The city of St. Louis hosts more than 21 million visitors each year, infusing the St. Louis economy with more than $4.0 billion on an annual basis. We know funnest isn’t really an accepted word, but it was the only was to describe St. Louis!
St. Louis offers more free major attractions than any place outside of the nations capital, including the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and the Missouri History Museum.
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 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.
Forest Park. Forest Park is a magical 1,293-acre wonderland centrally located in St. Louis, Missouri. There are so many activities to participate in, depending on the season. Hayrides, ice skating, bicycling, and boating are just a few of the things visitors can enjoy. Forest Park is also home to the St. Louis Zoo.
St. Louis Science Center. One of the top five of its kind in the U.S.A.,the St. Louis Science Center includes an Omnimax Theater, a four-story screen that wraps around the theater and enhances the total theater-going experience. The Center is also home to a planetarium as well as permanent and temporary exhibits on all things scientific-think dinosaur bones, pirate artifacts, and digital media.
City Museum. Founded in 1997 by artist Bob Cassilly, City Museum defies definition. It’s an indoor as well as outdoor work of art that’s also a completely interactive playground. Everything there is made entirely of found and salvaged materials (including two airplanes!), and all of them originate in St. Louis, MO. Be prepared to do some slipping and sliding as well as climbing, laughing, and general merry-making.
Magic House. The Magic House is an interactive, hands-on children’s museum. It’s exhibits encourage visitors to be creative, get involved, and experiment both indoors and out. All disciplines get explored, from poetry to science to the visual arts. Kids use their minds as well as their bodies, staying active and engaged.
Cathedral Basilica. Constructed over decades and opened in 1914, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is more than a place of worship. Concerts, weddings, and other special events take place in this church, an architectural combining of Romanesque and Byzantine designs. Visitors stand in awe of the stained glass windows and mosaics, a colorful tribute to the spiritual.
Purina Farms. Located in Gray Summit, MO, Purina Farms is owned and operated by the Purina pet food company. A variety of pet-related events take place here, including sheep herding competitions, obedience shows, and grooming demonstrations. Children will enjoy milking a cow, playing in the barn hayloft, and cuddling with lots of friendly dogs and cats that live on the Farm.
Union Station in Saint Louis. Once a bustling train depot, the St. Louis Union Station is today a bustling community space. It includes shops, restaurants, offices, and special event venues. Built in the 1890s, Union Station is a beautifully maintained brick structure and is registered as a National Historic Landmark.