Great Places to Check Out in St. Louis

There are tons of great places to visit in St. Louis, even living here for almost 20 years I find new things to visit all the time. We enjoy these great places and I hope you do too.

The St. Louis Arch on a sunny day.
St. Louis Arch

Check Out the St. Louis Arch

The Gateway Arch, a 630 foot tall monument here in St. Louis is the world’s tallest arch and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. The Arch, also known as “The Gateway to the West”. It was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1947, but construction didn’t start until February 12, 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965. The overall cost of the Arch was $13 million (about $109 Million in 2022). There have been a lot of stunts at the Arch. The latest attempt was on September 14, 1992 when John C. Vincent climbed to the top of the Arch using suction cups and then parachuted back to the ground. He was eventually charged with 2 misdemeanors, it was only a thousand bucks and some community service.

Fountains at Forest Park, a great place to visit in St. Louis.
St. Louis Forest Park

Check Out Our Museums

Forest Park is a public park in St. Louis, MO. The park opened in 1876 and has been the site of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 (1904 World’s Fair) and the 1904 Summer Olympics. The park is home to quite a few attractions including, the St. Louis Zoo, World’s Fair Pavilion, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and the Jewel Box. Wait there is still more the Steinberg Skating Rink, Missouri History Museum and the Norman Probstein Community Golf Course (we got married there!). There are so many more things to see in Forest Park. So if you have a chance take a walk, hike or drive around Forest Park.

The Tower Grove house in Missouri Botanical Gardens, one of the great places to visit in St. Louis
Missouri Botanical Gardens

Check Out Our Gardens

The Missouri Botanical Garden was founded in 1859, the land was previously the land of philanthropist and founder, Henry Shaw. His mausoleum is actually located on the garden grounds. The Garden is actually one of the oldest botanical institutions and a National Historic Landmark. Some of the major features of the garden include the Tower Grove House, the Climatron, the English Woodland Garden and the Seiwa-en Japanese Garden (the largest in North America) to name a few. Our favorite evening at the Garden is the Wednesday night Whitaker Music Festival during the summer. It’s a free outdoor concert series where picnicking is allowed and makes for a great place to spend a summer night with an unforgettable backdrop.

A bus on top of a roof? City Museum, one of the great places to visit in St. Louis.
City Museum. You just have to go.

Other Places to Check Out

Here’s another one of the great places to visit is the City Museum opened in 1997 and has been described as “a wild singular vision of an oddball artistic mind”. This is a place that you have to see and explore, to believe. The City Museum is housed in a 10-story, 600,000 square-foot warehouse. Check out this link to learn all there is to know about the City Museum Timeline. This is the type of place where artists’ are always working on new projects, even during business hours. This is a place for both children and adults. It’s a must see if you spend anytime in St. Louis. Make sure you wear tennis shoes, you will be climbing around, no matter your age!

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