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 NCAA Visitors Guide to St Louis Part 3
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Sun, Apr 3rd, 2005 5:04 pm

Well, it’s Sunday. Here's part III of the NCAA Tournament Visitor’s Guide to St. Louis.

I figure half of you are now setting in your hotel room pouting, waiting for the next miniaturized American Airlines plane to give you the 18 inches of seat space back to your riot strewn college town. But for those of you who still feel like exploring, and for those of you who didn’t trek up to Champaign for the day, here’s some things to do.

Culture; it’s a good thing, really.

THE GOOD…
St. Louis is a grand old city bursting with a lot of fine museums and other cultural things to do. However knowing that you are all beer drinking sports fans, I won’t waste a lot of time writing about them; I’m a realist.

However, the history museum does have a baseball exhibit going on, so that’s something. (Although I feel the urge to point out that the baseball exhibit going on during the basketball tournament is St. Louis’ way of reminding you that basketball is a second class sport to our city’s first love.

Take any guided tour of this city, and it’s bound to loop around Busch Stadium three or four times before ending up at the former site of Sportsman’s Park.)

My pick, however, would be the City Museum. Before you stop reading, the City Museum isn’t exactly a Museum. It’s really more like Salvador Dali on drugs. I was there on a Friday night (after midnight) a couple of weeks ago, and the place was filled with teenagers. What other Museum could boast of that? It’s a very hands-on, quirky, strange, yet compellingly fun place to visit. It’s also on Washington Street near the dome for those of you luck enough to get downtown hotel rooms.

Also in the downtown area is the Science Museum. It has an OmniMax Theater which is a great time after those free beer samples from the brewery tour. I would recommend the brewery tours as well, but I’m not sure if they run on Sunday- contact your hotel’s front desk for that.

Outside of those suggestions, downtown has a zoo, the arch (which you’ve probably already seen), and a really large park (since it is a nice day and all).

THE BAD…
What’s more exciting than spending your Sunday afternoon watching exciting Blues hockey? Well, pretty much everything, really.

But for those of you who love low-scoring, defense-oriented, keep-away Coach Q hockey, this is the year the Blues will finally NOT choke in the first round of the playoffs. For our town, that’s something anyway.

However if you get a chance, go over to the large train station (Union Station) near the Savvis Center and spend a buck or two on fudge or something. Those businesses are reeling from the loss of hockey and would be grateful for your support. (If you reread my first entry of this visitor’s guide, you will be reminded that you are obligated to spend money while visiting our fair town). Plus, there’s a Hooters.

THE UGLY…
Or in this case, the beautiful… There was a St Louis rock band decades ago whose name summed it all up- Head East.

For those of you who truly want to avoid culture, our near East Side (i.e. Illinois) is home to pretty much any vice you could want or hope for (legal or otherwise).

Get a copy of a newspaper called the Riverfront Times and page through the back sections to find what you want. If you want to keep it simple, right across the bridge is a town named Sauget (Pronounced SAW-jay, with a soft J- almost a Z sound) which is home to a bunch of 6am liquor licenses and the Sauget Ballet- i.e. strip clubs. I haven’t checked, but I’m sure they’re open for business on a Sunday with this much tourist $$$ in town. It's just the place for you 23 year old testosterone driven Michigan State fans to find solitude after yesterday's loss.

Now, if you are sick of hot dogs and “game food”, let me recommend some fine places to dine.

Soulard Area (down by the brewery).
There's a place on every corner.

Lagniappes (http://www.lanyaps.com) is one of my favorites. Try the Gorgonzola Steak.

1860’s Hardshell Café. The Red Beans and Rice are pretty good, although I can’t name the place I like better…

McGurks. Irish Stew. Mmmm...

Lafayette Square (near Soulard around Jefferson and I-44)
The Chocolate Bar. Something Chocolate.

Delmar Loop (see yesterday’s blog for directions).
Saleem’s. Assuming you like Garlic. Lot’s and lots of Garlic. It’s Kimberly’s favorite place to go.

Cicero’s. Good hardy Chicago-style pizza that’s hard to find in the thin-crust-loving world of St Louis.

I’ll stop there. Those places are all easily accessible from downtown. If you’re hotel is somewhere else, I guess you’re going to have to find your own place- or suffer through another #3 at Micky D's.

Sid

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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