#1 City Museum – My SIL kept telling me we needed to stop by the City Museum, during our stay. I hesitated because generally speaking, my kids don’t love museums. After looking the place up online, I decided this was no ordinary museum. My kids can tell you the St. Louis City Museum is one awesome place to visit. We could seriously spend all day here, and felt badly we couldn’t.
City Museum was designed and built by an artist, and you can tell at every turn. Everything is a work of art, but can also be climbed on. I couldn’t spot anything that wasn’t climbable. Between a giant fiberglass whale you can climb through, a trees you can slide down, and the massive ball pit to be jumped in, this place is nothing short of unique and incredible. Keith and the kids rode the rooftop ferris wheel while I mustered up the courage to master the rooftop slide. Then the whole gang tackled the 10 story slide, which ended in what looked like caves and caverns with a semi-creepy sounding organ playing in the background.
I can’t explain this museum better than the museum themselves:
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.
Cassilly and his longtime crew of 20 artisans have constructed the museum from the very stuff of the city; and, as a result, it has urban roots deeper than any other institutions’. Reaching no farther than municipal borders for its reclaimed building materials, City Museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes!
I really can’t say enough about City Museum because it was a blast. In addition to all the fun to be had, be sure to check out the snow cones and other yummy treats around the building.
If you seek more high adventure, head outside the first floor and climb the steep rebar cages/tunnels to get to the suspended airplanes and many slides throughout the area.
As you can see, there isn’t a shortage of fun in St. Louis. These are just some highlights, and what I think are probably the coolest stops you could make. To find out about where our family of 6 stayed, read my post on spectacular family accommodations in St. Louis.