It’s time to conquer the Midwest! We’re looking forward to a trip to Wisconsin in the near future, which has me looking into other nearby states that have a lot to offer to both domestic travelers and those from all over the world. The hotel options are plentiful, the culture is vibrant, and the homegrown fun never runs out. This summer is the perfect season to experience St. Louis, Missouri, especially as all the good times seem to happen outdoors.
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Missouri Botanical Garden
At sunset, stroll through the Japanese-style gardens for color and exotic flora overload. Over the summer there are some complimentary live music events on the calendar at the garden, which add to the ambiance. The garden is perfectly maintained and has ample water stations to keep cool.
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We’re big theme park fans and love Six Flags all over the country. There are all the thrilling roller coasters and water rides you can shake a stick at to cool down and heat up. Groups can score discounts on tickets and extras at the park.
See live theater in the fresh air this summer at Forest Park. The Muny is a unique venue holding hundreds of spectators for Broadway musicals, classic plays, and special events. Book tickets for great seats to get the best experience, but you can also enjoy free seats in the back for a wallet-friendly afternoon.
Closer to downtown, this outdoor space is unusually delightful and full of interesting art installations. Run your fingers through the manmade waterfalls and contemplate the meaning behind the interactive sculptures. Keep an eye out for the man in the pink tuxedo, Pinocchio, a giant Roman head, and contemporary steel towers.
St. Louis Events This Summer
Every September, some of the hottest throwback acts in music take over Forest Park. Lou Fest is an annual gathering that welcomes more than 30 bands across four stages. This year, Weezer and Snoop Dogg are among the artists headlining, which is sure to keep the energy high for two full days of fun.
Outdoor Movie Time
Several times this summer, Ballpark Village hosts free family flicks outside under the stars. Here, you can see everything from “King Fu Panda 3” to “The Jungle Book.” At the Saint Louis Art Museum, you can catch more grownup films on Fridays. They’re all free and open to the public, too.
The Veiled Prophet Parade
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It’s incredible that St. Louis has kept a tradition alive for 135 years. To celebrate America’s birthday, the massive VP Parade takes place downtown. More than 300 performers take part in the procession alongside floats, marching bands, dancers, and much more. It happens along with the Fair Saint Louis, which hosts hundreds of thousands of attendees for fireworks, food, and games.
Have you been to St. Louis? What’s your favorite place in the Midwest? Do you like to visit cities in the summertime?