Registered motorcoach operator attendees are invited to participate in pre-show sightseeig tours sponsored by Explore St. Louis on February 26th, 2017. Below are a few descriptions of the 8 wonderful tours! The cost is free to UMA operators with limited spots available. Click here to register for these tours.
#1: Baseball, Brews & Blues
This tour begins with a stop at Busch Stadium, home of the 2011 World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals; with seats for more than 40,000 fans. The next stop will be Anheuser-Busch Brewery, where you’ll tour the brewery, learning how this product is made and visit stables with the famous Clydesale horses! The final stop is The National Blues Museum, named one of the “12 New Museums to Visit” in 2016 by The Smithsonian. You’ll get to explore the artifacts and cutting-edge technology, museum aficionados will revel in the history of Blues music — and enjoy a wonderful lunch at Sugarfire Smokehouse BBQ!
#2 Meet Me in St. Louis
Kick this tour off by driving through the magnificently restored Forest Park. The park is home to the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and Saint Louis Zoo. You’ll take a walk on the wild side and have the opportunity to meet Kali, the first occupant of the exhibit, in the Polar Bear Point! Tour the Saint Louis Art Museum, considered one of the top 10 art museums in the country, with a collection of over 33,000 works. The final stop is the Jewel Box, with its interior warmth aiding to the tropical plants that grow inside year round.
#3 The Grand Tour
On this tour you’ll visit three of the most architecturally and culturally interesting buildings in St. Louis. Experience the Fox Theatre which hosts concerts and Broadway musicals. Drive by the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica, which hosts over 83,000 square feet of hand laid mosaics, over 250 relics and the papal chair and kneeler used by Pope John Paul II. The highlight of this tour will be the Missouri Botanical Garden, the world’s first Climatron – a geodesic dome greenhouse.
#4 A Little Taste of St. Louis
On this tour, you’ll see the most delectable spots in St. Louis! Enjoying the taste of The Loop neighborhood at Fit’z Root Beer. Enjoy a bite of the Arch from Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company, a family-owned handcrafted premium chocolate company. View a charming Italian community and purchase authentic baked good from the Missouri Baking Company. Continue to indulge your sweet tooth with a stop at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard and grab a “concrete” shake!
#5 Black History Tour
Explore St. Louis’ African-American history covering 257 years. Enjoy a private tour of the Griot Museum of Black History where you will see the linking of the past, present and future of African-American history through life-size figures, historical documents, artifacts and exhibits. On this tour, you’ll learn about the Dred Scott Freedom Trial and participate in a reenactment of the trial. You can also tour the setting for cases involving slavery, the fur trade and equal rights.
#6 Construction Zone: Hard Hat Not Required
Begin your tour with a drive overlooking the St. Louis City. You’ll pass by the Busch Stadium and Citygarden. Take a walking tour of the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch grounds. See the latest exhibits and programming offered at both facilities as well as the construction that has taken place. Stroll down the grand staircase to the Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises to enjoy a one-hour sightseeing cruise along the “Mighty” Mississippi River with stunning views of the St. Louis skyline.
#7: Shop Till You Drop!
On this tour, you’ll experience two of the areas newest outlet malls, Taubman Prestige Outlet and St. Louis Premium Outlet. Enjoy special discounts given to groups and even a scavenger hunt in the St. Louis Premium Outlet Mall. Bring your credit card and be ready to shop!
Please note: Tour includes drive time to and from the malls, which is approximately 30 minutes one way.
#8 Get Your Kicks on Route 66
You can enjoy a docent-led tour at the Missouri History Museum through Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis. Route 66 plays an important role in American history but the famous road also has a story to tell about the St. Louis area and how it has changed. Along this tour, you’re final stop will allow you to travel through 150 years of transportation history.