20 Reasons to Love Winter in St. Louis


15. Winter hikes -- Here's a contrarian position: The best time to go for a hike in the Midwest is the winter, not the summer. You don't have to worry about mosquitoes and other bloodsuckers (we're looking at you, ticks), and the leafless trees provide hidden vistas you don't see in other seasons. Such is the case at Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County which affords stunning views of the Mississippi River this time of year.

16. Soulard Mardi Gras -- Boobs! Beer! Beads! Tens of thousands of your St. Louis brethren! What's not to love about the nation's second-biggest Mardi Gras celebration?

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Dancin' in the streets: Soulard Mardi Gras 2012

17. Brunch among the paperwhites at Cafe Osage -- Walk into Cafe Osage, the restaurant attached to Bowood Farms in the Central West End (4605 Olive Street; 314-454-6868) and the scent hits you like a perfumed-soaked boxing glove to the face. The smell of glorious paperwhites is so intoxicating, so heavenly, that you won't know which is better: the aroma of the flowers or your order of eggs, potatoes and sausage.

18. Hot chocolate at Kakao -- Hot chocolate is a winter staple, but the sweet and divine syrup served up at Kakao (2301 S. Jefferson Avenue and 7272 Manchester) transforms the beverage into a treat like none other.

19. Saint Louis Symphony at Powell Hall -- Everyone needs an elegant event to attend a few times a year. Thankfully, we have our world-renowned symphony and stately concert hall to scratch that itch. Gentleman, dust off your suit. Ladies, find your pearls and furs, and everyone make their way to Grand Center for one of the symphony's many Friday and Saturday night shows this winter.

20. Penguin Parade at the Saint Louis Zoo -- Sundays at 2 p.m. during the winter the zoo opens up its penguin enclosures to allow its most dapperly dressed residents to march waddle along the pedestrian pathways.

Bonus: Awkward holiday greetings from television news stations



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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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