St. Louis, Missouri is a major U.S. city along that Mississippi River that is full of historic charm, unique restaurants, and the iconic Gateway Arch. Best of all? There are tons of free activities to do in St. Louis!
THINGS TO DO OUTDOORS
Faust Park & Governor Bates Trail
A former farming estate with charming historic buildings and an antique carousel.
Location: 5185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
A central hub for the city of Chesterfield that has an outdoor amphitheater, walking paths, and interesting statues.
Location: 16365 Lydia Hill Dr, Chesterfield, MO 63017
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: 7am – 7pm, daily
The most prominent park in St. Louis that is home to over 1,300 acres of land and many local attractions.
Location: 5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis
Hours: 6am-10pm, daily
A fascinating exhibit that believes in engaging the community through art and nature.
Location: 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis
Hours: 8am – 30 minutes after sunset, daily
FUN + ICONIC ATTRACTIONS
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: 9am – 5pm, daily
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: 9am – 5pm, daily
Cost: $8/adults, FREE/children 12 and under
The St. Louis Art Museum offers paintings, sculptures, and other fine arts from around the world.
Location: 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours: Sunday: 10am – 5pm, Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 5pm, Friday: 10am – 9pm
This former movie palace now turned swanky theater hosts some iconic performances such as The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia!.
Location: 527 N Grand Blvd, St Louis
An entertainment, cultural, and foodie hub in St. Louis that hosts over 145 specialty shops and restaurants.
Location: 6504 Delmar Blvd, University City
On the complimentary 45 minute tour, you’ll get to observe the 7-Step Brewing Process and also see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales at the historic stables built in 1885.
Location: 1200 Lynch Street, St. Louis
Hours: Sunday: 11am – 5pm, Monday – Thursday: 9am-5pm, Friday & Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm
For kids of all ages, the City Museum is a large playhouse full of repurposed architecture.
Location: 750 N 16th St, St. Louis
Hours: Sunday: 11am – 5pm, Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday & Saturday: 9am – 12am
Cost: $12/person or $10/person if Friday or Saturday after 5pm
Home to the St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium offers fun for all ages. The best part? You can bring your own food and beverages (no alcohol) to the games!
Location: 700 Clark Avenue, St. Louis
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, daily
When you walk in you’ll be greeted by complimentary beignets, a create-your-own bloody mary bar, and many delicious brunch entrees.
Location: 48 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis
Hours: Sunday, 10am – 2:30pm
Casual homemade breakfast and brunch spot with rotating coffee flavors.
Location: 8133 Maryland Ave, St. Louis
Hours: Sunday & Saturday: 8am – 2pm, Tuesday – Friday: 7am – 2pm, Closed Mondays
Looking for a twist on a typical brunch menu? Let these Asian inspired dishes like green tea waffles do the trick.
Location: 1405 Washington Avenue, St. Louis
Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 3pm
A cozy spot with a large menu of savory and sweet crepes.
Location: 36 N Brentwood Blvd, St. Louis
Hours: Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 3pm, Saturday & Sunday: 7am – 3pm
LUNCH + DINNER
A casual order-at-the-counter restaurant known for wood smoked Memphis-style barbecue.
Location: 3106 Olive St, St. Louis
Hours: 11am – 8pm, daily
BBQ Restaurant that prides itself on twisting up traditional barbecue.
Location: 605 Washington Avenue, St. Louis (other locations available)
Hours: 11am – sold out, daily
Perfect for a romantic evening, Roberto’s offers traditional Southern Italian food & steaks.
Location: 145 Concord Plaza, St. Louis
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 10pm
Another longtime Italian favorite with a classic atmosphere.
Location: 5226 Shaw Ave, St. Louis
Hours: Sunday 4pm – 9pm, Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm, Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 11pm
Ranch addict? Twisted Ranch has 27 flavors to choose from that pair with their house-made menu.
Location: 1730 S 8th St, St. Louis
Hours: Sunday: 11am – 3pm, Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9pm, closed Mondays
Al la carte street tacos, burritos, and other side items in a swanky setting.
Location: 908 Lafayette Ave, St. Louis (other locations available)
Hours: Sunday: 11am – Midnight, Monday – Saturday: 11am – 1am
Contemporary New American fare with choice wines.
Location: 1146 Town and Country Crossing Dr, Town and Country
Hours: Sunday: 11am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10:30pm
Casual restaurant with giant gourmet calzones to choose from.
Location: 7810 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton (other locations available)
Hours: Closed Sunday, Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 1opm, Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Fresh-baked deep dish pizza with cornmeal crust.
Location: 6144 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis (other locations available)
Hours: Sunday 11am – 10pm, Monday – Thursday, 11am – 11pm, Friday – Saturday, 11am – 12am
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, daily
Go for the floats! Of course, you can get a traditional root beer float but also can mix it up with one of Fitz’s other soda flavors. Trust us, these are big enough to share.
Location: 6605 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday, 11am – 10pm