of chance await along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers at Lumiere Place, River City Casino, the Casino Queen, and Harrah’s.
#11 Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
The elaborate church, seat of many cardinals of a different kind, contains the largest collection of mosaic art in the world. Visitors are encouraged to drop in to the Cathedral Basilica to view the art and elaborate Romanesque/Byzantine architecture – and St. Louis baseball fans wouldn’t mind if you said a little prayer for our Cardinals while you’re there.