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Gateway Arch and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
The 630 foot-tall Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. Its huge curved structure weighs 17,246 tons and is made up of 886 tons of shiny stainless steel. Visitors can take a four-minute tram ride to the top in a tiny “pod” that only fits five people at a time. Once atop the arch, visitors can look out the small windows over the Mississippi River and the St. Louis area. On a clear day, you can see almost 30 miles in each direction. The south leg of the arch is home to The Museum of Westward Expansion, which has exhibits of life in the 1800s, Indian Peace Medals, teepees, covered wagons and items from the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Robotic figures tell stories about life in the early days of the frontier. Catch the movie Monument to the Dream at The Odyssey Theater to hear the story of the building of the arch. Don’t forget to earn a Junior Ranger Badge at either the arch or the museum -- or both!
Gateway Arch Riverboats
From the St. Louis Riverfront below the Gateway Arch, head out on the Mississippi River on a sixty-minute riverboat cruise with a National Park Service ranger. Learn about the history of this famous American river while traveling on a 19th century model steamboat. Steamboats are used mainly on lakes and rivers, using paddlewheels that turn like wheels to propel the boat down the river. The narrated tour tells stories from Mark Twain and what life was like at the time of the steamboats.
This 1300-acre park opened in 1876 and was the site of the 1904 World's Fair. It is one of the largest urban parks in the United States, with almost 500 more acres than Central Park in New York City. Monuments, historic buildings, wildlife, waterways, a Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center and an Opera house are all located within the park. Overlooking the park, is Turtle Playground, home to three large and four small concrete turtles to climb and play on. During the fall, visitors can take a tractor-pulled hayride through the park. Facilities for golf, tennis, bicycling, boating, fishing, baseball, ice-skating, jogging and more are available year-round.
The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum
This amazing children’s museum has more than 100 activities for kids to enjoy. Hands-on exhibits include a school bus, a television news studio, a fishing pond, a grocery store, a diamond mine, a kitchen, and a builder’s workshop. It is also equipped with a Fairy Tale Tower with a grand staircase, play gardens, ropes to swing from, mazes, tunnels and sandboxes throughout to keep kids active. Stage lovers can perform in a puppet show, try on clothes from the past, play instruments or read poems in Poem Tree Hall. Young scientists will enjoy learning about electrostatic energy, magnets, generators and water-power. History lovers will enjoy the Star Spangled Center where you can raise the American flag, sign The Declaration of Independence, walk through the Oval Office, vote in an electronic voting booth or ring The Liberty Bell. If all this wasn’t enough, there is also an entire room devoted just to bubbles.