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  • $12 for adults; free for kids 12 and younger
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

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  • Parks and Gardens Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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One of the more unique things about the Missouri Botanical Garden is that kids love it. And why wouldn't they? The Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden features a limestone cave (to explore), the Spelunker's Slide (to hurtle down), a treehouse (to climb) and a steamboat (to board), among other attractions.

And the sights geared toward adults aren't that shabby, either. Some previous visitors said feeding the koi fish in the Japanese Garden and admiring the Chihuly glass sculptures throughout the property were the highlights of their trips, while others recommend enjoying a picnic lunch (during the warmer months) or taking in the lights and holiday decorations (in the winter).

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located southwest of downtown St. Louis in the Tower Grove Park area. It is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes – the garden is expansive, so you'll do a lot of walking. Admission is $12 for adults; kids ages 12 and younger get in for free. Keep in mind, though, that there is a special $5 admission for kids ages 3 through 12 to get into the seasonal Children's Garden. All entrance fees cover access to the gardens, plus facilities like restrooms, two gift shops, a cafe and a pavilion that serves brunch every Sunday. Free parking is also available on-site, or you can take MetroBus' No. 8, 14 or 80 bus to the property (by doing so you'll receive $1 off your admission after showing your bus ticket). To find out more, check out the Missouri Botanical Garden's website.

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