Major cities can brag all they want about their zoos but they don’t come close to the one in St. Louis. This 90-acre complex has over 14,000 animals, an interactive polar bear exhibit, an underwater view of penguins, plus an underwater tunnel where you can observe seals and sea lions.
Nature is calling. Try your hand at canoeing, fishing, hiking, or mountain biking—all at Castlewood State Park. Straddling the exquisite Meramec River, Castlewood has several picnic sites, a boat ramp, and equestrian trails. Whether it’s a romantic escape or a family get-together, it’s the ideal setting for a weekend to bask in nature’s beauty.
Nothing is more St. Louis than Anheuser-Busch and nothing is more Anheuser-Busch than Grant’s Farm; a 281-acre estate and ancestral home of the iconic Busch family. The farm is home to more than 900 animals from over 100 species. Admission is free to people of all ages.
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Get an up-close look at one of the most passionate fan bases in sports and see the eleven-time World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Get your tickets fast; the Cards are always among the biggest attractions in baseball.
If hockey is the game that has your heart, take a trip out to Scottrade Center and see the Blues play.
Bordering the Mississippi River, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is a must-go for anyone who is into American history and unique architecture.
Marked by the iconic Gateway Arch, the park is right near the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Be sure to catch the insightful movie there that explains all about the arch and how it was built.
See the wonders of the Victorian lifestyle and a lavish nineteenth-century estate at the Campbell House Museum; former home of Irish-American frontiersman Robert Campbell.
Take your time and explore more than 120 exhibits from over 260 artists at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Also, check out the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site on Delmar Boulevard and learn about the legendary composer Scott Joplin.
Enjoy free admission at the family-friendly St. Louis Zoo. And for a little extra fun, pay to see the fascinating sea lion show.
Suson Animal Farm is a great spot for families too. See the horses, pigs, cows, and chickens, and fish at one of the three lakes.
A more secluded area to appreciate the beauty of nature can be found at the Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area.
Take a trip to Meramec Caverns, the oldest attraction on Route 66 and get a tour of the world’s largest and rarest cave formations.
Be amazed by the state-of-the-art movie theater and eerily life-like holograms at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Tour the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and enjoy a couple of freshly poured samples while you’re there.