St. Louis Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in St. Louis

With its cache of vibrant museums, gardens and parks, you'll find plenty of reasons to meet in St. Louis. Families will enjoy visiting the Saint Louis Zoo, The Magic House and the Saint Louis Science Center. Meanwhile, artsy types can't pass up a chance to check out the City Museum and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Wherever you start your expedition, save time to marvel at the iconic stainless steel Gateway Arch rising from the city center.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated August 7, 2018

  • #1
    Gateway Arch
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    #1 in St. Louis
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This monument to the country's westward expansion is also an engineering marvel, which St. Louisans remain proud of more than 50 years after its construction. The stainless steel Gateway Arch, which was designed and submitted by Eero Saarinen during a national competition, rises 630 feet into the air and spans 630

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  • #2
    Forest Park
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    #2 in St. Louis
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sports, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sports, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Forest Park is huge. If you want to get an idea of how large, consider this: It's about 500 acres larger thanNew York City's sprawlingCentral Park. As such, this "forest" holds nearly 1,300 acres of things to do. You'll find everything from a zooto summer concerts to museums to a fish

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  • #3
    Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
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    #3 in St. Louis
    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Although this beautiful, neo-Byzantine Roman Catholic cathedral was completed less than a century ago in the early 1900s (long after many of the churches inEurope), the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis enjoys worldwide renown for its mosaics collection on its walls and ceiling. Nearly 42 million glass tesserae pieces comprise

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  • #4
    Saint Louis Zoo
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    #4 in St. Louis
    Zoos and Aquariums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! The Saint Louis Zoo does house these three types of mammals, but it also boards armadillos, sloths, swans, penguins, turtles, gators and tarantulas, along with many other kinds of creatures. And over at the Caribbean Cove, you can run your hands over an assortment of

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  • #5
    Grant's Farm
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    #5 in St. Louis
    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Grant's Farm was built by Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant, who settled on the land in 1854 to farm and raise cattle. Eventually, the namesake would gain fame for his service in the Civil War, which helped the leader become president in 1869.

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  • #6
    City Museum
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    #6 in St. Louis
    Museums
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Museums
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Downtown West's City Museum is hard to describe, so maybe we should use its own words: "an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects." Attractions include "Toddler Town," an exhibit with tunnels and a ball pit for tots, and "Enchanted

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  • #7
    Saint Louis Art Museum
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    #7 in St. Louis
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Whether you enjoy art or are just looking for a way to pass the time while exploringForest Park, travelers suggest checking out the Saint Louis Art Museum. Home to more than 34,000 works of art, the museum showcases pieces from Europe, Asia and ancient Egypt. You'll find a mix of

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  • #8
    Saint Louis Science Center
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    #8 in St. Louis
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Just south ofForest Park's Oakland Avenue border lies the Saint Louis Science Center. At this free museum, travelers can check out more than 700 hands-on exhibits about animals, space, weather and skyscrapers, among other topics. Complimentary science experiments and live demonstrations are available as well.

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  • #9
    Missouri Botanical Garden
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    #9 in St. Louis
    Parks and Gardens
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens
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    1 to 2 hours
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    One of the more unique things about the Missouri Botanical Garden is that kids love it. And why wouldn't they? The Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden features a limestone cave (to explore), the Spelunker's Slide (to hurtle down), a treehouse (to climb) and a steamboat (to board), among other attractions.

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  • #10
    The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
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    #10 in St. Louis
    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you're traveling with little ones, save time for a visit to The Magic House. This children's museum in Kirkwood, a southwest suburb of St. Louis, offers a variety of interactive exhibits for younger kids to enjoy, including an area for budding builders, a bubble room and a "Jack and

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  • #11
    Busch Stadium
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    #11 in St. Louis
    Sightseeing, Sports
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing, Sports
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals are much beloved by their hometown. A visit to Busch Stadium will prove that, as you see the ballpark bathed in swaths of red-shirted fans. Even if you're not a baseball fan, a visit to this iconic St. Louis stadium cannot be missed. Baseball

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  • Missouri Civil War Museum
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    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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  • The Fabulous Fox Theatre
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    Entertainment and Nightlife
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    2 hours to Half Day
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  • EAT Saint Louis Food Tours
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