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What to do while visiting St. Louis for the All-Star Game

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Other than the NHL sponsored events, what should you check out?

Vancouver Canucks v St Louis Blues Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Back in 1988, the last time that St. Louis saw a NHL All-Star Game, the only show the league and the home team put on was the game itself. Times have changed significantly since then. The weekend stretches from Thursday through Sunday now, with events for everyone and an opportunity to fork over some cash to the NHL and the Blues, to say nothing about local St. Louis businesses. Heading down to the FanFair to see the mascots goof off and have your picture taken with the Cup? The new St. Louis Aquarium is right there - if you can grab tickets. Wanting to relive your college days at an O.A.R. concert? Head down to Maggie O’Brein’s early and grab lunch and some beers. Heading to Centene Comunity Ice Center for the Alumni game? Before you say hi to Blues legends like Martin Brodeur and Wayne Gretzky, or watch Barret Jackman, Red Berenson, and Cam Janssen lace up the skates, why not head to Balducci’s?

If you’re coming into town early, or just have a lot of time to kill before heading downtown, there’s scads for a visitor to the city to do. Instead of just writing a post based on my faves (STL Art Museum, Missouri History Center, Urban Chestnut, the Science Center, and anywhere on The Hill but especially Gitto’s, in case anyone cares), I decided to see what our readers had to say. Thank you so much to everyone who offered input!

(note: Hull appears to come out at about 3:30 am, so I don’t know if I’d encourage that last part)

(probably so. - Ed.)

There’s a ton to do in STL regardless of your interests, and if you want to drive a little ways there’s stuff to do in the county (if you’re a fan of the Botanical Gardens I suggest the Butterfly House in Chesterfield). It’s a long weekend - go out and have some fun!