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If you have extra time, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is worthwhile.

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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 feet from leg to leg. Visitors can learn more about the history of the arch at the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Gateway Arch Visitors Center. Opened in July 2018, the building sits below the arch and includes six new galleries that detail the history of the West. What's more, the park now boasts more than 5 miles of walking and biking paths.
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Monuments and Memorials Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Gateway Arch
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 feet from leg to leg. Visitors can learn more about the history of the arch at the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Gateway Arch Visitors Center. Opened in July 2018, the building sits below the arch and includes six new galleries that detail the history of the West. What's more, the park now boasts more than 5 miles of walking and biking paths.
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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 than New York City's sprawling Central Park. As such, this "forest" holds nearly 1,300 acres of things to do. You'll find everything from a zoo to summer concerts to museums to a fish hatchery to a golf course inside its borders. You can also jog its trails, boat its waterways and swing your racket on its tennis courts, among other activities. Just glance at this map; you'll see it takes effort to become bored here.
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Forest Park
Forest Park is huge. If you want to get an idea of how large, consider this: It's about 500 acres larger than New York City's sprawling Central Park. As such, this "forest" holds nearly 1,300 acres of things to do. You'll find everything from a zoo to summer concerts to museums to a fish hatchery to a golf course inside its borders. You can also jog its trails, boat its waterways and swing your racket on its tennis courts, among other activities. Just glance at this map; you'll see it takes effort to become bored here.
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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 in Europe), 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 the installation, making it one of the largest in the world.
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Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
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 in Europe), 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 the installation, making it one of the largest in the world.
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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 stingrays (clipped of their stingers).
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Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Saint Louis Zoo
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 stingrays (clipped of their stingers).
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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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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Grant's Farm
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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Whether you enjoy art or are just looking for a way to pass the time while exploring Forest 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 paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles and more displayed here.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Saint Louis Art Museum
Whether you enjoy art or are just looking for a way to pass the time while exploring Forest 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 paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles and more displayed here.
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Just south of Forest 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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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Saint Louis Science Center
Just south of Forest 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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