Things to do in St. Louis
Top Must Sees in St. Louis
|Gateway Arch: Visit the nation's tallest man-made monument, at 630 ft. the Gateway Arch offers unforgettable views of the city and the Mississippi River.
|Busch Stadium: The home of the St. Louis National Baseball team, Busch Stadium is a retro style ballpark with 46,000 seats. Take in a Cardinals game and enjoy one of the 540,000 hot dogs the stadium sells yearly.
|Saint Louis Zoo: Located on 90 acres in beautiful Forest Park the Saint Louis Zoo is one of the best in the country. The Zoo houses 810 species and is open free of charge year round.
|Missouri Botanical Garden: A National Historic Landmark with 79 acres of scenic landscaping and elegant structures including the Climatron® tropical rain forest, Seiwa-en Japanese garden and founder Henry Shaw's Victorian home. Enjoy a seasonal exhibit or take a science in action class, the Missouri Botanical Garden has attractions for all ages.
|Saint Louis Art Museum: Built as the Fine Arts Palace of the 1904 World's Fair and one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums, its holdings include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Admission to the museum is free and admissions to the featured exhibitions are free on Fridays.
Grant's Farm: This Busch family estate was once owned by Ulysses S. Grant and now offers animal shows, petting area and a tram ride through the wildlife preserve. The farm is home to over 900 animals and offers free admission to all ages.
|Missouri History Museum: Featuring traveling and permanent exhibitions, The Missouri History Museum has been accredited by the American Museum Association since 1993. The museum contains two buildings - the Missouri History Museum and the Library and Research Center. General admission to the museum is free.
|Saint Louis Science Center: Containing over 700 permanent and traveling exhibits, a OMNIMAX theater and programs for kids and adults, the Saint Louis Science Center is rated one of the top 5 science centers in the U.S. by the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
|Anheuser-Busch Brewery: Founded in 1852 Anheuser-Busch offers complimentary tours for visitors. Tour the home of the world's largest brewer including the historic Brewhouse, Budweiser Clydesdale stables, lager cellar, packaging plant and much more.
|Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis: In May 1st, 1907 work began on the cathedral after 80 years it was finally completed. Take in a masterpiece of art and history including the world's largest collection of mosaic art.
Shaw Park: As the largest and oldest park in the city, Shaw Park has a state of the art playground and an outdoor aquatic center.
Shaw Park Aquatic Center: The aquatic center in Shaw Park offers a 50 meter competition pool, a dive tank, and a children’s pool during the summer months.
Top Sports & Recreation Activities In St. Louis
Forest Park: One of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,371 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City.
Forest Park Trolley Service: The Trolley provides visitors a convenient means of connecting to all park attractions, as well as the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. Park N’ Ride options are also available in designated parking lots. From these lots, visitors can hop aboard the Forest Park Trolley for a lift to their desired attraction.
|Six Flags St. Louis: Get an adrenaline rush on the world-class roller coasters and thrill rides.
|Gateway International Raceway: A fun place for all race car fans, this race way has been part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule since 1969.
|Edward Jones Dome: Catch all the grit and grind on the football field here.
|Scottrade Center: Take in a hockey game, a sporting events, ice shows and music concerts all year long.
|Soulard Farmers Market: Founded around 1779; 148 stalls with farm-fresh and imported produce, meats, fish, herbs and more. Open year-round, Wed. - Sat.
|Tower Grove Park: Rare Victorian walking park filled with ornate gazebos and statuary. Created by Missouri Botanical Garden founder Henry Shaw in 1868 and now a National Historic Landmark. Open daily.
|World Bird Sanctuary: Live eagles, owls, hawks and more exhibited in a convenient 130-acre park setting. Hiking trails, bird watching, picnic areas and knowledgeable naturalists offer unique environmental entertainment.
|Suson Park Animal Farm: This charming small farm features farm animals in the city, admisson is free.
|Hanley House: The Hanley farm was purchased in 1847 by Martin Hanley and to this day has kept its old world charm. This beautiful home is on the National Register of Historical Places and still features furniture from the 19th century.
|The Saint Louis Country Club: This country club features some of the best golfing in Saint Louis, and is famous for being designed by one of the American fathers of golf, Charles Blair Macdonald.
Top Dining & Entertainment Activities in St. Louis
|Lacledes Landing: Located on the historic riverfront of the Mississippi, Lacledes Landing is the top tourist destination in St. Louis with the top dining, entertainment, and attractions in the city.
|Fox Theatre: It began as a mosque in the early 1920's and has since transformed into an impeccable preserved landmark with numerous events that attracts 3 million visitors a year.
|Live Blues Music: Experience live blues music in one of the dozens of area clubs and taverns.
|St. Louis Casinos: Win big at numerous casinos all over the St. Louis area.
|Blueberry Hill: A landmark restaurant and music club, located along the St. Louis walk of fame filled with pop culture memorabilia.
|Crown Candy Kitchen: Take a step back into time and enjoy home style lunch and dinner items. Don't forget to save room for the delectable desserts.
|Laughs on the Landing: Laugh the whole night long. Laughs on the Landing features St. Louis' best improv and other comedy shows and entertainment.
|Landmark Theatre Tivoli: The Landmark Theatre was originally built in 1924, after years of neglect the theater underwent a $2 million restoration in 1994 and reopened as a three screen theater.
Top Arts & Cultural Activities in St. Louis
|St. Louis Walk of Fame: 116 stars and informative plaques honoring famous St. Louisana set in the sidewalks of The Loop, the exciting restaurant, shopping and arts and entertainment district. Stars include John Goodman, Chuck Berry, Bob Costas and Tina Turner.
|Eads Bridge: Built in 1874 by James Buchanan Eads as the first span across the Mississippi River at St. Louis and the first to use steel truss construction. Pedestrians and cyclists can cross the bridge for great views of the St. Louis skyline.
|Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum-Washington University: Exceptional art collection and significant exhibitions come together in an open and dynamic learning environment.
|Lewis & Clark State Historic Site: Visitors center located near the former Camp River Dubois where explorers Lewis & Clark wintered before they embarked on their great trek west. Includes orientation film, a 55-foot long keel boat replica, reconstructed Camp River Dubois.
|Old Courthouse: Scene of the Dred Scott trial. Galleries depict the history of St. Louis from its French and Spanish roots to its role in westward expansion. Trial reenactments, ranger tours.
|National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows: The largest outdoor shrine in North America with twelve devotional areas on 200 acres.The winter holiday season is exceptional as the grounds are illuminated with over one million lights.
|Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site: Site of the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico. Interpretive center open 9am-5pm, grounds open 8am - dusk. Located in Cahokia IL, 8 miles from downtown St. Louis.
|Get your Kicks on Route 66: Travel the historic Route 66 from the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge to Route 66 State Park, a former roadhouse now presents a free museum with exhibits about The Mother Road's travel heyday.