Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests St. Louis 2005 - Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Rd
Sunset Hills, MO 63127
Readers' Choice: City Museum
You say your sister enjoys massive pieces of sculpture made out of 55 steel marine buoys? Your uncle likes to browse unassuming gift shops for glass-art jewelry, books about Andy Warhol and items that appear to be antique cat toys? And your old frat bro has never marveled at giant, Smurfette-like torso pieces positioned near a giant blue clown head? Laumeier Sculpture Park is your all-in-one destination. (Elsewhere in this issue, we designate it Best Museum, and with good reason.) Alternately wooded and open, grassy and paved, this free, 98-acre open-air museum has something for everyone, including art classes for your own inner Picasso. And for nature lovers, there's a bird sanctuary and a small trail leading past Ernest Trova's "Poet" silhouettes, where one recent stroll's sights included two chipmunks, a squirrel with a really, really long tail and two adorable copulating bunny rabbits -- Grandma's favorite!