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Ferne Clyffe State Park is a marvelous place with many natural beauties that will make a nature enthusiasts think that this is indeed heaven. It spans 2430 acres (983.39 hectares) of the striking Shawnee Hills and features several campsites, seven picnic spots, 18 unique trails, equestrian trail and campground, and a huge lake. Check out the unique geological formations and waterfalls while walking through the pathways or the abounding flora and fauna. Fish on the banks of the lake which is home to the bluegill, channel catfish, redear and largemouth bass. There are specific zones for hunters as well. Whether it is hiking through the picturesque woodlands, fishing, picnicking, camping or hunting, you will enjoy the recreational opportunities offered at this park.
The Shawnee National Forest is spread over a vast area of 280,000 acres (1,100 square kilometers). President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared this land, most of which was spent farmland, a National Forest in 1939. Over the next several decades the Civilian Conservation Corps planted new trees and rebuilt the soil. Today, this scenic forest offers ample activities that include beach sports, winter sports, fishing, hiking and so forth. It is a great attraction to the tourists and the locals as it provides serenity and tranquility.
Auto racing is growing in popularity in the United States and this track brings the high-speed excitement of motor sports to the area. The banked, oval track of Gateway International Raceway hosts NASCAR and Indy racing on its 1.25-mile course. Top Fuel, Funny Cars and Super Stocks all vie to be the fastest down the quarter-mile drag strip. Evening racing events are popular with many fans, so the track does have lighting. Some of the upper grandstand seats are equipped with backs.
Well known as the unique land of natural resources and a great place for educating oneself about nature, Henry N. Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center is an amazing place. Built in a way to protect the natural environment and to spread the idea of how to preserve the same through educating the people, and giving them a view of how the surrounding environment is preserved at this site. The site also offered recreational activities, museum, wetlands, hunting, hiking, fishing, watching wildlife, etc. where one can enjoy as well as learn.
Baseball is more than just sport to the locals; it is a near-sacred institution. Fans have plenty of reason to be proud of their Cards, who have won multiple World Series titles and National League championships. Locals and visitors alike flock to Busch Stadium to watch their favorite players in action. Witnessing an exciting game amid the sea of red-wearing Cardinal fanatics in this gorgeous stadium is a memorable experience.
Located in the City Museum in downtown St. Louis, this aquarium has adopted the animals from the Children's Aquarium including the small sharks, piranhas, catfish, crabs, alligators and turtles. The staff offers an incredible hands-on learning experience. See the website for group admission prices and combined group tour rates.
The Downtown YMCA location, home of the area's corporate office, has been a home to many local youths for years. It offers many activities and events for underprivileged youth and families, including family counseling, reading instruction and more. Not only does this Downtown YMCA offer athletic and exercise programs such as swimming, it offers hope and promise. Many join for the lessons and fun, but others join for the more basic inspirational lessons, taught via Christian principles to participants regardless of their age, race or religion. The YMCA holds many events each year; information and schedules can be obtained by calling or visiting the nearest location.
This all-inclusive climbing gym has something for every climber. Located behind the St. Louis Union Station, Upper Limits offers an affordable alternative in recreational activity. The main climbing area has about 10,000 square feet of climbing space, with routs suitable for novice climbers to professional mountaineers. As with any gym, the amenities include locker and shower rooms, a pro-shop, snacks, beverages, and gear rental. All ages are welcome, but an adult must accompany kids under 18 years old. Classes and team building activities are also available for all ages. This is a great first dater, but make sure to dress comfortably.
Bauman-Eberhardt Athletic Center was constructed in the 1920s. It now holds the athletic department offices and is home to the basketball Billikens. It can seat 2200 fans, and is the homecourt for SLU's women's basketball and volleyball teams. Additions have been made to the lower level like the weight complex, training room and locker room facilities. The back of Bauman-Eberhardt has the Saint Louis University Hall of Fame, which displays the trophies and memorabilia of accomplishments by various individuals and teams throughout Billiken sports history.
The 126-acre O'Fallon Park was dedicated in 1876 and named after Colonel John O'Fallon, a veteran of the War of 1812 and an assistant Indian agent to his uncle, William Clark (Lewis and Clark Expedition). Today, the park is home to five acres of fishing waters, plus a boathouse, four comfort stations, several picnic shelters, a playground, softball fields, barbecue areas, tennis courts, a basketball court and a small pool. It serves as a meeting ground for reunions, school outings and individual events. However, group permits are required.
The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is located at the convergence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Its myriad habitats support a multitude of wildlife. The area is open daily from dawn to dusk.