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A Day in St. Louis

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Enterprise Center

Enterprise Center is a place that offers a little something for everyone. Sports fans and fun seekers must visit this glass and steel marvel of a building. This venue is the home of the St. Louis Blues NHL hockey team. The arena often hosts a variety of large arena concerts featuring top-tier performers such as Justin Timberlake, Drake, Bruno Mars, and Pink, to name a few. Apart from concerts, Enterprise Center has also played host to a wide range of comedy and other performing arts events featuring popular names like Jeff Dunham and Impractical Jokers improv group of Tru TV fame.

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Wainwright Building

Now serving as quarters for government offices, this building is known worldwide to architecture students as the forerunner of skyscraper construction. Drive by to see this 11-storey building, which was designed by famed architect Louis H. Sullivan using steel supports. Taking its name from Elias Wainwright, the affluent St. Louis businessman who commissioned the design, this structure ranked as the world's most modern building upon its completion in 1892. A floral terra cotta exterior enhances the building with designs that vary from floor to floor, giving it an old-fashioned charm.

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City Museum

Located in a former shoe manufacturing building, this museum will satisfy both the young and the young-at-heart. With three floors of interesting, educational and fun-filled rooms, it is one of the best downtown attractions. The museum is run by a group of artists and professionals who together produce an awe-inspiring array of exhibits. Feel the authenticity of the multilevel enchanted caves, the architectural museum and the giant aquarium.

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St. Louis Union Station

Once a bustling hub of railway activity, this station has been renovated to restore its stunning architecture, and it is now a busy attraction for tourists and locals. People flock here to eat at the different restaurants, shop in the marketplace and enjoy free entertainment events. There is a lake, complete with fish and turtles, where you can ride a paddleboat. Kids of all ages will be delighted with the carousel and Ferris wheel. A 10-screen movie theater is also on site, and the station plays host to many events and festivals throughout the year.

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Old Courthouse

The exhibits at the Old Courthouse, most of which are actual models or historic items rather than mere text or photographs, date back to 1764, at which time the St. Louis region was a French fur trading port. Other exhibits come from eras ranging from colonial times on up to the 20th century. The Old Courthouse served as an actual courthouse from the mid-19th century up until 1930.

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Gateway Arch

Completed in October 1965 the Gateway Arch was designed to last 1,000 years. The Arch was built to represent Thomas Jefferson's dream of a United States that stretched from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast. At a spectacular 630 feet (192 meters), the monumental structure features a stainless steel facade that represents the city's legacy as the Gateway to the West. A tram zips to the top of the monument and one can see 360-degree views for 30 miles (48 kilometers) around the city. The Arch stands within the larger Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and is a testament to American engineering at its finest.

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Scott Joplin House

Discover the home of a musical legend, Scott Joplin, who's credited with the popularization of Ragtime music from 1895 to 1918. Joplin lived in St. Louis for nine years and spent two of them living in this historic home with his wife, Belle Haden. During that time, Joplin wrote and published eight songs, including his most famous, "The Entertainer". As part of the restoration, a piano with his sheet music was installed for visitors to enjoy. Today the home is listed as a National Historical Landmark with daily guided tours.

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The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Seating up to 4500, this venue is a historical landmark as well as an events hall. Originally one of the most extravagant of William Fox's theaters, this facility was privately restored in 1981. Past productions have included Les Misérables, Parsons Dance Company, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. View the wall of famous signatures, the 5,000-pound chandelier in the auditorium and the gilded throne chairs in the lobby. Tours are also available of this magnificent cultural space on select days.

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Anheuser-Busch Brewery

This brewery is one of the most famous in the whole world, and certainly in the United States. Since 1855, the brewery has been producing America's favorite Budweiser beer along with other Anheuser-Busch brews, and also houses the renowned Budweiser Clydesdales. Tours leave around every 15 minutes to see the process of how this domestic brew is made.

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Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Opened in 2001, the Pulitzer has grown into an institution with an international reputation. Through changing exhibitions, world-renowned architecture by Tadao Ando and innovative programming, the Pulitzer serves as a place of both experimentation and reflection for artists, scholars, students and the general public. Each exhibition at the Pulitzer strongly relates the art to the architecture, instead of emphasizing an art historical narration or presenting works from a specific collection. A personal experience with the artwork is a key aspect of the visit; therefore there are no labels to detract from an immediate aesthetic experience. The Pulitzer is free and open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Contemporary Art Museum

Located near Grand Center, the Contemporary Art Museum provides a unique artistic experience for the art lovers. The architecture of the building is loft-like with winding staircases, polished cement floors, and a sterile appearance, complete with white walls and straight lines that accentuate modern appeal. Exhibits on the floor are often representative of impressionistic, abstract and unusual creative feats. Most of the displays have a socially relevant story behind them. Gallery openings are always fun as the featured musicians and hor's d' oeuvres can be as otherworldly as the exhibits themselves. Make a trip to visit the museum or schedule a group tour.

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Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum houses the entire past and present of the state in one building. You'll never run out of things to do - independent film screenings, interesting exhibits and concerts that are always going on. Engage in the stimulating programs offered to interact and learn with each other. Don't forget to visit the "Seeking St. Louis," exhibit to travel through two centuries of history in this booming city. Admission is free, so bring your family and friends for an educational and fun day out without breaking the bank.

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