Ruth and I visited the new aquarium at Union Station is St. Louis just before COVID shut it down for about 6 weeks. The aquarium struck us as fairly small, children oriented, and distinctive. I do recommend it.
Our journey began with a simulated train ride, which was very appropriate for an aquarium inside a train station. All of as sudden the train took off into the sky and we were soaring over and then in The Gulf of Mexico to see sea life. Disembarkation found us in a fun area studying the fish in the Mississippi River, which makes this different from any other aquarium of our experience. This display was even of interest to those who have spent their lives living near this mighty river.
Family fun continued as doctor fish ate dead skin on our hands in a tank. Kids especially loved this. A large display was devoted to sharks, many of which were visibly napping since sharks are nocturnal creatures. We watched otters feed with vivid commentary and saw King Stanley, a rare blue lobster, move about.
After spending time in the aquarium, I hope that parents and the like get to enjoy some of the other new and suitably adult attractions in the Union Station complex. There’s the St. Louis ferris wheel that takes those who board 200 feet into the air in 42 gondolas for a unique viewing experience, a carousel, a fountain and fire show that we didn’t get to see because it was only being offered on weekends when we visited, and the historic Carl Miles Fountain across the street from the station. My favorite thing to do in Union Station, however, is to have a drink and see the Grand Hall Light Show projected on the ceiling in the expansive and grand bar of the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. This on-site Curio Collection by Hilton hotel has 539 rooms.