Located in a former shoe manufacturing building, this museum will satisfy both the young and the young-at-heart. With three floors of interesting, educational and fun-filled rooms, it is one of the best downtown attractions. The museum is run by a group of artists and professionals who together produce an awe-inspiring array of exhibits. Feel the authenticity of the multilevel enchanted caves, the architectural museum and the giant aquarium.
Completed in October 1965 the Gateway Arch was designed to last 1,000 years. The Arch was built to represent Thomas Jefferson's dream of a United States that stretched from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast. At a spectacular 630 feet (192 meters), the monumental structure features a stainless steel facade that represents the city's legacy as the Gateway to the West. A tram zips to the top of the monument and one can see 360-degree views for 30 miles (48 kilometers) around the city. The Arch stands within the larger Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and is a testament to American engineering at its finest.
A garden lover's paradise, Missouri Botanical Garden, a 79-acre (40 hectares) collection of gardens has something for everyone, including a fragrance garden for the visually impaired. The Kemper Center has more than 20 gardens set to various themes, including the Japanese Garden and Chinese Garden, which offer a tranquil getaway from the urban hustle and bustle. A tropical rain forest also grows in this Midwestern city in an indoor garden spot, the Climatron, a glass geodesic dome through which you can stroll even when there is snow outside.
This brewery is one of the most famous in the whole world, and certainly in the United States. Since 1855, the brewery has been producing America's favorite Budweiser beer along with other Anheuser-Busch brews, and also houses the renowned Budweiser Clydesdales. Tours leave around every 15 minutes to see the process of how this domestic brew is made.
Explore the outer reaches of space and try your hand at archaeology when you spend a day visiting the St. Louis Science Center. Using interactive displays, life-like exhibits, an IMAX theater and hands-on activities, this center will have your imagination running wild. Kids too can have a fun time, learning about science, astronomy and health, through various camps and workshops organised on-site. Best of all, admission to this fantastical center is free!
Jody Newman and Barbie Freund founded the Magic House in 1975 with the goal of creating an interactive museum that attracts, educates, and entertains both children and adults. It's a place where you can learn about magnets, electricity or about the environment through hands-on activities. The Electro-Static Generator, Jack and the Beanstalk Climber, Mizzou Training Center, and the Backyard Magic are some of the museum's most popular exhibits.
If downtown is the heart of St. Louis, then Citygarden is the thrumming beat of the city. This urban sculpture park offers a respite from the concrete jungle with water features, lush green grass and foliage, gorgeously maintained themed gardens, and a dining venue. Finished and presented to the community in 2009, Citygarden occupies two square city blocks and serves as a retreat for the denizens of St. Louis. The park is home to 24 sculptures, some interactive, giving guests the chance to walk-through and climb atop these modern marvels. The water features are popular during the hot summer months when children can be found playing on the spray plaza, wading pool and waterfall stepping stones.
MacroSun works directly with national artists and craftspeople from many countries, including Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand and India. This cultural center carries unusual pieces of art as well as other items such as jewelry, books and fashions. Prices range depending on the item's historical value and cultural significance. Whether you are a first time visitor or a local, you will likely discover something wonderful for your home or office decor.
Maintained by the National Park Service, the Gateway Arch National Park comprises a 91 acre park along the Mississippi river which includes the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courtyard. The memorial was constructed to commemorate various historic events such as the acquisition of the region of Louisiana by the United States from the French and the subsequent westward expansion of explorers, the historic Dred Scott case which was heard inside the Old Courtyard and the foundation of first civil government to the west of Mississippi river. Learn about the history of the St. Louis riverfront and its surrounding areas through various memorabilia and artifacts. The Arch's construction is well documented in a film called Monument to the Dream and its shows are held inside the Tucker Theater built in 1968. The Odyssey Theater with a seating capacity for 255 spectators was added to the museum in 1993.
The Mississippi River has long beckoned adventurers to ride its mighty currents. Here you can board a paddle wheeler, the Tom Sawyer or the Becky Thatcher and take a step back in time to the era of Mark Twain. The slow-moving vessels offer perfect vantage points for sightseeing, while the riverboat captain narrates the tour and points out attractions and historic sights as they steam past. Take the less expensive daytime cruise or spend a little more for the dinner cruise or the helicopter tours.