Friday, July 29, 2016
No Longer As Free St. Louis
On the way back north from Dallas, we had to swing by St. Louis because there has always been so much free stuff there to enjoy. Our first stop was the zoo which although we've always had to pay for parking, the entrance to the zoo is free and it is probably the best free zoo in the United States though in the heat, many of the animals were tucked away in shady alcoves away from eyes. However, they have blocked off the children's part of the zoo unless you pay a admission to get into that part. Fortunately they do have it open for the first hour so we hit that up first while it was still free though it means walking clear across the zoo with children who don't necessarily understand why we are passing so many interesting things that they want to see while we are there.
The second free stop that we liked to visit was the Anheuser Busch Brewery. They offer a free tour that takes about an hour and a half and you got a free beer at the end that you could choose from several varieties. Well they still offer a free tour but it covers only a fraction of the buildings you got to see before and you get a free sip of light beer. The tour we used to take now costs $15 or $10 per person depending on which parts you want to see. In fact, there are now five or six different tours offered, all of which cost money except for the severely reduced free tour that took about half an hour.
Don't get me wrong, if you haven't been there, the abbreviated tour is still worth going on but if you've been there in the past on the much longer free tour, it isn't worth dropping by anymore. Our tour guide did let us sneak over to the old school house which now houses a museum but we had to race through it in less than 10 minutes do he could get back to the next group going on the micro free tour.