St Louis, the largest city in Missouri, lies just below the junction of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, which here forms the boundary between Missouri and Illinois. The City has long been known as the “Gateway to the West” because it was from here that the Europeans set out to conquer the Wild West. It is home to the St Louis University, the oldest university west of the Mississippi, which was founded in 1818. The city’s connection with Scott Joplin, the “father” of ragtime, ensures its fame as a music city.
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1 Gateway Arch
2 Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park
3 Old Courthouse
4 Missouri Botanical Garden
The beautiful Missouri Botanical Garden is also known as the Shaw Garden, after the businessman and botanist Henry Shaw (1800-89) who laid it out in 1859. In the southeast part of the gardens are the richly appointed Tower Grove House, Henry Shaw’s “garden house”. The gardens themselves comprise a lovely rose garden, the rather unusual Climatron, built in 1960 for tropical plants, a Japanese Garden, an “aqua-tunnel” under a water-lily pool, and a herbarium.
The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden is designed with youngsters in mind, with an aim towards educating and inspiring children in the field of horticulture. Within the garden are several attractions, including cave, a prairie village, and a treehouse. Special exhibits include the “Cave Experience” which is a man-made cave and a wetlands area that includes a steamboat.
Address: 4344 Shaw Boulevard
5 Magic House, St Louis Children’s Museum
Located in a three story Victorian home, the Magic House museum provides hands-on exhibits about science, communications and computers. Exhibits are divided into themed areas and encourage engagement from children. Each area is designed to enhance curiosity and experimentation.
Address: 516 South Kirkwood Road, St Louis, MO 63122-5926, United States