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Many of St. Louis's top attractions are spread in or around expansive Forest Park, site of the 1904 World's Fair and one of the nation's largest parks (it beats New York City's Central Park by 500 acres).

Historic Homes

The Campbell House Museum, 1508 Locust St. (tel. 314/421-0325; www.campbellhousemuseum.org; open Wed-Sun), is an elegant, 10,000-square-foot 1851 Victorian mansion, with most of its original family furnishings remarkably intact. Tours cost $6. The Romanesque Revival-style 1889 Samuel Cupples House, 3673 W. Pine Blvd. (tel. 314/977-3575; http://cupples.slu.edu; open Tues-Sat), is a gem of the Gilded Age on the campus of Saint Louis University, containing 42 rooms, a glass collection, and other fine and decorative arts. Tours cost $5. The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, 3352 DeMenil Place (tel. 314/771-5828; www.demenil.org; open Tues-Sat), built as a 4-room farmhouse in 1848 and later expanded to 14 rooms in the Greek Revival style, contains period furnishings, a collection of 1904 World's Fair memorabilia, and two paintings by Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham. Admission here is $4.

From 1900 to 1903, the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, 2658A Delmar Blvd. (tel. 314/340-5790; www.mostateparks.com/scottjoplin.htm; open Mar-Oct Tues-Sun, Nov-Feb Tues-Sat), was the modest four-family antebellum home of the musician and composer known as the "King of Ragtime." Now a National Historic Landmark, it offers guided tours for $2.50 that include Joplin's second-floor apartment with furnishings representative of the times and a player piano that rags out renditions of Joplin's best-known tunes, including "The Entertainer."

Major League Fun

Watch the St. Louis Cardinals hit some homers at the new downtown Busch Stadium, Broadway and Clark streets (tel. 314/345-9000; www.stlcardinals.com).

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