8 Mesmerizing Things to do in St Louis

While almost everyone knows that Saint Louis, Missouri, is where the Gateway Arch is located, there is probably a lot about St. Louis that you do not know. It is the home of 7-Up, the ice cream cone and toasted ravioli. The 1904 World’s Fair was held here, and it was the first United States city to hold the Olympics. Its location where the Missouri and Mississippi River meet still make it an important shipping port. There are many fascinating places to see and things to do in St. Louis, so consider these top choices.

1. Visit the St. Louis Zoo

With more than 603 species of animals, the St. Louis Zoo is one of the biggest in the United States. Getting into the zoo is free, although there are fees for some activities and attractions. Ride the train around the facility getting off at the most popular animals. The warm-weather only Caribbean Cove is a great place to touch marine life including stingrays and sharks. Hear the big cats purr in the Red Rocks area, and hear the birds squawk in the Bird House. Ride the carousel or take in a talk by an animal caregiver. The petting zoo is a wonderful place to let children explore. Consider the Zoo as one of the best free things to do in St Louis.

  • Best for: Adults and children A lot of walking involved.
  • Seasonal Availability: Open most days of the year.
  • Price: Free.

2. Complete Experiments at the Science Center

The four-story Science Center is one of the largest in the United States. According to the Association of Science and Technology Centers it is one of the best in the world. Learn more about ecology and the environment on the first floor, then watch a movie on the second before finding out how computers work in a special area called Cyberville. Venture into the tunnel to learn about airplanes. Toddlers love the special area set aside just for them. No trip to the science center would be complete without a stop at the planetarium. Seeing the three-story human energizing ball makes this one of the favorite things to do in St Louis. While admission to the museum is always free, be aware that many special exhibits have additional charges.

  • Best For: Adults and children.
  • Seasonal Availability: Open all year.
  • Price: Free.

3. Explore Art at the St. Louis Art Museum

One of the best things to do in St Louis is to go to the St. Louis Art Museum. Visitors can see a collection of art from around the world. This museum is especially well known for its large collection of German paintings including works by Max Beckmann. Be amazed at the talent of American artist George Caleb Bingham as this museum has the largest collection of his work in the United States. Admire the collection of Turkish rugs. See the Egyptian mummies. While most of the Gateway Arch is closed for renovations, make sure to see the ten miniature arches made of native limestone by Andy Goldsworthy.

  • Best for: Children and adults.
  • Seasonal Availability: Open all year.
  • Price: Free.

4. Step Back in Time at the Missouri History Museum

Learning what Missouri looked like by visiting the Missouri History Museum is one of the favorite things to do in St Louis. See the replica of the Spirit of St. Louis plane that was the first plane to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. View the large collection of artifacts from the Lewis and Clark Expedition as this city was the starting point for the trip. Learn about all the amazing things that were introduced to the public at the 1904 World’s Fair. Settle arguments over rather the hot dog, iced tea, club sandwich, hamburger, and peanut butter were really introduced here or if it is just the stuff of legends. While the museum is always free, there may be a charge to attend traveling exhibitions.

  • Best for: Children and adults.
  • Seasonal availability: Open all year.
  • Price: Free.

5. Tour the Budweiser Factory

Visitors can see how beer is made at their choice of Budweiser Factory experiences. While everyone is welcome to attend, those under 21 are not allowed to drink. Budweiser provides three different experiences. The Day Fresh Tour allows guests to see how beer is made, visit the famous Clydesdale horses and the museum. A second option is the complimentary brewery tour so that you can see the seven-step process the company uses to make their product. Visitors can also learn about the nuances of tasting beer at the beer school although no one under 13 is allowed. This is one of the unique things to do in St Louis MO.

  • Best for: Adults.
  • Seasonal Availability: Tours happen on certain days, so make sure to check the schedule.
  • Price: Depends on tour Prices starting at free and going to $35.

6. Pet the Animals at Grant’s Farm

The farm once belonging to Ulysses S. Grant is called Grant’s Farm. Visitors can see the cabin built by Grant using his own hands. See the unique fence he constructed from 2,563 rifle barrels. August A. Busch purchased the home from Grant, and it passed through many generations. Ride a tram to Deer Park where over 100 bison, antelopes and deer roam. African elephants, parrots and birds of prey are featured in educational shows. See the iconic Clydesdales along with young foals. In all, visitors can view over 1,000 animals from six continents. Go on the estate tour featuring the beautiful home of Busch. Ride a camel or a pony. Feed the parakeets. If you are over 21, then getting a sample of Budweiser makes it one of the favorite things to do in St Louis for many.

  • Best for: Adults and children.
  • Seasonal Availability: Open year round.
  • Price: Free.

7. Stroll through the Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum

Stroll along the 1.4 mile hiking path through Laumeier Sculpture Park to see more than 80 sculptures located there. See The Way constructed from 18 salvaged steel oil tanks meant to inspire viewers to think about the Greek way. Visitors are often amazed at The Eye statue resembling a real blue eye and made of fiberglass. Bring a picnic and enjoy it under the large shade trees. Head to the 1816 Tudor Stone Mansion to view the inside exhibit. This building was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Laumeier who donated the money to building the park. Dogs are allowed to enjoy this park along with their masters making it one of the favorite things to do in St Louis for owners. Participate in the educational classes held regularly.

  • Best for: Adults and children.
  • Seasonal Availability: Open year round.
  • Price: Free. Some classes have a supply fee.

8. Visit Union Station

One of the favorite things to do in St, Louis is to visit Union Station. It was the busiest train station in the United States shortly after it opened in 1894., Today, the facility houses retail shops and restaurants, so you may want to bring some cash for shopping and dining. Visit the Memories Museum on the upper level of the train shed to learn more about this building’s history. The station is still used by trains owned by MetroLink, and by buses operated by the MegaBus service. Tour the facility to see its amazing architecture with much of the building being beautifully restored. This is one of the best things to do in St Louis Missouri.

  • Best for: Adults and children.
  • Seasonal Availability: Open year round.
  • Price: Free. Bring extra for shopping and dining.

There are so many wonderful things to do in St Louis that it will take awhile to do them all. The great news is that most of them are free, so pack your bags and come explore this historical city with its wonderful zoo, Grant’s Farm and sculpture park. Plan some shopping fun at Union Station. Spend the day learning how beer is made or see the amazing art at the Art Museum. Regardless of how you choose to spend your vacation, you will want to return to this city very often. If you are looking for other top destinations, you can take a look at Myrtle Beach or San Antonio.

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