St. Louis Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Arch

Silver Dollar City St Louis
Silver Dollar City offers theme park thrills a short drive from St. Louis. Photo: Silver Dollar City
The folks up north might still be digging out of the latest snowstorm, but here in the heart of the Midwest, it's time to get out and do something about that raging case of spring fever (though a jacket is probably still a good idea).

Get The All-Inclusive Treatment: The Restaurant, Ritz Carlton
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience

Eat like royalty the Ritz-Carlton's all day breakfast spread. Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., just $23 ($11.50 for kids ages five through 12, free for kids under five) will get you unlimited access to a bevy of hot and cold delicacies in the high-end confines of the hotel's flagship eatery, The Restaurant.

See The Green Flash: Element
Where to watch the sunset

Element has made quite a splash with its food, but the view from the third-floor rooftop is stunning as well. Order an El Flora Sinner ($11), made with Four Roses bourbon, El Dorado Five Year rum, lemon, egg white and honey, and watch the sun sink beneath the horizon. If winter is still rearing its frosty visage during your visit, the inside lounge offers the same colorful vista, without the chill.

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere – Here: Taha's Twisted Tiki
Where to get a great tropical drink

With its upscale island vibe -- replete with tiki statues and faux grass hut roofs over the bar -- Taha'a Twisted Tiki is the Lou's only true tropical-themed watering hole. It's just the place to find fine rum drinks, from mai tais ($9) to zombies ($9) and then some.

Closer Than Disney World: Silver Dollar City
A great activity for kids and families

Just a short drive from The Lou, Silver Dollar City has just about all of the theme park madness you can handle. The park opens for the season on March 14. Cut loose on a bevy of thrill rides like the Outlaw Run, billed as "The World's Most Daring Wooden Coaster."

Budget Beach Bites: Diablitos Cantina
An affordable beachy or seafood meal

From its colorful, funky Day of The Dead decor to its menu full of high-quality, affordable Mexican street food, hanging out at Diablitos is like taking a jaunt south of the border without ever leaving town. Oh, did we mention they also have the largest tequila selection in town?

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Matt Sorrell is a born-and bred St. Louisan who covers the dining and drinking scene in town for a variety of local and national publications. Once the weather breaks you can find him hitting the running path at Forest Park, or doing some patio drinking in the Central West End.
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