St. Louis! Kennelwood Pet Resort staff share 10 favorite places to visit in their hometown
In October, IBPSA presents its Sixth Annual Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show in St. Louis, Missouri. History tells us that the city was founded in 1764 by French fur traders and named after Louis IX of France. Interesting to be sure. It’s also famously home to Anheuser-Busch. Who doesn’t love those Budweiser Clydesdales commercials? But we wanted the real inside scoop, the skinny, the lowdown on The Lou. So we asked our friends at Kennelwood Pet Resorts in St. Louis for their insider tips for what to see and do and they delivered.
Presenting the Kennelwood staff’s 10 favorite places to visit in their hometown.
1) St. Louis Gateway Arch. On the Mississippi riverfront, downtown. Ride to the top of the arch ― $13 for adults and $10 for ages 3-15. The museum inside the arch has been completely renovated. For more information call 1-877-982-1410.
2) Busch Stadium. 420 S. 8th Street, downtown. Even when there are no games scheduled, the stadium is a fun place to go. Tours are given and right across the street is Ballpark Village with a baseball museum, several restaurants and bars, and giant screen TVs showing sports games.
3) Forest Park. Off of I-64 and Hampton Ave. Many acres of green space, public golf course, museums, zoo, and entertainment.
- a) St. Louis Zoo. One of the top zoos in the nation. Free admission. Parking available on the street for free or $15 for the parking lot. Take the Zoo Railroad around the park. Several restaurants are available.
- b) St. Louis Art Museum. World class art museum with many special exhibits throughout the year.
- c) Louis Science Center. Free Admission. Exhibit topics include life-size dinosaurs, ecology, space travel, planetarium, plants, and farm animals.
- d) Forest Park Boat House. Paddle boats are for rent and a restaurant overlooks the lake.
4) Missouri Botanical Gardens. 4344 Shaw Ave. For those who are not residents of St. Louis city or the county, admission is $ 8, but children 12 and under are free. A beautiful garden to stroll around with miles of sidewalks.
5) The Delmar Loop. Voted one of the “10 Great Streets in America”. The Loop offers six blocks of one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, art galleries, live music, café culture, and the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
6) Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. This 80 year old outside frozen custard stand is a “must go to” place in St. Louis.
7) Any restaurant on “The Hill”. The Hill is the Italian section of town. Yogi Berra grew up here. The Hill features authentic Italian bakeries, grocery stores, and restaurants.
8) Grant’s Farm. 10501 Gravois Ave. Free admission. Parking is $13. Take a tram ride or walk around the property, seeing over 100 types of animals. You can feed goats, see an elephant show, monkeys, kangaroos, and much more.
9) Magic House. 516 Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood. $10 admission. This is a very large, hands-on children’s museum but also interesting and fun for adults.
10) Purina Farms. 500 William Danforth Dr., Gray Summit, MO 63039. Free admission. A demonstration farm with various breeds of cows, horses, sheep, chickens, and pigs with petting areas. Several dog shows and many special dog exhibits and arenas.