St. Louis Places

TripWhat's travel guide to St. Louis; our list of the best things to see, including Saint Louis Zoo, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
  • The best place in St. Louis: Saint Louis Zoo

    Saint Louis Zoo

    1 Government Dr
    Recognized as one of the top five zoos in the nation. The zoo has both indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a children petting zoo. There are several centers for in depth exploration and learning. Free.
    Forest Park food nearby
  • Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

    Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

    Washington University1 Brookings Dr
    Located on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, this museum was recently voted the best Museum in St. Louis by the Riverfront Times. One of the world's finest University art collections, it is also the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River - it was founded in 1881. It is now housed in a new facility designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect, Fumihiko Maki. Among the permanent collection are pieces by Pablo Piccasso, Rembrandt, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Juan Gris, Alexander Calder, and a separate department dedicated to currency called the Newman Money Museum.
    Forest Park eat nearby
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

    Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

    +1 314 655-1700
    A large park located along the Mississippi River facing downtown St. Louis, with plenty of big lawns, wood areas, and a few ponds. Gateway Arch, +1 877-982-1410, [16] - 9AM-6PM daily, (Summer 8AM-10PM). Designed by Eero Saarinen, it's the world's tallest national monument, built to be a symbolic gateway to the west. The icon of the city, the Arch is in the Jefferson Expansion National Memorial Park by the Riverfront. You can ride a unique elevator - essentially it's a cross between a cable railway and a ferris wheel - up to the top. There is also an innovative historical museum under the Arch. Don't miss the movie, "Monument to the Dream," about the building of the Arch--it is an exceptionally well-made and memorable tribute to how a vision was made tangible. The Arch was designed as an inverted catenary curve (a shape similar to a parabola) scaled from 21 inches of string held 7 inches apart. Its foundation is anchored 60 feet underground.Museum of Westward Expansion, underneath the Gateway Arch, +1 314 655-1700, [17].Old Courthouse, [18]. The site of the historic Dred Scott slavery case which was one of the seeds of the Civil War.Old Cathedral, 209 Walnut St, +1 314 231-3250, [19]. The first cathedral built west of the Mississippi River.
    Near North Riverfront restaurants nearby
  • Museum of Westward Expansion

    Museum of Westward Expansion

    underneath the Gateway Arch
    The U.S. National Park Service, www.nps.gov, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for 398 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Wednesday evenings in summer enjoy music in the beautiful Missouri Botanical Garden. Admission is free (after 5PM), and you can pack your own picnic basket and cooler. Genre ranges from jazz to folk-rock to world music. Bring folding chairs or a blanket to spread on the lawn.
    Missouri Botanical Garden eat nearby
  • The Pageant

    The Pageant

    6161 Delmar Blvd
    A venue for concerts and national touring acts, the Pageant usually has an extensive schedule of events ranging from rock, pop, soul and comedy.
    Skinker-Debaliviere
  • Fabulous Fox Theater

    Fabulous Fox Theater

    Built in 1929 and restored to its glory, this rare gem seats 4,500. A performance at the Fabulous Fox Theater is a "must see." Only two of this design exist, the Detroit Fox Theater built in 1928 has also been restored and seats 5,000. Probably the two most ornate theaters ever built in the US, they were the first to have live sound. They were built for William Fox, the founder of Fox Film Corporation, the forerunner of Twentieth Century-Fox studios. These two original Fox Theaters are still among the largest in the US in terms of total seats and the size of the stage.
    Covenant Blu-Grand Center food nearby
  • The Muny

    The Muny

    1 Theatre Dr
    America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater. A popular summer attraction show casing a variety of musicals throughout June, July and August. Tickets range from $6 to $50 or so, but the top several rows are always free. Come early (and bring binoculars) to the top entrance if you want to see a show for free.
    Forest Park eat nearby
  • Blueberry Hill

    Blueberry Hill

    6504 Delmar Blvd
    A true landmark restaurant and bar, open till 3AM. Chuck Berry frequently on the calander to play. Absolutely filled with pop-culture memorabilia spanning decades, including lunchboxes, concert posters, toys, sports trading cards, and other Americana. This place is definitely not one to miss.
  • The University City Loop

    The University City Loop

    Delmar Blvd
    Straddles the city limits and University City. This street was named in 2007 by the American Planning Association as one of the 10 Great Streets in America. This is the area known as The Loop to most locals, however, usage of the term outside of the St. Louis area is not as popular due to more famous Chicago loop. Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performs every month at the historic Blueberry Hill restaurant. Although most popular with the 20-something hipster crowd, something can be found for everyone. Boutique shopping, ethnic restaurants (including many Thai establishments), upscale dining, independent movie theatres, record stores, nightlife opportunities, a few music concert venues, and people watching are among the many things to do on the Loop. Many restaurants feature outdoor dining to take in the bustling street scene.
    Debaliviere Place food nearby
  • Contemporary Art Museum

    Contemporary Art Museum

    Sharing a courtyard with the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, this is a contemporary art museum located near the hip 'loft district' downtown, in the Grand Center arts district.
    Covenant Blu-Grand Center eat nearby
  • Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament

    Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament

    Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave
    Single-game ticket from $23, all-games ticket from $115. The nation's second-oldest athletic conference, the MVC, has all conference members' men's basketball team square off in a 4-day tournament. The winner automatically qualifies for the NCAA Men's Tournament ("March Madness").
    Downtown West restaurants nearby
  • Gateway Arch

    Gateway Arch

    +1 877-982-1410
    Designed by Eero Saarinen, it's the world's tallest national monument, built to be a symbolic gateway to the west. The icon of the city, the Arch is in the Jefferson Expansion National Memorial Park by the Riverfront. You can ride a unique elevator - essentially it's a cross between a cable railway and a ferris wheel - up to the top. There is also an innovative historical museum under the Arch. Don't miss the movie, "Monument to the Dream," about the building of the Arch--it is an exceptionally well-made and memorable tribute to how a vision was made tangible. The Arch was designed as an inverted catenary curve (a shape similar to a parabola) scaled from 21 inches of string held 7 inches apart. Its foundation is anchored 60 feet underground.
    Downtown food nearby
  • The Shakespeare Festival

    The Shakespeare Festival

    Louis is to produce professional Shakespeare theater, outdoors in a city park, free and for a diverse audience, and to provide education through schools and community outreach. Free shows are usually put on in the late spring and early summer. An excellent way to spend a summer evening in St. Louis.
    Southwest Garden eat nearby
  • The park is also home to the St. Louis Science Center, the art museum, the zoo, and a history museum, all with free admission. Forest Park is really at the heart of St. Louis. It was also the site of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase World's Fair, which lays claim to serving the first hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream cones. You cannot visit St. Louis without hearing about, driving by, or exploring Forest Park.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Although strangely named ("un soulard " means "a drunk" in French.), the Soulard neighborhood, covering the waterfront for several miles south of the Arch, is the oldest in St. Louis. The Georgian (or should that be Louis XVI?) style houses surround a central farmer's market which supplies the city's residents, supermarkets, and restaurants with the freshest, and inexpensive, local produce. This is the oldest farmer's market west of the Mississippi, and is open year-round every weekend. There are a number of bars and restaurants in the neighborhood as well, and visitors can celebrate French heritage with the locals during Mardi Gras or on Bastille Day.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Zoo Sight

    Saint Louis Zoo

    1 Government Dr
    Recognized as one of the top five zoos in the nation. The zoo has both indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a children petting zoo. There are several centers for in depth exploration and learning. Free.
    Forest Park eat nearby
  • Pine River Paintball Games

    3701 W
    Pine River Rd..
    Dutchtown restaurants nearby
  • St. Louis Union Station

    1820 Market St
    Louis Union Station, 1820 Market St., +1 314 421-6655 .[40]. This 110-year-old National Historic Landmark has been restored and redeveloped as a dynamic mixed-use project that includes shopping, dining and entertainment. For history buffs, this is where the classic photo of Harry Truman holding the incorrect "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" newspaper was taken.
    Downtown West food nearby
  • Bargemusic

    at the Fulton Ferry Landing
    A truly hidden gem. This barge, moored permanently just under the Brooklyn Bridge, has chamber music fare every week with cheese, wine, plush seating, a fireplace, and gentle rocking to assist in your peaceful slumber. It also has a dynamite view of the lower Manhattan skyline.
    Near North Riverfront eat nearby
  • Saint Louis Art Museum

    One Fine Arts Dr
    Tu–Su 10AM–5PM, F 10AM-9PM. Located in Forest Park atop a large lake and hill, it is one of the leading comprehensive art museums in the nation. They host visiting displays which in the past have included such exhibits as the Angels of the Vatican and the Royal Tombs of Ur. Free.
    Forest Park restaurants nearby
  • Old Cathedral

    209 Walnut St
    The first cathedral built west of the Mississippi River.
    Downtown food nearby
  • The City Museum

    701 N 15th St
    For the young or young at heart. Don't let the name fool you--this place is a blast! The City Museum is a huge playground built in an old warehouse made largely out of architectural artifacts from around St. Louis collected by an eccentric millionaire. There are concessions inside the museum as well as bar service by local brewery Schlafy. Not really much of a museum as it is mazes, obstacle courses, tunnels, airplanes suspended in midair, and chutes and ladders.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Saint Louis Science Center

    in Forest Park
    Equipped with an IMAX Dome theater, a planetarium, floors of interactive activities, and several traveling exhibits, the Science Center has something for everyone. The museum is free and open to the public daily. The museum consists of two buildings joined by a walkway.
    Forest Park restaurants nearby
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

    4431 Lindell Blvd
    Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd (at Newstead Ave in the Central West End neighborhood), +1 314 373-8200 [11] - 7AM-7PM. This Roman Catholic church contains the most mosaic art in one site in the world--83,000 square feet, installed by a family of artists who used more than 41 million tiles with more than 7,000 colors.
    Central West End food nearby
  • Missouri Botanical Garden

    4344 Shaw Blvd
    Stroll the grounds, explore the home gardening resources, or enjoy one of the many events throughout the year. This is a "must see." One of the main features is the Climatron, a very large geodesic dome that houses a good portion of the Garden's 80 acres of horticultural offerings. 2006 featured hundreds of glass sculptures around the park by glass artist Chihuly.
    Missouri Botanical Garden eat nearby
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