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11 Fun Things to Do in St. Louis

Bindu swetha May 27, 2019
St. Louis, the inland port in Missouri, is the go-to place for every traveler on a budget! Right from visiting the museum to watching live performances at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, one can have a gala time in the city.

Visit the Saint Louis Art Museum

The iconic Saint Louis Art Museum has an extensive display of art that spans across five millennia and six continents. One can enjoy their Sundays with special hands-on activities along with a museum tour by being a part of the Family Sunday activity.

Timings - Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm, Friday: Until 9 pm

Experience Outer Space at the Science Center

From clocking the speed of cars to testing one's knowledge of dinosaurs, this center offers a hands-on experience for the entire family. Admission is free to the center, but one needs to purchase tickets to the OMNIMAX theater and special exhibits.

Timings - Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday: 11 am to 4:30 pm

Grab a Sample Beer at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Get acquainted with the history of beer and the modern processing techniques at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Soulard. Don't forget to grab your free sample beer if you are 21 years or older.

Timings - Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday: 11:30 am to 4 pm

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Have a Musical Night at Municipal Opera

The largest and oldest outdoor theater, the Municipal Opera, hosts live performances through the summer (mid-June to early August). With 1500 free seats on offer, it’s first come, first serve basis for all shows!

Timings - Gates open at 7 pm, Showtime 8:15 pm

Kids Outing at Magic House Children’s Museum

More than 100 interactive activities on offer, and a play area of 55,000 sqft; the museum is best to visit if accompanied by kids. Children can work as vets, librarians; create static electricity, etc.

Timings - Check the official website for timings

Bird’s Eye View From the Gateway Arch

Get up the arch in a tram and go straight to the Observation Deck to get a view of the town in all directions. The Gateway Arch is 630 feet tall and is visible from any part of the city.
Formerly known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, one can catch a glimpse of ancient history in the park.

Timings - Summer (Daily) 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, Winter (Daily) 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

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Plan a tour to Cathedral Basilica

The Cathedral Basilica, the ancient church and spiritual center of St. Louis Archdiocese, has a large collection of mosaics (40 million glass pieces).

Timings - Guided tours from Monday to Friday (by appointment) and on Sunday after mass

Meet animals at Grant's Farm

Enjoy a private expedition to Grant's Farm where one can interact with farm and exotic animals. One can hop into the tram and explore the farm. Admission is free but parking charges are applicable.

Timings - Open on weekends (Spring and Fall) and except on Monday during Summers

Take a ride at Six Flags

This Midwest theme park is the best family fun destination. One can enjoy thrill rides such as Screaming Eagle wooden coaster, get drenched in the adventure sports of Thunder river, attend live shows, meet famous cartoon characters, and have lots of fun at the Hurricane Harbor Water Park.

Timings - Visit the official website for daily timings

Grab a Caramel at the Caramel House

Whether you are craving for some salted caramel or want to experience some pretzels covered in caramel infused with beer, the Caramel House is the go-to place. All hand-made caramels hand-packed in recyclable material, Janet Ansehl Shulman's caramel recipes are unique.

Timing - Monday through Saturday: 11am to 5pm

Visit the Zoo

Awarded the 'Best Free Attraction in the United States' in 2016, the St. Louis Zoo offers a unique experience to see 5000 animals from seven continents. Admission to the zoo is free, however, the Children's Zoo and Zooline Railroad requires one to pay an admission fee.

Timings - Daily 9 am to 5 pm (extended hours during summers)