One of my (and, I’m sure, many others’) favorite things in St. Louis has to be the City Museum. This previous weekend was my first adventure there, and I have to say that I was absolutely … well, stunned and overwhelmed.
The “museum” (more like a giant playground) was enormous. I definitely didn’t get to see every single thing in there, and I stayed for well over five hours. The tickets cost $16 + $5 for rooftop access (which was very worth it), and considering just how big this place was and how many things there were to do there, I can conclusively say that the experience was worth every penny.
From an airplane suspended in air to the skull of a giant dragon, there were 11 floors of endless random (and yet oddly complimentary) exhibits that I could climb over/crawl through/venture into. Yes, occasionally, one would have to get on one’s hands and knees to crawl or squeeze through a blob-shaped crevice. I would dress in very comfortable clothing before going (a very difficult lesson that I learned).
On the uppermost floor is a 10-story slide that takes you all the way down to the first floor. Unfortunately, the line was so long when I was there that I didn’t want to ride it, but from the shrieks of excited children and adults alike who were riding, I did feel a twinge of FOMO.
The rooftop, however, was my favorite part. As mentioned before, it was $5 more, but definitely worth the extra cash. A Ferris wheel, more slides, a school bus tipping over the edge of the building, and a giant praying mantis (yes, a giant praying mantis) were among the best things to see. You could also overlook a good amount of the surrounding St. Louis area from up that high, which, I believe, is a rare opportunity.
I’m glad that I got to experience one of St. Louis’s great wonders. Of course, I think I’ll have to return someday to pick up where I left off. After all, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about St. Louis, it’s this: there may be things here that you’ve never seen/done before, but there’s nothing here that you only see/do once. 🙂