While visiting the Gateway City, you will want to be sure to visit many of the area’s local attractions. There is something for everyone in St. Louis, whether you visit one of the many national historic sites, take a walk through beautiful Forest Park, or catch a sporting event. First-rate museums, an extensive botanical garden, and a strong musical heritage give visitors plenty of reason to say "meet me in St. Louis." Check out these links below for more information. Additional attractions can also be found at the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission.
Check out these links below for more information:
- City Museum : Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.
- Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis : World’s largest collection of mosaic art; museum and shop. Open daily for masses and self-guided tours. Lower-level Mosaic museum, $1 admission.
- Forrest Park : Owned and operated by the City of St. Louis, Forest Park is one of 105 city parks under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. Forest Park, officially opened to the public on June 24, 1876, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,293 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York.
The St. Louis World's Fair drew more than 20 million visitors from around the world to Forest Park. Today it attracts more than 12 million visitors a year. It is more than a scenic backdrop to our city. 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. The park is recognized as an important gathering place where people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds can gather and mix in a positive way.
It is the home to the region's major cultural institutions—the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center and the Muny Opera. It also serves as a sports center for golf, tennis, baseball, bicycling, boating, fishing, handball, ice skating, roller blading, jogging, rugby and more.
- Missouri Botanical Garden : One of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,371 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City. In 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the greatest of the World’s Fairs, drew more than 19 million visitors from around the world. Home to the Art Museum, Science Center, Zoo, Jewel Box greenhouse, History Museum, The Muny theatre, 7.5-mile biking, jogging and skating path, skating rink and lakes. FREE.
- Laumeier Sculpture Park : More than 80 works of contemporary sculpture within a 105-acre natural landscape. The park hosts several exhibitions and a multitude of cultural events each year. Open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset (except for Christmas Day and Thursday before the Annual Art Fair, 5/5/11). FREE
- St. Louis Galleria: Offering a complete dining, entertainment and shopping experience. Featuring Anthropologie, Apple, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Coach, Dillard's, Galleria 6 Cinemas, J.Crew, Lacoste, Macy's, Restoration Hardware and Urban Outfitters.
- Plaza Frontenac: Premier fashion center. Elegant surroundings. St. Louis' only Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and the largest Talbot's store, J. Crew, Williams-Sonoma, The Pottery Barn and Tiffany & Co. Fine and casual dining, Plaza Frontenac Cinema and Stonewater Spa.
- Anhueser-Busch Brewery Tour : Anheuser-Busch, one of the world's largest beer brewers, was established at this site in the 1860s, and many architectural gems from that time period remain. Tours of the brewing process take in the 1885 Clydesdale stable, the historic 1892 Brew House, and the packaging plant, ending with free drinks.
- Gateway Arch : The nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors for more than 40 years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. The vision of renowned architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States. A visit to St. Louis isn’t complete without standing at its base and playing professional photographer, and the view from the outside is only half of the experience. Attractions within the Arch are the Journey to the Top, the Museum of Westward Expansion, educational programs, two movies and shopping.