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Best Local Scene in St. Louis

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St. Louis Ballpark Village

Located north of the Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village is an exciting entertainment and dining district. These seven blocks have great bars, restaurants, and attractions. Visit during the morning for a brunch or perhaps a Yoga Session, then hit a sports bar for a beer while watching the game, and finally see a country singer's concert at a small bar. Seven blocks have never been so packed with entertainment!

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Benton Park

The oldest remaining "private place" in the city (private place meaning, in St. Louis, an upscale, limited-access street with interesting architecture and zoning restrictions), Benton Place was laid out in 1868 as part of the developing Lafayette Square neighborhood. Its dozen or so houses, framed by four massive residences at its entrance, are mostly in the Second Empire Mansard style. A derelict street of rooming houses some 30 years ago, it is today the most fashionable street in once-again-fashionable Lafayette Square. The private homes are not open to the public, but visitors can feel free to enjoy a walk through the neighborhood.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Soulard

Soulard is one of the oldest neighborhoods in all of St. Louis and is known for its beautiful French-style heritage buildings. The neighborhood gets its name from the French Revolution refugee, Antoine Soulard who was the first person to begin development in this area. Aside from its historic buildings, the place is also renowned for its many restaurants, pubs and bars. Live music gigs are hosted at many of these venues and pub crawls are as popular among the tourist crowd as heritage walks in this area. While here, check out the neighborhood's farmer's market which is one of the oldest such establishments in the entire state.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Emerson Children's Zoo (St. Louis Zoo)

Naked mole rats, meerkats, fennec foxes, and Matschie's Tree Kangaroos are only a few of the animals one can watch and love on at the Emerson Children's Zoo. This attraction is one of the few in the zoo that visitors must pay to enter, but it's worth it. Sure, anyone can watch animals from a distance, but at this zoo, visitors can actually play with the animals! For example, the kid goats are particularly frisky and enjoy being fed, but be careful, they will try to eat your shirt! All the animals in this area are the puppy versions, so their ferocity is at a minimum. However, be respectful, since these are still animals with minds of their own. - Cathryn D. Blue

St. Louis, MO, United States
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The Living World,

The Living World attraction is the welcoming area at the North Entrance of the famous St. Louis Zoo. Regardless of the entrance one takes, The Living World is a must visit area of the zoo as it features all the information one needs to understand what the zoo holds. Moreover, there is historical information about Missouri and the ecosystem, as well as current explanations of the natural phenomena that one can behold in real time. This futuristically designed building hosts lectures and classes, as well as occasional events. Stop by the visitor's desk to find out everything The Living World has to offer. - Cathryn D. Blue

St. Louis, MO, United States
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St. Louis Walk of Fame

Built-in 1988, this University City attraction contains more than 80 brass and bronze stars celebrating people who were born in or lived in St. Louis, making an impact on the city's cultural heritage. Stars such as Maya Angelou, John Goodman, Tina Turner, Betty Grable and Yogi Berra are included in this tribute to St. Louis history. Inductions of new stars are held yearly. The goal of this organization is to educate as well as to share the accomplishments of the honorees. The walk is open year-round and is free to the public.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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