(PRWEB) June 23, 2012
Make a splash during a summer getaway to St. Louis. The friendly city on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi offers cool attractions that may be wet but are never watered down.
For information about St. Louis summer events and great lodging options – including hotels with tan-tastic pools – visit the official website of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission at or call, toll-free, 1-800-916-0040.
Floating to the top of the wet and wild activities list is the new Sea Lion Sound habitat that opens June 30 at the Saint Louis Zoo. Watch the antics of the sleek, barking beauties through an underwater viewing tunnel and in an 850-seat sea lion area at the fabulous, free zoological park. There is no “splash free zone” inside Penguin and Puffin Coast where the Zoo’s tuxedoed residents playfully swish through frigid waters at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. Hippo Harbor houses Nile hippos in a huge, see-through pool located in The River’s Edge section of the Zoo. Through September, Zoo visitors can dip their hands into a salt water touch tank to gently greet stingrays and get up close to three species of sharks in the Caribbean Cove exhibit.
Something fishy is always happening at World Aquarium. The pint-sized sea world located within City Museum gives fish fans face time with aquatic critters from around the globe. Feeding the massive koi, the colorful carp that call the lake in the Japanese Garden home, is a memorable activity for all visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Glide along the Mississippi aboard a Gateway Arch Riverboats’ paddle wheeler. At Meramec Caverns, the iconic Route 66 roadside attraction, canoe along the Meramec River and keep cool during the famed cave tour where it’s always a heat-busting 58 degrees. Pump the pedals to float a boat on the lakes at Saint Louis Union Station and at The Boathouse in Forest Park.
Hit the beach at The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum. Through July 1, the Magic House backyard has been transformed into Sand Castle Beach. The beachfront park, complete
with tons of sand, hidden seashells and beach umbrellas, is a spot the whole family is “shore” to dig.
Everyone can be cool having fun at Raging Rivers Waterpark in nearby Grafton, Illinois, Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags St. Louis and Aquaport in suburban Maryland Heights.
Mother Nature delivers awe-inspiring, riverland sights throughout St. Louis. Panoramic views of the meeting of America’s two great rivers – the Mississippi and the Missouri – greet you from vantage points at Missouri’s Confluence State Park and the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford, Illinois. At the National Great Rivers Museum in nearby Alton, Illinois, interactive displays trace the life of the Mississippi River and showcase the workings of a real lock and dam system. Experts at the amazing Audubon Center at Riverlands help you spot feathered friends as they travel the Mississippi Flyway. The St. Louis riverside locale has received the prestigious Audubon Society “Important Bird Area” designation as a nationally significant migratory path.
After a busy day exploring the Gateway City’s watery sights, be refreshed with a glass or three of cool and tasty St. Louis tap water. An independent taste test commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Mayors declared that the Gateway City has "Best Tasting Tap Water in the Nation." It’s free and “eau” so good.
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