St Louis attractions

Top Choice National Park in St Louis

Gateway Arch National Park

As a symbol for St Louis, the Gateway Arch has soared above any expectations its backers could have had in 1965 when it opened. Now the centerpiece of its own recently christened national park, the silvery, shimmeri…
Top Choice Park in St Louis

Forest Park

New York City may have Central Park, but St Louis has the bigger (by 528 acres) Forest Park. The superb, 1371-acre spread was the setting of the 1904 World's Fair. It's a beautiful place to escape to and is dotted w…
Top Choice Museum in St Louis

City Museum

Possibly the wildest highlight to any visit to St Louis is this frivolous, frilly fun house in a vast old shoe factory. The Museum of Mirth, Mystery & Mayhem sets the tone. Run, jump and explore all manner of ex…
Bridge in St Louis

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Before driving into Missouri, detour off I-270 at exit 3. Follow Hwy 3 (aka Lewis and Clark Blvd) south, turn right at the first stoplight and drive west to the 1929 Chain of Rocks Bridge. Open only to pedestrians a…
Museum in St Louis

National Blues Museum

This flashy new museum explores blues legends like hometown hero Chuck Berry while making a strong case for the genre's myriad influences on modern rock, folk, R&B and more. There are interactive exhibits from t…
Museum in St Louis

St Louis Art Museum

This grand beaux-arts palace (with a striking modern wing) was originally built for the World's Fair. Now housing this storied institution, its collection spans time and styles, and includes a variety of household n…
Gardens in St Louis

Missouri Botanical Garden

Dating to 1859, these gardens hold a 14-acre Japanese garden, a carnivorous plant bog, a Victorian-style hedge maze and the oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi. It's at the north end of …
Museum in St Louis

Missouri History Museum

Presents the story of St Louis, starring such worthies as the World's Fair, a replica of Charles Lindbergh's plane (Spirit of Saint Louis) and a host of bluesmen. Oral histories from those who fought segregation are…
Museum in St Louis

St Louis Science Center

The interactive exhibits at this three-story museum are geared toward kids (and the young at heart). Expect live demonstrations, dinosaurs, a planetarium and an IMAX theater (additional fee).
Zoo in St Louis

St Louis Zoo

Divided into themed zones, this vast park includes a fascinating River's Edge area with African critters. Don't leave without saying hello to the zoo's new superstar: Kali the polar bear.