Finally, those thoughts have come to fruition. With that in mind, here’s a list of things to do in the Clayton and Richmond Heights area now that beautiful weather is upon us.
10. Public pools
Swimming is the ultimate activity for nice weather, and both Clayton and Richmond Heights have options to choose from. has great indoor options at its aquatic center, and Clayton has a nice outdoor pool, the .
9. Playing tennis
I didn’t try tennis until later in my life, and it was admittedly quite difficult to pick up. But that didn’t make it any less fun. , off of Brentwood Boulevard in Clayton, has a plethora of public tennis courts ready to be used by beginners and veterans alike.
8. Dog walking
Whether you own a dog or are looking to start a side job to make a few extra bucks, taking a dog for a walk in Clayton and Richmond Heights is a good way to exercise. Whether you're walking to , , or or just around pretty side streets the area has to offer, you won't regret grabbing that leash and basking in the sun with man's best friend.
7. Early morning coffee
Some would argue the best part of a sunny spring and early summer day in Missouri is the time just after sunrise. To take advantage of that, walking to a local coffee shop can be a great start to a day. Among the options are Northwest Coffee Company on Ladue Road and on Demun Avenue.
6. Ice cream
One of the most memorable and nostalgic things a person can hear is the sound of an ice-cream truck driving down the street. Unfortunately, unless you're parked outside a Little League game or an elementary school, those trucks can be infrequent and cravings for sweet can kick in. That makes it imperative to have a backup plan. Lucky for you, Clayton’s Wydown Avenue staple Chill offers a wide variety of frozen yogurt flavors.
5. Organized sports
If your high school and college playing days are behind you, competition can be a welcome return to one's life. Clayton and Richmond Heights have leagues for adults in a number of sports, including baseball, softball, soccer, kickball and washers. It's a great way to meet new people and get outside to enjoy an active lifestyle.
4. Go Green 5K
On May 1, Clayton residents will focus on environmental consciousness with the Go Green 5K. Proceeds are going to the Clayton Century Foundation and the Green Club. It's a fantastic way to join people in the community in a healthy activity while also giving back to the city.
3. Dining outside
One of the best perks about living in a place with hot days and warm nights is the ability to enjoy a great dinner or cocktail outside. Make sure to try the patios at places such as on Central Avenue in downtown Clayton, on Clayton Road, Mai Lee on Musick Memorial Drive or Olympia Kebob House on McCausland Avenue.
2. Walk on Wydown
Clayton's Wydown Boulevard is a popular street and a major artery that takes people to locations such as Washington University and Forest Park. It’s a picturesque location for a strenuous walk. It's lined with beautiful houses and blooming trees, and you’ll find you’re not alone—runners, bikers and walkers frequent the area.
1. Clayton Farmer's Market
The Clayton Farmer's Market, held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning May 7 at the parking lot on Forsyth Boulevard is a staple event each weekend. Buy the best products that local farmers have to offer with healthy and fresh options that promote a healthy diet.