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5 free things: St. Louis celebrating 250th anniversary

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  • The Gateway Arch, built as a monument to westward expansion, stands 630 feet tall along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. For a fee, visitors can ride a tram to the top of the Arch and gaze over downtown St. Louis, but many attractions at and around the Arch are free.

      The Gateway Arch, built as a monument to westward expansion, stands 630 feet tall along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. For a fee, visitors can ride a tram to the top of the Arch and gaze over downtown St. Louis, but many attractions at and around the Arch are free.
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  • A visitor interacts with a sea lion at the St. Louis Zoo, which is one of the few in the nation with no admission fee.

      A visitor interacts with a sea lion at the St. Louis Zoo, which is one of the few in the nation with no admission fee.
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  • Visitors on the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour view beers made by the company in St. Louis. The Busch family sold Anheuser-Busch to the Belgian brewer InBev in 2008, but the massive brewery remains an integral part of St. Louis, making some of the nation's best-selling brews, including Budweiser and Bud Light.

      Visitors on the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour view beers made by the company in St. Louis. The Busch family sold Anheuser-Busch to the Belgian brewer InBev in 2008, but the massive brewery remains an integral part of St. Louis, making some of the nation's best-selling brews, including Budweiser and Bud Light.
    Associated Press file photo

  • Traffic flows under the St. Louis Science Center, which is among the few free science centers in the U.S. and was founded as a planetarium in 1963. Today, the center includes more than 750 exhibits in 300,000-plus square feet of space, making it one of the nation's largest science centers.

      Traffic flows under the St. Louis Science Center, which is among the few free science centers in the U.S. and was founded as a planetarium in 1963. Today, the center includes more than 750 exhibits in 300,000-plus square feet of space, making it one of the nation's largest science centers.
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  • Grant's Farm got its name because the property was founded as a farm by Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general who later became the nation's 18th president. The farm, in St. Louis County just south of the city, is home to more than 900 animals and is one of a number of free attractions in the area.

      Grant's Farm got its name because the property was founded as a farm by Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general who later became the nation's 18th president. The farm, in St. Louis County just south of the city, is home to more than 900 animals and is one of a number of free attractions in the area.
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By Jim Salter
Associated Press

St. louis is turning 250 this year, and visitors who want to join in the celebration can find plenty to do without spending a dime. the gateway city was founded by pierre laclede and auguste chouteau on feb. 15, 1764. a series of anniversary events are planned throughout the year. amid the hoopla, there's plenty to do for free, including visits to one of the world's biggest breweries, two popular animal attractions, a science center and a towering monument that has come to define st. louis.

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