There's plenty to like about St. Louis. I've been there many times for all sorts of things. I've seen the Cardinals in the playoffs, I've watched the Blues at the Keil Center, Savvis Center and Scottrade Center (which are all the same building, it's just been renamed a few times), I attended a movie premiere at the Tivoli, and rode that weird elevator thing to the top of the Gateway Arch. I wasn't really surprised to see that St. Louis has been named one of the 10 "Best Cities For Recreation."

Kurt Parsons

WalletHub has ranked the 100 "Best and Worst Cities For Recreation" based on the following criteria: financial facts, quality of parks, entertainment and recreational facilities, and weather conditions.

St. Louis ranked in the Top 5 in the category of "music venues per capita."

The Top 10 cities were:

  1. Cincinnati, Ohio
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. Omaha, Nebraska
  4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  5. Tampa, Florida
  6. St. Petersburg, Florida
  7. St. Louis, Missouri
  8. Boise City, Idaho
  9. Buffalo, New York
  10. Sacramento, California

Coming in last on the list of 100 cities:

  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Fremont, California
  • Chula Vista, California
  • Laredo, Texas
  • Newark, New Jersey

If you'd like to win a getaway to St. Louis, make sure to enter our Gateway Getaway contest. We're giving away a pair of tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs game on August 31, in addition to tickets to the 'Dinosaurs in Motion' exhibit at the St. Louis Science Center and OMNIMAX theater at the Science Center. We'll also include a hotel voucher from Drury Hotels. We'll announce the winner on August 18. Good luck!