Welcome to St. Louis, Boston Red Sox Fans: 5 Tips for Getting Around

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Welcome! We're from the Midwest, so we'll be nice to you even while we secretly hate you.
Hello, and welcome to all you bearded, bean-eating Bostonians traveling to our fair city for Games Three, Four and Five of the World Series!

St. Louis has its quirks, and our Midwestern charm-slash-Catholic guilt won't allow us to leave you in the lurch as you try to get around. Because when you fly home after losing three straight games here in St. Louis, we want you to think, "At least St. Louis was a fun town!"

Here are five things you should know to have a great time in the Lou:

1. St. Louis is not as dangerous as the Internet says it is.
It seems like every few months, some Internet list names St. Louis the most dangerous city in America-slash-the-world. While St. Louis has its share of urban crime, you don't need to bring your gun. The calculations that go into crime rankings are inherently flawed and unfairly compare our city to larger metro areas. The reasons are complicated and have to do with the fact that St. Louis City is separate from St. Louis County, but we'd rather explain it to you with this rap:

2. The Arch is kind of bullshit.
We're anticipating a huge amount of hate mail from St. Louisans on this one, but all we mean is that there's more to visiting Mound City than riding the Oompa Loompa cars to the top of the Arch for a panoramic view of the nothingness that is East St. Louis, Illinois. The St. Louis skyline is more beautiful when it includes America's monument to Western expansion. If it's a view you want, we recommend 360, the rooftop bar at the Hilton at the Ballpark.

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The view of St. Louis' Downtown from the top of the Arch


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32 comments
Dave Brown
Dave Brown

People from Boston, please don't eat Imo's pizza. No matter what local hoosiers tell you, not everyone here eats it. Most of us think it's dreadful.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Don't go north of Delmar or MLK downtown 

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

what can we say; we do have some pigs in StL

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

The view from the train station IF it was still open !!

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

beautiful to look at but try climbing in the cars

Candace Hall
Candace Hall

I've always been a fan of the museum underneath more than the ride up and the view. And then, of course, there's laying underneath and watching it move...

Abbey Allred Wharton
Abbey Allred Wharton

I agree: The views of it are better than the views from it. No disrespecting the arch to say that.

Joan Reeves
Joan Reeves

What, you look at it, and that's all you need to do. You don't need to go near it.

Chet Logue
Chet Logue

bullshit, the arch is awesome! Learn to love your city, rft

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

If you ever went up in the arch you would know it is bullshit. beautiful in the city skyline, but they could shut down the elevators and fill the bottom with concrete for all i care.

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

totally agree about the arch. I think unless chuck is playing the duck room Blueberry Hill is a cluttered dump with bad bar food.

martiennemc
martiennemc

Let's not forget the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour! Free (and very interesting) tour as well as free beer! Oh, and parking is free!

mosesblah
mosesblah

Flying to STL Monday to catch game 5. Really looking forward to it! :)

js001
js001

"There's lots to do for free." Wrong. Maybe "There's lots to do that end users don't pay for but taxpayers do."

chrisward99
chrisward99 topcommenter

I would not suggest a Red Sox fan go to the 360 bar during the series. 1. It will be insanely, INSANELY, overcrowded. And 2. they are Sox fans. There is a parking garage roof across from the stadium that actually isn't bad to tailgate from.

Good article, Lindsay!

Francis Dean Stanley
Francis Dean Stanley

Be sure and tell them too to take the Metrolink Eastbound from the stadium, get off at the 5th and Missouri station... Once there, they should just take a leisurely stroll around the block...

Jennifer OHearn
Jennifer OHearn

This is great. Love that you included the City Museum. That's what I always tell people - don't get turned off by the word "museum".

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

"Eek! I saw a black guy! Waaahhh! Mommy!" Come to think of it, Boston is also filled with segregated assholes, too.

ellenthealien
ellenthealien

I live in Kansas City now, and the idea that it would be fair to compare the crime rates in the city limits of the two cities and consider the result meaningful is downright silly. The comparisons should be of equivalent areas to be meaningful. I don't think this article and the linked video really make the point well, though. That is, they don't really explain why the stats are unfair. Yeah, it says the city is separate from the county, but it doesn't explain the significance of that.

karencfig
karencfig

If you rent or have wheels, there's Lone Elk Park, where the elk + buffalo roam free while you drive thru.  Or the Science Center, a great place for kids + adults.  One of my all-time favorites to take out-of-town guests is the New Cathedral on Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End.

And guess what??  These are all FREE!


Couch Pig
Couch Pig

I forgot avoid the locals they are stupid drunk assholes

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

Grant's Farm for the kids; The Hill for Italian; and on and on and on

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

cheap shots will get u nowhere

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Use armed guards and avoid north stl

Barbara Kryvko
Barbara Kryvko

You lost me at "The Arch is kind of bullshit." I think that crosses the line of just putting anything in for a cheap laugh. What a crappy way to promote our city.

Kay Cross
Kay Cross

St. Louis is a fun city..whats ther to think we love coming a hundred miles to the zoo.

Lisa Apple
Lisa Apple

Take a tour of the recently restorated 1912 central library

Danyel Healey Moulden
Danyel Healey Moulden

Agreed! Though they SHOULD try to show up for some Ted Drewes Inc. after one of the games ;-) *wink*wink*

Rosanne Falbo
Rosanne Falbo

Read the article glad you didn't do the usual; CWE, Grants Farm, Ted Drewes, Bud Plant tour.

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