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St. Louis Travel with Kids

Under 13 Myseum (283 Lamp and Lantern Village) combines scientific learning and fun with exhibits such as the Dual Super Radar Slide, Magnetic Wall Ball and Vertical Wind Tubes. Kids can create faces with forensics software or pretend to be paleontologists in the Dino Dig exhibit. There's a place for fine arts, too: where kids learn about sound and music through some unconventional materials.

The Saint Louis Zoo (1 Government Dr.) is home to more than 600 species of animals. Immerse yourself in the Rivers Edge exhibit to see hippos and black rhinos. Grizzlies and gorillas inhabit The Wild Zone, while lions and tigers prowl in Big Cat Country. See meerkats, tree kangaroos and insects in the Discovery Zone. Pet lovers can enjoy wagon rides and cuddle baby bunnies, chicks and piglets at Purina Farms (500 William Danforth Way in Gray Summit). Meet horses, cows, chickens and sheep and swing on a rope in the Animal Barn & Hayloft Play Area and watch rescued dogs demonstrate their athletic skills in the Incredible Dog Arena.

Sip a frosty mug of root beer and savor American fare while watching sodas being bottled on a restored 1940s bottling line at Fitz’s (6605 Delmar Blvd.). Try one of the seasonal flavors or specially labeled bottles if you're there in the fall (Pumpkin Pop), the summer (Happy 4th of July) or St. Patrick's Day.

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum (516 S. Kirkwood Rd.) features hundreds of hands-on exhibits and fun things to do. Catch fish or fix a car in the Children’s Village, become a detective or try out the Oval Office. Wee ones can ride a toddler-size boat or climb in the Peekaboo House in a special space for infants, toddlers and their grown-ups.

Teens Board an egg-shaped pod for a ride to the top of The Gateway Arch (at Memorial Drive and Market Street). The views stretch up to 30 miles away on clear days, taking in downtown St. Louis, Busch Stadium to the east and the Mississippi River to the west.

“Bake” your own custom-designed shirt, shorts or other wearables in minutes at Baked T’s (6368 Delmar Blvd.). The bakery-themed shop will package your finished design to look like cookies, doughnuts or cupcakes.

The Endangered Wolf Center (6750 Tyson Valley Rd. in Eureka ) offers the opportunity to learn about and interact with several species of wolves through tours, programs and events. Work alongside the animal trainers who care for wolves, swift foxes and African painted dogs, or practice your photography on a special tour of the wooded enclosures.

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Baseball fans can tour Busch Stadium (700 Clark Ave.) any time of year for a close-up look at the home of the Cardinals. View the field from the radio broadcast booth or the Cardinals dugout, and see the World Series trophies in the Champions Club. After the tour, visit Ted Drewes Custard (4224 S. Grand Blvd. and 6726 Chippewa St.). Locals have lined up for Ted's rich and creamy frozen treats here since 1930.

Kids from 8 to 80 can slide, crawl and climb through City Museum (750 N. 16th St.), an eclectic mixture of playground, fun house and architectural marvel constructed entirely from recycled and found materials.

Join the 150,000 spectators who turn out every September to see 70 world-class balloon pilots take to the sky in the Great Forest Park Balloon Race . Festivities begin Friday with the Balloon Glow at Central Field in Forest Park (5595 Grand Dr.), followed by fireworks. Children’s activities and live entertainment lead up to the impressive race launch on Saturday.

With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, Six Flags St. Louis (4900 Six Flags Rd. in Eureka) is packed with fun things to do for the entire family. Match wits against Lex Luthor in the 4-D Justice League: Battle for Metropolis or experience gut-wrenching 50-mph drops on American Thunder. Find fun for little ones in Bugs Bunny National Park, cool off in Hurricane Harbor or see a show.

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Travel Information

City Population

319,294

Elevation

585 ft.

Sales Tax

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.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(314) 231-1212

Time and Temperature

(314) 321-2222 or (636) 441-8467

Hospitals

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.

Visitor Information

I-270 and Riverview Dr. St. Louis, MO 63138. Phone:(314)869-7100

Air Travel

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (314) 426-7555 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

The Amtrak terminal, (800) 872-7245, is at 430 S. 15th St.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal, (800) 231-2222, is at 430 S. 15th St.

Taxis

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.

Public Transportation

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.

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