The “Show Me” state and Gateway to the West.
Home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Blues, Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser Clydesdales, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO).
My family and I came to America when I was 13 years old and made St. Louis our home. It was the mid-western culture that welcomed me to life in America and all the opportunities anyone can and want to pursue. I’ve lived in New England, mostly in the Boston, Massachusetts area and New Hampshire to pursue different career opportunities. And then I moved to Lexington, Kentucky for a few years, and then Memphis, Tennessee for two years and then back to St. Louis in 2015.
I moved fifteen times through the years and have come to realize that the kind-hearted, warm smile, and friendly nature of mid-westerners makes anyone feel right at home. Now that I’m back, I can affectionately say: “There’s no place like home in St. Louis!” Whatever your preference, you’ll find a neighborhood that fits you.
There are plenty of activities and events to choose from once you’re settled in. Here is a starting list of destinations and hot spots to visit in your first year: Arch, City Garden, City Museum, St. Louis Zoo, Science Center, Bailey’s Chocolate Bar, Ted Drewes, Jilly’s Cupcake Bar, Delmar Loop, The Hill, Soulard, St. Louis Art Fair in Clayton, and World Chess Hall of Fame in Central West End.
In the winter, catch a Blues game, or a show at the Fabulous Fox and SLSO concert at Powell Hall, or enjoy Winter Glow at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. When spring time comes, watch the St. Patrick’s parade downtown or catch the Cardinals home opener while having lunch at Ball Park Village.
In the summer time, you’ll enjoy the 4th of July fireworks lighting up the Arch, free outdoor concerts and block parties in and around your neighborhood. There’s also outdoor theatre at the Muny, biking and picnicking at Forest Park. Once the autumn leaves start to fall, you’ll be hanging out at local festivals, apple picking, hiking, and watching the Cards win their way to the World Series!
You’ll discover there’s a little bit of everything. Best of all, the cost of living is very affordable. You can also find good quality entertainment and lots of activities that are “free” all-year round. I encourage you to go exploring and enjoy all that St. Louis and Missouri offers and make it your home.
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