11 Cool Things To Do When Someone Visits St. Louis

Updated: Sep 25

Interior of the Grand Hall at Union Station

1. Grand Hall at Union Station

This 19th century train station is architecturally stunning on the scale of Grand Central. Immerse your imagination in liquid light as it dances across vaulted ceilings to the sounds of contemporary music! Designed by the creators of Cirque du Soleil, this show is on par with anything in Vegas and pairs even better with a cocktail from the hotel’s gorgeous art deco bar. (Shows daily 5pm-10pm)

Eads’ Bridge

2. Eads’ Bridge

One of the most overlooked views in St. Louis is from the middle of the river! Take a troll out on the first bridge to ever span the mighty Mississippi. Eads Bridge pedestrian walk is dotted with scenic overlooks and as the sun sets behind the arch you’ll see the cityscape come alive in a magical display of downtown lights.

3. The Fabulous Fox Theater

Built in 1929 as a single screen, 5k seat, film palace it opened as the second biggest movie theater in America. Glamor and opulence radiate from its East Asian motifs and Byzantine revival architecture. This venue was built as a temple to escapism and a walk down the red carpet will transport you to another time and place! (Tours every Saturday morning at 10am and 11am. For $10 each. Tickets sales end Friday evening at 5pm)

4. Three Sixty Bar

An elevator attendant at The Ballpark Hilton hotel will take you straight to the top! As the name implies, you’ll emerge over a menagerie of city buildings and a commanding 360 degree glass view! Grab a table and take in the arch or step outside on the heated patio that looks down into St. Louis’ own Busch Stadium. (Open evenings at 4pm)

5. Grant’s Farm

A narrated tram ride covers the Busch family history, the log cabin home of General Ulysses S Grant, and exotic animals roaming free through the refuge. You’ll come to a stop with children’s rides, animal shows and a petting zoo! Make your way down to the Bavarian village square and enjoy 2 free pours of anything on tap in the Anheuser-Busch family of beers. (Entrance is free. Parking will cost. Check for hours before going)

Crown Candy Kitchen

6. Crown Candy Kitchen

Experience the nostalgia of soda fountain and sandwich counter Americana where their booths are tiny but the malts are massive! Opened in 1913 this jewel of St. Louis was featured on the travel channel for their heart stopping BLT which delivers a medically questionable: 14 strips of bacon on Texas toast. The Crown Candy ‘’drink 5 malts and they’re free’’ promotion is always open to an ice cream gladiator up to a challenge!

7. St. Louis Zoo

Consistently ranked in the top 10 zoos and one of the very few that’s always free! The St. Louis Zoo takes up space in Forest Park, the largest city park in America. Stroll past exotic animals or catch a ride on their miniature steam railroad. It’s a true highlight in a park full of must-see places.

8. Lindell Avenue

Drive down St. Louis’ own millionaire row where you’ll pass a mile of magnificent homes. These gilded age mansions were built around the 1904 excitement that garnered St. Louis international acclaim when it hosted the biggest world’s fair in history! These regal palaces of architecture face Forest Park and their wide sidewalks are shaded by stately old oaks.

Scott Joplin House

9. Scott Joplin House

Tour the place where America’s founding father of ragtime music lived in 1902. This perfectly preserved civil war era rooming house is the very place Scott Joplin composed his iconic piece The Entertainer and you’ll hear it played right there on a turn of the century piano! ($6 adults $4 kids, check for hours)

Saint Louis Gateway Arch

10. Gateway Arch Museum

Walk deep under the gateway arch where the national parks department runs a museum to the westward expansion of America. You’ll hear oral histories of Oregon Trail pioneers and see a diorama of St. Louis’ original riverfront landscape. The best part is its always free!

11. Blueberry Hill Café

Sit down for a burger at the restaurant and music venue dedicated to St. Louis’ own rock’n roll legend Chuck Berry. Blueberry Hill was the exclusive performance place of the late duckwalk king and it’s walls are still adorned with a half century of his guitars and memorabilia!

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