St. Louis Marathon & Half Marathon
St. Louis, MO USA
Sunday April 6, 2014

St. Louis Attractions

Missouri Botanical Garden
One of the most popular attractions in St. Louis is the Missouri Botanical Garden. Covering 79 acres, the Missouri Botanical Garden features many beautiful themed gardens such as the 14 acre Japanese Garden, which is the largest of its kind in the United States. Other gardens include a Biblical Garden that includes plant species mentioned in the Bible. The botanical garden also contains one of the largest collections of rare orchids in the world. Other highlights include a geodesic dome greenhouse, historic Victorian buildings, numerous sculptures, children's playground and koi pond. An internationally respected science and research center, the Missouri Botanical Garden also hosts cultural festivals and shows of arts, crafts and music.

St. Louis Zoo
Located in Forest Park, the St. Louis Zoo spans 90 acres, housing 19,000 animals that are represented by 655 different species. Visitors can walk through diverse environments such as the tropical rainforest and the sub-Antarctic, and see the animals that live in each habitat. Animals like elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras, apes and penguins can all be observed living in settings that replicate their natural habitats. Visitors can also see exotic birds and reptiles.

St. Louis Gateway Arch
No visit to the city of St. Louis would be complete without seeing the Gateway Arch. Constructed as a monument to the gateway of the American West, the Gateway Arch is the world's tallest stainless steel structure, rising 630 feet. Visitors can explore the visitor center that is located underground the arch to see films and learn the history of the arch. Best of all, visitors can ride an elevator car to the observation deck to see incredible views of the city.

City Museum
The City Museum is a gigantic playground for adults and children alike. This unique museum is a conglomeration of former architectural structures now formed into shapes of things like a giant slinky, human hamster wheel, enchanted caves and more. In this huge playground, adults and children both can crawl, slide and hide through secret passageways and tunnels as well as stand out on the wing of an airplane. Additionally, visitors can see several odd curiosities like the largest pencil in the world. Up on the rooftop, visitors can check out the giant praying mantis, Ferris wheel and school bus.

Anheuser Busch Brewery
A must do while St. Louis is a tour of the Anheuser Busch Brewery. Visitors can enjoy a free tour through different buildings to see all the steps of the beer making process and to learn about the interesting history of the brewery. The tour also includes a visit to the Clydesdale stables to marvel the impressive horses. At the end of the tour, visitors are treated to free refreshments of either beer samples or sodas.

Grant's Farm
Another top attraction in St. Louis is Grant's Farm. The former home of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, Grant's Farm features many animals such as peacocks, camels, elephants, buffalo and the Clydesdale horses. A tram tour takes visitors around the farm to see the different animals. Additionally, visitors can enjoy live animals shows here.