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The Gateway to the West: St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, Missouri

After living in Arkansas for 4 years we relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in the summer of 2014 for Logan to start optometry school. Since moving here we have tried to visit various places to become acquainted to our new city. Best of all? There are tons of free activities to do in St. Louis!


Chesterfield is a suburban area of St. Louis and where we currently live. We frequently visit local parks and bike trails near our apartment with our dog Bentley.


Faust Park & Governor Bates Trail

Location: 5185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Governor Bates Trail: Cherry Blossom Tree



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Chesterfield Central Park

Location: 16365 Lydia Hill Dr, Chesterfield, MO 63017

The Awakening



Castlewood State Park

Castlewood State Park is truly one of the gems of St. Louis. It has some of the most beautiful hiking and biking trails we’ve seen in Missouri. You could easily spend a whole day here on the trails, stop and have a picnic, and enjoy some breathtaking scenery.
Location: 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021
Hours: Sunday-Saturday | 7am-7pm




The St. Louis Zoo

Something that is unique about the St. Louis Zoo is that it is free to visit! It has many terrific attractions and is also located in one of St. Louis’ most beautiful city parks, Forest Park.
Location: 1 Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours: Sunday-Saturday | 9am-5pm
Cost: FREE!

Missouri Botanical Gardens

The Missouri Botanical Gardens has year round exhibits and festivals that are all unique and often celebrating various cultures. In the summer we have enjoyed going to the free jazz festivals in the gardens, the Lantern Festival (Summer), Japanese Festival (Labor Day weekend), and the Garden Glow (winter).
Location: 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours: Sunday-Saturday | 9am-5pm
Cost: $8/adults, FREE/children 12 and under


Lantern Festival


Lantern Festival


Wine & Jazz Festival


Wine & Jazz Festival


Japanese Festival


Garden Glow

Saint Louis Art Museum

Location: 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours: Sunday: 10am-5pm, Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-5pm,  Friday: 10am-9pm
Cost: FREE!


The Gateway Arch

Of course, no stop is complete in St. Louis without a visit to the Gateway Arch. The views from the top are unbeatable!
Location: 100 Washington Ave, St. Louis
Hours: 8am-10pm, Sunday-Saturday
$13/adult, $10/kids

Ted Drewes

You know you’ve got a good thing when it’s been a success for over 80 years! Ted Drewes has an amazing menu of frozen custard and concrete choices.
Location: 6726 Chippewa St. Louis, MO 63109
Hours: 11am-11pm


Keep checking back for more as we continue to discover our new city!
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