The waterways in Forest Park are a favorite place for families and visitors to enjoy being outside on a warm fall afternoon.
Boating in Forest Park has been a popular St. Louis tradition since 1876. The Boathouse Paddle Company was formed several years ago to offer a fun adventure exploring the 22 acres of waterways that wind around two islands and are home to fish, frogs, dragonflies, egrets, kingfishers and ducks.
On Saturdays and Sundays, guests can rent paddle boats, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards for a whole new perspective of the park that hosted the 1904 World's Fair. The Emerson Grand Basin in front of Saint Louis Art Museum is especially beautiful with eight magnificent fountains and elegant bridges.
The Boathouse is also a great place to unwind and enjoy dining on the banks of Post-Dispatch Lake. The American menu by Sugarfire offers great St. Louis BBQ. For information on rentals, call (314) 798-2961.
Many St. Louis attractions are open including: Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri Botanical Garden, Butterfly House, Missouri History Museum, Soldiers Memorial, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Art Museum, City Museum, St. Louis Aquarium and St. Louis Wheel and Magic House.
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In 1904, St. Louis hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Summer Olympics at Forest Park, adjoining the Central West End.
Following the World's Fair, Forest Park became known as the 'Crown Jewel of St. Louis.' The 1,371-acre features: Saint Louis ZOO; Saint Louis Art Museum; The Muny; Saint Louis Science Center; Missouri History Museum; and the Jewel Box.
More than 10 million visitors come to the park each year to participate in softball, cricket, rugby, tennis, golf, archery, lacrosse and soccer. They also ride bikes, ice and roller skate, roller-blade, jog, fish and have fun.
St. Louis offers a variety of attractions including: Historical Old Courthouse, National Blues Museum, Union Station, St. Louis Aquarium, The Wheel, Enterprise Center, Steifel Theatre, Citygarden, St. Louis City Library, St. Louis City Hall, City Museum, Campbell House, Field House Museum, Baseball Hall of Fame, Busch Stadium and Anheuser-Busch in downtown St. Louis; Missouri Botanical Garden near Tower Grove Park; Delmar Loop in University City; Grant's Farm, in South County, Butterfly House, the Museum of Transportation and West Port Plaza in West County; Historic Main Street in St. Charles, MO; Six Flags, near Eureka; the Daniel Boone Home near Defiance, MO; and the Mastodon State Historic Site near Kimmswick, MO.
St. Louis was founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau as a fur trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River. Today, Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges, features some of the most unique restaurants, sidewalk cafes, hotels and a casino.
St. Louis was named after the Crusader King Louis IX of France. The city is often referred to as the Gateway to the West, after the Gateway Arch was built in 1965.