Free Fun At The St. Louis Zoo

I love finding free activities in towns that I visit so I was really excited to be in St. Louis last weekend and discover that their zoo had no entrance fee. Not only was it free, but it’s a fan favorite. It was just announced that is had been voted the second best U.S. zoo in the Readers’ Choice awards by USA Today (beating out the zoo I’m a member of, Brookfield Zoo in Chicago).

The zoo grounds were beautiful and the zoo was spread out so it didn’t seem very crowded for a Holiday weekend. The zoo boasts over 600 species so there was lots for us to see in our short afternoon there. We probably didn’t even see half of what the zoo had to offer.

Lucas noticed the train going around the zoo and just had to ride it. We sat in the back and the boys all got to help the Conductor. They loved saying “All Aboard!” into the loudspeaker.

And no trip to the zoo is complete without a stop to the snack area for an “Elephant’s Ear”!

We had a great time at the zoo. Can’t wait to go back!

Note: There is a fee to park but you can park a bit farther away and walk if you want it to be absolutely free :) Some attractions also cost money. We chose to do the train which was $5/person. There is an option to buy a decently priced package which includes the train and a number of other attractions. If we were there longer we would have probably chosen to buy the package.

Treat Mom To A Luxurious Stay At The Cheshire In St. Louis {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I will be enjoying a complimentary stay at The Cheshire but all thoughts are my own.)

Are you still stumped on what to get mom this Mother’s Day? I know I am! What about taking her on a trip to St. Louis where you can stay at The Cheshire?

The Cheshire is one of St. Louis’ iconic properties. Originally built in the 1920’s, it was completely renovated in 2011 with modern day conveniences.

PROPERTY FEATURES, SERVICES & AMENITIES

  • Heated Outdoor Pool with Fire Element
  • Wellness Center with Matrix Equipment
  • ”Cozy Study” Business Center
  • Complimentary High Speed Internet Access
  • Complimentary Euro-Continental Breakfast
  • Wellness services by The Face & Body available by appointment
  • On-premise dining options, including: two award-winning restaurants – The Restaurant at The Cheshire and Basso, The Market at The Cheshire and the Fox & Hounds Tavern (next to hotel lobby)
  • Complimentary British tea service
  • Pet Friendly (up to 60 pounds)
  • Captain Barnaby’s Traveler’s Den with (108) books for private meetings
  • Complimentary Secure Covered & Self Parking
  • 4 House Bicycles provided by Big Shark Bicycle Company
  • Clayton Courtyard
  • Vintage Art & Décor showcasing elements of British Heritage & literature
  • Complimentary chocolates from St. Louis’ own Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company

All guestrooms feature:

  • Luxurious triple sheeted Presidential Pillow Top Beds, down chamber pillows and comforters
  • Specialty Art highlighting elements literature
  • Spacious Tile entry
  • Original Stained Glass Windows
  • Individual Climate Control
  • Large working desk with built in power outlet
  • Sophisticated Soft Seating
  • 37” LG Flat Screen HDTV
  • Clock radio with MP3/ iPod adapter
  • Cordless Phone for complimentary local and long distance phone calls

In addition to their normal rooms, The Cheshire has 6 Signature Novelty Suites. Each Novelty Suite features uniquely themed décor, specialty artwork and custom furniture. Room themes include: “James Bond”, “Passage to India”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “Treasure Island”, “Death on the Nile”, and “Bride’s Head Revisited”. The suite collection includes separate entertainment seating and signature bathroom with a soaking tub for two. Below are artist renditions for to offer an interpretation of the design elements to be used.

The Cheshire has a number of special accommodations and programs like:

  • Extended Stay Guest Accommodations for travelers whose length of stay is 7 nights or more
  • Noble Pet Program sponsored by Nestle Purina
  • Royal Kid’s Program offering Kid Friendly Activities
  • Royal Perks Traveler Rewards Program
  • Royal Rewards Planner Program
  • Various Specialty Travel Packages
  • Live Music
As a parent, the Royal Kid’s Program is something I definitely can’t wait to learn more about. I’m also looking forward to lounging by the pool. Doesn’t this look relaxing!?

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win a $100 gift card to The Cheshire in St. Louis

(Please note: Winner is responsible for all other costs associated with their travel to St. Louis and stay.)

HOW TO ENTER:

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1) Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

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Giveaway ends May 9, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter.