Afternoon or Evening Adventures

Moonlight Ramble

Sponsored by Hostelling International, the Moonlight Ramble has been held for over 40 years.  A chance to bike 10 or 20 miles through the City of St. Louis at midnight on the Saturday closest to the full moon in August. [http://www.moonlightramble.com/]

Lemp Mansion

Have a drink or dinner at one of the most haunted mansions in world.  [http://www.lempmansion.com/]

Carondolet Park

Located off S. Grand near the city’s southern border, with a boathouse, mansion, and bizarre sinkholes.  A great place for a picnic or a walk. [ http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/parks_div/carondeletpark.html] 

Globe Drug

There are two Globe Drug stores located on Cherokee Street.  These are large old-fashioned five & dimes with all kinds of stuff you haven’t seen since the 1980s.  A great place to get lost for the afternoon.

Cherokee Street

A large ten-foot wooden Indian greets customers at the corner of Jefferson and Cherokee.  “Antique Row” houses some great antique shops while the other end of the street houses a hodge podge of Mexican eateries and grocery stores.  [http://cherokeeantiquerow.net/]

Chase Park Plaza

Originally two separate buildings, the Chase Park Plaza operates as a 4-star hotel and apartment complex.  The Chase was the place to “see and be seen” in the 1950s and is easily one of the most luxurious places in St. Louis.  Check out the movie theatre (which sells Budweiser and Ted Drewes, of course) and the fun restaurants for an entertaining evening. [http://www.chaseparkplaza.com]

Star Parties

The St. Louis Astronomical Society hosts public Star Parties at the Science Center on the second Friday of each month from January-October. Weather permitting, the St. Louis Astronomical Society and the Science Center will set up a number of telescopes and be on hand to answer visitor questions.  [http://www.slsc.org/WhatToDo/Planetarium/FreePublicTelescopeViewing.aspx]

Mad Art Gallery

Located in a 1930s Soulard Police Station, this contemporary art gallery plays host for local artists.  Mad Art boasts 19,000 square feet of terrazzo floors and marble hallways, and exhibits often include the original jail cells as part of a show.  [http://www.madart.com]

Whitaker Music Festival

Held every summer at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Festival features Jazz in June and a variety of other styles throughout the rest of the summer.  Pack a picnic and bring your friends. [http://www.mobot.org]

Confluence State Park

View the breathtaking coming together of America’s two great rivers – the Mississippi and Missouri.  This is a great State Park located a few miles off the main road through some farm fields.  Bring a map! [http://www.mostateparks.com/confluence.htm]

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Once part of Route 66, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge crosses one of the most historic and scenic sections of the Mississippi River.  Officially opened in June 1999 as a multi-use recreational trial, the Bridge is 1-mile in length and 24 feet wide.  Bring your camera for the panoramic view of the St. Louis skyline and the Mississippi River, as well as the old water-intake towers that look like mini castles. [http://www.confluencegreenway.org/locations/ocorb.php]

Private Streets

Some historic private streets and neighborhoods that remain in St. Louis include some of the most magnificent houses in the country.  Most are in the Central West End and have grand gated entries.  Westmoreland and Portland Places (north of the eastern end of Forest Park, access is via Lake Ave.) are the most exclusive of all the private neighborhoods.