Quirky Attraction: St. Louis Citygarden

st louis city garden arch

St. Louis Citygarden
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
When to visit: Any time during daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 15-30 minutes
Website: www.citygardenstl.org

I wrote about St. Louis a lot when the blog first started, covering such attractions at the Budweiser Brewery Tour and the St. Louis City Museum. One site I neglected to publicize is the Citygarden, a cool three-acre park within the downtown area with a view of the Gateway Arch.

The park itself isn’t particularly quirky, but the art within it sure is. I’m a big fan of the white rabbits, which were cast in bronze and then painted. They’re the work of Dutch artist Tom Claassen.

st louis city garden white rabbits

As well as ‘Eros Bendato,’ a work by Igor Mitoraj. I just call it the giant head that you can peek out through:

stl city garden giant head

They’ve got a lot more, including an LED video screen of two people walking, stainless steel structures, bronze birds and a 12.5-foot statue of Pinocchio called “Two White Gloves, Four Wheels.”

st louis city garden pinocchio


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Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based journalist and blogger who seeks out offbeat attractions and awesome destinations around the world. He has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Connect Magazine, Matador Travel, and the Washington Post.

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  1. I recently went to St Louis in May and had a great time, although I didn’t make it to the citygarden. Love the first shot with the Arch in the background 🙂

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