St. Louis Local Attractions
Slide into St Louis and experience all the attractions this world class destination has to offer! Here are a few ideas of fun things to do while you are in town:
The Gateway Arch is celebrating its 50th year in downtown St. Louis. The Arch is on the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, commemorating St. Louis as the Gateway to the West. The Arch is actually 630 feet tall, which is 63 stories. Amazingly, it is also 630 feet wide, from the outer sides of the legs.
Dominating the riverfront skyline, the Arch allows visitors to ride to the top in trams which run up the hollow legs. There is currently a revitalization of the Arch grounds, but the Arch remains open and invites visitors to take a unique look at the city. It’s a view and an experience you won’t forget! More Information ››
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
Nestled in the historic Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, just south of downtown, the largest and oldest Anheuser-Busch brewery site was carefully selected in the 1800’s. As you walk through the halls of the historic St. Louis Brewery, you are transported in time, walking in the footsteps of Adolphus Busch. You will realize the vision that became one of the largest and oldest breweries in the nation. From the history-rich architecture – including three national landmarks – to the cutting-edge brewing technology, you will witness first-hand the heritage and timeless brewing tradition Anheuser-Busch employs to craft the King of Beers.
Visit the Budweiser Clydesdale’s paddock and stables, beechwood aging cellars, historic brewhouse and Bevo packaging plant. Guests 21 and over can enjoy sampling some of the fine products. More Information ››
St. Louis Cardinals / Busch Stadium
Home of the 11-time World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium III is the jewel of downtown St. Louis. The stadium provides an open-air atmosphere to catch the best of the National League. With excellent sight lines from any seat in the house, there is also have an incredible view beyond the outfield wall of the St. Louis skyline, highlighted with the Gateway Arch. Recently opened Ball Park Village adds to the atmosphere with restaurants and so much more, making going to a Cardinals game a memorable event every time! More Information ››
Ballpark Village is the first master-planned development designed around a new Major League Baseball ballpark. The $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village opened in March 2014 and represents one of the top restaurant and entertainment districts in the region. The 100,000 square foot, multi-story project sits just north of Busch Stadium and is visible beyond the left center field wall, and compliments the energy and excitement of the game day experience.
The first phase of Ballpark Village is anchored by Cardinals Nation, Budweiser Brew House, Fox Sports Midwest Live!, PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar, Howl at the Moon, and Drunken Fish. Ballpark Village features five live performance stages, the largest retractable roof of its kind, the biggest indoor TV screen in the Midwest and an outdoor festival space that recreates the infield of the previous Busch Stadium in its exact historical location. More Information ››
The Delmar Loop
Voted Top 10: Great Places in America 2007, Streets
A vibrant entertainment, restaurant, and shopping district in University City and St. Louis, the area is commonly called “The Loop.” It offers six blocks of exhilarating retail, restaurants, live music, café culture, and even a Walk of Fame. A century ago at this location, streetcars from downtown “looped around” to return to the city, which gave the area its name. That movement and momentum continues today, as The Loop expands into the City of St. Louis with the exciting new growth and development that has made it a destination.
The St. Louis Walk of Fame includes more than 100 stars along the sidewalks of the Loop, listing accomplishments by famous St. Louisans, including Chuck Berry, Stan Musial, Charles Lindbergh, Nelly and more. Long-standing restaurants Blueberry Hill and Cicero’s are only two of long list of “must visit” to get a drink and grab a bite. More Information ››
Forest Park belongs to all St. Louisans and is located and serves as the heart of the city. Forest Park officially opened to the public on June 24, 1876 and is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., even more than 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York. It served as the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, drawing more than 20 million visitors from around the world.
Currently the park attracts more than 12 million visitors a year. The park hosts some of the region’s favorite cultural and educational institutions: the St. Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center and the Missouri History Museum – all free to the public. It is frequented by runners, rollerbladers and picnickers and serves as a sports center for golf, tennis, softball, baseball, bicycling, boating, fishing, handball, ice skating, rugby and more. It is an active participant and catalyst in the St. Louis community. Monuments, historic buildings, wildlife, waterways and landscapes combine to form a unique cultural institution that is vitally important to the entire St. Louis region. More Information ››
Saint Louis Zoo
The Saint Louis Zoo can be found nationally ranked in the top five in the country in most polls. Admission is FREE year round. You will enjoy an adventure every time you visit. Knowing a discovery will be made around each corner. You’re at the Saint Louis Zoo, a get-away destination that brings together more than 19,800 wild animals and 3,000,000 visitors each year.
Located on 90 acres in beautiful Forest Park, the Zoo is home to more than 600 species of animals, many of them rare and endangered. It is one of the few free zoos in the nation. Highlights include Big Cat Country, Penguin & Puffin Coast, the River’s Edge and the new Fragile Forest. You can visit the Children’s Zoo for a more hands on approach where youngsters can touch animals, meet a koala and hand feed some of the residents. You can also have lunch by the lake take a ride on the Zooline Railroad and spend a beautiful day in Forest Park. More Information ››
To many St. Louisans, the Hill is an Italian neighborhood known for its nationally acclaimed restaurants, specialty groceries and bakeries, tiny “shotgun” houses and fire hydrants proudly painted red, white and green, the colors of the Italian flag. This 50 square block area in South St. Louis is not merely one of the city’s great ethnic neighborhoods, but among its most stable, tightly woven communities.
Throughout its history, the Hill’s staunchly Italian identity has been the glue that has held this neighborhood together. This is still a neighborhood where childhood friends meet for lunch, where most people know all their neighbors. While the Hill retains its historical ethnic character it welcomes newcomers and visitors as a vital part of its continuity. More Information ››
Central West End
Voted Top 10: Great Places in America 2014, Neighborhoods
The Central West End or “The CWE” is an eclectic, cosmopolitan showplace of St. Louis. Located in the central corridor of the City and comprised of 112 city blocks just north of Forest Park, the area is a popular gathering place. A fine selection of restaurants and sidewalk cafes are nestled in with notable art galleries, antique shops, specialty shops, boutiques and bookstores.
The CWE is a neighborhood designed for the pedestrian with its array of sidewalk cafes, boutiques, historic streetscapes, and even the World Chess Hall of Fame. Locals and tourists alike flock to the neighborhood’s mixed-use district along Euclid Avenue. Iconic griffin-adorned lamp posts, tree-lined sidewalks, and a dense clustering of statues and other public art add to the CWE’s pedestrian-scaled amenities and attractions.
Voted Top 10: Great Places in America 2012, Streets
From the ruins of its past life, Washington Avenue has been resurrected to become one of the trendiest and hottest spots in St. Louis. After over $100 million in renovations, this once desolate street has become the perfect combination of modern chic meets classic 19th century architecture lined with beautiful lofts, eclectic boutiques and restaurants and exciting nightlife.
Once mostly vacant and deteriorating, Washington Avenue today has reversed decades of urban decline. This downtown corridor pulses with activity not seen since its garment district days. A virtual museum of late 19th and early 20th century warehouse architecture clad in brick, stone, and terra cotta, this monumental corridor imparts one of St. Louis’s most cohesive vistas.