It is time I cross this off the list. It's official. I love St. Louis. I grew up here, went to school here (not for university), and my family lives here. I wish more of my friends still lived here, but that's how life goes.
So St. Louis has my heart for family reasons. But it has my heart for other reasons. St. Louis is home to Forest Park which is an amazing, huge greenspace located near to where I once lived and also now live. But Forest Park alone isn't what is great. Forest Park houses many great things like the Zoo, Art Museum, Jewel Box and was the location of the 1904 World's Fair.
And so many of St. Louis' attractions are free: History Museum, Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Zoo, Science Center.
Others have a nominal or small fee: Jewel Box, City Museum, special exhibits at the History Museum, Art Museum.
And who can forgot the Missouri Botanical Garden. It's world-renowned and makes most other botanical gardens I visit pale in comparison. It is worth every single penny that I pay for my membership so I can go appreciate its beauty at any time.
And St. Louis' Metro area also is home to Queeny Park, Faust Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Grant's Farm.
There's also an amazing array of truly amazing restaurants and the cuisines are from all over the world. It's a wonder that we're not one of the fatter cities in the United States because of all the amazing food that is offered to us.
And I could go on and on. I really do love this city. I've lived in Indiana, Los Angeles and Houston… and I've returned to St. Louis quite happily.