The warmer months in St. Louis are a perfect time to stroll through some of its most beautiful landmarks. Enjoy beautiful art of many different kinds by walking your way around the city. Bring your family or significant other and make memories together as you take in the great St. Louis weather and art on an invigorating walking tour of the city’s creative treasures.
The Magic House
516 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 822-8900

Art comes in many forms and it transcends generations. Some great times can be had enjoying the creativity this youth-inspired child’s museum brings to St. Louis. It truly is a work of art and exploration, and not just for kids, either. This renovated house in Kirkwood was transformed into an artistic and creative wonderland. The sculptures and experiments are all a beauty to be enjoyed as you and your younger loved ones learn to appreciate the creativity that enhances life. Let them indulge in the art creations as they invent music, art, and dance while enjoying time with you. The Magic House is open every day except Monday for a $10 admission fee.

City Garden
Bounded by Eighth, Tenth, Market and Chestnut Streets
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 241-3337

As the weather turns warmer, think about spending some time outdoors, enjoying the beauty the city has to offer. Any trip downtown should absolutely include a stroll through City Garden. Not only will you marvel at the beautiful landscape and artistry of plant design, there will be something to enjoy at any time of year. The architecture accents the beautiful sculptures placed throughout the grounds are a unique artistic expression of the city. Bring a picnic and enjoy an outdoor lunch or dinner as you spend time in this serene cityscape. Fountains always add interest in any garden and you’ll find their magic here, too. The City Garden is open and free to the public from sunrise to 10 p.m. daily.

Cathedral Basilica Of St. Louis
4331 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 373-8241

The Cathedral Basilica Of St. Louis is one of the city’s most beautiful places of worship, and is unlike any other. Inside you will find the most beautiful artistic mosaic depictions of biblical historical reference anywhere in the nation. Each part of the Cathedral is adorned in detailed mosaic murals that illustrate the chronicles of Christianity. It’s windows are some of the most beautiful stained glass artistry you will ever see. The majestic statuary adds to the splendor of the ambiance. Tours are available, guided or unguided, Monday through Friday after mass or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for availability and reservations.

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St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072

At the risk of being obvious, there is no better venue to enjoy a stroll through the arts than the St. Louis Art Museum. Since 1879, the SLAM has been inspiring and educating visitors with an ever growing display of art and culture that depicts history and creative expression. Their works span over 5 millennia. After your stroll, enjoy refreshments at the museum restaurant. Admission is always free to the public and they are open every day except Mondays. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon in St. Louis.

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-5100

Experience the color, texture, depth, and transformation that can only be experienced in a living landscape. The Missouri Botanical Garden is artistic expression through vibrant landscape design. It’s simply a beautiful, peaceful and serene place to enjoy an artist walk. The Japanese Garden is beautiful anytime of the year. It incorporates everything from beaches to waterfalls and covers 14 acres. Go in door to see the wonders of the Shoenberg Temperate House. The English Woodland Garden is a magical space with serene spaces including babbling brooks and floral wonders. The Garden is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and admission is $8 for adults and free for children under 12.Related: Top Bizarre Or Public Art In The St. Louis Area

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