No matter the season, the weather in St. Louis can be unpredictable. When the forecast turns rainy and dreary, don't worry! There are still plenty of fun things to do around town. Here are five places to check out on a rainy day in St. Louis.
The City Museum is a fun destination for kids and adults alike. The 600,000 square foot building is filled with exhibits made from recycled and repurposed materials. Popular attractions include the five and 10-story slides, indoor caves and tunnels. There are also daily circus performances and exotic animals at the World Aquarium on the second floor. For small kids, Toddler Town provides a safe place to play.
The City Museum is located at 701 North 15th Street in downtown St. Louis. It's open Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $12 a person.
The OMNIMAX Theater at the St. Louis Science Center offers an intense film experience. The giant domed screen puts viewers right in the middle of the action. The theater shows documentary, seasonal and feature films starting at 10 a.m. daily (noon on Sundays.) After the movie, take in some of the 700 exhibits in the rest of the Science Center or enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at the Kaldi Cafe.
The St. Louis Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Avenue in Forest Park. It's open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Movie tickets are $9 for adults and and $8 for children. Admission to the Science Center is free.
Shoppers will find plenty of bargains from popular stores like Gymboree, Old Navy and Hot Topic at the St. Louis Outlet Mall. The mall also has the only Cabela's store in the St. Louis area. For entertainment, there's public skating at iceZONE when the rink is not in use as the St. Louis Blues practice facility, as well as, mini golf and a movie theater.
St. Louis Outlet Mall is located at 5555 St. Louis Mills Boulevard in Hazelwood. It's open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Louis Art Museum has a large diversity of works from classic paintings to modern sculptures. There are more than 30,000 pieces in the museum's permanent collection. Visitors can see works by world famous artist like Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso. Curators also bring in special exhibits from other top art museums from around the globe.
The St. Louis Art Museum is located at One Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park. It's open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Friday night until 9 p.m. Admission is free.
The Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End neighborhood has the the largest collection of mosaics in the world. It took nearly 80 years to install the more than 40 million glass pieces that adorn the inside of the church. Visitors are welcome to look around on their own. The Cathedral also offers guided tours Monday through Friday (by appointment) or on Sundays after mass at noon.
The Cathedral Basilica is located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis. The church is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for during special events like weddings, funerals and private masses.