What’s New in 2011?
Let Me Hear You Screeeeeam!
Six Flags St. Louis (sixflags.com) is turning up its scream-o-meter in the spring of 2011 with the addition of SkyScreamer, a tower ride that guarantees to take your breath away. The ride, which holds 32 guests at a time, features two open air swings that climb to the top of the SkyScreamer tower while spinning around and around. Brave souls who ride the new thrill ride will end up more than 230-feet into the air as they are swung around in a 98-foot circle at speeds more than 40 miles per hour.
Bigger and Greener
The Saint Louis Science Center (slsc.org) is getting bigger – with a new 13,000 square foot exhibition hall – and greener in the summer of 2011, thanks to a brand spankin’ new LEED-certified structure designed to host large-scale touring exhibits, educational programs and special events. SLSC will feature exhibits about sustainability and other eco-friendly topics in the fancy new digs, which will include a rooftop terrace for unique outdoor exhibits.
Zip, Zip and Away!
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease at Meramec Caverns (americascave.com) in nearby Stanton, MO. America’s Cave has a new attraction for all you adrenaline junkies. The Caveman Zipline offers participants a chance to “fly” through treetop canopies and the natural cave bluffs of the Meramec at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Zips vary from 250 to 1,200 feet during the 90-minute long guided tours, and you’ll be cruising at heights of 54 – 82 feet above the ground. Don’t worry – the tour includes all the necessary safety equipment and information. They won’t leave you hanging…
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
The man known as the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” will soon hold court in The Loop 24/7. In May 2011, an eight foot-tall bronze statue of legendary St. Louis rocker Chuck Berry will begin standing guard in Chuck Berry Plaza, located at the intersection of Delmar Boulevard and the Centennial Greenway Bike Path in University City. St. Louis sculptor Harry Weber will create the statue, which shows the ever-fluid Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in an old school tuxedo with his trademark Gibson guitar. The statue will be located across the street from Blueberry Hill (blueberryhill.com), the iconic Loop neighborhood restaurant and music club where Berry still plays monthly concerts.
Peabody Opera House
Crews are hard at work renovating, restoring and re-fabbing the Peabody Opera House (peabodyoperahouse.com), which is adjacent to the Scottrade Center. Slated to re-open in the fall of 2011, the historic building originally opened in 1934 as the Municipal Auditorium. St. Louis’ newest downtown performing arts and cultural center will feature a 3,200-seat main theater that will host events such as live touring shows and concerts.