Guest Post: Visiting St. Louis?

I'm pleased to invite my good blogging friend, Sadie Lankford to guest post on Acting Balanced today to share a little bit about her city!  It's been several years since I visited St. Louis, but after reading the post below, I know that I'll be heading back...

Visiting St. Louis? You've made a great choice! St. Louis is full of fun, free things to keep you busy for a weekend - or an entire week! My favorites are listed below, but I write about fun things to do in St. Louis every day over at, so stop by some time!

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CityGarden, described as "an urban oasis in downtown St. Louis" is a place you will want to visit in the warmer months, when they have the fountains on! It's a great place to take photos year-round, but you'll have the most fun in the summer. When visiting the CityGarden, you'll have a clear view of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and will only be a few minutes from the (Mississippi) Riverfront.
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The World-Class St. Louis Zoo, one of the best zoos in the country, is still free! I can't believe it, honestly, but obviously I'm not complaining. Our zoo truly is amazing. The St. Louis Zoo is home to more than 80 endangered and threatened breeds and species. With a veterinary hospital on-site, you know they're getting the best care. When visiting, you can see penguins (great on a hot day, because the exhibit is cold inside), giraffes, elephants, hippos, primates, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians, and many more. My favorite animals to see are the elephants, but my kids enjoy the butterflies. Don't forget to bring a camera, and stop by the Turtle Park across the street.
The St. Louis Science Center is a great learning experience for the whole family. From the interactive arch-building challenge, to the OMNIMAX theater, it will keep everyone busy. The "live" dinosaurs and the experiment demonstrations are my favorites!
Budweiser Tours at the Anheuser Busch Brewery are jam-packed full of information on how your favorite beers are made. While Budweiser tours are available at a few different locations across the country, you will only find the Clydesdales in St. Louis!
Forest Park is absolutely amazing! If you visit St. Louis, you must stop by. There are so many things to do in Forest Park that you could spend an entire weekend here and stay busy the entire time. I really enjoy taking photos of the breathtaking scenery, but others enjoy rollerblading, running or walking their dog, and visiting the Muny, Jewel Box, and other great attractions located here. is a new blog created by Sadie Lankford that focuses on fun things to do in the St. Louis area.