St. Louis is home to many world-class museums, the renowned St. Louis Zoo, and the impressive Missouri Botanical Garden with its popular butterfly exhibit. However, it’s also host to many lesser-known museums and wildlife attractions that are also well worth a visit. If you have visitors this spring, why not treat them to some of these quirky museums and adventures?
World Bird Sanctuary
Get up close and personal with eagles and other raptors at the World Bird Sanctuary. You’ll also learn about these awesome birds of prey during the demonstrations and wildlife talks. Special programs and events are available for a fee. (www.worldbirdsanctuary.org)
Address: 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Rd, Valley Park, MO
Phone: (636) 225-4390 ext. 1001
Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM daily
Cost: Free (including parking)
Lone Elk Park
After soaring with the eagles, drive next door for a more grounded animal experience. You can drive through herds of majestic elk and massive bison grazing in their natural environment. Just don’t get out of your vehicle for a selfie! These are wild animals and bison, in particular, can be quite crotchety when humans approach them on foot. Keep an eye out for wild turkeys and other wildlife, too. (www.stlouisco.com)
Address: 1 Lone Elk Park Rd, Saint Louis, MO
Hours: Sunrise to sunset every day
Cost: Free, although donations are greatly appreciated!
This giant playground of a museum lets people of any age feel like a kid. There are plenty of obstacles designed to challenge your inner child including four floors of slides, staircases, tunnels, and even a complete cave system to explore. This museum is all about art, architecture, and fun! (www.citymuseum.org)
Address: 750 N. 16th Street
Hours: Thurs. 9 AM – 5 PM, Fri. & Sat. 9 AM – 11 PM, Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM (Closed Mon. – Wed.)
Cost: $16 each (ages 3+), $14 on Friday and Saturday after 5 PM
The Magic House
Step through the doors of this gorgeous Victorian mansion and into a world of… magic! Journey through a fairy-tale, explore a child-size village, create arts and crafts at the Make-It Workshop, and more. Just don’t tell the kids they’re learning as they enjoy this magical place that’s been called “one of the top youth museums in the United States.” (www.magichouse.org)
Address: 516 S. Kirkwood Road
Hours: Hours vary so visit the website or call ahead for current hours.
Cost: $12.00 (1+), $11 (65+)
*Admission is free for active-duty military families (military ID holder and five immediate family members). The Museum also offers free admission to families (up to two adults and four children) from 5 to 8 PM every third Friday of the month.
Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis
Anyone fond of tiny things made with exquisite attention to detail will enjoy a visit to this museum packed full of dollhouses and other miniatures. (www.miniaturemuseum.org)
Address: 4746 Gravois Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Hours: 11 AM – 4 PM Wednesday thru Saturday, 1 PM – 4 PM Sunday
Cost: $7.00 (adults), $6.00 (seniors 62+ and students 13-18), $4.00 (4-12), free (under 4)
Active-duty military members are free with a military ID
* Receive $1 off each admission with a printed coupon.
National Blues Museum
Enjoy the fascinating history of this quintessential American musical art form at this museum dedicated to its rich traditions. (www.nationalbluesmuseum.org)
Address: 615 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO
Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM Tuesday – Saturday, 12 PM – 5 PM Sunday & Monday *Open until 8 PM on Fridays
Cost: $15 (adults), $12 (seniors 65+, retired or active-duty military), $10 (5 – 17, college students with school ID), free (under 5)
The Moto Museum
This museum is “a celebration of the form, function, evolution, and elegance of the motorcycle.” It showcases an astounding collection of motorcycles from around the world. (www.themotomuseum.com)
Address: Midtown Moto Complex (3441 Olive St, St. Louis, MO)
Phone: (314) 446-1805
Hours: 11 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday
Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum
This collection of vintage aircraft mainly dates to “The Golden Age of Flight” (approximately 1920 to 1939). Many of the planes in the ever-changing collection have historical significance in the St. Louis area. (www.historicaircraftrestorationmuseum.org)
Address: Dauster Flying Field, Creve Coeur Airport, Maryland Heights, MO
Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday (other days by appointment only)
Cost: $10.00 (adults), $5.00 (5 – 12), free (under 5)
St. Louis Aquarium
See the sea without leaving Missouri at the all-new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. Enjoy the river otters, thousands of species of fish and sharks, and more Union Station attractions. It’s the perfect family destination. (www.stlouisaquarium.com)
Address: 201 S 18th St, St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 923-3900
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday-Thursday, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Friday-Saturday
Get Ready to Go Exploring This Spring
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