10 Easy Ways to Have Fun Around St. Louis This Summer

School’s out, the sun is back, and everyone’s sporting shorts and sandals. That’s right – summer’s back in the St. Louis area, and we are loving it! Of course, you don’t need to have a beach and an ocean to get the most out of the season. There are plenty of fantastic things to do in your own backyard!

Enjoy summer to the fullest with these 10 fun ideas:

Visit a Farmers Market – There’s nothing like fresh produce, and summer gives us some of the best. You can find all of the berries, peaches, corn, tomatoes, and peppers you want at your local farmers markets! Pick out your favorites, along with some farm fresh eggs, local honey, and delectable bread, as you listen to live entertainment. Oh, and you could find some fun gifts for your friends or yourself, too – there are plenty of crafts, handmade soaps, jewelry, baskets, and more! Just head over to Alton, Edwardsville, or Jerseyville to get started.

Catch a Game or Two – It just isn’t summer without some baseball! Enjoy America’s favorite pastime at Busch Stadium, around the local ball field, or in your backyard playing catch with your family and friends.

Check Out Local Homecomings – Summers call for fun times out in the local parks eating corn dogs and funnel cakes while the kids have the time of their lives on the Scrambler and carousel. Celebrate Highland’s Swiss heritage with plenty of hot food, cold drinks, and fun games at the Schweizerfest. Get lost in carnival games and karaoke at the Glen Carbon Homecoming, or watch a tractor pull, demolition derby, and more at the Madison County Fair.

Go For a Spontaneous Drive – What better time of year is there for grabbing your friends and driving somewhere beautiful with the windows down? Whether you’re marveling at the beauty of the Great River Road, revisiting the tale of the Piasa Bird, or blazing your own trail on your favorite back roads, you’re sure to enjoy the wind flying through your hair as the music blares from your speakers.

Play a Set of Washers – While many of us do whatever we can to stay out of the hot summer sun, we tend to make an exception when it comes to playing a rousing game of washers. Of course, if you want to do ladder golf, Frisbee, cornhole, or any other sport instead (or in addition to) washers, we say go for it!

Meet Your Friends at the Muny – The Muny is celebrating their 100th season this year! Now’s the time to head out to Forest Park and catch one of your favorite shows with your family and friends. Shows this year include Meet Me in St. Louis, Singin’ in the Rain, Jersey Boys, Annie, and many more. Get your tickets here and get ready to have a blast!

Savor St. Louis Classic Foods – Whether you’re cooking up some pork steaks or horseshoes at home, demolishing a plate of toasted raviolis with your best friends, or splitting a St. Louis-style pizza at a party, you can’t go wrong with enjoying some local cuisine throughout the season. Don’t forget to top it all off with some delicious gooey butter cake, no matter what the occasion!

Consume a Healthy Amount of Frozen Custard – When dusk rolls around, it isn’t uncommon to find your neighbors or people you’ve gone to school with lined up and waiting to sink their teeth into some fresh frozen custard. Enjoy a classic concrete at Ted Drewes, savor Annie’s Frozen Custard’s Flavor of the Week, or order your favorite concoction of flavors at Bobby’s Frozen Custard.

Be Dazzled by Fireworks – No July 4th celebration is complete without a fireworks display! Fortunately, St. Louis has some of the best shows in the nation. Prepare to be left awestruck whenever you check out the fireworks in the city, Edwardsville, Alton, Highland, Troy, Granite City, and anywhere else you may go in the Metro East St. Louis region!

Soak in the Music at the Muny Band Concerts – Head on over to Highland, Edwardsville, or Alton (or all 3!) to sit back and enjoy some beautiful live music with your friends and family! You just need to bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket – these weekly municipal band concerts are free.

How do you like to celebrate summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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8 Amazing Things You Can Experience When You Live in the Metro East St. Louis Area

STLWhen people are asked about their ideal location to live in, they might envision somewhere that’s close to the beach, a home that’s nestled deep in the woods at a foot of a beautiful mountain, or maybe right in the middle of their favorite city. It can be somewhat rare for people to just up and say that they dream of living right in the heart of the Midwest, and we think that those people are definitely missing out.

Not sure what the Metro East St. Louis region is like or why you should ever move there? Here are 8 of the countless things the residents here get to enjoy year in and year out!

Sports Fans Can Feel at Home – Whether you’re into major league sports, college sports, or just want to cheer on the little leaguer in your life, there are tons of sports for everyone to enjoy at every age and level. You can watch a big baseball, hockey, or football game in St. Louis, cheer on students in their own teams in school or in various leagues, or even make a team yourself and play at one of the many parks that the Metro East St. Louis area has to offer. Sports are everywhere around here!

History Buffs Love It, Too – The St. Louis region is absolutely rich in historical events, buildings, and more. From the haunted lore of Alton to the rich history of the St. Louis Arch and everything in between, you will find plenty of interesting facts, buildings, and locations to visit, often for free!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors on the Trails – This area of the Metro East St. Louis region, particularly in Madison County, boasts a great deal of smooth, beautiful trails for cyclists, walkers, families, pet owners, and, well, just about anyone and everyone to enjoy! Many of these amazing trails can extend as far away as Staunton, Alhambra, or the ever-stunning Pere Marquette State Park. With so many trails to choose from, the possibilities are nearly endless!

It’s Great For Students – Education on all levels is absolutely wonderful in the Metro East St. Louis region. St. Louis itself boasts many top-notch universities including Washington University, Fontbonne University, St. Louis University, and many others. If you don’t want to go to the big city to get a quality education, you don’t have to! For elementary and secondary students, schools like Edwardsville and O’Fallon, Illinois are some of the nation’s top schools. For higher education, students can get a fantastic educational experience from many Illinois institutes like McKendree University, SIU-E, Greenville College, Southwestern Illinois College, and many others!

So Many Hobbies, So Little Time – Whether you love going to the movies, making your rounds at the mall, or just relaxing in the great outdoors, the Metro East St. Louis region has something for pretty much everyone. There are several malls and outlet malls for shoppers to enjoy, many excellent cinemas and movie theatres for the movie buffs, and plenty of fun things to do both in and out of the city. From the ever-fun City Museum to watching the eagles snatch prey from the mighty Mississippi in Alton in the wintertime and everything in between, we promise that you’ll never be bored here!

It’s a Mecca for Artists – The wonderful thing about St. Louis and the area around it is that it really treasures art. There are so many wonderful places to see art from the St. Louis Art Museum to various art festivals including the Schlafly Art Outside Art Festival, which draws over 10,000 people annually (and is coming up next month from the 11th to the 13th!). Art and local artists are celebrated here, so if you’re into art, you will definitely feel at home quickly!

Transportation Is a Breeze – While having a car might be pretty helpful to get from point A to point B, there are so many different ways to get places (and many different routes to take as well!). Centrally located right in the middle of the nation, St. Louis is surrounded by several interstates that can take you pretty much any direction you want to go pretty easily. You can also find plenty of easy-access public transportation through the Metro buses and the ever-handy MetroLink, which spans from Scott Air Force Base near Shiloh, Illinois to Lambert Airport and Shrewsbury, Missouri.

Vivid, Beautiful Seasons – Have you ever wanted to live somewhere that has “all 4 seasons”? The Metro East St. Louis region is the perfect place! Spring features plenty of beautiful blooms and refreshing rains, and summer is never a dull moment as you hop into the nearest pool or waterslide to cool down from the summer heat. The fall foliage is some of the most beautiful in the nation, especially in Southern Illinois and on the Great River Road, and snow bunnies will enjoy the joys that the winter season brings (snowball fights, anyone?).

Ready to move? Good news! There are so many fantastic choices out there in this part of the country, and we can help you get here! Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started. You can even personally view the listings and take virtual tours of the homes you like on our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.