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Go On a Pirate Quest Adventure at St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station!

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Right next to everyone’s favorite old train station you’ll find the Aquarium at Union Station and its newest attraction for Halloween fun! “Pirate Quest For The Sunken Treasure” is a family adventure that’s open now through October 31st and it’s most definitely one of the new attractions that you need to check out. It’s a pirate quest adventure like no other and fun for the entire family!

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station pirate quest adventure

Go On a Pirate Quest Adventure at St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station!

Our family always loves going to the Union Station complex in downtown St. Louis. It’s a great place to explore together and has quickly become a family tradition like no other. The once busiest train terminal has been home to the Aquarium at Union Station since its opening on Christmas Day in 2019. It’s by far the largest attraction on property (unless you are counting the vast size of the 200-foot high ferris wheel *wink*) and a unique addition to the well known St. Louis landmark.

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All aboard the virtual train ride!

Sticking with the train theme, guests will still “ride” into the aquarium.

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station pirate quest adventure

Last weekend our family was invited to get a sneak peek of Pirate Adventure Quest while we staycationed DURING the school year at the Union Station Hotel. We had such a fantastic time at the coral reef right here in St. Louis and get ready because now you can experience the fun since it’s opening day of the “Pirate Quest For The Sunken Treasure”!

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What is the Pirate Quest Adventure?

The St. Louis Union Station Aquarium itself has so many one of a kind exhibits, interactive experiences and aquatic life to learn about it, but there’s even more to see right now that’s included with the general admission tickets! Keep in mind that I already find Shark Canyon (Housing its very own Sandbar Sharks, Zebra Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks and Bamboo Sharks… That is a lot of SHARKS, folks.) to be quite eery all on its own, but the Pirate Quest Adventure indeed adds to the spooky season feel.

What do kids love about Pirate Quest?

Kids can go on a self guided hunt for sunken treasure by solving clues along the way. As you make your way to the various marine environments in the lower level of the aquarium you’ll also be greeted with funny jokes and puns befitting of the pirate theme. At the end of the journey kids will receive a reward for completing the quest. It truly is fun for the entire family.

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Things I love about Pirate Quest

There are plenty of really elaborate scenes for photo opportunities, so naturally I loved that. At the end of the quest there’s the ultimate picture taking opportunity with a really awesome pirate throne set up. This entire special event is such a fun addition to the already amazing aquarium.

pirate throne decorative chair

And of course there’s still all the other aquarium adventures in store for all who visit.

Other favorites at the St. Louis Union Station Aquarium

The Smith kids particularly enjoyed the various interactive exhibits that are all over this unique aquatic education center. My older daughter wants to be a veterinarian when she goes up and after this visit she is saying that she wants to be a marine biologist type of veterinarian. She loved getting so up close with the aquatic animals in the touch pools and the animal encounters

A favorite of mine? Seeing Lord Stanley, the rare blue lobster. He has his own prominent spot right next to the moon jellyfish tank.

lord stanley blue lobster

How rare is a blue lobster?

A blue lobster is incredibly rare. I’m talking one in two million. The odds of it happening is next to none.

Who is Lord Stanley?

In 2019 our beloved St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup. Around the same time Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar clear over on the East Coast’s Cape Cod received a blue lobster in a shipment of the live seafood. The owner decided that the unique lobster should be donated to the St. Louis Aquarium in honor of the historic Blues win. And so after a vote to determine the name of the aquarium’s new resident, Lord Stanley has a permanent home on the second floor of the Union Station Aquarium.

What other attractions are at Union Station?

After you’ve experience all the adventures in the aquarium, might I suggest taking a stroll along the historic train shed to view the outside of the no longer operating train cars, taking a ride on the St. Louis Wheel, watching the free Fire and Light show on Union Station lake and grabbing a bite to eat at The Soda Fountain. All of which are family favorites of ours! You can also get tickets to play a round on the miniature golf course, brave new heights on the ropes course and get lost in the World’s Fair themed Maze-ing Discoveries Mirror Maze. There’s just so much family fun to be had at Union Station!

How can you save on tickets to the attractions at St. Louis Union Station?

Combo tickets to the various attractions are available and it’s a great way to save, while experience more of the fun at the same time!

Get your ticket to the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station HERE.

Next up at St. Louis Union Station?

The Polar Express train ride will be rolling into our favorite train park on November 18th. So exciting! Now this a really BIG family tradition down at Union Station. We have been attending the media preview night for many years now and cannot wait to see what all is in store for this year.

Last year was the first time in a few years that the trains actually got to leave the station. (You all know what w

See more about that magical St. Louis Polar Express train ride last year HERE.

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A mom blogger for over 15 years, Tara Smith lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her audiologist husband and four kids. Her blog has been featured on local media television shows like News 4 Great Day and Show Me St. Louis, as well as in the Farmhouse Style Magazine for Country Sampler. She loves to travel, explore the Midwest, make crafts and read.

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