St. Louis is the Stop for Nonstop Fun
The newest Explore St. Louis TV commercial showcases St. Louis as the stop for non-stop fun and features 13 area attractions. Here’s more on these family-friendly attractions featured in the commercial and why St. Louis is the perfect destination for a trip or staycation this summer.
Take a look at the TV commercial, NonStop Fun in St. Louis below.
Show us why you have the “funnest family” with a fun post tagged with the hashtag #funnestfamily at www.facebook.com/funnestfamily and your family could win a two-night stay and a chance to visit these attractions in St. Louis. The “Funnest Family Sweepstakes” starts June 1 and ends Aug. 2. For more information about the contest, please visit www.facebook.com/funnestfamily.
Understanding that everyone may not be familiar with all 13 attractions, the following are brief descriptions about each location in the order that they appear in the TV commercial. For more on these attractions and all the great places to see and experience in St. Louis, please visit www.explorestlouis.com.
- Saint Louis Science Center
Over 750 scientific and educational exhibits are on display at the St. Louis Science Center including a life-sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, watch 3D film experiences at the four-story Omnimax Theatre and explore outer space at the Planetarium. Coming to the Science Center this summer is the “Alien Worlds and Androids” exhibit. For more about the Saint Louis Science Center please visit www.slsc.org.
- Grant’s Farm
Open to the public, this 281-acre historic farmland was once owned by the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, and is long-time property of the Busch family. At Grant’s Farm is home to buffalo, elephants, camels, kangaroos, zebras, peacocks and the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales. The family-friendly activities at Grant’s Farm include feeding the goats, seeing a show, riding the carousel or a camel. Learn more about Grant’s Farm at www.grantsfarm.com.
- Saint Louis Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum was originally built as the Fine Arts Palace for the 1904 World’s Fair and is one of the leading comprehensive art museums in the country. At the museum, there’s a collection of 33,000 works of art from virtually every time period and culture. The Saint Louis Art Museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Admission is FREE. For more information about the Saint Louis Art Museum please visit, www.slam.org.
- City Museum
You’ve never seen anything like the City Museum, a giant shoe factory transformed into an artsy playground in warehouse of recycled fun for the whole family. Explore enchanted caves, go down a three-story slide, play in a treehouse and view art at the City Museum. The second floor features the World Aquarium full of sharks, rays, sea turtles, parrots, tortoises, terrapins, otters, snakes, alligators and other sea creatures. Circus classes and workshops are held daily. Don’t forget to experience the outdoor playground. For more on the City Museum, please visit www.citymusem.org.
- Ted Drewe’s Frozen Custard
Ted Drewes has been serving frozen custard for over 80 years becoming a St. Louis favorite and is now listed amongst the best ice cream shops in America. Make a stop at Ted Drewes for a frozen concrete with delicious toppings sold upside down or malts, shakes, ice cream sodas, floats and sundaes also featured on the menu. Learn more about Ted Drewes at www.teddrewes.com.
- Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis is a Midwest theme park and Missouri’s coaster capital. The park includes looping the loop on Batman the Ride, the Screaming Eagle wooden roller coaster, getting soaked on Thunder River or at Hurricane Harbor waterpark. Meet cartoon characters, see live shows and concerts or take a ride on the newest ride this opening summer the 4D interactive “Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.” For more about Six Flags St. Louis visit, www.sixflags.com/stlouis.
- The Magic House
The Magic House is St. Louis’ interactive children’s museum encouraging children to experiment combining education and fun in all activities. Kids may touch an electrically charged ball that will make their hair stand up with static electricity, or push a large pin screen and create 3D impressions of themselves, spin the big kaleidoscope or create their own works of art in the art studio. This summer, the Sandcastle Beach exhibit has returned to the Magic House until June 28. Learn more about the Magic House at www.magichouse.org.
- Butterfly House
Visit the Conservatory, the Butterfly Garden, the exhibit hall and the Emerson Theater at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Nearly 2,000 butterflies are present at the Butterfly House, wear brightly colored clothing and you just may attract them up close. Watch butterflies emerge right before your eyes through the “Miracle of Metamorphosis.” For more on the butterflies please visit, http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit/family-of-attractions/butterfly-house.aspx.
- Missouri Botanical Garden
View 79 beautiful acres of gardens, conservatories, landscape architecture and greenhouses at one of the oldest botanical institutions in the United States. Stroll through collections of botanical and horticultural plants among picturesque fountains, sculptures and statues. Inside the Climatron, experience the rainforest with spectacular waterfalls, tropical birds and exotic plants. The Missouri Botanical Garden features the serene Japanese Garden and interactive and educational Children’s Garden. This summer, see the amazing Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined under the stars, now through August 23. Learn more the Missouri Botanical Garden at www.missouribotanicalgarden.org.
- Laumeier Scupture Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park features over 70 outdoor sculptures combining contemporary art and the natural environment. The park is celebrating the Grand opening of Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center Thursday July 2nd. Fun Fact: the correct pronunciation of Laumeier is “Lau” (rhymes with “now”) – “meier” (rhymes with “higher”). For more information, please visit www.laumeiersculpturepark.org.
- Saint Louis Zoo
The Saint Louis Zoo has been ranked the third best zoo in the U. S. and the fourth in the world by TripAdvisor. Located in Forest Park (the site of the 1904 World’s Fair and larger than New York’s Central Park), the Saint Louis Zoo welcomes polar bears back this summer with Polar Bear Point. The new polar bear exhibit opens Saturday, June 6th among many the other fascinating animal exhibits such as Big Cat Country, Penguin & Puffin Coast and the interactive Stingray Pool. The zoo attracts three million visitors annually. To learn more about the Saint Louis Zoo, please visit www.stlzoo.org.
- Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch is the tallest monument in the U.S. standing 630 feet tall. This National Historic Landmark memorializes former U. S. President Thomas Jefferson and the Westward Expansion Era. Purchase tickets ahead of time to ride the tram to the top of the Arch. Check out the Museum of Westward Expansion, the riverfront, the historic Old Courthouse and more of the 10 Historic Treasures of St. Louis nearby. The Gateway Arch grounds are currently undergoing a $380 million renovation to enhance the Arch experience and the transformation due to completed in 2017. Learn more about the Gateway Arch and CityArchRiver at www.cityarchriver.org.
Citygarden is an urban oasis in downtown St. Louis which is a combination of sculptures and landscape architecture. This art garden in the city features modern and contemporary works of art, native plants, six rain gardens, water features and a café named after the Hemingway book entitled “Death in the Afternoon.” For more information about Citygarden, please visit www.citygardenstl.org.