Today's side deal cleans up dirty dogs without the extra mess. For $12, you get $24 worth of self-service dog washing and five fresh baked treats from Four Muddy Paws. The Riverfront Times named the bark-worthy boutique the Best Dog Wash, and St. Louis Tails readers voted it the Best Pet Boutique, among other awards. A basic wash is $12, so you can bathe two pups, or come back a second time when your puppy gets muddy again, or you can splurge on the premium wash (includes cologne, $14) for extra dirty doggies. Redeem your Groupon at the boutique's Edwardsville, IL or St. Louis locations.
Since 1971, World Aquarium has stuck to its not-for-profit mission to protect marine life and promote the public's understanding of the aquatic world through educational programs, exhibits, and research. The aquarium unsurprisingly favors a hands-on approach; visitors often get close enough to high-five the flippers, fins, or pincers of many of its more than 10,000 animals.
Tour guides wind through exhibits on sea and freshwater animals, showcasing creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and fish from rivers and lakes around the globe. While peering into the faithfully reconstructed habitats, visitors absorb valuable information on how to conserve water, protect aquatic resources, and peacefully resolve conflicts between Siamese fighting fish.
Wolfgang's Pet Stop cossets furry friends with an array of grooming services for pooches and kitties. Trim a four-legged friend's fringe with a bath and brush ($25+) or a bath and hand-scissored cut ($40+)⎯a hand-styled coat cut tailored to a specific breed's show standards, the overall length of the entire coat, or trimmed to resemble your favorite president. Pups can undergo the deshedding treatment to banish any remnants of winter shawls ($5–$25 added to any bath service) and freshen up chompers with a teeth brushing ($8). Pets can also receive a nail trimming ($10–$12) and painting ($15–$20 for pawdicures) to prepare for upcoming dog shows or upscale poker matches.