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Our Favorite Fall To Dos

Though St. Louis may seem an unlikely fall weekend destination location, this charming Midwestern city is arguably America’s hidden gem – especially come autumn! Whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple, or with the entire family, St. Louis has a variety of notable activities to entertain & delight all ages. Read up on our favorite fall “to-dos,” then be sure to hop online or give us a call to book your stay at the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis.

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Fall Foliage at The Garden

Just a 12-minute car ride from the hotel, the Missouri Botanical Garden is THE spot to see vibrant autumn colors. Take a walk through the Garden on a crisp day & see roses and water lilies blooming, as well as bright red berries coming to life on the Garden’s holly trees. You might even witness the outdoor horticulture staff planting 70,000+ bulbs in preparation for the upcoming spring blooms! During the autumn months, the Garden’s indoor staff works tirelessly on extraordinary props for their winter Holiday Show, just around fall’s corner.

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Best of MO Market

2018’s “Best of Missouri Market” is October 5-7, open rain or shine! The aforementioned Missouri Botanical Garden hosts the event, with more than 120 food producers & crafters offering herbs, baked goods, hand crafted items, toys, jewelry, and much more. There’s even a Kids Corner with barnyard animals and pumpkin decorating. You won’t want to miss this celebration of regional arts.

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The Gateway Arch Museum  

Did you know that the Gateway Arch, one of America’s most iconic landmarks, has a museum & visitor’s center, too? This subterranean museum – formerly known as the Museum of Westward Expansion – reopened to the public on July 3, 2018 after a 5-year revitalization project. The museum received an impressive expansion of 46,000 sq. ft, as well as two brand new entrances. A map drawn on the museum’s floor displays routes followed by pioneers moving westward & another part of the museum reveals the history of St. Louis itself. Word on the street is that the Gateway Arch Museum is spectacular. And admission is still free!

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Herman’s Farm Orchard

We can all agree that apple picking is quintessentially fall. Luckily, there are a plethora of farms & orchards in St. Louis’ surrounding area that offer this activity every year. Herman’s Farm Orchard is one of our favorites – it has plenty of fun for the whole family! Located in St. Charles, MO, about 45 minutes from the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, Herman’s U-Pick apple picking kicks off on September 1. This farm also offers hayrides & educational tours. For a small fee, the kiddos will especially love exploring the castle playground & giving the pedal tractors a whirl.

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