Posted August 6, 2010 by Kate HammanThere's so much more to St. Louis than the giant arch, especially for those with families. Best of all, you won't have to spend a fortune to entertain your brood. Bring your kids to this Midwestern city to learn about nature, drink luscious hot chocolate, and eat at a diner devoted to pop culture.
Missouri Botanical Garden: More than 150 years after it first opened, the Missouri Botanical Garden is now a National Historic Landmark, which stands as a testament to its devotion to preserving nature. You can explore a tropical rainforest, a Japanese strolling garden, a center for home gardening, and a Victorian district. Plus, the little ones will have plenty to do at the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden, open from April through October. Tickets cost $8 for adults and nothing for kids except a $5 charge for the Children's Garden.
Bissinger's: With more than 300 years of making handmade chocolates, Bissinger's has taken its confections to indulgent new levels. Here, you can relax with a decadent mug of hot chocolate or delve into a piece of chocolate truffle tart. Kids will get a sugar high just from looking at the range of expertly made sweets. Parents can unwind with liqueur served in a chocolate cup or a glass of wine paired with a dessert.
Blueberry Hill: Come get your fill of diner eats and pop history at Blueberry Hill. Known for its hamburgers and live shows, the restaurant has been serving and entertaining hungry patrons since 1972. The menu includes standbys such as hot dogs and sandwiches, but also offers a few specialty items like trout almandine and jerk chicken. There's never a dull moment, as the walls are covered in collectibles, including Simpsons, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Elvis, and Beatles memorabilia. Hamburgers start at $5.25.
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(Photo: St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission)
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