Age: 13 Grade: 8
School: North Kirkwood Middle School
Out of the many places that St. Louis has to offer, some stand out from the rest. Whether you’re into art, animals, or just want to take a casual float in a paddle-boat, we’ve got it all. I’ll describe a few of those: the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, and Six Flags St. Louis.
I’ve been going to the St. Louis Art Museum for as long as I can remember. Driving there just to see the mummies and the strange masks in the basement would be the highlight of the day. As I continue to get older, I still strive to explore the over 30,000 individual pieces that the century-old museum has to offer. On a field trip in fourth grade, I had the opportunity to sketch a few pieces, one of which was a Vincent Van Gogh painting. If art isn’t really your thing, just step outside and gaze down the massive Art Hill, which aside from providing a phenomenal place to sled, presents the museum at the top in an imposing way.
Possibly the crown jewel of Forest Park is the St. Louis Zoo. Park in the south lot and walk across the suspended bridge over the road. Whenever I go to the zoo, it’s really for the monkeys, although there are plenty of other species of animals scattered throughout the park. Walk up the paved path and after taking a stroll through the reptile house, walk into the primate house and take a good whiff of stinky monkey. After this, you can choose to go to the sea lion show, or make your way over to the great apes section, where the gorillas and chimpanzees and orangutans live. After watching the monkeys play around for a bit, cool off in the penguin area before snacking on a funnel cake and leave feeling like an animal specialist.
Drive 30 minutes out from Forest Park to Eureka, and you’ll promptly find yourself at Six Flags St. Louis, which was originally named Six Flags Over Mid-America when it opened back in the ‚’70s. Batman: The Ride is already greeting you as you walk in, roaring above you as the train flies down into a vertical loop. I remember riding Batman with my grandma, and even she agrees it’s a very smooth roller coaster. Also greeting you, though less ominous, is American Thunder, which swiftly weaves around its wooden structure. In the back of the park stands The Boss. I’ve ridden The Boss so many times with my brother, and for a good reason. Cruise up the lift hill and take in the view, just before dropping almost straight down and going up and down several gigantic hills. If coasters aren’t your thing, they got you covered, with several more tame flat rides and kiddie rides for small children.
So, if you’re an artist, coaster enthusiast, or you’re just a sightseer in general, it doesn’t matter. St. Louis has it all, and much more.