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  1. Fun factory

    A girl walks through a hall of mirrors at the City Museum in St. Louis. The museum, housed in the 600,000-square-foot former International Shoe Company factory, is an eclectic mix of mosaics, sculpted caves to explore, slides to barrel down, even a massive outdoor playground where kids climb through tunnels, towers and suspended airplanes. (Jeff Roberson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Brewed in St. Louis

    Visitors tour the Anheuser-Busch brewhouse in St. Louis. (Whitney Curtis / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Urban oasis

    Michael Marsh of Hopkinsville, Ky., stops to smell a flower at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Longtime St. Louisans still lovingly refer to this urban oasis as Shaw's Garden, for the British businessman Henry Shaw who recreated the English gardens of his youth in what was then the outskirts of St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Gateway Arch

    The Gateway Arch, surrounded by reflecting pools, is the world's tallest national monument. The Arch was built to be a symbolic gateway to the west, and is the centerpiece of the riverfront Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park. (St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Eads Bridge

    The historic Eads Bridge spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. Built in 1874 to accommodate carriages, pedestrians and steam trains, the bridge carries a portion of St. Louis' light rail system which connects to many of the community's major attractions. (Dan Donovan / St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Busch Stadium

    Opening Day at Busch Stadium with the St. Louis Cardinals playing. (Dan Donovan / St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. The Climatron

    The Climatron, located on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, is one of the first geodesic dome conservatories built in the U.S. and the first ever to be used as a greenhouse. (St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Western welcome

    St. Louis' evening skyline. (St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Majestic Midtown

    The Fabulous Fox Theatre anchors the Grand Center arts district in Midtown St. Louis. Built in 1929, the Siamese-Byzantine movie palace plays host to touring Broadway shows, concerts, classic movie revivals and special events throughout the year. (St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Lafayette Square

    Lafayette Square, filled with grand 19th century Victorian homes and row houses, is one of St. Louis' oldest residential neighborhoods that is experiencing a renaissance. (St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Spirit of St. Louis

    A replica of the 'Spirit of St. Louis' soars in the grand hall of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Charles Lindbergh's flight was the 20th century equivalent to Lewis and Clark's journey of exploration. (Lewis Portnoy / St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Missouri History Museum

    The Missouri History Museum houses exhibits on the history of the St. Louis area, including extensive personal collections of aviator Charles Lindbergh and explorer William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame. (St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Brick beauties

    St. Louis' historic Soulard neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city with homes dating from the mid to late 1800s. It's home to antique shops, restaurants, Jazz and Blues clubs, and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. (St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Botanical garden

    A Victorian Garden is one of dozens of elaborate and beautiful gardens within the Missouri Botanical Garden. (St. Louis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 10/23/2006 12:34:25 PM ET 2006-10-23T16:34:25

To find out what's on when you're in town, pick up a copy of the free weekly Riverfront Times at restaurants, bars, and venues around town, or buy the Thursday edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for its entertainment section. For tickets to major events, call Ticketmaster (tel. 314/421-4400;www.ticketmaster.com) or Metrotix (tel. 314/534-1111;www.metrotix.com).

The Performing Arts -- Grand Center (MetroLink: Grand) is the premier performing arts district, with the 1920s-era Powell Symphony Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd. (tel. 314/534-1700), home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (www.slso.org), founded in 1880 and America's second-oldest symphony orchestra.

The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd. (tel. 314/534-1111;www.fabulousfox.com), is a lavish, 1929 Byzantine venue for musicals, dance, and concerts. The Grandel Theater, 3610 Grandel Sq. (tel. 314/534-3810; www.stlouisblackrep.org), is the home of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, which stages contemporary works by African-American playwrights. The UMB Bank Pavilion, 14141 Riverport Dr. (tel. 314/298-9944;www.umbbankpavilion.com), presents big-name concerts; while The Muny, in Forest Park (tel. 314/361-1900;www.muny.com), which opened in 1916 and is the nation's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater, features Broadway musicals in summer.

The Club & Casino Scene -- St. Louis's nightlife is concentrated around Laclede's Landing and in Soulard, on the south edge of downtown. Good bets for live music virtually every night of the week include BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 2 blocks south of Busch Stadium at 700 S. Broadway (tel. 314/436-5222;www.bbsjazzbluessoups.com), and, across the street, The Beale on Broadway, 701 S. Broadway (tel. 314/621-7880;www.bealeonbroadway.com), home to live blues, soul, and R&B.

Mississippi Nights brings top-rated touring bands to Laclede's Landing at 914 S. 1st St. (tel. 314/421-3853), while in Soulard, the 1860 Hard Shell Cafe & Bar, 1860 S. 9th St. (tel. 314/231-1860), offers blues, R&B, rock, and more nightly. In The Loop, 1,500-seat The Pageant, 6161 Delmar (tel. 314/726-6161;www.thepageant.com), and Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar (tel. 314/727-0880;www.blueberryhill.com), bring in the hottest national acts. Among the several places to gamble, most convenient is the President Casino, docked at Laclede's Landing (tel. 800/772-3647 or 314/622-1111; www.presidentcasino.com).For more of what to see and do in St. Louis, visit www.frommers.com/destinations/stlouis/.

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