It’s cold AF in the Lou right now, and you may be wondering how you’re going to survive until spring. Rather than embracing “Life Below Zero,” check out these places sure to transport you to a tropical paradise — at least for a little while.
Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden
Step out of the winter weather and into the warmth and beauty of the Climatron. This greenhouse offers a tropical rainforest theme complete with a river aquarium full of exotic fish. With 85 percent humidity and daytime high temps of about 85 degrees, you may want to stay all day.
The Jewel Box
This art deco greenhouse built in 1936 is a fun place to get out of the cold while still enjoying the beauty of the outdoors — an ideal warm spot to stop on your freezing jog through the park. The greenhouse also includes a large fountain and water feature.
With a goal to maximize your health, this facility is an “oasis of wellbeing.” Enjoy the warmth of the PALM’s aromatic steam rooms and infrared saunas, and then head over to the salt room to help your winter-weary sinuses and skin or stroll through indoor garden to take in some nature currently unavailable outside. Among many other amenities, the facility also has a state-of-the-art gym.
Midtown and Maryland Heights
Leave the frigid temperatures behind for 90 minutes and get into the ultimate meditation state in a float tank. With 850 pounds of healing epsom salt in the 93.5-degree water, you’ll be near zero gravity, which allows your body to rest and heal without fighting gravity. The salt in the water may help detoxify your body while softening your skin, which is so needed during these dry winter months.
Taha’a Twisted Tiki
It may be below zero outside, but you can eat and drink like you’re in the tropics at Taha’a Twisted Tiki, the Grove’s “island oasis.” With a focus on Polynesian-inspired food and tropical-themed décor, it should be easy enough to pretend you’re on vacation in the South Seas after you’ve had a few drinks. M