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Union Station is throwing Missouri a 200th birthday party with ice cream social

DOWNTOWN – What’s a state dessert without a state? Union Station is inviting everyone to help Missouri mark its entry into the Union as a new state on Aug. 10, 1821, with scoops of ice cream and a slew of other snacks as well as games and rides on the St. Louis Wheel.

The ice cream cone is Missouri’s official state dessert, so people across the state are celebrating on Tuesday with ice cream socials. Typically steamy August weather – 93 degrees, with high humidity and a 40 percent chance of showers – is predicted for the day, adding delight to the anticipation of cold, sweet, creamy treats.

Local author Amanda Doyle will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. to sign copies of her latest book, “100 Things To Do In Missouri Before You Die,” which includes Union Station. 

Visitors also can take a spin on the 200-foot-tall St. Louis Wheel. The 200th group to buy tickets on Tuesday will get to ride for free. 

All the other attractions and games at Union Station will be open for fun, including mini-golf, the carousel and the mirror maze. Visitors can make reservations for a visit to the St. Louis Aquarium or an adventure on the rope course during the day.

The St. Louis Wheel is open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Soda Fountain is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.

St. Louis Union Station is at 201 S. 18th Street. More information is available at or @unionstationstl.

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