25 Things to See and Do in St. Louis

There’s so much to see and do in St. Louis, here are just 25 of the hundreds of ways you can explore St. Louis for yourself:

  1. Ride 630 feet high over the Mississippi River to the top of the Gateway Arch.

  2. Explore Forest Park’s lakes, paths and attractions. The park is newly restored to its original glory after a $90 million facelift.

  3. See St. Louis’ world-class free attractions, including the Art Museum, Zoo, Science Center and Missouri History Museum all located in beautiful Forest Park.

  4. Marvel at one of the world’s top gardens—the Missouri Botanical Garden.

  5. Free your inner child at the Magic House, City Museum and other kid-friendly attractions.

  6. Cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball history, or take a seat for exciting Rams football and Blues hockey games.

  7. Visit an ancient Indian civilization at Cahokia Mounds.

  8. Follow the footsteps of explorers Lewis & Clark at historic attractions across St. Louis.

  9. Drive Old Route 66. The Mother Road makes some of its most fascinating stops in St. Louis.

  10. See the stunning Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, boasting the largest collection of gold encrusted mosaics in the country.

  11. Flirt with Lady Luck on one of the area’s five glittering  casinos.

  12. The Blues were born here. Take a seat in one of the live music clubs to find out how good feelin’ bad can be.

  13. Hit the road at the Museum of Transportation, Gateway International Raceway and other automotive attractions.

  14. Visit the heart of St. Louis—our friendly and charming neighborhoods including The Hill with their famous Italian restaurants.

  15. Take a Gateway Art Tour at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

  16. Discover the past at the Old Courthouse, the Black World History Museum and Faust Historic Village.

  17. Tour the home of the world’s largest brewer at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

  18. Dine in style. There are more than a thousand one-of-a-kind restaurants waiting for your reservation in St. Louis.

  19. Fill an extra suitcase during a shopping trip through major malls and antique and collectible stores.

  20. Attend one of St. Louis’ fascinating fairs or festivals.

  21. Get spacey! Board a space station at the Science Center’s Space Sciences Center or take part in activities similar to those performed by real NASA astronauts at the Challenger Learning Center.

  22. Thrill yourself on the world-class rollercoasters and rides at Six Flags St. Louis.

  23. Play Scott Joplin’s ragtime tunes at the composer’s restored historic home.

  24. Talk to the animals at Grant’s Farm, Purina Farms, the World Bird Sanctuary and, of course, the St. Louis Zoo.

  25. Cruise the mighty Mississippi on a paddlewheel riverboat

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