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    Going to St. Louis

    I get to go to St. Louis in May for a science teacher's conference. I've never been to St. Louis and am staying next to the convention center. Can anyone tell me about this area of St. Louis? Is it safe to walk in day light hours? Any good restaurants (I'm not picky, just want good food)? Any shopping near buy - department stores, malls, etc.? Anything I must see while in that area other than the arch? Thanks! I'm really excited to go. I'll be traveling alone, so this is quite the adventure for me!!

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    That is pretty much right downtown St. Louis. I would have no problem walking around there in the day time. You can catch the metrolink and go many places in St. Louis.

    I would be sure to go over to Laclede's Landing and have a look around. It's just under the Arch. Neat shops and food. I always like the Spaghetti Factory on the landing. Not so much for the food. It's OK, not fabulous, but I love the funky old building it is in.

    Union Station is not far from there. It is a mall type place built in an old railroad station. It's fun to walk around once in awhile.

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    St. Louis is an old historic city. The old courthouse downtown was built in 1825 and well preserved and has alot of history espically during/before the civil war.

    We are also a baseball city. If theres a game in town it will be packed with people. We have a new stadium. Be sure to see it.

    As stated above the convention center is in northern part of downtown. Its safe there. the metrolink (our subway) goes thru it. you can take a ride thru the city it stops at Union Station (old train station)...which is now converted into a shopping mall. The building was designed after an old castle in Germany.

    St. Louis was founded by the French. Try Soulard's Market in south downtown for fresh produce, etc. The best eating, I think is on "The Hill". This is the Italian section which is in western downtown.

    The Arch has a fantastic museum below it. Art museum in forest Park (west of downtown).
    You must try "toasted ravioli" and "gooey butter cake. You can only buy these here. You can also take some St. Louis' food home with you. I always use our pasta sauces which you can only purchase here.
    the restaurants downtown are mainly upper scale....there are alot of fast food places that cater to the working during lunch hour.
    The "Olde Spaghetti Factory" mentioned above was an old hat factory on the river. Lacledes Landing had alot of old warehouses on the river that have been rehabbed into shops/reataurants. The staircase in there is stunning.

    If your a gambler, theres plenty of casinos on the riverfront.
    And statitistics report that St. Louis is a very affordable city.....its not costly as most large cities.
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    I agree with everything said above. The museum below the arch is very informative about the beginnings of the development of the west. Right by the Arch is the "old" Cathedral. There are two cathedrals in St. Louis, the old and the new. The old Cathedral is the first church west of the Mississippi. It's a beautiful church. If you have the opportunity, go to The Hill. There is a restaurant downtown named Kemolls. It's an upscale Italian restaurant that has been in the city for years. Excellent food!!

    Enjoy yourself in my hometown!

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    All of the above is true. Unfortunely there are panhandlers. That is a real negative for me. St. Louis is wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    All of the above is true. Unfortunely there are panhandlers. That is a real negative for me. St. Louis is wonderful.
    There are panhandlers every where! You just ignore them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    There are panhandlers every where! You just ignore them!
    I experienced this big time in Seattle at a conference last year. It did bother me and didn't add to the feeling of being safe. We don't have panhandlers where I live, so it is a different experience.

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    Depending on transportation and such you might want to look into the Science Center. It has wonderful hands on science exhibits geared toward kids. I'm sure it's nothing you don't know, but it might be a fresh way of presenting some things. It also has a wonderful IMAX movie theater.

    St. Louis Zoo is also one of the top 5 zoos in that nation according to whoever decides these things. I can't really compare because it is the only zoo I've ever been to, but it is very nice.

    The list of fun things to do in St. Louis could go on for pages. It is a big, active city. I'm certain you will be able to more than fill up any free time you may have.

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    I have to agree with all the recommendations everyone has given. There is a Da Vinci Machines Exhibition that will be in St. Louis till May and it is close to the convention center. I haven't been there yet but have it on my list of things to.

    http://discoverdavinci.com/

    The History Museum at Forest Park is wonderful. Admission is free but there is a cost for special exhibitions.

    http://mohistory.org/

    Pappy's Smokehouse has great BBQ at a reasonable price.

    http://pappyssmokehouse.com/

    The St. Louis Zoo is always wonderful. Admission is free

    http://www.stlzoo.org/

    Hope you enjoy your time in St. Louis.

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    The zoo was wonderful when we were there many years ago... there was also a wonderful botanical garden, but I don't remember where? close to the zoo perhaps? Peter Raven who co-wrote several Biology books (books I used over many years of teaching upper level HS Science) was at Washington University, and I THINK he was involved in developing/maintaining the gardens? (not sure about that...)

    The Busch family farm is close to St. Louis too... this is where they keep their horse teams... a friend reported a great time there...

    Have fun!!!
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    Ranchwife, my office is just a block from convention center. There are lots of good eateries in walking distance - daylight, only. I walk to lunch a lot when the weather is nice. PM me if you want any eating ideas in walking distance. You will have a great time!

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    Go with a group too. I am from St Lous but I would not walk the Arch grounds at night. Not sure that I would walk around Lacledes Landing at night unless the area clubs and eateries are super busy. You shoud see cops patrolling .

    I love my home city but like every major city, just be aware. Ignore the panhandlers. Dont even acknowedge them and walk confidently past them. They will not bother you.

    I used to party on the Landing back in the day...waaaay back ! Great, historical area! Love it.

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    Why wouldn't you want to see the Arch? It is beautiful!! Stand under a leg and look up. Go up in it. You can see for miles! Gorgeous at night too but I would not roam the grounds at night. Great museum under the Arch too.

    The Busch family farm, Grants Farm is the correct name, is located just outside the city. About 30 minutes to get to. Tour the anheuser-Busch Brewery ....it is closer. Take a short cab trip to get there. Dont try to walk to it. Too far from you.

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    When we went to visit there we also went to Anheiser Busch to see the horses and the wagons. Also Big Foot is there - the big truck. I had a 12 year old son with me and that was what he wanted to see as well as the Science Museum and the arc. My aunt and uncle lived there at the time.

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    Is the Jewel Box still there? I grew up there and my Grandmother used to take me to the jewel box on school holidays to see the beautiful flowers. It is a treat if they still have it.

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    I agree with all of the above. I would also add that if you have time and access to transportation. The Zoo is fabulous, the Science Center is a must see, The Botanical Garden and the orchids there are free and impressive too; but most of all you have to eat on The Hill. It is the Italian neighborhood. I have eaten at many of the restaurants and they are all really good. Gioia's Hot Salami is a must have. If you are a coffee drinker, Shaw's coffee is on The Hill and they roast their own beans on site.

    My in laws are there, so we spend a fair amount of time there. It is very much a bigger city... panhandlers and dirty in some sections, but you find that anywhere. I have been to all of the areas recommended... including LeCledes Landing, and I have felt them to be pretty safe; but like everywhere anymore, you need to be aware of your environment. Enjoy your stay in the city!!!

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    Haven't been back to St. Louis in years, but enjoyed it back when. All of the above posts make me want to go back again. The Arch, Grants Farm, Jewel Box, Botanical Gardens, boat rides on the river, great food, plenty to see and do. Google their web site, ask at your hotel. I did plenty of Science Teachers Conventions (retired now) and always had info sent before to help plan off time. Hope you learn much and remember more.

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    Forgot to ask about the wellknow dairy that was famous for their ice cream in St. Louis. Was it Pevely?

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    The Hill is great. Jakes Steak was good and Blueberry Hill was fun.Please Please go to Sweetie Pies and tell me how it is. I would love to go there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I agree with everything said above. The museum below the arch is very informative about the beginnings of the development of the west. Right by the Arch is the "old" Cathedral. There are two cathedrals in St. Louis, the old and the new. The old Cathedral is the first church west of the Mississippi. It's a beautiful church. If you have the opportunity, go to The Hill. There is a restaurant downtown named Kemolls. It's an upscale Italian restaurant that has been in the city for years. Excellent food!!

    Enjoy yourself in my hometown!
    it is not my hometown but if you go to Kemolls, my friend, Lisa, works there and EllieGirl is right...it is wonderful!..Lisa's husband, Steve and his brother, Jamie, also have 2 great restaurants but maybe a bit far...Trotteria Marcella would be the closest ...and ooooh so gooood! And The Hill is awesome... good food, great people and tons of history...Wherever you go, please enjoy and I hope you have a wonderful time visiting as well as a great conference!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LenaBeena View Post
    Forgot to ask about the wellknow dairy that was famous for their ice cream in St. Louis. Was it Pevely?
    Pevely, yes. Crown Candy has ice crem but definitely a day trip. Not at night. I assume the poster will not hve her own transportation so a lot of these great places require travel by car and not by foot. Perhps there is a shuttle tour. I am from STL so I have my own car. Interestingly, I have heard great things about Crown Candy but I have never been!

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    You're correct - I won't have a car as I'm flying into St. Louis. I'm limited by daylight, my own two feet, and cab fare. Thank you all for suggestions - they are so much appreciated!! I'm definitely going to try to make it to see the arch - kind of a once in a life time opportunity for this west coast gal. I'm also learning that food in St. Louis has many items that aren't seen on menus for restaurants in the west. This is going to be an adventure.

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    i do know that Babylock does their Long Arm classes 5/6 times a year in the hotel next to Baseball park!
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    Are you going to the NSTA STEM conference? I am envious! I am only 2 1/2 hours away and due to school budget I probably will not get to go. Doesn't help that our last day of school is that Friday with semester exams that week.

    A few yrs ago I went to the national NSTA in St Louis. I walked every day to the convention center from the Drury Inn which is by the baseball stadium and the Arch. It was an easy walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    Pevely, yes. Crown Candy has ice crem but definitely a day trip. Not at night. I assume the poster will not hve her own transportation so a lot of these great places require travel by car and not by foot. Perhps there is a shuttle tour. I am from STL so I have my own car. Interestingly, I have heard great things about Crown Candy but I have never been!

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    My mom lives in at Little Sisters of the Poor. When I go downtown from there I pass Crown Candy. I've seen people standing in line out on the sidewalk waiting to get in?

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