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20 Reasons to Love Winter in St. Louis


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The most wonderful time at Tilles Park.
6. Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park -- It's schmaltzy as hell and one great gigantic cluster#%@, but the acres and acres of lights that transform Tilles Park into Winter Wonderland is something every St. Louisan should endure experience at least once.

7. Sledding on Art Hill -- Nothing is more quintessential of a St. Louis winter than climbing up Forest Park's Art Hill and pointing your toboggan toward the bottom. Just be sure to bail out of the sled before you reach the Grand Basin. That is, unless you're into the following...

8. Polar Bear Plunges -- Nothing is quite as invigorating as jumping into an open body of water in February. Fortunately, there are at least two "polar bear plunges" in St. Louis (one at Lake Saint Louis, the other in Maryland Heights) that benefit Special Olympics. ('Cause, you know, you have to be a bit special to want to do this.)

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9. Fish Fry Fridays -- Head straight from Mardi Gras to the dozens of Catholic parishes around St. Louis that offer cheap eats, great community and cheap beer every Friday during Lent.

10. Global warming -- Last winter was the sixth warmest on record in St. Louis and tied records for the fewest days (4) in which the temperature did not hit at least 32 degrees. Expect more of the same in coming winters. (The four warmest winters nationally have all come since 1991.) The good news, though, is that you can still dress in your stylish winter wardrobe in St. Louis, you just don't have to worry about freezing your ass off when doing so.

11. Fireplace at Babe's Tavern -- We've already said how we love bars and restaurants that have outdoor fires in the winter. The same, though, is true for those with working indoor fireplaces. Babe's Tavern in south St. Louis (3215 Ivanhoe; 314-647-3436) is one such watering hole. So, too, is the bierskellar at Schneithorst's in Ladue (1600 South Lindbergh; 314-993-4100).

12. Schlafly Winter ESB -- The brewmeisters at Schlafly serve up distinct beer to celebrate all seasons and holidays (Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Ale, Christmas Ale, Summer Lager, etc.), but our favorite may be the Winter ESB (a.k.a. Extra Special Bitter). The weather outside may be frightful, but this toasty, hoppy beer will having your insides feeling all warm and fuzzy.

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Slide into the Loop this January.
13. The Loop Ice Carnival - You know what they say. Got lemons? Make lemonade. The same can be said with frozen precipitation. Got ice? Make ice sculptures! But that's not all you can expect at Ice Carnival in the Delmar Loop, which always tends to come during the coldest, bleakest days of winter (this year's event is January 18 and 19). Enjoy s'mores, snowball fights and -- our favorite -- the human dog sled races.

14. The Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden -- Winter weather have you down? Take a short trip to south city. MoBOT's Climatron is a balmy and humid 85 degrees year-round. Walk among the waterfalls, palm trees and tropical plants, and it's like you're in the rainforests of Costa Rica -- for one-thousandth the price.

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Laura Dee
Laura Dee

#1 reason.... it ENDS (eventually)

Kathy McBride Thatcher
Kathy McBride Thatcher

Bring on the thunder punch to my throat! I love winter and hate summer! Woot woot! ;)

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

Id much rather be seeing a top 20 reasons to love St Louis in the summer. This winter can suck my balls!

Leland Avants II
Leland Avants II

I can't wait for 110 degrees. Anyone that complains about the heat this summer needs to be thunder punched in the throat.

Kathy McBride Thatcher
Kathy McBride Thatcher

This list is awesome. I love snow and I love winter! Please remember to enjoy these last few days of cool temps. Summer (heat and humidity) will be here before we know it.

Cyn Whateverisclever
Cyn Whateverisclever

@ Mary Louise. That article is fake. It is a photo shopped ship and the Rockytimes is Arkansas's most unreliable news can be seen at top of the page lol. And this article on 20 things should be updated...it's 2014! :)

Leland Avants II
Leland Avants II

Done with winter. I would love to move to a warmer climate like Texas or Florida...but they are full of idiots.

Laura Remelius
Laura Remelius

um... i mean yes to winter fun. don't know st louis peeps. wishing you better times

Mary Macleod
Mary Macleod

I disagree, having come from St. Louis, and the County areas,then moving to another state. I would say all St. Louis people are much more friendlier than other people. Cant wait to come back home!

Mary Macleod
Mary Macleod

I love everything about St. Louis, I want to come back ASAP!!!

Gary Wyatt
Gary Wyatt

Drivers are not friendly.... people cut me off ,and honk when I am having to stop for traffic,and the dirty looks are appalling. There needs to be a big splash on the news,and front page of the paper calling for friendlier drivers,and considerate ones....

Harlan Green
Harlan Green

Daryl, I remember, and will never forget, the days your Dad would pick Fran and I, I think Ricky also, and Jodi, along with you and Stan, and brave the cold and snow at Art Hill. (pictured above). We would build a fire and roast marshmallow’s. We would sled down the hill time and time again. Year after year since we were kids., Even long before Fran. How we didn't end up in the Grand Basin (the lake at the bottom) I'll never know. Great times, Great Memories.

Jake Black
Jake Black

I almost went right into the lake one year as a kid

Bill Womack
Bill Womack

Had lots of fun there back in 66 and 67 good times

Janet Barnes
Janet Barnes

My daughter lives in St. Louis. It will have a high of zero degrees tomorrow. She is thrilled ..

Larry Underwood
Larry Underwood

St Louis people - city or county - are generally, polite, friendly & respectful...with the possible exception of that guy...

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

yeah anything is better than minot nd-60 below here and no call off for anything military related. schools are closed but not us psh

Tim Adcock
Tim Adcock

What a great tradition! I love that place!

Barbara McCullough
Barbara McCullough

Really, what a stupid thing to say, we always came from the country to Art Hill way back before he was even born to sled. And to generalize grouping people in to the same bag. SMDH.

Sarah Barton Strait
Sarah Barton Strait

Beautiful! You can move the girl outta STL but the girl's heart will remain there forever. :)

Judy Ryan
Judy Ryan

Just read in the paper that sledding on Art Hill started in 1904 just after the World's Fair

Jeanne Vaughn
Jeanne Vaughn

we all pay to support the City and go there as well...we are St Louis!

Judy Z. Bellchamber
Judy Z. Bellchamber

Truly, Missourians are a friendly and supportive bunch~no matter what area they are from and proud of our St. Louis City landmarks and people....Peace~life really is too short to not live by the Golden Rule....Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (and yours).........

Donna Starkey
Donna Starkey

For my Indiana friends and family. This is Art Hill in Forest Park. A favorite for sledding !

Brenda Miller
Brenda Miller

Live 40 miles out, always wonder where these outlandish ideas come from, love each other, life is short!

Roxy Carol
Roxy Carol

Art hill is a love my family does every year but this one! All the kids moved and grand babies are to young. Soon we will be back!

Richard Q. Stephenson
Richard Q. Stephenson

Michael, you might be the least open minded one here. It is obvious you envy what you don't have, and mask that envy in fake superiority. You are not true St. Louis. You are a true jackass, though. A smug one at that.

Michelle Accardi
Michelle Accardi

Sleigh riding on Art Hill, remember those days well, wheres the fire at the top?

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

nice pic....it's warem by fire with coffee and bourbon

Diana Scism
Diana Scism

Are those stops at the bottom of the hill so you don't go into the water? Takes all the danger out of it.

Karyn Hernandez
Karyn Hernandez

i tough i was the only one that felt this way lol ....

thursday_leroux
thursday_leroux

I'm really disappointed that global warming would be something to love about St. Louis. That's not something to love. It's something to fear and fix or we won't have a planet to love at all.

Raquita Henderson
Raquita Henderson

you know what City folk are really good at? not being a douche to our county counterparts, who are all part of the beauty of St. Louis. We can be city proud with out being an ass about it right?

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