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5 Reasons to Visit St. Louis - #FunnestFamily



This year has been dedicated as our year of travel and so far we've been off to a great start. With the summer right around the corner and the kids officially out of school, I've been thinking of places to see and things to do. Last summer, after one of our road trips we passed through beautiful St. Louis and that photo you see above is the photo that we took while driving on the highway. Not me, of course, but I did hand my phone to my daughter so she could get a photo for me since she was in the passenger seat. St. Louis has always fascinated me and today I want to share with you my top 5 reasons why I want to visit St. Louis.


1. Visit the Build-A-Bear Workshop Headquarters.

This has always been my main reason for visiting. I've been a fan of Build-A-Bear Workshop for years and their headquarters is located in St. Louis. We have had birthday parties, made bears, met professional baseball players and more. I have not only collected bears over the years, but whenever I visit a new place I try and get their exclusive bear. So it would behoove me to visit their headquarters and meet their Chief-in-Bear. St. Louis here I come!

2. Get Up Close to the Gateway Arch

While I was able to see the arch from a distance, I would love to be able to get a closer view and get my picture taken at the foot of the arch. I'm told that you can take a 630-foot ride to the very top and behold the beauty that is St. Louis. While I'm not a fan of heights, sometimes you have to overcome your fear and live. This is a once in a lifetime experience and just like skydiving, I have to do this!


3. Visit the St. Louis Zoo

We are big fans of zoos and wherever we travel, we always make it our business to visit the local zoo. The photo above is Madison at the London Zoo in the UK. Not only are zoos learning experiences, but they are fun to visit. The St. Louis Zoo has been recognized as one of the nation's leading zoological parks. With so much to see and do, including the kids petting zoo and Interactive Stingray Pool, I'm sure that we will have lots of fun there, and best of all it is absolutely free, well except for a few events. Every other Zoo that I've gone to has always required an admission fee so this is an added bonus.

4. Sample all the Delicious Food they Have to Offer

I love to eat and you can't really tell because I carry my weight well, but on my most recent trip to the UK I gained 25lbs because all I did was eat. I'm looking forward to putting on another 25 more in St. Louis because I've been told that they have some amazing cuisine. I'm a New Yorker and there's nothing quite like a New York pizza, however I've heard that they have a St. Louis style thin crust pizza that comes smothered in Provel cheese. Oh yummy! And there's also a mouth watering gooey butter cake, talk about heaven on earth!  I can't wait to sample every food that they have to offer.


5. I want to Shop Till I Drop

You may have noticed that I mentioned that I'm a New Yorker and the one thing the city of New York is known for is, is their fashion. When you think fashion, you think London, Paris and of course you think New York! However, St. Louis is known to have some very high end shops littered throughout the city. There I can find vintage-inspired clothing and one of a kind treasures that will not only delight my senses but my home as well. I can either find them at independent stores or at one of their many malls and shopping centers. I can't wait to shop till I drop!

Now, while those are my reasons for visiting there are so much more to see and do in St. Louis. St. Louis is very family friendly, with attractions and fun stuff to do, a little bit of everything for everyone so to speak. There is Six Flags of which we are season pass holders, museums and so much more. You might even be able to take in a baseball game or two of their home team, the Cardinals.


And if my reasons don't make you want to visit St. Louis, the beautiful city of St. Louis is having a #FunnestFamily contest. From now until June 30th, 2016, all you have to do is share your family's funnest picture or video with #FunnestFamily hashtag on Instagram, Twitter or on the Explore St. Louis Facebook page. One lucky winner will receive weekend of fun in St. Louis for the entire family. So what are you waiting for? Check out St. Louis today!

Let's discuss: Have you ever been to St. Louis? 

Annmarie John
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  1. My husband used to be stationed near there and loved that area. He talks about going back all the time.

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    1. You should go back with him. I've only driven through but I would love to visit myself as well.

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  2. I keep meaning to visit St Louis. I know we are in driving distance so I've been thinking about taking a road trip! Looks like there are so many things that we as a family can do!

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    1. Oh if I lived within driving distance I'd definitely be there by now. What are you waiting for?

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  3. Awesome! The Build-A-Bear Workshop Headquarters got me. Makes me want to visit St. Louis because I love bears! And oh, your little girl is so adorable. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Maria. That's always been the first thing I think about whenever I hear the word St. Louis.

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  4. I didn't know the Build-A-Bear headquarters was in St. Louis. As soon as my grandkids could walk, I took them all to build their personalized stuffed animal. I would love to see the headquarters.

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    1. Oh yes the Bearville headquarters is in St. Louis. We just love Build-A-Bear ourselves too.

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  5. I have been up in the arch! What an experience. It can be a bit scary in those tiny elevators that are used to take you to the top, but I am so glad I overcame my fear.

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    1. Oh Rachel, I can just imagine. My thing is when going up I always think that whatever can happen will happen to me. I'm always pretty ok once on the ground.

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  6. Never have been, but all of the reasons above, especially Build-A-Bear for my girls would make this a perfect vacation spot. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You're very welcome Janine. Build-A-Bear is really my main reason for wanting to go.

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  7. For me, it's a big matter of not having been there - and I have wanderlust. I have this strange memory of seeing the Arch (not up close) but it may have been a dream. I'd love to get there someday. And for the zoo!

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    1. Oh most definitely Tamara, the arch is definitely on my list and the zoo! Most definitely the zoo!

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  8. I know St. Louis has great food and awesome thrift shops. It's definitely on my list to visit.

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    1. I've heard the same thing too and that's one of the reason why I want to visit myself.

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  9. I am heading to St. Louis for the first time later this year. I will be thrifting and I will definitely checkout Build-A-Bear for my kids.

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    1. Oh that's amazing! Wish I could tag along with you.

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  10. I've never been to St. Louis but it's on my bucket list! My girls would love to visit the Build-A-Bear headquarters!

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    1. Your girls and me! It is definitely on my list of places to visit.

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  11. Well you've convinced me to visit. I'd love to visit the zoo and try all of the food I wouldn't get around here.

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    1. I convinced myself a long time ago and I remember when driving through, we stopped at the IKEA along the highway, but it was in the process of being built. Hopefully when we go back it will be done.

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  12. My sister has been there and I must say after reading this post, I'd like to go too!

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    1. We should plan a trip with our kids. I'd definitely go with you. I'm sure Gabby and Madison will have tons of fun.

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  13. I'd love to visit St. Louis. It sounds like there are a lot of things to see and do there. I'd really enjoy going there with the whole family for a vacation!

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    1. Oh you and me both and I'm already planning on when we're going to go.

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  14. St. Louis sounds like a fun place to visit. We have never been near there but would love to visit some time.

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    1. Oh you are definitely a lot closer than I am so you can certainly visit sooner if you drive. I'm trying to find the perfect time to visit.

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  15. St. Louis sounds like a great place to go with family. The Build-a-Bear HQ is definitely worth checking out!

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    1. Oh it most certainly is. I'm planning on taking my family.

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  16. I've never been to St. Louis, but I would love to go! And that last pic is SO funny!! Love it :-)

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    1. Thank you Megan. She was being silly at the aquarium.

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  17. Now these are great reasons to visit St. Louis. It's been on my bucket list for a long time!

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    1. It's been on my bucket list for years myself too and I just have to make it happen.

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  18. I don't travel and hope to become more of a traveler sooner rather then later. St. Louis sounds like an amazing place to visit and I think it is something Jaiden would love! I have to shamefully admit, I have never been to Build-A-Bear. =( Oops.

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    1. Oh my goodness Amanda, you have to go to Build-A-Bear workshop. You are going to love it. You don't know what you're missing out on.

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  19. There are just so many places that I have never been. It looks like there are a lot of fun things to do there.

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    1. Oh yes there is. St. Louis is definitely family friendly.

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  20. I have to admit that the only thing I know about St. Louis is the Gateway Arch. You mentioned shopping, do they have a low sales tax? do they have generous outlet stores there?

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    1. Oh I've only heard about their shopping and since I've never personally been there I couldn't tell you about their state taxes, but they do have outlet stores.

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  21. I've never seen the arch and it's something I'd really like to do sometime. The Build a Bear Workshop could probably be fun as well, I'm sure Spencer would love it.

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    1. Kids do love Build-A-Bear Workshop and I've seen the arch but would love to see it up close and personal.

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  22. I've never been there in St. Louis but I love to go especially the Build-A-Bear. My sister and I really love bears, St. Louis sounds like an amazing place to visit. I will add this on my bucket list :D

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    1. We love going there ourselves Melody so that's why knowing that their main headquarters is there, makes me want to visit even more.

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  23. I'm pretty sure it will be a fun trip and Madison will enjoy it. I love visiting zoos, as well. Oh, that Build-A-Bear! I want to try that one, too!

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    1. I'm pretty sure that it will be and I can't wait to experience it myself. Hopefully very soon.

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  24. I've never been to ST.Louis before but I love to see that Arch up close. I bet it's amazing to view!

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    1. I'm pretty sure that it must be. Even from a distance it was spectacular.

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  25. I would love to see the gateway arch. I would also love to visit the Zoo.

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    1. Oh I'd love to see them both, but the zoo more than the arch.

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  26. St Louis is a promising place to visit. I am glad that they have a place for the kids, that's good!

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    1. Most of the cities have things for kids to do and St. Louis is no exception.

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  27. Only if St. Louis is that easy to access, why won't I join? I certainly agree of your reasons and what I consider that top among the reasons you have is the Build-A-Bear Workshop Headquarters!!! I am not sure but here in local, we have this particular shop that does too. I will give a try of checking the mall to see the name of the shop.

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    1. I'm not entirely sure I understood what you were trying to say but the Build-A-Bear Workshop headquarters is a great reason to visit.

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  28. This reminds me so much of the song! I bet it's a nice place to take the family too. Aside from the fun activities for the kids like building a bear or going to the zoo, I'm sure I'll love this place because of the food. That's one of the best things to do when you're visiting a place, trying their local food!

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    1. I've never been there but I've heard quite a lot of good things about St. Louis and I can't wait for us to visit one day.

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  29. Build a bear? That must be fun. Last time I had a teddy was probably a decade ago!!!

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    1. Oh it's absolutely amazing and you should pay them a visit. I went to the one in London and loved it.

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  30. You had me at number 1! Sure I'm already an adult, but I'd still love to go to the Build-a-Bear headquarters!

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    1. Oh who doesn't love stuffed bears? Even I had an obsession as an adult. I'm sure you'd enjoy it if you went. :)

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  31. ive never heard of st louis. i still need to visit more places in america. ive only been once

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    1. Oh yes then you most certainly have to visit more places and may I recommend St.Louis? Maybe we can visit together. :)

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