Hotel in Saint Louis Shares Their List of Top Fun Fall Events

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Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel Unveils Their Not-to-Miss List of Autumn Attractions in the Area.

As the air turns chilly and the leaves begin to change, the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel near the St. Louis Arch has decided to spill their secrets of the best ways to take advantage of the autumn season while in the city. The following is a list of fun fall events that are sure to please children and parents alike.

The St. Louis Arch - Take in the beauty of the St. Louis skyline at night while showing off your best Halloween costume. For a mere $20 admission, set sail on the Halloween Costume Party Cruise and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, live DJ and dancing, Halloween candy and decorations and a costume contest on Halloween night. Board at 8 p.m. and enjoy a three hour cruise around St. Louis. Reservations are required; please call 877-982-1410 for questions or to set up reservations.

St. Louis Zoo - Celebrate October at the St. Louis Zoo with Ottertoberfest on September 27-28 and October 4-5 & 11-12. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekend, admission is free for this family fun fest. In honor of the fun-loving North American River Otters, the Zoo will host Ottertoberfest, a fall event featuring traditional German biergartens, live music, kids' activities, performers and more. At the biergartens, visitors can purchase beer, root beer, bratwurst, pretzels, and other German specialties. Otter-related kids' activities include an obstacle course, otter tracks and crafts. All activities are designed for kids ages 2-10.

Also at the Zoo this autumn are the St. John's Mercy Children's Hospital Boo at the Zoo Nights. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 17 through Thursday, October 30, 2008, discover the Zoo's non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience that's filled with fun and adventure. Admission is $4/member; $5/non-member. Children under two are free, with free parking in the South Lot.

Then on Saturday, October 25, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy the St. John's Mercy Children's Hospital Boo at the Zoo Spooky Saturday. "Mummies" and daddies are invited to bring their little ghouls and goblins for safe and free trick-or-treating, entertainment, games and costume parade along the Pumpkin Trail. Children are encouraged to wear their special Halloween costumes.

Grant's Farm - Enjoy various fall festivities and autumn activities at Grant's Farm during the upcoming Halloween season. From Thursday to Saturdays on the following dates, families of all ages will love wandering around the farm and experiencing all that it has to offer: October 9-11, 16-18, 23-25; from 6-10 p.m. (The Entrance closes at 9 p.m.)

Forest Park - Urban hayrides through Forest Park bring a taste of the country into the heart of the city. The City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry will offer hayrides in Forest Park on Friday and Saturday nights on fall weekends starting Friday, Oct. 3 and ending Saturday, Dec. 13. Take the 45-minute ride then return to the picnic grounds where a bonfire is waiting, ready to warm fingers and toes. Groups can even bring hot dogs and marshmallows to roast. The bonfire has a one-hour time limit and wagons must be reserved in advance for group rides.

Fall is a wonderful time to explore St. Louis, so come discover the city and stay at a historic Saint Louis hotel that's located right in the heart of it all.

About Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel
Located downtown, this luxury hotel in downtown St. Louis, MO is an architectural masterpiece just a short walk to upscale Washington Avenue, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife, close to top attractions like America's Convention Center and Gateway Arch. As the premier St. Louis luxury hotel, the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel blends lavish amenities with classic 20th Century American style. The downtown St. Louis hotel exceeds expectations in every detail from the opulent lobby to the elegant Crystal Ballroom, complete with panoramic views of the city. Lavish amenities, personal service and five distinct restaurants make this St. Louis family vacation hotel the perfect stage for everything from weddings and business meetings, to romantic weekend getaways. Discover a classic city favorite at Renaissance's historic hotel in St. Louis.

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