Once a bustling hub of railway activity, this station has been renovated to restore its stunning architecture, and it is now ... More
St. Louis Union Station
Once a bustling hub of railway activity, this station has been renovated to restore its stunning architecture, and it is now a busy attraction for tourists and locals. People flock here to eat at the more than 20 different restaurants, shop in the marketplace and enjoy free entertainment events. There is a lake, complete with fish and turtles, where you can ride a paddleboat. Kids of all ages will be delighted with the carousel and Ferris wheel. A 10-screen movie theater is also on site, and the station plays host to many events and festivals throughout the year.
Rundown place - Birds are taking over - disgusting
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/27/11
Coworkers and I usually hit their food court a few times a week and it is just plain disgusting with the bird crap everywhere. The maintenance crew doesn't wash/wipe down the chairs but maybe once every few weeks so you can't really sit anywhere. You're constantly ducking birds that are flying all over. Talk about a health violation! Such a sad place it has become.
I remember traveling with my grandmother in the early '50's. Oh, how I loved walking in Union Station with my grandma, I remember the smell of leather suitcases & purses, food, cigar & cigarette smoke, the smell of clothes when damp from the rain or snow, the noise of the trains bumping into each other to disconnect a car. Grandma would fry chicken and wrap each piece in some wax paper or foil and when we would eat, it tasted so good. The loud speaker calling out to passengers to board their trains. I loved the rocking back and forth of the train as it traveled to different destinations. The clickety, clack of the tracks as the train passed over them. I just loved it when the train traveled around a sharp curb because I would look out the window and try to see the end of the train. I loved looking at the countryside and seeing some people standing sometimes standing there and waving at the people on the train. I always wondered how my grandmother knew what train to catch because there were so many trains in the station. By the way, I was about 3 to 5 years old and my grandmother was 95 to 97 years old. She was born in 1854 and I was born in 1946. I only knew her for 7 years but all my memories of the St Louis Union Station are wrapped up in memories of my dear departed grandma. I do not like the ride on the new trains. There is no motion that you can feel any more. No clickety, clack and no rocking back and forth. I missed that feeling when I recently rode on an Amtrak train. I went to the Union Station since the renovations and I really enjoyed my visit. There was so many things to see and do with my grandchildren. It was fun and yes, I would suggest and recommend that vistors don't miss this attraction. It certainly was a place to relax, eat, shop, and rides for the little kids.
We rode the Metro Link from to Union Station and ate lunch there. The shopping was not that diverse or good- mainly Cardinals stores, knock-off purse stores, and hat stores-, but it was a nice place to go in and cool off. There are little displays that show the historic side of Union Station- those were pretty interesting. And the stained glass windows above the old main entry are beautiful.
My husband and I stayed in the Marriott that is located in the Union Station. When we walked in the doors from the side parking lot behind the pub we were suprised to see one store to our left. We then walked down checked into our room and then walked further down. There we seen 3-4 Cardinal stores or sports stores, some was expensive but beats paying the prices at the stadium. We then went upstairs to the food court which had numerous things to choose from, we ate Quiznos very friendly service and good food. We then went down where the fudge shop was and they put on a very funny show and then you got a free sample of the fudge they just made..very good and we did end up buying some. One night we sat upstairs and watched the jumpers on the trampoline bungee thing they have in there when we were waiting to go do our next activities for the day...We ate at the Hard Rock Cafe, Landry's Seafood and the Houlihans all located in the mall, all had decent prices and very good food. The wait staff at Hard Rock was kind of slow and wasnt that busy for a Friday night but was seated very quickly at all resturants. We played the glow in the dark putt putt which was 7 dollars a person for 2 games for 9 holes, its just a small kind of homemade course, and at the time it was just my husband and I in the couse which was a good thing because to many people in there wouldn't be that fun. The Metro Link was also located near the Station so it was nice to be able to take that where we needed to go. Not much at the mall anymore but it said it was remodeling.
My family of five visited Union Station on March 29, 2007. We had been being good little tourists of St. Louis all day, and were starving when we arrived. We ate dinner outside at Houlihan's. The food was VERY good, and the waiter was very attentive. Eating outside near the "lake" was very nice. The outside place is very cool to look at, being half covered, half uncovered, and with water shooting out over the "pond". You can feed the fish there too, with the quarter food vending machines. They are fun to watch eat. After dinner, we took a stroll around the "mall". Do Not Miss the Fudge factory show. It is hilarious, and your family will be saying "say thank you" for a while after your visit. Don't miss walking upstairs, there is a lounge of some sort up there, and it is B E A -utiful! Very antique, very upscale. We had the kids cartoon image drawn by a nice fellow in the "mall" area. We did not shop much, but it was fun to read the t-shirts for sale in the middle stores. Have fun!
Great combination of history and capitalism. Not worth to spend entire day but good to spend 3 hrs at end of day.... Do watch the fudge factory but dont buy it its just a piece of sugar :( and expensive
This passenger rail terminal turned shopping mall is impressively huge, so much so that the Hyatt Hotel sits comfortably inside the terminal's huge glass roof. The place has been beautifully renovated, with lots of shops and a food court, making it a great place to shop and eat. A man-made lake and lots of cool shady areas also make this a great place to relax and unwind. The place is easily reached by the Metro light rail.
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