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Where St. Louis - - THE GUIDE -

CITY MU­SEUM— Four floors of wildly eclec­tic ex­pe­ri­ences and a rooftop theme park, one of the most mem­o­rable places in St. Louis. Open W-Th 9 am-5 pm; F-Sa 9 am-mid­night; Su 11 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion $12 (ages 3 and up). www.city­mu­seum.org. 750 N. 16th St., 314.231.CITY. Map 2-1C

FOR­EST PARK— One of the largest mu­nic­i­pal parks in the U.S. (big­ger than Cen­tral Park) cov­ers 1,300 acres at King­shigh­way and I- 64 (Hwy 40). Home to sev­eral of St. Louis’ top at­trac­tions: Saint Louis Art Mu­seum, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Sci­ence Cen­ter and Mis­souri His­tory Mu­seum. Vis­i­tors Cen­ter of­fers in­for­ma­tion, lock­ers, food, self-guided iPod tour, bike rental at 5595 Grand Drive. www.forest­park­for­ever.org. 314.367.7275. MetroLink-For­est Park Map 4-2D

FOR­EST PARK BOATHOUSE— Pad­dle­boats are avail­able for rental at $15 per hour, Open daily 10 am-1 hour prior to sun­set. Food avail­able at Boathouse Café M-Th 11 am-10 pm, F-Sa 11 am-mid­night, Su 10 am-10 pm. www.boathouse­for­est­park.-

com. For­est Park, on Govern­ment Dr. 314.367.2224. Map 4-2D GATE­WAY ARCH & GATE­WAY ARCH

RIVERBOATS— The Arch is open through­out con­struc­tion, and a timed ticket is re­quired to en­ter the Gate­way Arch fa­cil­ity; get tick­ets at the Old Court­house at 11 North 4th St. for the Jour­ney to the Top and Mon­u­ment

to the Dream movie. Gate­way Arch Riverboats of­fer sight­see­ing and din­ner cruises on repli­cas of 19th-cen­tury steam­boats. www.gate­wa­yarch.com. 4th & Ch­est­nut St., 877.982.1410. MetroLink-8th & Pine Map 2-3F

MIS­SOURI BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN— Seventy-nine acres of trees, gar­dens and con­ser­va­to­ries, a must­see for any vis­i­tor, any time of year. Free tours of the gar­den at 11 am daily. Gar­den open 9 am-5 pm daily (open 7 am W and Sa). Ad­mis­sion $8 adults, free chil­dren 12 and un­der, fees for some spe­cial ex­hibits. www.mis­souri­b­otan­i­cal­gar­den.org. 4344 Shaw Blvd., 314.577.5100 or 800.642.8842. Map 4- 4E

PURINA FARMS VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER— Purina Farms’ vis­i­tor cen­ter of­fers plenty of hands-on con­tact with cats, dogs and farm an­i­mals, a full-sized barn, hayloft play area, the­ater, pet cen­ter, ca­nine demon­stra­tions, re­fresh­ments and gift shop. Ad­mis­sion is free, reser­va­tions en­cour­aged. Open W-F 9:30 am-3 pm, Sa-Su 9:30 am- 4 pm. www.puri­na­farms.com. I- 44 west to Gray Sum­mit, north on Hwy 100, left on County Rd. MM, 314.982.3232. or 888.688. PETS. Map 1- 4C

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