Squeezed? Aren’t we all. St. Louis feels your pain and has the cure: 11 outstanding family-friendly attractions with free admission (although you may pay for parking and special exhibits/activities). In no particular order:
The city’s premier and comprehensive repository of art, with exceptional holdings in American art, contemporary German art and pre-Columbian art.
One of the best in the U.S. Be sure to visit Sea Lion Sound, The River's Edge and the Insectarium. And look at those flamingoes!
700+ exhibits on all things scientific, plus giant-screen movies and tons of interactive stuff.
The perfect place to begin exploring St. Louis, loaded with little-known facts and fascinating artifacts.
Sculptures by internationally known artists and get-wet water features at 8th and Market, downtown.
World-class sculptures in and out of the woods on 105 acres. Bring your dog, have a picnic, hike to heart's content.
Beautiful in and out, and a great history museum. History happened here, too, like the original suit filed on behalf of slave Dred Scott, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court and helped foment the Civil War.
Animals, animal shows, animal rides and a tram ride through the 160-acre park. Plenty of refreshments, too.
Barnyard animals up close, canine demonstrations, hayloft play area: a kid's dream come true.
Surprisingly optimistic look at the unthinkable. The Jewish persecution before and during WWII and the establishment of Israel are ably chronicled.
A generous helping of Civil War history and more at the homestead where Ulysses Grant lived on and off during his adult life.