Here is St. Louis

See what makes SLU's hometown such a great place to live, learn and have fun.

By SLU Staff Writers

Saint Louis University's location in St. Louis, Missouri puts you close to anything and everything you like to do.

"The Arch" — St. Louis Gateway Arch. The massive shiny structure welcomes you to the city, reminds you of St. Louis' status as the "Gateway to the West" and invites you to see the view from the top. If you only have time to visit one attraction, do the Arch. The grounds below the Arch and the museum are both under construction, but the Arch is still open. You can buy tickets to the top at the Old Courthouse just a few blocks west. 

Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Tour the historic building where Adolphus Busch manufactured the "King of Beers." 

Busch Stadium, the Edward Jones Dome and the Scottrade Center. St. Louis is often called one of the nation's best sports cities. Enjoy the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, St. Louis Blues hockey team and St. Louis Rams football team at the aforementioned venues in downtown St. Louis.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The "New Cathedral" is about a mile from the Saint Louis University campus and contains the largest collection of mosaics in the world, some 83,000 square feet of encrusted domes, ceilings, arches and walls. Take a tour or attend Mass.  

Citygarden. One of St. Louis' newest landmarks is Citygarden, a two-block oasis in the shadows of downtown's high-rises. Walk amid lush landscaping and world-class modern sculpture, get your feet wet in the "spray plaza" or people-watch from the glass-walled gourmet café.

City Museum. Don't let the name fool you -- this isn't your typical museum. The City Museum is a wonderland for "big kids," with seven-story slides, dizzying jungle gyms and maze-like caverns, most constructed from the city's reclaimed building materials: old bricks, salvaged metal and even abandoned planes.

Forest Park. The beautiful 1,371 acres of Forest Park house the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, The Muny Amphitheatre and the Jewel Box greenhouse -- not to mention a golf course, tennis courts, a skating rink, and trails for biking, rollerblading and more.  

Grand Center. Just steps away from Saint Louis University, the Grand Center arts district of St. Louis is home to an array of theatres, museums, restaurants and more. Watch a touring Broadway musical, listen to the world-class St. Louis Symphony Orchestra or enjoy a contemporary art exhibit.

Mississippi Riverfront. A touristy area where you can bike, dine, shop, take a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River and visit the Laclede's Landing Wax Museum. Some areas will be closed for construction until 2017, but there is still plenty that is open.

Missouri Botanical Gardens. The 79 acres of the Missouri Botanical Gardens provide wonderful opportunities for leisurely strolls through rose gardens, the Japanese Garden and more.  

Old Courthouse. The Greek Revival-style courthouse now serves as the home to historic exhibits and the film, The Gateway to the West. The Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and is serving as the temporary ticketing and visitor's center while the Gateway Arch museum is under construction.

Great neighborhoods for dining, shopping and people-watching include The Hill, the Central West End, the University City Loop, where you'll find the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and the historic Soulard neighborhood -- home to the country's second largest Mardi Gras celebration and an open-air farmer's market.

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