City sights

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - DESTINATIONS -

St. Louis has evolved into an in­ter­est­ing and com­fort­able cos­mopoli­tan city. The down­town is vi­brant with busi­nesses, restau­rants, two sta­di­ums, the Gate­way Arch and more. Parks of all sizes are scat­tered through­out the city and di­verse neigh­bor­hoods en­joy tree-lined streets. Vis­i­tors can take advantage of mu­se­ums, con­cert halls, the­atres, an opera house, three pro­fes­sional sports teams, casi­nos, Six Flags St. Louis, a world-class zoo, wa­ter parks, zi­plines, climb­ing walls and even a fly­ing trapeze cen­tre. Best of all, many of the ma­jor attractions of­fer free ad­mis­sion. For­est Park (Free) — This 1,372-acre green space (50 per cent larger than New York’s Cen­tral Park) is the city’s crown jewel. As home to the city’s zoo, art mu­seum, plan­e­tar­ium, an abun­dance of paved and gravel bike and hike trails, two golf cour­ses, a ten­nis cen­tre, mul­ti­ple softball and base­ball fields, and more, For­est Park is where St. Louis­area res­i­dents come to re­lax and play. It also boasts the coun­try’s old­est and largest out­door mu­si­cal theatre that of­fers 1,500 free seats to each per­for­mance. A trol­ley ($2 all day) pro­vides trans­porta­tion through­out the park from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (5 p.m. in win­ter). An­heuser-Busch Brew­ery Tour (Free) — Founded in 1852, this is the largest and old­est of the An­heuserBusch brew­eries. Three dif­fer­ent tours are of­fered: the com­pli­men­tary 45-minute tour in­cludes the brew­ing process, ag­ing cel­lars and a visit with the Bud­weiser Cly­des­dales. Two other tours that re­quire a fee pro­vide ac­cess to ad­di­tional ar­eas of the prop­erty.

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