Museum at the Gateway Arch ~ St. Louis, Missouri

Hey all! I’m back after a long nearly two months away! Who knew the life of a pastor’s wife could get so busy during the holiday season!? At least this has given me plenty of time to have some new travel adventures so that I can keep the blog posts coming!

For now, let’s take it back to our final few days in St. Louis, this past summer. One of the last things we did was visit the newly reopened and redone Museum at the Gateway Arch.

One thing that is super exciting about the way things have been redone is that you now can enter the Arch in the middle of the base, instead of through the leg. These new doors let in a ton of natural light, making the whole entryway a lot less dark than it ever was before!

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You still have to proceed through security once getting in, but you can buy tickets to go up the Arch before then. We’ve gone up plenty of times before, so we just hopped into the very long security line so that we could see the museum. I think it took us nearly half an hour to get through security seeing as how the new museum had only been open for about a week and everyone wanted to check it out!

Once you get through security you head down a set of steps that takes you to a very cool map of the U.S. during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. And that shows how both Rivers and other trail starters to head west affected the area.

From there you continue down one more set of stairs to reach a museum that is divided into 6 distinct sections: Colonial St. Louis, Jefferson’s Vision, New Frontiers, The Riverfront Era, Manifest Destiny, and Building the Dream. Be careful to make sure you are following the timeline through the sections! Otherwise you could easily end up skipping forward a section and then having to jump back. The timeline kind of weaves it’s way back and forth through the main center aisle.

One display I really liked was found in the Riverfront Era section. They had a replica display of what the city would have looked like, but even cooler, they occasionally turned off the light in the area to show what it looked like at night as well!

The other section I really enjoyed was Building the Dream. I love seeing miniature replicas of towns and it was also really cool to see how the tram cars travel to the top of the Arch.

Of course there are so many other neat things in these 6 exhibits, but has it was quite crowded the day we visited, I didn’t get that many pictures, plus a lot of the exhibits were also similar to things I’ve learned and seen at the Missouri History Museum as well.

If you are planning a trip to the Gateway Arch, it is well worth making sure you save time to not only go up the Arch, but also visit the new museum, plus don’t miss out on the Old Courthouse across the street that also has some great historical exhibits and beautiful architecture. But do allow yourselves plenty of time to get through security lines!

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Missouri Bucket List ~ Northwest Region

We’ve reached the final region of Missouri, the Northwest. This region also has a fairly extensive list seeing as how it is home to Kansas City and the surrounding area.

Boonesboro

  • Boone’s Lick State Historic Site: Site of an old salt manufacturing business owned by the legendary Boone family.

Easton

  • Tipple Hill Winery: Offers a wide range of wines; something for everyone.

Grandview

  • Harry S. Truman Home National Historic Site- Truman Farm Home: One of several homes that is part of the Truman Home National Historic Site.

Hamilton

  • J.C. Penney Museum: A museum dedicated to the man who started the department stores of the same name.

Independence

  • Harry S. Truman National Historic Site-Norland Home and Truman Home: Two other homes run by the NPS, these are both located in town.
  • Harry S. Truman Library: The first in presidential libraries, Truman left everything to be documented and able to be viewed by the public. A fantastic museum to visit to learn more about the man who took over for FDR during trying times.
  • National Frontier Trails Museum: Independence is the spot many began their journey on both the Oregon and Santa Fe trails. This small museum details what those journeys would have been like.

Kansas City

  • Arabia Steamboat Museum: This museum details all of the treasures found in an unearthed shipwreck. Volunteers are still cleaning treasures found buried deep in the earth. You can watch them prepare them to be placed in the museum.
  • Arrowhead Stadium: Home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • The College Basketball Experience: This is the place to come to see what life in the NCAA is like.
  • Crown Center Complex: This indoor shopping experience has it all. Many unique stores and restaurants like the Crayola Cafe and Fritz’s, as well as Legoland and an aquarium.
  • Donald J. Sculpture Park: Located just outside the art museum, this area is best known for the giant shuttlecock sculptures.
  • Hallmark Visitors Center: Kansas City is the headquarters of the Hallmark company. They have a free small visitor center where you can learn the history of the company.
  • Harley-Davidson Factory Tours: A fun tour to see how the famous motorcycles are made.
  • Kansas City Fountains: Kansas City is home to the most fountains out of any city in the world!
  • Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium Tours: Stadium tours are always interesting to me.
  • Kansas City Zoo: This zoo is fantastic! The kangaroo area was my favorite, but all the exhibits are extremely well done.
  • National Museum of Toys and Miniatures: Sounds like a trip down nostalgia lane.
  • National World War I Museum and Memorial: This museum is a fantastic way to learn about the Great War which is often overshadowed by the second World War.
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: A fascinating museum about baseball back when it was still a segregated sport. For a discount, purchase joint tickets with the adjacent Jazz Museum.
  • Union Station Kansas City: A fantastic piece of architecture that also occasionally has travelling museum exhibits located in the lower level.

Kearney

  • Jesse James Birthplace: Birthplace of the famous outlaw.

Marceline

  • Walt Disney Dreaming Tree and Barn: A place to see some of Walt’s favorite things about his hometown.
  • Walt Disney Hometown Museum: Filled with a unique Disney collection and artifacts.

Marshall

  • Jim the Wonder Dog Park: Park that tells the story of this canine legend.

Rushville

  • Riverwood Winery: More fruit wines!

Sibley

  • Fort Osage National Historic Landmark: Displays what life was like for the American Indian population of 1800’s.

Saint Joseph

  • Jesse James Home: The home where Jesse James was murdered.
  • Pony Express National Museum: Museum dedicated to the ways of the old postal service.
  • Walter Cronkite Memorial: Memorial dedicated to the famed CBS news anchor.
  • Wyeth Hill Scenic Overlook: Offers a beautiful overlook of the Missouri River and bluffs.

Most attractions found in the 2018 Missouri Travel Guide.

 

Missouri Bucket List ~ Northeast Region

Due to us living in this area for 3 years, this list is probably the largest in the Missouri series. Plus, St. Louis is just a very tourist friendly city!

Chesterfield

  • Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House: This butterfly house is run by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. There is a small admission fee and my personal opinion is to visit in March. They hosted the Morphos Madness event when we visited in March a few years ago.

Defiance

  • The Historic Danial Boone Home and Heritage Center: Come learn about the famous frontier Boone family.
  • Sugar Creek Winery: This winery has both grape and fruit wines.

Eureka

  • Route 66 State Park: This is a really neat park to visit. Currently there is still a bridge located there that you can look at from a distance that was park of Route 66. Hopefully they will have the ability to keep it there and restore it! It also contains some fascinating info about an old town that used to exist in the park area.

Florida

  • Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site: Birthplace of the famed author and river pilot.

Gray Summit

  • Purina Farms: Purina farms offers a small free petting zoo of farm animals and also an amazing dog show. If you are lucky, sometimes high competition events are happening in the on-site arena and are sometimes open to the public. We visited during a fly-ball competition once.

Hannibal

  • Cardiff Hill Park Lighthouse and Statues: Lighthouse located along the river that you can climb inside.
  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum: Come explore Twain’s home that kindled his love for the river.

Hermann

  • Endless Summer Winery: This winery offers fruit wines with no added grape juice.

Imperial

  • Mastodon State Historic Site: Come explore a park where mastodon fossils have been found. The rock formations make for a beautiful hike.

Kimmswick

  • Blue Owl Restaurant: This town staple is known for their home good meals and especially the pie.

O’Fallon

  • Zumwalt’s Fort: Located within Zumwalt Park, visitors can explore the fort dating to the War of 1812.

St. Charles

  • First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site: Many people don’t realize that St. Charles is home to the first state capitol. The visit center here is great and the shops along the street offer something for everyone!
  • Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center: Small museum detailing the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

St. Louis

  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery: Come get the low down on how Budweiser is made and see the famous Clydesdales.
  • Bellefontaine Cemetery: Several notable St. Louisan are buried here including the Busch family and William Clark.
  • Boathouse Forest Park Paddleboats: We never got around to renting a Paddle Boat to take into the Grand Basin and I would love to return and do so.
  • The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis: Come visit this large and extremely ornate cathedral.
  • Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company: Take a tour of this local family run chocolate factory.
  • City Museum: A unique experience for all ages, there are no word to completely describe this epic adventure museum.
  • Delmar Loop: Lots of great shops and restaurants are located in the revitalized area. A trolley now also runs through!
  • Fabulous Fox Theater: Another place we never got around to visiting. The beautiful theater is home to many traveling Broadway shows.
  • Forest Park: A city park larger than New York’s Central Park, it’s home to several museums, the zoo, and the Muny.
  • Fort Bell Fontaine: Old fort remains can be found at this park that was home to the Lewis and Clark Expedition for some time.
  • Gateway Arch National Park: Newly named a National Park the Gateway Arch experience is a must for anyone visiting the city. The new museum is beautiful. Don’t forget to also stop by the Old Courthouse.
  • Grant’s Farm: Take the tram tour through farm land once owned by President Grant. End you visit with time at the petting zoo and beirgarten.
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park: Come explore several unique sculptures over a huge expanse of land.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: My favorite place to visit in the city. Gorgeous any time of the year!
  • Missouri Civil War Museum: Located near Jefferson Barracks Park, I’m sure this museum would be interesting to visit as Missouri was so divided during the Civil War.
  • Missouri History Museum: A fantastic free museum that gives a great overview of the history of Missouri and also always has great temporary exhibits.
  • The Muny: Come see a Broadway show in the park during the summer! There are even free seats that you can wait for!
  • Museum of Transportation: Great for any lover of everything transportation.
  • National Blues Museum: This newly opened museum gives a great overview of the history of Blues and how it helped shape the history of music.
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge: This bridge is now open for cyclists and pedestrians only but once carried the traffic of Route 66 into St. Louis.
  • The Old Courthouse: Site of the famous Dred Scott case.
  • Saint Louis Art Museum: Free art museum that has much to offer.
  • Saint Louis Zoo: Free zoo that continues to update and improve their exhibits. I love it!
  • St. Louis Science Center: Free science museum that has many hands-on activities.
  • St. Louis Ballpark Village: A must visit for any Cardinal’s baseball fan. Great food and great fun!
  • St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium Tour: Very informative tour that also gets you into the Hall of Fame Museum.
  • St. Louis CityGarden: Downtown “garden” area that is filled with sculptures and water play.
  • Scott Joplin House State Historic Site: Another place we never got around to visiting, but home to the ragtime great!
  • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site: Come visit the home of President Grant. A fascinating history.

Stanton

  • Meramec Caverns: Hideout of Jesse James and great cave tour.

West Alton

  • Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones- Confluence Point State Park: This park allows you to view the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

All attractions found in the 2018 Missouri Travel Guide.

Missouri Bucket List ~ Central Missouri Region

This bucket list region is slightly shorter than the other four, but is home to the capital city, Jefferson City.

Boonville

  • Warm Springs Ranch: Home of the Budweiser Clydesdales!

Camdenton

  • Ha Ha Tonka State Park: This park has the ruins of an old castle hidden within it’s property.

Columbia

  • Rock Bridge Memorial State Park: This park features a natural rock bridge and several springs and sinkholes.

Devils Elbow

  • Historic Route 66 Overlook: This was once one of the most dangerous stretches of Route 66.

Fulton

  • Berlin Wall Breakthrough Sculpture: A neat memorial created to remember the effects of the Berlin Wall.
  • National Churchill Museum: Museum dedicated to the life of Sir Winston Churchill.

Jefferson City

  • Governor’s Mansion: We have been outside this mansion, but didn’t have a chance to tour it as it was closed the day we visited.
  • Lewis and Clark Trailhead Plaza: This plaza was very neat when we visited with statues commemorating this dynamic duo.
  • Missouri State Museum and Capitol: The state museum is located inside the capitol which is open to all and easy to take a self-guided tour through.

Lebanon

  • Route 66 Museum: This museum is housed in the same building as the town’s library. It’s a nice little display of some history from the Mother Road.

Linn

  • Where Pigs Fly Farm and Pigs Aloft Museum: This is the only pig museum in the United States!

Osage City

  • Clark’s Hill-Norton State Historic Site: The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped out at this site.

Waynesville

  • Frog Rock: Giant boulder painted to look like a frog.
  • Route 66 Pulaski County Courthouse Museum: This museum contains pieces of the World Trade Center and Pentagon, so seems like it would be interesting to visit.
  • Trail of Tears Memorial: This stop has storyboards detailing the life of the Cherokee Nation.

All attractions found in the 2018 Missouri Travel Guide.

Missouri Bucket List ~ Southwest Region

Aside from the major cities of Saint Louis and Kansas City, the southwest region of Missouri probably sees the most tourist via Branson. Branson is the Wisconsin Dells of Missouri. We’ve visited Branson over night once, but now I’m realizing that it has a lot of other fun attractions we would also enjoy. The area also offers a lot of other fun activities in nearby cities. I’ve also realized while researching this list that we also need to return to Springfield.

Ash Grove

  • Gary’s Gay Parita: This is a redone Sinclair Station along old Route 66.

Branson

  • Indoor Mini-Golf at Grand Country: I love mini-golf and Branson has several to choose from, but this one was my favorite since you can play rain or shine!
  • Inspiration Tower: Gives you great sweeping views of the area.
  • Table Rock State Park: This is located on one of the most popular lakes in the state.
  • World’s Largest Toy Museum: This sounds like so much fun, a chance to see toys from all decades.

Carthage

  • Precious Moments Chapel and Gardens: A cute and beautiful chapel inspired by the Precious Moments figurines.

Diamond

  • George Washington Carver National Monument: We have visited this location. It is the childhood home of George Washington Carver and I learned so much about his life that I had never known before.

Joplin

  • Grand Falls: This is the largest, always flowing waterfall in Missouri.

Lamar

  • Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site: The birthplace of the only Missouri born president.

Mansfield

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum: This is the house where the Wilder family settled after leaving South Dakota and where the book series was written.

Marshfield

  • Hidden Waters Nature Park: A park filled with various waterways.

Republic

  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield: We have also visited this site. This is an old Civil War Battlefield.

Springfield

  • 1984 Arcade: An old 80’s arcade that allows you to play unlimited games for the entrance price.
  • Askinosie Chocolate Factory Tour: I never say no to a chocolate factory tour.
  • Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World: This is the hub of Bass Pro Shops and well worth checking out.
  • Fantastic Caverns: This is America’s only ride-through cavern.
  • OOVVDA Winery: This one offers fruit wines!
  • Pythian Castle: This is an old castle located along Route 66 and said to be haunted.
  • Route 66 Visitor Center: This is a small visitor center but very helpful in finding information about fun things to do in the area and along Route 66.
  • Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park: We visited this park while in Springfield. It has a great walking trail and also hands-on farm activities that would be great for kids.
  • Springfield Botanical Garden: I love botanical gardens.
  • Springfield Brewing Company: I don’t normally put on restaurants, but we went to this one and it had some of the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had.
  • Watershed Center and Valley Water Mill Park: This park had a fun loop trail.
  • Wonders of Wildlife: This is the newly improved aquarium that opened adjacent to Bass Pro Shops.

Walnut Shade

  • Creation Experience Museum: A newly opened creation museum in Missouri, and free of charge!

Webb City

  • Lakeside Route 66 Mural: A neat piece of artwork located along the Mother Road.
  • Praying Hands: Another unique piece of art.

All attractions found in the 2018 Missouri Travel Guide.

 

Missouri Bucket List ~ Southeast Region

Today we begin a new state in the Bucket List series. We are moving from Kentucky to Missouri. Andrew and I spent three years in Missouri, but as I flip through the Missouri Travel Guide, I realize just how little we actually experienced in a state that has so much to offer. Our first region is the Southeast, a region we rarely visited in our three years there, however, there are just a few attractions listed in this post that we have had the opportunity to visit.

Altenburg

  • Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum- This is one place we’ve visited in the region and as Lutherans, we highly enjoyed finding family connections while there.

Belleview

  • Elephant Rocks State Park: This park is filled with giant rocks that you can hike over and around. Best part of Missouri is all state parks are free!

Burfordville

  • Bollinger Mill State Historic Site: This location allows you to tour an old mill and walk over an old covered bridge.

Cuba

  • Cuba Missouri’s Historical Murals: A small town located along Route 66, the town’s history is displayed in murals around town.
  • World’s Largest Rocking Chair: We stopped to see this roadside oddity just off of I-44 and located on old Route 66.

East Prairie

  • Big Oak Tree State Park: Come visit the park where a large oak tree is a National Landmark.

Frohna

  • Saxon Lutheran Memorial: Located just down the road from the Lutheran Heritage Center, it’s another memorial related to how the Lutheran church made it’s beginnings in the area.

Ironton

  • Taum Sauk Mountain State Park: This park is home to the highest point in Missouri.

Jackson

  • Trail of Tears State Park: Park located along the historic Trail of Tears.

Leasburg

  • Onondaga Cave State Park: This is one of the most spectacular caves in the country according to the 2018 Travel Guide.

Lesterville

  • Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park: This is one park we did visit while living in state. The shut-ins are a unique rocky area along a water way where you can climb and explore. Bring your swim suits!

New Madrid

  • Mississippi River Observation Deck: A nice boardwalk overlooks the Mississippi
  • New Madrid Historical Museum: The most powerful earthquake in the U.S. occurred in New Madrid and their museum houses details about the quake.

Park Hills

  • Missouri Mines State Historic Site: Tour an old mining site.

Potosi

  • The Ozark Trail: Several short hikes can be taken along the area, but the trail as a whole is 230 mi

Puvico

  • Log Cabin Library: This log cabin still houses a library just as it was built to do years ago.

St. James

  • St. James Winery: This is Missouri’s largest wine producer and offers 40 different wines.
  • Vacuum Cleaner Museum: The only one of it’s kind.

Ste. Genevieve

  • Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary: This is a non-profit big cat rescue.

Thanyer

  • Grand Gulf State Park: This canyon was formed when a giant cave collapsed. Now you can see one of the largest natural land bridges in Missouri.

Van Buren

  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways: This is another area we have visited. I would like to return to see more in this large area.

Winona

  • Rocky Falls: Part of the National Park Ozark National Scenic Riverway.

All attractions found in the 2018 Missouri Travel Guide.

 

Beef O’Brady’s ~ Perryville, Missouri

Following our tour at the Lutheran Heritage Center, it was already creeping far past noon. We have friends who live in Perryville and used to work at Beef O’Brady’s. Having visited once before we choose to stop there for lunch on our way back to St. Louis.

Beef O’Brady’s is a sports bar that offers the types of food you would expect from a sports bar, but I’ve included pictures of the menu below.

Having visited before, we knew we both wanted to order the boneless wings. We opted to use the special deal they were offering in the first picture which allowed us to receive an appetizer to share and then two entrees, as well as beverages for both of us. Altogether this would cost us $25.

We were especially glad to do it this way as we were already extremely hungry. That being said it took them forever to bring us even our appetizer.

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While waiting for our food, I managed to sneak a picture of what the seating options are like at Beef’s.

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It probably took yet another half hour from when our cheese curds arrived at the table (which had already been a 20 minute wait) until our wings and fries arrived. I had ordered mine with spicy garlic and Andrew ordered his with honey BBQ. We found the wait time quite ridiculous seeing as how only about 5 tables in the place were occupied. Also while we waited we heard them say numerous times that they had no fresh silverware ready to go.

Our food finally arrived, and our waitress quickly put the food in front of us without any apology for the wait and then ran off to yell more about how they had no one to wash dishes. Nevermind that we didn’t have any silverware with which to eat our boneless wings. I’m all for eating normal wings with my hands, but typically a prefer to eat boneless with a fork. I was extremely disappointed with the wait time and the lack of care from our waitress, especially as our previous visit a year or two before had been so positive.

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The wings were good, but none of the food was as good as I remembered from the past, which is really saying something given how hungry I also was. Typically if I’m hungrier, food tastes better to me, even if it isn’t that good to anyone else! Many of my wings were also very fatty. I wish this would have been the more positive experience we had on our first visit, but following this visit, I find it highly unlikely that I would ever visit again.

 

Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum ~ Altenburg, Missouri

For many reading this, this post might not sound all that exciting, but as a future pastor’s wife at the time of this visit and current pastor’s wife now, this was a must visit before we left Missouri. The Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum is located in Perry County and it’s claim to fame is that it is where the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod began. Today not much can be found in the area, but it is still seen as a “pilgrimage” site to those in the synod.

The museum is free to visit and staffed by volunteers. We were the only ones there the day we visited and the man working personally took us through the museum area, pointing out key artifacts as we went along. Unknown to us, we actually found a connection to Andrew’s ancestors while touring the museum.

If you ask they also will give you a tour of Trinity Lutheran Church and The Log Cabin Seminary, both found on grounds, but are locked unless you are on a tour with a guide.

The first stop we made with our guide following the museum was Trinity Lutheran Church. The inside is very beautiful. Years ago, a storm passed through that completely knocked down the steeple. The history of that event can be found in the redone stained glass.

Much of the church has been remodeled throughout the years, but the crucifix on the altar and the baptismal basin are original to the church and were brought over with the German immigrants who settled the area and founded the church. One family that still lives in the area has had six generations baptized in that basin.

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Following our tour of the church building, we walked across the street to the Log Cabin Seminary. The Seminary building was essentially a one room school house, with a loft space above. While touring the cabin, they also show you a detailed list of subjects the students had to learn while studying in the cabin. It was quite extensive!

We really enjoyed our time at the museum and were glad we had the time to spend on a full tour. It was nice to have a one on one tour with the guide, and I’m sure that’s often the case as this is not a huge tourist destination by any means.

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Seamus McDaniel’s ~ St. Louis, Missouri

Located just south of the St. Louis zoo is the wonderful Irish neighborhood fondly known as Dogtown. Every year they have their own St. Patrick’s Day parade, which we always seem to miss since we are usually at work or school. But one wonderful place to visit in Dogtown during any time of year is Seamus McDaniel’s.

Seamus McDaniel’s is a delightful Irish Pub. Most often when I visit, I order a burger, but on our final visit to this pub before moving it was rather warm outside, so we opted to just order appetizers to have a meal on the “lighter side.” In reality, there is no lighter side when buying food at Seamus McDaniel’s as all the portions are quite large.

On this particular visit I opted to get Pub Pretzels as my main course, while Andrew went for the Toasted Ravioli, a St. Louis specialty.

As you can see by the table top, this particular visit we chose to eat outside, but they have plenty of seating both inside and out at Seamus McDaniels. Another thing we always have to order when visiting is the Fried Cheese. This is because it isn’t just your typical Mozzarella sticks, they also have the with pepper cheese. We always get the combo of the two!

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Luckily with these, they are different sizes, so it’s easy to know what kind of fried cheese you are grabbing. We highly recommend a visit to Seamus McDaniel’s but after having the appetizers suggest going with just a burger and some fried cheese instead of the other appetizers.

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Missouri Botanical Garden ~ St. Louis, Missouri

I’ll keep this post short and sweet because I have mentioned how much I love the Missouri Botanical Garden before in my post about the Garden Glow. But since I did mention then how this is my favorite place to visit in the city, I thought my readers deserved to see some pictures from the Garden when the temperatures are a little warmer.

(Side note, I do believe prices have also increased for admission to the garden….although we were able to use AAA membership to get in at a discount.)

I love visiting the Garden anytime in the spring or summer because something is always blooming! We got especially lucky when we visited in May as all the flower beds by the Tower Grove house were in full bloom.

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My most favorite part of the Garden, no matter the season, is the Japanese Garden area. Here you get to walk along a beautiful pond area. At one point they even have food available to feed the Koi and geese and ducks that take over a bridge area. But my personal favorite is the bridge walking path along the edge of the pond.

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For the first time ever, while visiting this time around, we decided to check out Home Gardening section. Before this I never had much interest as we were always living places where I couldn’t have a garden, but now that we knew we were headed to South Dakota for an extended amount of time I could actually start thinking about it. They had all sorts of plants growing in that area and also have an entire building where you can go to get advise and look up info about when it’s good to plant certain things and how you should go about it.

Another grand feature of the Garden is the Climatron, which is always filled with interesting plants. They also have a special kids playground area outside if you are bringing your little ones to the Garden. I’ve heard from several parents that it’s one of the best playground areas in the city.

As you can see, I have nothing but positive things to say about the Missouri Botanical Garden. If St. Louis was my permanent home, I would pay to have the membership just so I could visit whenever I chose. Plus members get a discount on special events like the Garden Glow and get a discount in their amazing gift shop!

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