There are two types of blues during the winter in St. Louis, one holds a Stanley Cup and the other is a ‘wintery mix’ of cold and snow. To help keep spirits high until spring comes around, here are a few things to do around the Lou.
The recently reimagined Union Station is full of attractions fit for all ages. With the St. Louis Aquarium (1) having opened its doors on Christmas Day, the all-indoor facility invites you to explore aquatic creatures from near and far. If it is a nice, clear day, take advantage of the skyline views from the St. Louis Wheel (2).
Hungry? Union Station has three all new food concepts designed by Lawrence Group. The 1894 Café (3) is a family-friendly restaurant with a menu based on the cuisine of that enjoyed during the 1904 World’s Fair. Step into the Soda Fountain(4) to shop the full candy store section or try one of the many milkshake flavors (adult beverage upgrades optional). Looking for more of a date night option? The Train Shed (5) offers a rotating variety of taps and classic cocktails. Hint hint, Valentine’s Day is coming.
The Train Shed
Just down the road from Union Station lies the home of the St. Louis Blues, Enterprise Center (6). Hockey season is only about half over, so there is still plenty of time to snag tickets. If looking for a pre-game drink or a place to watch the action, check out The Note Bar (7). Paired with Vaya Con Dillas, you can have your fill of traditional bar food and brews or sip a margarita with a taco as a chaser. The two Lawrence Group designed restaurants share the same roof, making it easy to please everyone’s game day appetite.
The Note Bar
Gateway Arch National Park
Try to be within a few miles of downtown and keep yourself from saying, “There’s the Arch” as soon as a flash of silver comes into view. It is almost impossible. Recently dubbed a national park, the Gateway Arch (8) offers a classic photo opportunity. The new museum (9) is perfect for history buffs or those who want to want to calm their nerves before riding 630 feet up to the top.
View from Lawrence Group Headquarters
Second only to that of New Orleans, Mardi Gras in St. Louis (or Soulard to be exact) is a can’t miss celebration. Mark your calendars for February 22nd to see the Bud Light Grand Parade (10). You will get the experience of the all-out bead-throwing revelry without the half-day drive.
There is no shortage of things to do, places to see, restaurants to try or events in St. Louis during the winter. The city doesn’t go into hibernation like the bears at the zoo, so there is plenty of exciting opportunities for you to go out and explore (weather permitting, of course).