Faust park is also home to Faust Village. It preserves the area's architecture and history. The village consists of four homes and multiple other structures including a schoolhouse, carriage house, blacksmith shop, along with period gardens. Spanning a period from 1840 to 1888, the Village illustrates differences in lifestyle resulting from both technological developments and special needs. The Historic Village is open on the last two weekends in May, June and July when historical reenactors in period costume provide tours and a variety of demonstrations. The buildings can be viewed from the outside using a free self-guided tour booklet available at the Seed Visitor Center.
A rather unusual park on the out skirts of St. Louis is Laumeier Sculpture Park. Most of the sculptures are contemporary. The building shown here is also a museum, although it's closed right now (Oct. 2013) for renovations.
About 30 minutes out of St. Louis is 6-Flags over Mid-America. Even if you're not a theme park fan you gotta love the landscaping.
If you're a roller coaster fan, there are several coasters at 6-Flags.
South county is home to Grant's Farm, the 281 acre ancestral home of the Busch family. The Farm is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 different species. Ulysses S. Grant actually founded and farmed a portion of the 281 acres in the 1850's. This attraction is also free. There is a free trolley ride that takes you on sort of a safari ride through the grounds where elk, buffalo, zebra, deer and antelope, (and other animals) play.
Along with the animals roaming freely that you can see from the trolley, they have animals you can get close to. They even have a small amphitheater where they have cute animal shows.
Gus' Pretzel is a pretzel bakery that opened in 1920 and is still going strong. From pretzel sticks, to twists, to endz, to cinnamon-sugar or garlic-butter, to ones stuffed with bratwurst, salsiccia or hot dogs, to sandwiches made from pretzels instead of bread---they're hard to pass up.
Soulard Farmers Market is open year round, Wed. - Sat. It got it's start in 1779 and is still going strong. They feature locally grown and shipped in goods such as produce, meats, cheeses, spices, flowers, baked goods, ... . There's even a pet shop and severl eateries on the market.
If you love Italian food, there's a neighborhood teeming with great Italian restaurants and markets known simply as The Hill. Italiam immigrants settled in the area, including Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola, Sr. Soon restaurants and other Italian businesses sprouted up in the area. One of our favorite restaurants here is Cunetto's. Their Bistecca Soto is delizioso!