My team the Tribe are playing in St. Louis and Kansas City pretty much a week apart at the end of June and the beginning of July. I'm planning a trip to both of those places and would love some advice on where to stay, what to see and game day festivities. I'm a social studies teacher so my interests are pretty diverse. Thanks!
In St. Louis, there are a ton of great hotel options within walking distance. While it is no Wrigley-Ville, the whole area has one of the best game day scenes. We did the obligatory visit to the arch. The museum at the base of the arch has material that may appeal to your Social Studies teacher side, including a nice Lewis and Clark documentary, exhibits about westward expansion, and some pieces about the arch's construction. The old courthouse, near both the ballpark and the arch, is where the Dredd Scott case was tried. I wish I had more to offer for restaurants,etc. You really can't go wrong with the ballpark village across from the ballpark.
Kaufman, doesn't have much to offer in the immediate area. I've heard others say good things about the tailgate experience, but I wasn't impressed. I'm from Milwaukee, though, so my tailgate standards are pretty high. I recommend a game day of lunch at Jack Stack BBQ, and a trip to the Negro League Museum.