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

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4. Zoos and Aquiariums

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Caroline Yoo
WalletHub ranked St. Louis at No. 14 when it comes to the number of zoos and aquariums in the area, but that's only because the site measured the quantity, not quality, of zoos. St. Louis has a crown jewel of a zoo in Forest Park, the Saint Louis Zoo, and just in time for summer staycations, there's even a new baby camel.

See also: Presley the Camel Born at Saint Louis Zoo, Named After Father, Elvis

5. Spas

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Getting pampered can be part of a successful staycation. Of the 100 cities measured by WalletHub, St. Louis is the 24th best city for finding affordable spas, wellness centers and beauty salons. Honolulu, Orlando and Las Vegas ranked highest on the list of cities with the best spas.

6. Golf Courses

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Caroline Yoo
Play on the green without spending much green. St. Louis ranks No. 26 out of 100 for the number of public golf courses per capita.

7. Swimming Pools

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Caroline Yoo
Dip your feet into a pool, feel the sun on your skin and pretend you're in Florida, California or even a Mediterranean beach. St. Louis ranked 31 out of 100 for best cities with access to swimming pools.

Bonus. Movie Theaters

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Caroline Yoo
Catching a flick is a sure way to cool off from the summer's heat, but a ticket can cost you in St. Louis. WalletHub's findings said St. Louis ranks No. 62 out of 100 for the cost of a movie ticket. Maybe we'll stick to Wehrenberg's Summer Series and see some family-friendly films for $1 each.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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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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