What to Do in St. Louis Stroll through Soulard Farmers Market (730 Carroll St.) and participate in a tradition with origins dating back to 1838. This is reputedly the oldest farmers market west of the Mississippi River, and with that little historical tidbit, you'll treasure your purchases even more. If you're there in February, you have several fabulous events to choose from, including the Soulard Mardi Gras and the Cruzan Rum Taste of Soulard .
Ride the tram to the top of The Gateway Arch (at Memorial Drive and Market Street) for an extraordinary view of St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
Spend some time inside the Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Blvd.). You'll discover impressive religious imagery created with more than 41 million individual pieces of glass, marble and stone.
Visit the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd.), Saint Louis Art Museum (One Fine Arts Dr.), Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Ave.) or Saint Louis Zoo (1 Government Dr.). These AAA GEM attractions are all in Forest Park (5595 Grand Dr.), which is nestled in the center of the city. The 1904 World's Fair—immortalized in the 1944 film “Meet Me in St. Louis”—was held on the park grounds.
Go to City Museum (750 N. 16th St.) without any preconceived ideas, except to be wowed. Some of the exhibits are even on the roof. Just be sure to allot plenty of time for this crazy, one-of-a-kind adventure since you'll have to find your way around the mazelike structure, built by artisans using recycled and found materials, without a map.
Explore Laclede's Landing (710 N. 2nd St.) to get a feel for old St. Louis. This nine-block historic district, complete with cobblestone streets, marks St. Louis founder Pierre Laclede's original settlement. You'll marvel at the wonderfully preserved mid-19th- to early 20th-century warehouses that now feature bars, nightclubs, restaurants and offices.
Canvass The Hill, the city's Little Italy. The district is bounded by Manchester, Columbia and Hampton avenues and South Kingshighway Boulevard. Pick up some imported products to take home with you as you peruse the meat markets, bakeries and specialty markets. Be sure to schedule your visit around a meal; there are a variety of Italian restaurants worth patronizing.
Tour the Anheuser-Busch Brewery (at 12th and Lynch streets) and see the famous Clydesdales. The company's origins date to the mid-19th century, so this is definitely a St. Louis institution.
Check out the St. Louis Walk of Fame along Delmar Boulevard, in the Delmar Loop neighborhood. It's entertaining as well as educational, with brass stars and biographical bronze plaques embedded in the pavement paying tribute to St. Louis area notables both past and present.
Join in some local team spirit at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum (601 Clark Ave.) at the Ballpark Village near Busch Stadium (700 Clark Ave.). If you're there during the season, be sure to catch a game and see the team. Even if you don't love baseball, the village is a huge entertainment complex with food, drinks and fun.
Relive the city's celebrated musical past with a trip to the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site (2658 Delmar Blvd.). The ragtime composer and his wife, Belle, had a second-floor flat in this beautiful brick structure, which is simply furnished to reflect their early years. A player piano belts out tunes from the ragtime era.
Attend a performance by one of America's oldest symphony orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony. Powell Hall (718 N. Grand Blvd.), the former 1925 St. Louis Theatre, has been the symphony's home since 1968.
St. Louis, MO
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The sales tax rate in the city of St. Louis is 8.49 percent. The city's lodging tax is 14.9 percent and there is a rental car tax of 7.82 percent.
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(314) 321-2222 or (636) 441-8467
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, (314) 747-3000; Missouri Baptist Medical Center (Town and Country, Mo.), (314) 996-5000; St. Alexius Hospital, (314) 865-7000; St. Anthony's Medical Center, (314) 525-1000; Saint Louis University Hospital, (314) 577-8000.
I-270 and Riverview Dr. St. Louis, MO 63138. Phone:(314)869-7100
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (314) 426-7555 or (800) 654-3080.
The Amtrak terminal, (800) 872-7245, is at 430 S. 15th St.
The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal, (800) 231-2222, is at 430 S. 15th St.
Cab companies include St. Louis County Cab & Yellow Cab, (314) 991-5300 or (314) 993-8294; and Laclede, (314) 652-3456 or (314) 403-7000 (to request a taxi via text message). All cabs in St. Louis are on the meter system. Base fare is approximately $2 to $3.50 for the first mile, with a rate of $2 to $2.50 per mile. The base fare goes up $1 for each additional passenger. A fuel surcharge of at least $1 also is added to the fare, and there is a $4 surcharge for airport pick-ups.
Metro, the public transportation system—which includes MetroBus, the MetroLink light-rail train and the Metro Call-A-Ride para-transit van service—transports passengers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. The base bus fare is $2; $1 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities). Exact cash fare is required. A MetroLink one-ride ticket is $2.50; $1.25 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities). A 2-hour system pass (with transfers) is $3; $1.50 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities), or $4 from Lambert Airport. Weekly and monthly passes also are available. For route information, current fares and hours of system operation contact MetroTransit Information Mon.-Fri. 7-7; phone (314) 231-2345, or (618) 271-2345 in Illinois.