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Discover St. Louis: 52 Things to Do in St. Louis | Arch City Homes

St. Louis offers so many options for things to do for people of all ages. From museums to sporting events to parks, you can find wonderful entertainment options all year long.

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Whether you are relocating to St. Louis, new to the area or a lifelong resident, I hope that this list helps you find some new places to explore.

52 Things to Do in St. Louis:

One of my New Year’s resolutions every year is that I’m going to get out more and explore the city…returning to places that I’ve enjoyed in the past and discovering new settings to have fun.

While it was hard to whittle the list down to 52 venues, I decided to put together a list of places that every St. Louisan should go to at least once. All of the attractions below are located in St. Louis City, St. Louis County or St. Charles County.

I know I left off some great options that are in a neighboring county or in Southern IL (such as Fast Eddie’s and Mount Pleasant Winery). One of these days I’ll put together a follow up list for fun day trip options from St. Louis.

Pick a place to go each week and discover the city in a year.

Art:

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1. St. Louis Art Museum
Location: Forest Park (map)
Cost: Free

2. Contemporary Art Museum
Location: Midtown (map)
Cost: Free

3. Laumeier Sculpture Park
Location: South County (map)
Cost: Free

4. Citygarden
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: Free

More Museums:

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5. Missouri History Museum
Location: Forest Park (map)
Cost: Free

6. Museum of Transportation
Location:  St. Louis County, just west of Kirkwood (map)
Cost: $12 ages 13-64, $5 children 5-12, $10 age 65 and older and active duty military (includes trolley ride, weather permitting)

7. Wax Museum
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: $10 adults, $7 ages 12-17, $5 ages 3-11 and ages 55+

Music:

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8. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Location: Maryland Heights (map)
Cost: Varies by concert & reserved seats or open lawn seating

9. The Pageant
Location: The Loop (map)
Cost: Varies by concert & seating

10. St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Location: Midtown (map)
Cost: Varies by seating plus free community concerts

11. Sheldon Concert Hall
Location: Midtown (map)
Cost: Varies

Animals:

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12. Saint Louis Zoo
Location: Forest Park (map)
Cost: Free

13. World Bird Sanctuary
Location: Valley Park (map)
Cost: Free

14. Endangered Wolf Center
Location: Eureka (map)
Cost: $16 for adults and $13 ages 4-14 (cost for other tours vary)

15. Grant’s Farm
Location: South County (map)
Cost: Free admission and tram rides, parking $15 per vehicle

16. Butterfly House
Location: Chesterfield (map)
Cost: $8 Adults, $5 ages 3-12 and 65+, free for children 2 & under and MO Botanical Garden members

Family Fun:

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17. Science Center
Location: South of Forest Park plus bridge over highway connects to Planetarium inside Forest Park (map)
Cost: General admission is free, additional items cost varies

18. Magic House
Location: Kirkwood (map)
Cost: $12 for ages 1 – 64, $11 ages 65+, active duty military and 5 immediate family members free, foster families free

19. City Museum
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: $16 (ages 3 & above), $21 for general admission with rooftop access

20. Boathouse Forest Park
Location: Forest Park (map)
Cost: Paddle boats $22/1st hour, canoe and double kayak $20/1st hour, single kayak and paddle board $15/1st hour, 2nd hour $15 for all

21. Steinberg Skating Rink
Location: Forest Park (map)
Cost: $8 all day admission for all ages, $7 skate rental sizes toddler 6 – adult 15

22. Six Flags
Location: Eureka (map)
Cost: varies

Parks & Nature:

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23. Faust Park
Location: Chesterfield (map)
Cost: Free except for admission to Butterfly House or carousel rides

24. Forest Park
Location: between Central West End and University City/Clayton (map)
Cost: Free

25. Tower Grove Park
Location: South City (map)
Cost: Free

26. Missouri Botanical Garden
Location: Tower Grove area/South City (map)
Cost: $14 ages 13+, $6 for St. Louis City/County residents ages 13-64 & $4 for St. Louis City/County residents aged 65+, ages 12 & under are free

27. Creve Coeur Park & Lake
Location: Creve Coeur (map)
Cost: Free

Buildings & Architecture:

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28. St. Louis Arch
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: Varies

29. Old Courthouse
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: Free

30. Cathedral Basilica (New Cathedral)
Location: Central West End (map)
Cost: Free

31. Lafayette Square Neighborhood
Location: South City (map)
Cost: Free

Sporting Events:

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32. St. Louis Cardinals
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: Varies

33. St. Louis Blues
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: Varies

34. St. Louis University Billikens (men’s basketball)
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: Varies

Showtime:

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35. The Muny
Location: Forest Park (map)
Cost:  $15 & up, 1,450 free seats available for each performance

36. Fox Theatre
Location: Midtown (map)
Cost: Varies

37. Moolah Theater
Location: Midtown (map)
Cost: Adults $8.50 (after 5:30 PM) or $6 (before 5:30 PM), Students/Seniors/Child $6, Wednesdays all shows $5

38.  Tivoli Theatre
Location: The Loop (map)
Cost: Varies

39. Funnybone Comedy Club
Location: Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights (map)
Cost: Varies

Tours:

40. Anheuser Busch
Location: Soulard (map)
Cost: Free, $5 to reserve a spot on a tour

41. Lemp Mansion
Location: Benton Park, south of Soulard (map)
Cost: $25 ghost tours on most Mondays at 7 PM, restaurant and overnight stays varies

Shopping:

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42. St. Louis Union Station
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: Free to shot and explore, paid parking lot

43. Soulard Market
Location: Soulard (map)
Cost: Free

Food:

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44. Crown Candy Kitchen
Location: Old North St. Louis (map)
Cost: Just your food

45. Gus’ Pretzels
Location: Benton Park near Soulard (map)
Cost: Just your food

46. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
Location: South City on S. Grand (map) and Chippewa (map)
Cost: Just your food

Walkable Entertainment & Shopping Areas:

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47. Central West End strip
Location: Euclid in the Central West End (map)

48. Delmar Loop
Location: University City and St. Louis City (map)

49. Historic St. Charles
Location: Main Street in St. Charles (map)

50. Westport Plaza
Location: Maryland Heights (map)

Adult Zone:

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51. Casinos
Location: Downtown, Maryland Heights and St. Charles (map)

52. Downtown Bars and Clubs
Location: Downtown (map)