Welcome to St. Louis, Boston Red Sox Fans: 5 Tips for Getting Around
|Photo by Rachael Macy/Saint Louis Zoo|
|Don't worry, Boston fans. Like this baby anteater, we've got your back!|
If you have World Series tickets and you flew here from the Northeast, then you may be on a budget. No problem: St. Louis is a great town for cheapskates. Just grab a cab or a bus to Forest Park to see the brand-new sea lion habitat at the St. Louis Zoo, the 21 galleries of largely unseen art now featured at the St. Louis Art Museum's newly opened East Wing and the exhibit on St. Louis' glory days, the 1904 World's Fair, at the Missouri History Museum -- all for free. If you're really strapped for cash, we recommend bringing a picnic to the zoo. You can buy your beer there.
4. The Loop is not Downtown.
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Delmar Boulevard, a.k.a the Loop, is one of America's 10 Greatest Streets, with enough shops, restaurants and buskers to keep you busy all day. But it's not our downtown. In fact, technically, it's not even in the city of St. Louis (see No. 1). It's in University City, home of Washington University, in St. Louis County. If you're spending the day here on the street of Daily RFT's headquarters, we recommend ordering the toasted ravioli, mushrooms and a spreadable cheddar burger at St. Louis (er, University City) institution Blueberry Hill.
5. The City Museum is not a "museum."
Part playground, part funhouse, part surrealistic museum and part architectural marvel, the City Museum is easily St. Louis' most thrilling attraction. There's a ten-story slide, a Ferris wheel on the roof, a giant ball pit and so much more. Designed largely with found or salvaged industrial objects (including planes and a school bus), the museum is filled top to bottom with fun and adventure. We recommend wearing close-toed shoes and clothing you can move in.
There's lots more to know! St. Louisans, leave your (PG-13 rated) suggestions in the comments.