Skyview Drive-In Theater, opened in 1949, has weathered the ravages of multiple tornados, enduring as a two-screen throwback to old-school cinema. When the sun sets, the twin screens display double features of recent Hollywood releases in clear digital format, while FM radio simulcasts the soundtracks. The viewing area?organized so taller cars never cut off smaller cars' sightlines?borders a playground for youngsters and a concession stand with classic movie snacks. Celebrating its roots, the theater occasionally hosts classic car (defined as 1987 or older) night where the driver is admitted free. For first-timers, Skyview Drive-In offers thorough responses to FAQs.
As the only team to appear in the championship series for three straight seasons, the River City Rascals continue their dominance of the independent Frontier League. At their home stadium, T.R. Hughes Ballpark—the same field where players such as the St. Louis Cardinals' Josh Kinney and the New York Yankees' Justin Christian cut their major-league teeth by gnawing on aluminum bats—the River City Rascals face challenges from division rivals amid crowd-pleasing antics such as dizzy-bat races. On the field, outfielder Stephen Holdren returns after leading last year's playoffs with three homers and eight RBIs, and first-baseman Chris Andreas dons a Rascals uniform for the first time after hitting 0.336 with the Arizona Mariners. Throughout the season, several games feature special promotions such as a Salute to the Troops on August 29 and regular giveaways of posters and lifelike busts of managers' giant bobbing heads.
A popular local gut-bustery for the past 17 years, Comedy, Etc. II keeps its calendar stuffed with a slew of elite court jesters—many of whom have been featured on the Tonight Show, HBO, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, the Bob & Tom Show, and more. Watch local comics test out their soul tickles on Wednesday open mic night ($5 ticket value). Otherwise, chuckle at a better-known act such as John Rathbone ($10–$12.50 ticket value)—who's been seen on Comedy Central, heard on the Bob & Tom Show, and touched by thousands of random passing strangers—or the fast-paced one-lining of Dan Chopan ($10–$12.50 ticket value), who's appeared on MTV, PBS, and more.
As the Gateway Grizzlies vow to reclaim their 2003 title as Frontier League champions or choke the rivers with their dead, fans can watch them triumph from the very best of ballpark tush cushions: field-reserve box seats (a $10 value at the box office). A hot dog (a $1.75 value), chips (a $2 value), and soda (a $3 value) all give the mouth something to do besides scream at the umpire for attempting to surreptitiously break up with his girlfriend via text message. The five Grizzlie Bucks ($5) can be used toward additional food and merchandise at the ballpark. For the complete experience, zealous baseball buffs will get to step up to the virtual plate and take swings at 10 pitches ($5) with the ProBatter PX2 Professional Baseball System. ProBatter synchronizes videos of real pitchers with a pitching machine, creating the sensation of facing a professional knuckleballer that is so convincing, you can almost feel the tobacco juice sprinkling your face.
The original St. Louis Raceway Park was erected in 1967 as a mere 1/8-mile drag strip. Within four years, the strip expanded to a quarter-mile after additional land was made available. Adding dirt ovals and road courses over the years, the facility continued to grow even more, allowing it to finally ride roller coasters and serve as the setting for major races including the CART World Series, NHRA duels, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2012, following a two-year hiatus that brought all racing operations to a halt, the facility was renamed Gateway Motorsports Park. Seemingly rejuvenated, it once again provides fans and competitors first-class racing experiences. In the future, the park looks to convert into a 20,000-seat amphitheater between racing events in order to host more outdoor concerts.