Tower Grove Park
Tower Grove Park has something for everyone. The park is home to softball, ultimate disc, and soccer leagues, and tennis courts, as well as plenty of sidewalks for joggers and stroller derby moms. The park sponsors weekly events such as Friends of Tower Grover Park Children’s Concert Series on Monday nights and their very own Farmer’s Market.
Tower Grove Park was started by legendary St. Louis entreprenuer Henry Shaw. It is home to hundreds of varieties of trees and dozens of impressive public pavilions and statues. It is one of the best 19th urban parks in the United States.
Learn more at towergrovepark.org.
Missouri Botanical Garden
Did you know the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the country and a national historic landmark? There are so many events, educational classes and attractions for all ages, including the new Children’s Garden! Your child can explore a cave, climb a tree and even pilot a steamboat. The Missouri Botanical Garden is where you can be a kid again….come explore your imagination today at this magnificent garden!
Learn more at mobot.org.
Compton Hill Reservoir Park and
the Compton Hill Water Tower
Have you seen the Compton Hill water tower? It stands 180 feet tall and at night can be seen from all over the city. The water tower is considered a Saint Louis City landmark. The Compton Hill Water Tower is one of only seven surviving such towers in the United States (two others are also in St. Louis), it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972.
Compton Hill Water Tower, located in Compton Hill Reservoir Park along Grand Avenue, is preserved as a mid-19th century engineering masterpiece. Built in the late-19th century on the highest point in the city it was designed as part of the city’s public water supply system.
The statue The Naked Truth, unveiled in 1914, was a gift to the city of St. Louis by the German-American Alliance in honor of Carl Schurz, Emil Preetorius and Carl Daenzer, editors of the German St. Louis newspaper Westliche Post. Controversy erupted over the statue’s nudity before the monument was even built when a jury selected the design of Wilhelm Wandschneider, the only non-local sculptor in the design contest. At the request of Adolphus Busch, who had contributed $20,000 of the $31,000 cost of the monument, the statue was made of bronze instead of white marble to deemphasize the nudity.
The statue was moved to its present location south of the water tower after Interstate 44 was constructed through the northern edge of the park. The statue was designated a city landmark in 1969.
Compton Hill Water Tower
2018 Public Viewing Schedule
Water Tower Opening Schedule:
|March 31, 7-11PM (FM)|
|April 7, 12–4PM||April 29, 7PM–12AM (FM)|
|May 5, 12–4PM||May 29, 7–10PM (FM)|
|June 2, 12–4PM||June 16, 7PM–12AM|
|June 27, 7–11PM|
|July 7, 12–4PM||July 21, 7PM–12AM|
|July 27, 7PM–12AM (FM)|
|Aug 4, 12–4PM||Aug 18, 7PM–12AM|
|Aug 26, 7–11PM (FM)|
|Sept 1, 12–4PM||Sept 24, 6:30–9:30PM (FM)|
|Oct 6, 12–4PM||Oct 24, 5:30-8:30PM (FM)|
|Nov 3, 12–4PM||Nov 23 4–7PM (FM)|
South Grand Blvd. at Shaw Blvd.
Park Free on Russell Blvd.
Children 6-12 $3
Under 6 Free
Tour the Magic Chef Mansion
3400 Russell Boulevard
Children 6-12: $10
Children under 6 years: Free
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Note: Tour schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit the Magic Chef Mansion website: www.magicchefmansion.com.
Russell Boulevard borders the Compton Hill Reservoir Park to the south. The Mansion is at the southeast corner of the park on the south side of Russell. Parking on Russell is free.
Advance tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.com or at the door day of tour.
2018 Public Tour Schedule
These are self-guided tours
|April 7, 2-5PM||August 4, 2-5PM|
|May 5, 2-5PM||September 1, 2-5PM|
|June 2, 2-5PM||October 6, 2-5PM|
|July 7, 2-5PM||November 3, 2-5PM|
Stray Dog Theatre at Tower Grove Abbey
Tower Grove Abbey, in the Tower Grove East neighborhood, is a century-old church that is newly developed as a multi-use performance center for arts, education, and community programs. The beautiful space is now home to Stray Dog Theatre (SDT), a company in its twelfth season and SDT is committed to unleashing the art of theatre, education, and community on Saint Louis and the surrounding area.
Jesus Christ Superstar: April 12-28, 2018
Hedda Gabler: June 7-23, 2018
The Robber Bridegroom: August 2-18, 2018
Evil Dead The Musical: October 11-27, 2018
The Most Fabulous Story Every Told: December 6-12, 2018
The Crucible: February 7-23, 2019
Dreamgirls: April 4-20, 2019
SYLVIA: June 6-22, 2019
Guys and Dolls: August 8-24, 2019
Tower Grove Abbey
2336 Tennessee Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63104
Adults: $30 / Seniors (65+) & Students: $25
(Cash/Checks/All Major Credit Cards)
Information and Ticket Reservations: Call (314) 865‐1995. Visit www.StrayDogTheatre.org. Secure online ticketing!
Community Outreach: In keeping with its mission of community outreach, non‐perishable food is collected at each performance and donated to Food Outreach, Inc. www.FoodOutreach.org