Anheuser-Busch Brewery (Budweiser Tours)

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From the time when it was started in 1852, Anheuser-Busch has respected its historical brewing techniques, keeping the tradition of brewing the best beers, one batch at a time.

Situated in the old Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, our oldest and biggest brewery site was picked based on its proximity to the Mississippi River, the large area that housed German immigrants in the 1800’s, and the natural cave structures that were used to put beer before artificial refrigeration was discovered.

It doesn’t matter the experience you select, as you go through the hallways of the historic St. Louis brewery, you are carried back in time.

You will understand the vision that became one of the oldest and largest breweries in the nation. From the history-rich architecture, including three national historical landmarks to progressive brewing technology, you will see closeup the timeless tradition and heritage Anheuser-Busch uses to brew beer.

Attractions

The St. Louis Brewery has an assortment of attractions and signature tours. With prominent venues such as The Biergarten and well-known attractions like the Beermaster Tours and Day Fresh, there’s continuously something new to learn when you stop by.

The Biergarten is a really unique space for private events and special occasions as well. With an assortment of first-class beer offerings, dining offerings, and admission to special brewery experiences, we provide everything you need to entertain and please your guests.

Clydesdales

Want to see the Budweiser Clydesdales? Then plan a trip to Warm Spring Ranch, the home of Budweiser’s Clydesdales. This beautiful, innovative breeding facility is situated near Boonville, MO.

Regardless if you select a guided tour or a V.I.P. tour, this is your opportunity to go behind the scenes at Warm Springs Ranch and be up close and personal with the Clydesdales! Check out our over 24,000-square-foot facility and discover what it takes to breed a legend.

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National Blues Museum

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The National Blues Museum is situated in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

It looks at the Blues and applauds the genre as the foundation of all contemporary American music. The museum schools guests in an engaging environment that incorporates an innovative theater, a high impact technology driven experience, public programming, artifacts, and exhibits.

The Blues is Living History

Few genres of American music can have a history as rich, complex, and long as the Blues. Since its beginnings in the Deep South years ago, the Blues has been the basis for practically all US popular music for over 100 years.

Whether it’s folk or jazz, pop or country, rap or rock, the Blues has put a deep, intense influence that resounds to this day. Part of the reason is that it has constantly articulated heartfelt, emotional truths about life that continue to talk to generations of listeners from every walk of society.

With distinctive origins in centuries-old Black culture, the Blues has always been about those emotions the word itself brings up, like feelings of solitude and sadness, of being impacted by influences outside of one’s control.

All through its existence, the crux of the Blues has stayed constant, emphasizing basic elements that unites artists from various geographies, stylistic approaches, and eras. That’s because, above all, the Blues is an emotion as much as a music form. And as universal as life.

The Vision

The Museum has more than 14,000 square feet of interactive technology, classrooms, special events spaces.

In addition to giving visitors a way through which to study the many styles of the Blues and find out more about the musicians who made this music, the Museum frequently hosts a selection of public programs, including films, lectures, and performances. The educational programming, a huge component of their mission, concentrates on offering on-site curriculum-based music education, including outreach to schools.

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Grant’s Farm

A famous St. Louis destination since the 50s, Grant’s Farm is the over 280-acre family home of the Busch family. It is named after Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the US. He actually worked part of the land.

It ranked in the early 21st century as a top attraction in America by the U.S. Family Travel Guide Zagat Survey and was the two-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this distinctive landmark unites history, heritage, wildlife, and history to make an unforgettable experience.

Admission to Grant’s Farm, including the shows and tram rides are complimentary. A few attractions have a small fee.

Throughout the years, Grant’s Farm has expanded and grown as it continues to be the exceptional, unique attraction that it is. From housing celebrities, to being a haven for old world tradition and wildlife, learn more about its rich history by planning a trip when you are in the St. Louis area.

Attractions

Grant’s Cabin

Grant constructed a four-room, two-story, four-room cabin on the property in 1855 calling it Hardscrabble. In 1885, the home was passed along to August Busch Sr. In 1907, he moved the cabin and re-assembled about a mile from its first location. In 1977, Anheuser-Busch renovated it to its current condition.

Deer Park

A habitat for an assortment of exotic animal species from around the globe, like bison from North America, zebra from Africa, and Black Buck Antelope from Europe, Deer Park lets animals roam free in their natural setting.

Tier Garten

Give the parakeets and goats food, ride the carousel or a camel, check out an animal show, or just spend time with a variety of animals like wallabies, tortoises, elephants, lemurs and more! The Tier Garten allows you to live the wild life with thrilling rides and shows. Be sure to eat at the Tier Garten Treats concession stand to help energize the fun.

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Ambassador Hotel Kansas City, Autograph Collection

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Historic sophistication meets luxury at Ambassador Hotel Kansas City, Autograph Collection. The hotel is situated within the remodeled Gate City National Bank from the 20s. While it still has its boutique charm, they have transformed the internal decor into a very modern style. During your visit, explore an array of attractions nearby such as Kauffman Stadium, Sprint Center, and Arrowhead Stadium.

Make use of our free shuttle within a five-mile radius to an overabundance of nightlife, entertainment, and fine dining in the downtown area. Have an adventure and book our chic suites and rooms. They have a mini-bar, plush bedding, and free Wi-Fi.

Our bi-level suites also have city skyline views. You can order a meal from the on-site restaurant with 24-hour room service or come in to dine at Reserve with classic American fare and drinks. We also provide for your business needs with two event venues. Reserve an unforgettable stay here when visiting the Kansas City area.

Guest Room Highlights

  • Come with your four-legged friend for your hotel stay thanks to their pet-friendly policy
  • There are LCD-screen TVs with premium movie channels for an in-room dinner and a movie
  • Relax for the night on plush bedding that includes fluffy pillows and crisp linens
  • Look up the hot spots in downtown Kansas City with the free internet
  • Satisfy your hunger and thirst any time of the night or day thanks to 24-hour room service
  • The hotel’s contemporary amenities and trendy décor were created to make you feel at home

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

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The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is a tour de force of history and art. It rivals the majestic cathedrals around the world. Masons and artisans spent close to a century crafting this outstanding church. The Cathedral is matchless triumph and we must protect its future legacy.

 

Over 80,000 square feet of mosaic tile
Over 45,000 square feet of granite flooring
2 stained glass Rose windows
63 marble pillars

6 marble statues

3 domes
4 chapels

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is distinctive in several ways. But like any fabulous work of art, it needs consistent restoration and preservation in order to keep its magnificence.

The Cathedral Basilica is open from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm every day.

If you aren’t attending daily Mass, you have to wait until Mass is over to visit the Cathedral.

Self-guided tours don’t necessitate a reservation. However, you are really encouraged to call and make sure the church is available and open for touring, particularly in the weekends. There are numerous weddings, weekend activities, and events.

Guided tours are offered Monday through Saturday and only by appointment. However, there is a hosted tour on almost every Sunday after 12 Mass. You don’t need to make a reservation unless you are part of a large group.

The basement level of the church is where the Mosaic Museum is. It has demonstrations that tell how mosaics were created and attached. The museum also has the original Kilgen organ console, the throne used during the visit of Pope John Paul II, and a collection of historic vestments and precious objects used in the different rites of the Church.

Additionally, there is a crypt where the remains of Saint Louis’ Cardinals and Archbishops are interred. The needlepoint prie-dieu kneeler in the crypt was made by members of the church to be used by Pope John Paul II during his 1999 visit to Saint Louis and the Cathedral Basilica.

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St. Louis Zoo

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Recently voted Best Zoo and America’s Top Free Attraction, the Saint Louis Zoo is devoted to uniting animals and people. Every year, over 2 million visitors get the chance to see more than 15,000 animals at the zoo. Plenty of them are endangered and rare.

The Zoo is well-known for its pioneering approaches to wildlife conservation, research and education, and animal management. A free zoo, visitors are urged to come back many times.

When you visit the St. Louis Zoo, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do. The Zoo has over 85 acres of attractions, animal exhibits, shopping, and dining for all to enjoy. You can also find Zoo programs and activities for folks of any abilities and ages.

A full day at the St. Louis Zoo is one of the most affordable, fun ways for families to spend some time together. And when you become part of the Zoo Friends, a good value becomes even better. Moreover, your membership helps support the Zoo’s wildlife conservation projects around the globe as well as St. Louis.

Have an adventure each time you visit, realizing a breakthrough will be made around every corner. You’re at the Saint Louis Zoo, a get-away spot that brings together wild animals and their admirers.

It was voted the top free attraction in the US.

Since being established in 1910, the Zoo has been celebrated for its amazing naturalistic exhibits and for its distinct collection of animals from the major continents and small areas of the world. It is hugely recognized for its innovative approaches to zoo management, business ethics, and marketing to all around the world.

With the Zoo’s WildCare Institute, the Zoo concentrates on wildlife recovery and management, conservation science, and support of the human populations that cohabit with wildlife in over 10 conservation hotspots on earth with three in the Missouri area.

 

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Missouri Botanical Gardens

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Began in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the first botanical garden in the United States. It is incredible that it is still open for business. It is also a National Historic Landmark.

The Garden is a focal point for science education and botanical research, as well as a sanctuary in St. Louis. The Garden has over 75 acres of amazing horticultural display, such as Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, and one of the earth’s biggest collections of endangered and rare orchids.

For more than 155 years, the Garden has been a refuge in the city, a place of fun and beauty, as well as a center for science, conservation, and education.

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis was established by Henry Shaw. Currently, 150 years after opening, the Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a place for conservation, science, education and horticultural display. This place is broadly believed to be one of the top three botanical gardens on earth.

When it opened to the public, it started to grow in the European way of horticultural display merged with education and the search for new knowledge. Children and adults both come here to learn about horticulture and even attend classes on planting and gardening. The over 75 acres of glorious horticultural exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden provides something for everyone. Terrific displays are the English Woodland Garden, Victorian District, Chinese Garden, and Ottoman Garden.

A energetic tropical rainforest flourishes inside the Climatron conservatory and the connecting Temperate House is home to many Mediterranean species. The Japanese Garden is over 13 acres. It is one of the biggest Japanese strolling gardens in North America.

More than 4,500 trees live on the grounds, as well as some uncommon varieties and a couple of stately specimens going back to the 19th century, when Garden founder Henry Shaw put them.

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The Magic House (St. Louis, MO)

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The Magic House, one of the museums in St. Louis for children, opened to the public in ‘79 in a charming 5,000 square foot mansion situated in the center of the city. Established by two volunteers, Jody Newman and Barbie Freund, the not-for-profit museum was founded as the 1st completely participatory museum made just for kids.

Over time, The Magic House has expanded from a little local museum to one of global prominence. Having had many huge expansions, the Museum now has over 50,000 square feet of exhibits and attend to over 550,000 visitors each year.

Through its history, education has been at the basis of The Magic House’s purpose. Over 50,000 children visit the Museum every year for educational field trip experiences that assist with classroom learning and meet state and national standards. An additional 20,000 children participate in the Museum’s outreach programs that take place in St. Louis libraries, hospitals, and classrooms.

The Museum is devoted to inclusion and serving the kids in the communities who have the fewest options. Every Title 1 school receives free programming. About one-half of all students are admitted free through the Access for All Initiative.

The Magic House has numerous interactive exhibits crafted to stimulate curiosity, ignite imagination and encourage learning. Aligned with state and national academic standards, the Museum’s exhibits engross kids in an assortment of hands-on learning experiences and encourage important 21st-century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

This is a family attraction with many activities that are both fun and educational!

Special Events and Weddings

Need a place for a wedding reception or to celebrate a special event in St. Louis? The Magic House is a 50,000-square-foot museum that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests of any age. With both outdoor and indoor venues, The Magic House is the ideal place for a truly distinctive event.

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Five Star Hotels in Kansas City, Missouri

What could be better after a long day of business meetings than to soak in a hot tub with a few fragrant bath salts? How a hot tub right in your own hotel room? This is one of the many perks you’ll get when you book a five-star hotel in Kansas City. If you need some help picking which ones to take a look at and what other perks you can enjoy, read on.

The Raphael

Located in the center of Kansas City Country Club Plaza, the Raphael is just a hop, skip, and jump away from over 140 restaurants and shops that are situated within an area known for its fountains, sculptures, tiled roofs, and mosaics.

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

Stylish and sophisticated…the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza was recently renovated in 2016. The hotel is appropriately located in the Country Club Plaza close to KC’s top attractions like The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Westport, Kauffman Stadium, Sprint Center, Power & Light District, Arrowhead Stadium, UMKC and more. Check out some well-known restaurants like Capital Grill, The Cheesecake Factory, Fogo de Chao, and Jack Stack Barbecue.

The Fountaine

Situated in the top entertainment and shopping district in Kansas City, The Fontaine has a mixture of Mediterranean and contemporary inspired accommodations and is the perfect destination for leisure and business travelers. View our vacation packages, hotel special offers, and find out all there is to do and see in Kansas City and Country Club Plaza.

There is nothing but upscale shopping and dining here. Fontaine is a stylish new place for leisure and business travel. Every detail is crafted to please the senses while arranging a scene of quiet sophistication. A place where guests are both comfortable and astonished. It doesn’t get any better than this.

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What Makes Kansas City BBQ So Special?

It’s not just the superiority of Kansas City (KC) barbecue that makes it special. It’s the location. You don’t have to be a master chef to know that BBQ in places like South Carolina and Tennessee is legit. But here’s the distinction. The good barbecue joints in those areas are often divided by hundreds of miles of concrete. That’s not the case here. The KC region has the biggest number of BBQ joints, over 100 to be exact.

That’s more than any city in the US. Visiting 20 in 24 hours isn’t a question of demographics. It’s a question of stamina and common sense.

Que here is special. To begin with, Kansas City perfected a treat called the burnt end. You can find it on almost every BBQ menu in KC and anticipate craving it long after you’ve left the area. It’s that crispy part of the brisket that can’t be sliced, but full of flavor and so good by itself. Pitmasters will chop it into chunks, and then dunk it into sauce. Sometimes, they return the pieces to the smoker for an even more smoky flavor.

Kansas City is a sauce city too. Here, meat is usually seasoned with a dry rub then sauced. It’s the sauce that defines so many of KC’s BBQ eateries. Usually, the style is of a sweeter tone as expressed most remarkably by Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que and Hillsdale Bank BBQ. But Kansas City’s most famous sauces are both more savory than sweet and come from the city’s two heavyweights, Gates and Arthur Bryant’s.

The Top Dogs
Gates Bar-B-Q
Arthur Bryant’s
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

Being the leader in BBQ means more than just have a lot of top BBQ restaurants. It means providing some great meat at BBQ festivals and competitions.

 

 

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