A beautiful morning to start the day … lots of sun.
We started off in a quiet park next to our hotel, the Drury Inn. This is a great space for the early morning/late night doggie pit stops that we all look for when staying in a city. Next to the park (on South 4th Street) is a Hyatt … with a Starbucks … that allows dogs inside. Because of the nice weather we didn’t take advantage of this haven – but we’ll tuck that tidbit away for a rainy day. We peacefully enjoyed our coffee and cake on a bench looking at the Gateway Arch, the iconic image of St. Louis.
In less than five minutes, we crossed Memorial Drive to the Jefferson National Expansion Park and were standing under the Arch. The park is dog friendly, but the ride up inside the Arch is not. The park itself marks the proximate starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and it commemorates the Louisiana Purchase and subsequent westward movement of American pioneers. For walking and biking enthusiasts, the 11-mile St. Louis Riverfront Trail follows the Mississippi’s west bank from the Arch to North Riverfront Park, following the St. Louis floodwall and passing through many of St. Louis’ oldest neighborhoods.
We crossed through the park and headed to Laclede’s Landing, the original area inhabited by St. Louis’ founders in the late 1700s. Laclede’s Landing is a multi-block collection of cobblestone streets and vintage brick-and-cast-iron warehouses dating from 1850 through 1900 – now converted into shops, restaurants, and bars. At night, the food, bars, and live music are a primary source of the downtown’s entertainment district – along with neighboring casino and gaming boats. Note: the horse drawn carriages at 2nd & Morgan are pet friendly!
Almost all of the eateries in this area have outdoor dining that is dog friendly, including the following:
We ended up our walk of the downtown area in another park in front of the Old Courthouse, a prominent architectural landmark and site of the 1847 and 1850 Dred Scott trials. Sans pets, you can tour this historic building with its restored courtrooms.
In the afternoon, with temps now in the low 60s, we headed to Forest Park. To get there we drove out Market street, a wide boulevard with lots of dog friendly green space. To give you an idea of its size, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the US, and at 1,371 acres, it is almost 500 acres larger than NYC’s Central Park. Home to the 1904 World’s Fair (called the Louisiana Purchase Exposition back in the day) the park contains the St. Louis Zoo, Science Center, Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Jewel Box greenhouse, The Muny outdoor theater, a 7.5 mile walking path, and much, much more. In fact, there is so much going on here, you’re better off clicking on the link to learn all about it.
Once in the park, we were interested in finding the Boathouse Restaurant. Located on Post-Dispatch Lake, the restaurant is attached to a boating facility that rents PET FRIENDLY PADDLE BOATS for you and your companions to get out on the water. Riding the paddleboats with Ty and Buster (see below) is definitely one of the most unique experiences we’ve had on this trip so far – a “must do” as far as we’re concerned!
We finally made it back to St. Louis. Read our most recent paws-on-the-ground research now!
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