Family Fun near Downtown St. Louis
The Saint Louis Zoo is considered by many to be one of the most outstanding zoos in the United States. The Saint Louis Zoo began in 1910, and today, the zoo is home to over 18,000 animals. The zoo is grouped into several distinct sections including Discovery Corner, Red Rocks and River's Edge. Big Cat Country is a popular area at the zoo where visitors can see Amur tigers and jaguars among the other big cats on display. The River's Edge area has a 33,000 gallon aquarium containing fish native to the Missouri River. There is also a special children's zoo section. The daily Sea Lion Show is one of the highlights of any zoo visit. The Saint Louis Zoo is open every day except Christmas and New Year's Day.
The Magic House is the name of Saint Louis' children's museum founded in 1979. The goal of the museum's founders was to provide interactive learning to inspire children's imaginations. One of the highlights is the Children's Village exhibit that allows children to work on a pretend car, catch fish and work in a grocery store. The Kid's Construction Zone lets children build small buildings with a variety of safe building materials. In addition to the permanent exhibits, there are several special exhibits held throughout the year. The Magic House is open every day except in the summer when it is closed on Mondays.
A nice place for a family outing is the Saint Louis Art Museum. Since its founding in 1879, the museum has continued to add to its collection that now includes over 30,000 pieces. The Ancient Art Collection contains sculptures and artifacts dating back to 3,000 BC. The work of George Caleb Bingham is a highlight of the American Art Collection. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Dog lovers in the family will enjoy the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. The museum is home to many works of art including paintings and sculptures. Prominent in the collection is the work of Sir Henry Edwin Landseer and Stephen Hubbell. The museum is closed on Monday and major holidays.
People of all ages will want to visit the Saint Louis Science Center. Among the permanent exhibits is the Flight Gallery. A highlight of this gallery is the flight simulator. The Ecology and Environment Gallery is the home of an animatronic T-Rex. The center also has a planetarium. The Saint Louis Science Center is open every day.