Neighborhood  Information -
Lafayette Square is a small historic neighborhood with strong French influences. Centered around the oldest park west of the Mississippi River, Lafayette Square is a small community in an urban setting; offering coffee shops, restaurants and the library all within walking distance.  Located close to downtown St. Louis, Lafayette Square is located within 10 minutes of the St. Louis Arch, Forest Park, one of the largest parks in the United States; the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Science Center, History Museum and Art Museum.  Internet links are provided below for all of these venues.
Lafayette Square neighborhood website:
City and Region Information –
We will be trying to plan bus trips to various sites which may include:
Forest Park –
Site of the 1904 World’s fair, this historic park is over 1200 acres in size (approximately 500 acres larger than New York’s Central Park) and is home to the St. Louis Art Museum, The Planetarium (Science Center) and the History Museum, not to mention the Boat House where you can enjoy paddle boats and beer!)

Missouri Botanical Garden (beautiful…& internationally recognized for research and preservation efforts throughout the world- please note that there will be a special exhibit ‘“Glass in the Garden: Chihuly at the Missouri Botanical Garden.” A stunning exhibition of colorful, abstract glass sculptures inspired by nature and custom designed by artist Dale Chihuly for the Garden, showcased outdoors and inside the glass-domed Climatron rain forest. Extra admission charge to enter the Climatron. On display during regular Garden hours and “Chihuly Nights” on Thursdays (special event admission charge).
Not to mention the extensive rose gardens theKemper Center for home gardening as well as the new children’s garden.  In addition there is the Tower Grove House, the Victorian country home of the Garden’s founder, Englishman Henry Shaw, which  is open for tours after an extensive renovation and reinterpretation.
St. Louis Arch
St. Louis Art Museum
(located within Forest Park, a special exhibit on Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) son of Tiffany and Company co-founder Charles L. Tiffany will be at the museum until the end of October)
St. Louis History Museum (located within Forest Park)
St. Louis Science Center (located within Forest Park)
Find out more about St. Louis and the region:
St. Louis Visitor and Convention website
Anheuser Busch Brewery Tours
Hermann, Missouri – (see and learn more about German immigrants to the US and their life in the new world)

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