5 Must Sees from a St. Louis Townie
Preparing to travel to the Gateway to the West? Take some advice from a native St. Louisian and make sure to check out these 7 must-sees!
Once St. Louis’s main railroad station, Union Station now provides guests of all ages with enough fun to fill an entire weekend of thrills! This renovated westward transportation hub has all the best options to eat, play and stay, all at a budget-friendly price and a short walk from the Gateway Arch! Overlook the skyline of downtown on The Wheel, stroll through the newly opened aquarium, soar through the air while climbing the rope course, and feel the adventure with the magical mirror maze (if you can find your way out!). Grab a bite to eat at one of their gourmet cafes, grills, or seafood houses, and indulge in a confectionary creation at The Soda Fountain! Make sure to end the night with a mesmerizing light show as you head to bed at The Grand Hall hotel!
Enjoy the day surrounded by beautiful scenery as you journey through the variety of attractions at the former site of the 1904 World's Fair! Explore the many exhibits of the St. Louis Zoo, then head up “Art Hill” to the renowned History and Art Museums. Bring out your inner child at The Science Center and smell the roses at the 1930’s Jewel Box floral conservatory. Top off the day by catching a show at the famous Muny amphitheatre. Just want to spend the day outdoors? You won’t be disappointed! Take a stroll through the 1.5 thousand acre park or grab some fun at the golf course, tennis courts, boathouses or even have a picnic at the World’s Fair Pavilion.
Bringing out your inner horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Gardens is a must when visiting St. Louis. As one of most world-renowned conservatories, the 80 acre facility was founded in 1859 comes nothing short of breathtaking. Catch the Chinese and Japanese culture days and festivals, spend Halloween night at Spirits in the Garden, and even holiday festivities at Garden Glow throughout the winter. Families and friends of all ages can become connected with nature through interactive displays and exhibits at The Missouri Botanical Gardens!
This charming 1.5 square mile park achieves every outdoorsperson's dream as the park fulfills their mission of “Engaging the community through art and nature.” With trails and pathways for those of all ages and abilities, it’s the perfect, serene spot to get away from the busy city scene while enjoying beautiful and interactive works of art.
Visit the former estate turned FREE family-friendly outing just minutes outside of the city! Created on land donated by 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant and the former home of the Anheuser-Bush family, education and history meets nature at this iconic landmark! Spot the Midwest native animals on a tram ride through the nearly 300 acre farm before reaching a miniature zoo-like attraction. Feed the goats and birds, ride the camels, and ride the century-year-old carousel while you wait for one of the many show-stopping animal shows.