February might be peak Cabin Fever season, but there are plenty of great events to get you out of the house in the St. Louis area. Top picks this month include Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day and the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
If you're looking for something to do, but don't want to spend any money, check out some free winter events in the St. Louis Area like museums, movies, and magic shows.
The plants in your yard may be brown and lifeless, but you can enjoy beautiful, fragrant flowers at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Orchid Show features hundreds of blooming orchids in the Garden's Orthwein Floral Display Hall.
A World Bird Sanctuary naturalist will teach visitors about owls and their unique calls and has a night hike through the grounds to see and call wild owls. Admission to the Owl Prowls is $25.00 for adults and $12.00 for children younger than 12. Reservations are required.
Spend an afternoon learning how to make maple syrup at the Maple Sugar Festival. Workers with the Missouri Department of Conservation will show visitors how to find sugar maple trees, tap them, and boil the sap to make syrup. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Valentine's Day is a chance to do something special for the one you love. St. Louis has many traditional and offbeat ways to celebrate. You can enjoy dinner at a romantic restaurant, or treat your Valentine with some of St. Louis' best chocolate. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, try a Valentine's hike at Shaw Nature Reserve, an evening out at the St. Louis Zoo or one of these other Valentine's events.
More than 25 local breweries come together at the historic Schnaider Brewery Malt House for a premium tasting event. Enjoy samples of local craft beers, as well as top brews from around the country and the world.
Masters of the Sky
Every year hundreds of bald eagles return to the St. Louis area to their winter nests along the Mississippi River. Eagle watching is a popular winter activity in Alton and Grafton. On President's Day weekend, you'll see eagles and much more at the National Great Rivers Museum. The World Bird Sanctuary will have eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey on display. The tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 4-12 years of age, and free for children 3 and under who can sit on a parents lap.
Wine and chocolate? Sounds like a good way to spend the day. Visitors can sample wine and chocolate pairings at seven wineries along the Missouri Wine Trail near Hermann. Tickets are $30.00 per person.
The Working Women's Survival Show has everything a busy woman needs or wants all in one place. There are workshops, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, fitness experts, makeovers, free massages and more.
Ongoing exhibits at the Missouri History Museum include the History Clubhouse, The 1904 World's Fair, and Seeking St. Louis. Special exhibits going on in February 2019 are Mapping the Broadway Musical: Time Travel into America's Musical Theater Past and the African American History & Genealogy Series.
Fox Theatre offers a variety of shows each month. For February of 2019, performances include Fiddler on the Roof, The Rat Pack is Back, and Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser in their multi-media presentation, 2CELLOS.
Get a head start on summer fun at the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow. See the latest in boats and other water crafts from dozens of exhibitors, catch seminars on casting, and meet Twiggy, the Waterskiing Squirrel.
Admission is $12.00 for adults over the age of 13.