Sitting on the west bank of the mighty Mississippi River is St. Louis, the historic gateway to the West. Today, find an abundance of museums, art galleries, theatres, gourmet restaurants and a dynamic nightlife.
Things to do in St. Louis
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The Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis shares travel tips and suggestions to make your stay here memorable.
Things to Do in St. Louis With Kids
Known for its parks and dramatic Gateway Arch, St. Louis is also a mid-western hub of historic and cultural attractions perfect for family vacations.
Complimentary Shuttle Service
Lumière Place complex offers complimentary shuttle service, based on availability, to sites within the downtown area, including Busch baseball stadium.
Lumière Place Casino
Located in the heart of St. Louis, Lumiere Place Casino, “The Pulse of St. Louis,” is the city's premier casino, featuring more than 2,000 slots, 55 table games and a poker room.
Site of the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park offers many cultural, historic and recreational attractions, including an art museum, science centre, zoo, history museum, ice-skating rink and lakes.
The Gateway Arch is a graceful rainbow of shining steel that soars 630 feet (192 metres) above downtown St. Louis. Enclosed trams transport visitors to the top for magnificent views of the city.
Missouri History Museum
The Missouri History Museum offers a compelling presentation of St. Louis’ history, with exhibits dedicated to the city’s role in westward expansion, the Dred Scott slavery case and the 1904 World’s Fair.
Saint Louis Art Museum
Within a Beaux Arts-style building, the Saint Louis Art Museum presents art from most time periods. Its pre-Columbian, Asian and German expressionist collections are exceptional.
The Scottrade Center is home of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues and St. Louis University Billiken Basketball, and is also a popular venue for concerts.
Busch Stadium is the city’s newest sports venue and home to a major league baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Missouri Botanical Garden
Open since 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden delights with a Japanese strolling garden, Chinese garden, geodesic-design greenhouse, scented garden, maze, and other themed gardens.
Located in trendy Delmar Loop, this intimate concert venue features cabaret-style main floor seating for general admission, as well as reserved seating in the balcony.
The Fox Theatre
The Fox Theatre is a lavish 1929 Byzantine-style former movie palace that is now a venue for touring Broadway musicals and concerts.
Gateway International Raceway
Gateway International Raceway is the site of NASCAR events, drag races and other events from April through October. Located in Madison, Illinois, the Raceway is a short drive from Gateway Arch.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is the largest outdoor concert venue in the area. Its state-of-the-art sound system and six video screens maximise concert-goers’ experience from May to October.
Shop among St. Louis’ boutiques and specialty shops, with the help of professionals. The Shopping Company organizes five-hour customizable shopping excursions, including lunch and amenities.
Rail or walking tours
Explore St. Louis’ downtown, midtown, central west end and Forest Park on a Metro Rail/walking tour.
Gateway Arch riverboat tours
Replica 19th-century steamboats offer a wide variety of excursions down the Mississippi River. Tours range from one to eight hours in length.
Gateway helicopter tours
View the city skyline from a high perspective and explore the areas around it. Helicopter tours range from 5 to 15 minutes in length.
Contemporary Art Museum
The Contemporary Art Museum is a non-collecting institution that features local, national and international artists – both well known and up-and-coming – from diverse backgrounds.
Dating to the 1860s, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery includes many architectural gems from those times; tours offered take in the 1885 Clydesdale stable and the historic 1892 Brew House.
City Museum is an eclectic mix of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel, with many of the exhibits constructed from products that were made for other uses.
Explore St. Louis up close atop a Segway. After training, you will be able to ride this personal transporter to explore downtown St. Louis or Forest Park on a three-hour tour; narration included.
St. Louis Science Center
The St. Louis Science Center offers a hands-on learning experience through more than 750 free exhibits. The centre also has an OMNIMAX theatre and a Discovery Room geared for your young scientists.
St. Louis Zoo
The St. Louis Zoo is home to a children’s zoo and over 11,400 exotic animals. Many of the animals are rare and endangered, and represent 810 different species from every major continent of the world.
Museum of Transportation
The Museum of Transportation houses one of the world’s largest collections of transportation vehicles, including an extensive collection of American rail power.
The Magic House
The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum that provides creative learning experiences. Exhibits include the Children’s Village, Math Path and a three-storey slide.
The Old Courthouse National Historic Site has witnessed many historic events, including the pivotal Dred Scott slavery trials. In a restored 1860s courtroom, exhibits trace the city’s history.
Saint Louis Galleria
Saint Louis Galleria features 165 stores, more than 35 of which are exclusive to St. Louis.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
The 98-acre (40-hectare) Laumeier Sculpture Park features more than 80 contemporary sculptures, a museum of art and numerous hiking trails.
Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis’ premier fashion centre, has 40 specialty shops.
Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis is a 132-acre (53-hectare) theme park with many gravity-defying thrill rides and more than 40 attractions.
The Sheldon concert hall
Known as the Carnegie Hall of St. Louis, The Sheldon concert hall presents more than 300 events each year – from jazz to folk and classical music. Its Notes from Home series features St. Louis musicians.
St. Louis Black Repertory at the Grandel Theater
The St. Louis Black Repertory Company, one of the country’s five largest African-American professional companies, stages theatre, dance and other projects from an African-American perspective.
Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Producing sophisticated, musically impeccable productions, with familiar and unconventional operas alike performed in English and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Powell Symphony Hall
Powell Symphony Hall is home to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, a long-established, internationally recognised ensemble.
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is the city’s premier live professional theatre, producing a wide variety of shows for both adults and children.
The Muny theatre in Forest Park is the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre, and produces seven Broadway-style shows each summer.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Built after the turn of the 20th century, the distinctively domed Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis boasts the world’s largest collection of mosaics, comprising 42 million pieces of glass.