The city itself is home to nearly three million people, but there are 79 different neighborhoods to choose from. Each neighborhood has its own culture and vitality that together make St. Louis a diverse and great place to live. For instance, the illustrious Lafayette Square with its gorgeous Victorian houses, or the Hill with its infamous Italian heritage, and the historic Soulard neighborhood which has been celebrated for its 19th century French inspired architecture and farmers markets are all great landmarks in the city of St. Louis.
The city is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River to the north. Because of the beautiful location, there are 105 parks in the city. The most widely known is also probably the biggest, at 1293 acres. Forest Park is even larger than Central Park in New York and is home to the Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, the Muny, the Science Center, the Boathouse, the World’s Fair Pavilion and the St. Louis Aces tennis team. Another well-known park, Tower Grove, is one of the oldest “walking parks” and holds many entertaining events free to the public. The Missouri Botanical Garden is another favorite among locals, due to the stunning flowers and landscapes that reside inside the gates. Plus it’s a leading botanical research center. And let’s not forget the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the riverfront, home to the Gateway Arch and several public events during the year. But there are also several smaller parks found amongst the busy streets and neighborhoods, where you’ll find locals gathering for picnics and games of softball.
St. Louis has also been named one of the best sports towns. The fans here assemble from all over to root on their favorite team. The Rams Edward Jones Dome, the Cardinal’s Busch Stadium and the Blues’ Savvis Center are all located downtown in the heart of St. Louis. Aside from the amazing sports atmosphere, there’s also lots of cultural and arts venues. St. Louis is home to many museums, including the Saint Louis Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, the History Museum and of course the City Museum (a downtown favorite for adults and kids alike). Saint Louis started it all when it comes to blues, and there are several locations commemorating this. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Municipal Opera (the Muny) are also two big hits for music lovers.
Plus there two major Universities in the city limits, several world-renowned hospitals and many public and private schools that certainly make the grade. The city is also known for mom and pop restaurants as many locations have been passed through generation to generation of excellent cooks, adding to St. Louis’s rich history. Every block in south city you’ll find someone arguing over who has the better sandwich shop or pizza place. Every time you go to a restaurant on the Hill you’ll be treated like family. And whenever you hit up a bar or grill, you’ll always find a special. No matter where you go, you’ll discover something new and exciting.
The city has a vibrant air that makes you want to get up and go. There’s never a dull moment in the city. Three million people call St. Louis home, so why not you too?
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