Fontbonne is a couple minutes away from one of St. Louis’ greatest achievements; Forest Park. Forest Park is a beautiful park that many locals adore, including myself!
The park sits on a little over 1,200 acres and is actually larger than Central Park in New York. Throughout Forest Park you’ll find rolling hills, beautiful landscapes, and quite a few attractions. It is home to the History Museum, Art Museum, the Muny, the Science Center, and the Zoo. Both the History and Art Museums and the Zoo are free admission, which a is awesome for college students!
I love spending time at Forest Park, whether its walking around the sprawling park or going to a museum. I recommend a visit to Forest Park at least once, but if you’re a local, you should make a visit a weekly habit! Just walking around can be a great stress reliever, especially with finals coming up!
Below: A photo of the fountains near the Art Museum.
The office of international admissions organizes a tour for all Fontbonne students. Since I came in spring, this was the first time I had the opportunity to join the adventure.
The tour was on Saturday 13th and we started at 9:30 am, too early for a Saturday! But it was a nice day outside and we really took advantage of the time we had available.
The first stop was Forest Park; we rode in the bus through the streets and got to see the Art Museum, the History Museum, the Boathouse, and many of the green spaces. Unfortunately there were many people in the park that day for a cross-country high school event, the traffic was very heavy and thus, we had to leave the early.
The part of the tour I liked the most was the visit to the Arch. The journey to the top of the arch is an interesting futuristic-like experience. In order to reach the top you have to get inside a very small capsule-like elevator with five seats that is completely sealed once you start ascending. The experience made me nervous but once you reach the top, it is all worth it. St. Louis looks beautiful from above!
I still have many places to visit and I am looking forward to getting to know the city!
View from the top of the arch.
Inside the top of the arch.
Path to the arch
Did you know that Listerine was once used as a floor cleaner? Or that Stan Musial had more doubles than strike outs? Or that Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll Chuck Berry continues to perform monthly right in town? These and other interesting facts may be learned at the Missouri History Museum’s newest exhibit, which celebrates St. Louis’s 250th birthday.
This past weekend, I went with my family to see this new exhibit. The “250 in 250” exhibit celebrates 50 people, 50 images, 50 moments, 50 places, and 50 objects that are considered to be integral parts of what makes our city great. It wasn’t your standard museum exhibit – though there was a lot of reading (I’ll give you that), there were also a lot of touchscreen, interactive areas that allowed visitors to learn more about the past in a manner that’s familiar to them in our ever-more-technological world. Visitors even had a chance to write a letter that will be “delivered” to St. Louis fifty years from now in the year 2064 – I found that to be intriguing yet somewhat creepy at the same time.
Though some of my favorite St. Louis venues (such as the Zoo and Gus’s Pretzels) were not necessarily highlighted by this exhibit, it was definitely worth the trip. We spent two hours there, but we could’ve spent a lot more time if we would’ve had that time. All in all, if you’re looking for a fun outing, and if you love the city of your birth (or, for some of you, the city of your university), definitely take the short trip from campus over to the History Museum in Forest Park. You won’t be disappointed.
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