Summertime Fun in STL!


Hearing the sounds of kids laughing and playing, the distinct smell of chlorine, and the ding, ding, ding of the neighborhood ice-cream truck screams summertime to all those who are nostalgic.  It’s summertime once again in St. Louis and there will be plenty of kids AND adults making the Gateway to the West their urban playground. The great thing about choosing St. Louis as your leisure destination is that there is always something new to do. Yes, St. Louis is a place you can visit again and again with each trip yielding new experiences – not to mention the place is easy on the wallet!

Is culture the theme for this year’s travel plans? I have some suggested stops for you. Ballpark Village is St. Louis’ newest dining and entertainment venue that is “joined at the hip” to our beloved Busch Stadium.  The approximately 120,000 square foot multi-story project includes Cardinals Nation, described as a bar-restaurant and Hall of Fame museum, and the Budweiser Brew House, a restaurant and beer garden. So how does this relate to culture? Baseball is not just a sport in St. Louis, but a culture. Cardinal fans eat, sleep, breathe baseball … and no visit to St. Louis is ever complete until you’ve experience the energy of fans and that beautiful “sea of red.”

A new digital audio tour will help you explore the history, culture and architecture of St. Louis in an engaging and entertaining way. Told in lively story segments voiced by talented actors and augmented with music and sound effects, the audio tour immerses listeners in historic events from the city’s past and introduces them to today’s top attractions.

Mary Dunleavy as Violetta and John Bellemer as Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata,  at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Photo: Ken Howard ©2000
Mary Dunleavy as Violetta and John Bellemer as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata, at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Photo: Ken Howard

Nothing screams culture more than America and its love of beer. At the Missouri History Museum don’t miss American Spirits: The Rise and all of Prohibition through August 17, 2014. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this world-premiere exhibition brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life.

St. Louis boasts one of the most acclaimed opera companies in North America. The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents classic and contemporary opera sung in English by some of the best young talent in the business. The season is short – only May and June, but an artistic masterpiece well worth the time. Check out the website for more information on performances and show times. Toi, toi, Toi! That’s Operaspeak for “break a leg.”

See, I told you there is always something going on in St. Louis!  To discover all there is to see and do just visit  And while you are in town, find us on Twitter @Explorestlouis.  Have a great summer!

Written by Donna Andrews from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. 

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