Top Recommended Layover Activities:
1. St. Louis Zoo
One Government Dr, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63110 · 314-781-0900
More than 6,000 animals live in natural habitat areas constructed to resemble bluffs, pampas, lakes, and woods. Visit the Children’s Zoo, New River’s Edge and Insectarium, the Jungle of the Apes, and Big Cat Country, with lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards. Ride the Zooline Railroad around the park’s beautifully landscaped grounds. 707 North 1st St, St. Louis Riverfront, St. Louis, MO 63102
2. Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch is St. Louis’s most notable landmark. It is the focal point of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park and was built in the 1960’s to commemorate the point at which many 19th century pioneers stopped for supplies before continuing West. A large plaza with terrazzo floors, a fountain, and a gift shop are located in the entrance area, along with the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Arch Odyssey Theatre, which shows films about the construction of the arch. Ride the tram to an observation room and witness spectacular views of the city.
3. Kiener Plaza
6th And Market Sts, St. Louis, MO
This downtown plaza is a preferred lunch spot for the working crowd, a popular locale for sports fans cheering on their favorite team, and an occasional venue for concerts. One end of the plaza features an amphitheater; the other, a beautiful fountain. Concrete columns with pergolas surround a basin where you can sit, relax, have lunch or visit with friends.
4. Meeting of the Waters Fountain at Aloe Plaza
1820 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63103
Aloe Plaza, which is located outside Union Station, is the site of one of St. Louis’s favorite works of public art, a grand fountain featuring allegorical representations of mythical female and male figures that represent the coming together of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The rivers’ 17 tributaries are depicted as water sprites, mermaids, and fish. This 1940 sculpture was crafted by Swedish sculpture Carl Milles, an apprentice of master French sculptor, Auguste Rodin.
5. Missouri History Museum
Lindell Blvd and De Baliviere Ave, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63112 · 314-746-4599
MIDTOWN. Missouri’s past comes to life at this museum, whose exhibits include Charles Lindbergh’s flight suit and artifacts from the 1904 World’s Fair. Other displays educate visitors on the African-American contribution to state culture and the city's response to the 1849 fire. A recent expansion added 92,000-square feet to the impressive stone building located in the Jefferson Memorial Building at Forest Park. The gift shop offers an exciting array of crafts, books, and souvenirs.
6. Museum of Westward Expansion
707 North 1st St, St. Louis Riverfront, St. Louis, MO 63102 · 314-982-1410
Located at the Arch, this museum chronicles the activities and history of the area that the Arch symbolizes. Guests can learn about the history of Missouri and its place in America's past. Photographic murals and dioramas tell the stories. Learn more about the American Indian way of life and the Lewis and Clark expedition that this area is known for.
7. Soldiers Memorial and Military Museum
1315 Chestnut St, In World War Memorial Park, St. Louis, MO 63103-2391 · 314-622-4550
A tribute to those citizens of St. Louis who sacrificed their lives in World War I, this museum displays photographs, weapons, uniforms, flags, and military gear. Large military related sculptures grace the outside of the building. Monuments also honor those who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and World War II.
8. St. Louis Science Center and Planetarium
5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110 · 314-289-4444
Come face to face with a dinosaur. Experience an earthquake. Brave a virtual thrill ride. Do all these things at the St. Louis Science Center, where science comes alive. The center houses an Omnimax theater that features larger than life, realistic shows on a variety of topics. Eat at the Galaxy Café or browse the Science Shop for take-home goodies. A skywalk over the highway connects the center to the McDonnell Planetarium. On the way over, you can get tough on motorists by turning cop and monitoring speeds of traffic below via a radar gun.
Top Weekend Getaways And Day Trip Excursions:
1. Six Flags St. Louis
I-44 And Allentown/Six Flags Rd, Eureka, MO 63025 · 636-938-4800
Six Flags St. Louis features eight themed areas of spectacular adventure designed around the fascinating history of the city itself. Enjoy a wide variety of live entertainment along with the thrills and delights of breathtaking rides, including The Boss, a wooden roller coaster ranked among the country's Top 10 wooden coasters for it's heart-stopping drops and turns.
2. Fair St Louis
St. Louis, MO
This annual event is held in the Laclede's Landing district on the St. Louis riverfront. Free concerts spotlight both nationally known performers and local bands, such as Jo Dee Messina, Pat Benatar, and the Beach Boys. Other events include air shows, 3K and 10K runs, storytellers, crafts, and fireworks, along with a popular barbecue competition. The Veiled Prophet Parade (one of St Louis' oldest events) takes place on the 4th of July.
3. Mardi Gras
Soulard, St. Louis, MO
Only the party in New Orleans rivals this St. Louis celebration. The streets in the Soulard neighborhood are filled with revelers for three weeks. The fun begins with the Grand Parade that marches through the downtown area. Bring your beads and crazy threads and join in the fun!
4. St. Louis Art Fair
Clayton Business District, St. Louis, MO 63105
The nationally recognized St. Louis Art Fair, held in downtown Clayton, is one of the best in the country. More than 150 visual artists from around the country display and sell original works of art. In addition, the fair’s "Pleasures of the Palate” highlights the offerings of 20 of St. Louis' most well regarded restaurants. Musical performances, children's activities, and a wealth of art demonstrations and workshops guarantee fun for the entire family.
5. St. Louis International Film Festival
394-A N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108-1247 · 314-367-3378
This annual event is well respected in the film industry. A variety of participating theaters show over 175 American and international full-length releases, shorts, and documentaries. Panels, workshops, and specialty sidebars are also featured, as are parties, tributes, retrospectives, and appearances by filmmakers and actors. Venues include the Fabulous Fox Theatre, the chase Park Plaza Hotel, and the Tivoli Theater.
6. Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center
1050 Riverside Drive, Bishop's Landing, St. Charles, MO 63301 · 636-947-3199
Enjoy interactive and hands-on exhibits and programming about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and marvel at their amazing journey. Reenactments of the river portion of the journey are undertaken every year, using replicas of the original boats. Be sure to visit the Trading Post museum shop before you leave.
7. Scott Joplin State Historic Site
2658A Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103 · 314-340-5790
Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the post-Civil War home of Scott Joplin and his wife Belle Hayden is now a tribute to the ragtime composer’s life and work. His former apartment features a music room, an antique piano player, and piano rolls.
8. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
7400 Grant Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123-1801 · 314-842-3298
Tour the 9.65-acre site owned by the Civil War General and former president and his wife Julia. See historic structures and stop by the Visitor’s Center and bookstore.
9. Meramac Caverns
I-44 West, Exit 230, Stanton, MO 63079 · 573-468-3166
These beautiful caves are filled with spectacular mineral formations that delight visitors. They are rich in history, as well. The caves were honored by Native Americans as the home of their god and were used by 19th century outlaw Jesse James and his gang as a hideout. Eighty-ninety minute tours are guided by trained and informative rangers. A motel, campgrounds, canoe floats, riverboat rides, a gift shop and restaurant are situated on the premises. The caverns are located approximately an hour from St. Louis.
10. Busch Stadium
100 Stadium Plaza, International Bowling Museum and Hall of, St. Louis, MO 63102 · 314-231-6340
Home of the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball team, this downtown stadium opened in the 1960’s and features a Gateway Arch motif that is replicated more than 90 times on the exterior. When the Cardinals aren't playing, the stadium is also used as a venue for concerts; in fact, the Beatles played one of their last live concerts here. The stadium tour starts at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame/St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum across the street, where you may also purchase tickets.