Dog Days of Summer
The heat is on! The dog days of summer have arrived. Here are four great ways to cool off in St. Louis.
Shop at The Arch Store
The museum under the Arch may be closed for renovationsbut The Arch Store reopened in May and is better than ever! From the iconic Eero Saarinen-designed Tulip chair and table, to Eames stacking cards and new mid-century modern architectural booksthe store is your one-stop shop for all things Gateway Arch. Operated by the Jefferson National Parks Association (JNPA), it’s a great place to purchase unique souvenirs, gifts and appareland even try famous old-fashioned, homemade fudge!
Whether your cool confection of choice is a sundae, a snow cone, or something in between, St. Louis has plenty of options for you. Try the “Cookie Monster”-flavored homemade ice cream at Serendipity, the “Cardinal Sin” sundae at Ted Drewes, a boozy shake from Bailey’s Range, or a “Tiger’s Blood”-flavored snow cone with Pop Rocks from Tropical Moose.
Mosey through a Museum
Named Go! Magazine’s “2016’s Best Museum in St. Louis,” the Missouri History Museum is offering free admission to several new exhibitssuch as “Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis,” “Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night” and Where Did You Go to High School? ” The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.with the exception of Tuesdays, when hours are extended to 8 p.m.
The Saint Louis Art Museum recently accepted into its collection 225 works of art from the collection of the late C.C. Johnson Spink and Edith “Edie” Spink, including superb works by American artists and more than 200 works of Asian art that range from Chinese ceramics from the Neolithic period to works from Meiji-period Japan. On the last Friday of every month, the museum hosts SLAM Underground, which offers unique gallery games and scavenger hunts, a cash bar, live music and more. Hours and more information can be found at SLAM.org.
Splash into a Water Park
You can have fun in the sunin upwards of 90-degree heatat several great water parks in the St. Louis area!
- Six Flags’ Hurricane Harbor features slides and rides like the Big Kahuna, the Bonzai Pipeline and the Tornadoand is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during all of July.
- Enjoy the Treehouse Harbor, Cascade Body Flumes, Shark Slide and more at Raging Rivers WaterPark in Grafton, Ill.
- According to STLToday.com, exciting new features at additional area water parks include the following:
- Splash City in Collinsville, Ill., features a new Aquaclimb wall, which is a 12-foot-high, multicolored climbing wall located right in the lap pool!
- The Timbers of Eureka opened a new pool which features a lazy river, diving board, water slide, waterfall and beach front entry to a leisure pool.
Stay cool, St. Louis!