St. Louis Staycation: 7 Reasons Not to Leave for Vacation

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All photos by Caroline Yoo
Vacation + staying home = staycation.
You deserve a vacation.

But taking a vacation doesn't have to mean leaving St. Louis. After all, WalletHub's new study ranking the entertainment and expenses in 100 American cities found St. Louis is the thirteenth best city in America for a stay-at-home holiday.

Just because a city is a hot vacation destination doesn't mean it's good for a staycation. New York; Jacksonville, Florida; and San Antonio, Texas, all ranked in the bottom quartile in WalletHub's ranking of top staycation spots.

See also: 6 Ways to Spend Summer Making St. Louis a Better Place

"A staycation is all about exploring the place where you live and getting to enjoy the little things in life that you do not get to on a regular basis, things like going to the movies, fishing, hiking or checking out that new restaurant everyone is talking about," says Sasha Grabenstetter, economics educator at the University of Illinois Extension. "A staycation is the best way to get to know the place where you live better than before."

So if you need a break from the daily grind but you don't have the cash, time or ability to fly
out of town, here are seven reasons why St. Louis should be your staycation destination:

1. Museums

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Caroline Yoo
Get your culture on at the museum.
St. Louis has more inexpensive museums per capita than all but three major American cities -- New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia -- according to WalletHub's rankings. That's easy to believe since so many of the Lou's world class museums -- including the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum -- are totally free. Want to get your culture on this summer? Try visiting the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Kemp Auto Museum, the St. Louis Science Center or any of this city's other museums.

2. Maid Services

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Caroline Yoo
St. Louis is the ninth-cheapest city for hiring a professional maid service, something that might come in handy if scrubbing floors isn't your idea of a vacation but staying in a hotel is too expensive.

3. Tennis Courts

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Get your blood pumping and your backhand swinging at one of St. Louis' many outdoor tennis courts. WalletHub's study found St. Louis is the tenth best city in the U.S. for finding tennis courts nearby. No matter where in the metro region you live, the St. Louis Tennis League keeps an interactive map of tennis courts, clubs and stores for your staycation needs.

Staycation at the zoo and four more reasons to stay local on page two!


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26 comments
Shannon Nicole
Shannon Nicole

Corwin Gibson just doesn't know how to love a city. Every major city is dirty and crime ridden, you dont like it... change it. I think this city rocks.

Portia Robison Eggleston
Portia Robison Eggleston

Nope, I don't. One of my favorite cities to visit tho! I live in Jax, so don't even talk to me about crime!

Michael Andrew
Michael Andrew

I just want to know who made provel popular out here so I can take a time machine back and show them what Mozzarella is :)

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

South county. North county and most of the south side are bad. Sad.

Kelly O'Brien
Kelly O'Brien

It says zoos and aquariums and then no suggestions, says pools and no suggestions doesn't even say what pool that is a picture of. Who wrote this?

Joe Lampe
Joe Lampe

Stoopid article. You should name it "things you can find in any major city." Move Theaters?

Chris ToyMan McQuillen
Chris ToyMan McQuillen

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Karla Terhark
Karla Terhark

This article needs a follow up of best spas/hotels w/ pools etc with sample prices. The article as it as written now is fairly useless, I think we all know we have a free zoo

Corwin Gibson
Corwin Gibson

It's dirty....sorry. and crime ridden. Sad but true. Read the news :)

Stephanie Thorsten
Stephanie Thorsten

All of St. Louis is NOT! Some parts of the city and the county are, but it is in other states as well.

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