St. Louis is a city that’s filled with history. It’s no wonder that it is one of the top vacation destinations for families all over the country. One of the most iconic monuments in the United States, The Gateway Arch, is a must-see when you visit this city. The Gateway Arch stands an impressive 630 feet tall and is the tallest man-made monument in the country. Aside from the Arch, St. Louis is a city that has a rich history and many different points of interest that you can visit and learn about. In fact, many people who visit fall in love with the city and want to call it home. Take a look at some of this prime St. Louis real estate, and it is easy to understand why. If you are planning to visit the city, here are four historical places that you need to check out.
Plan a day trip to Grant’s Farm, which was once owned by Ulysses S. Grant. The Busch family purchased this farm over 100 years ago. Currently, the farm is a wildlife preserve with many exotic animals that you can check out. You can take a ride back in time with a coach ride that will take you right to Ulysses Grant’s Cabin that was built in 1856. But the premier attraction is the famous Clydesdales horses which you can view out in the pastures or even visit in their stables. There are many learning opportunities and shows that you can take in daily. Admission is free, but there is a charge for parking.
One of the oldest buildings in the city, the Old Courthouse was built in the 19th century. This early Greek Revival structure’s iron dome is believed to have even inspired the dome in the Capitol in Washington, DC. Visit the Courthouse and immerse yourself in history with the plethora of learning opportunities and original murals and paintings that tell the city’s history. This Courthouse was also the site of the famous Dred Scott trials, where he sued for the right to live free in the state of Missouri.
Lewis and Clark Boat House
Learn about the fantastic journey of Lewis and Clark at the Boat House and Nature Center. There are tons of interactive exhibits to have fun while learning. If you time your visit just right, you can treat yourself to a reenactment of the river portion of the journey that they perform every year. Make sure you visit the gift shop before you leave, they have fresh treats for everyone.
Daniel Boone Home
Famous Appalachian pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone settled down in Missouri in his later years. His amazing four-story home and large property are available for a guided tour. Take a walk back in time and visit the old schoolhouse, woodshop, and more that is located on his property. There is a movie that you can watch before your tour and then spend the day exploring.
Get your fill of history and experience all the culture in St. Louis. Be sure to check out the above attractions to have the fullest experience. Can’t-miss is also the Arch!
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