Families who love outdoor activities as well as living in the city will benefit from renting a 2 bedroom apartment in Shaw. The neighborhood is bordered on two sides by beautifully landscaped urban green spaces. On the west, the Missouri Botanical Garden runs along Tower Grove Avenue. It features rare plant collections such as medicinal plants, flowering cherries, water lilies, orchids and lotus. It also gives renters the chance to enroll in gardening classes for kids and adults, as well as a host of special events and exhibitions, including school trips, the Flower and Train Show and Garden Glow.
The botanical garden also has a butterfly house that young kids will love. The real feature that separates the Missouri Botanical Garden from other similar places around the U.S. is Climatron - the first geodesic dome ever to be used as a greenhouse. It contains a tropical rain forest showcasing the diversity and unique ecology of this type of ecosystem. The structure is awe-inspiring from the outside with a flower-lined reflecting pool leading up to it, but it looks like a rainforest on the inside.
South of the Botanical Garden, right across Magnolia Avenue, is Tower Grove Park. This 1.5-mile-long park features a much farther distance of winding walking and jogging paths, as well as picnic areas, a cafe, a playground and a wading pool. Residents can enjoy carriage rides, catch a game of tennis or go bird watching, as the park has more than 200 species of birds that use it as a natural refuge.
Continuing the trend, the east end of Shaw is also bordered by a park, making nearly every Shaw 2 bedroom apartment rental within walking distance of a beautiful green space. Compton Hill Reservoir Park sits across S. Grand Boulevard from Shaw. Walking paths, benches and a scenic tower that overlooks the neighborhood make this spot a more relaxed area. Abutting Compton Hill is The Water Tower Dog Park, with plenty of room for your pup to stretch his or her legs.
Elsewhere in the city, outdoor enthusiasts can choose from a variety of Mississippi River cruises departing from right outside the Gateway Arch or head in the other direction to explore the Gateway Mall - a series of parks running through downtown St. Louis. From daily one-hour sightseeing cruises and skyline dinner cruises to Oktoberfest, Halloween and New Year's Eve special cruises, everyone can find something to suit his or her tastes and budget.