Ultimate Tourist St. Louis – Charlotte Spohr

Charlotte Spohr; Age: 13, Grade: 8
School: North Kirkwood Middle School


St. Louis is full of places to visit and sights to see. There’s so much to do! The hard part is finding the best places, the hidden gems that give our city its beautiful character. As a St. Louis native, I have come to love three places in particular that are perfect attractions for tourists and locals alike: the Boat House, The Muny, and the St. Louis Symphony.

First there’s the Boat House, a perfect and relaxing getaway for people of all ages. When I went to the boat house both my family and I enjoyed the experience immensely. We took a paddle boat through every waterway in Forest Park. Under bridges, between tall grasses, and mere feet from wildlife we went until finally we emerged into the Grand Basin at the bottom of Art Hill. We were sprayed by the tall, magnificent fountains as we turned around to go back to the dock. In addition to paddle boats, you can also rent kayaks, canoes, and even paddle boards, and the food at their restaurant is delicious. The Boat House is sure to please anyone of any age.

Another great attraction is the Muny, the spectacular outdoor theater that everyone leaves with a smile on their face. When I went to see Singin’ in the Rain this summer, I was blown away by how talented the actors were. The night we went was hot and humid, but the show was so amazing no one cared. Behind the stage the lights danced across the trees as the actors danced across the stage. I genuinely felt like singing and dancing right along with them! I wished the show would never end. Going to the Muny was an incredible experience I will never forget.

Finally, the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall always performs beautiful music that will take your breath away. The first time I went to Powell Hall was in third grade for a field trip. When I stepped into the concert hall, I couldn’t believe how big it was! The sheer number of people was astonishing. As we took our seats and the lights dimmed, everyone applauded as the director walked onto the stage. As he raised his arms, the whole room seemed to hold its breath. For that one moment it was almost magical. It was just the musicians, the director, and that silence that surrounded us like a blanket. Then the orchestra began to play. The music washed over us like a flood. It surrounded us, it felt like a part of us. Then all too soon it was over. The applause was deafening. Since that day I have had a newfound appreciation for music and return to the symphony at every opportunity I get.

Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, St. Louis is full of fun places to discover and experience. From Forest Park to the Arch, and all the places in between, there is something for everyone in this big, beautiful city.