Head on down to the riverfront and travel to the top of the Gateway Arch! Helicopter rides are available for those who want an even more elevated view of the city.
Even kids aren’t eager to climb into the small, egg-shaped elevator cars that take visitors to the top of the 630-foot memorial. “It wasn’t necessarily fun to go up,” says Eleanor, “but it was fun when you got to the top and got to look out the windows.” Spencer agrees. “I like the view from the top windows—I go with my cousins from Hawaii.” After kids and adults are done escorting out-of-towners to see the view, it’s time for one another stop along the Mississippi River. “There are riverboat cruises by the Arch,” says Eleanor, referring to the Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher paddle-wheel boats. “Those are really cool.”
Forest Park is the seventh largest urban park in the United States, a natural oasis in the urban environment of St. Louis, 500 acres larger than New York City’s Central Park. The Park was created from in 1876 of 1,293 acres of land west of downtown St. Louis. The Park contains many of St. Louis’ major attractions – the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Municipal Opera and the world-famous Saint Louis Zoo.
The Saint Louis Zoological Park, commonly known as the St. Louis Zoo, is a zoo in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. It is recognized as a leading zoo in animal management, research, conservation, and education.
Rated 3rd best zoo in the country.
18,000 animals from 700 species on 90 acres, including an Insectarium, Children’s Zoo, Penguin & Puffin Coast and a Zooline Railroad.
Admission to the Zoo is FREE, although there are fees for some attractions. Attractions are weather dependent and subject to change.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the principal U.S. art museums, with paintings, sculptures, cultural objects, and ancient masterpieces from all corners of the world.
Get out on a rainy day and explore the St. Louis Art Museum. Many family programs are offered during the spring and summer months!
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the US, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. The complex includes a 4-story OMNIMAX Theater, the air-supported EXPLORADOME and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.
The Saint Louis Science Center, founded as a planetarium in 1963, is a collection of buildings including a science museum and planetarium in St. Louis, Missouri, on the southeastern corner of Forest Park.
City Museum is a museum, consisting largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis, Missouri, United States.
Let your imagination go wild at the City Museum. The shorties will especially love the recently expanded Toddler Town, and because the museum is open until one in the morning on weekends, the adults can come back in the evening and play big people style.
A tram winds around the former Busch family estate, now home to over 100 species of animals. Take a tram ride through Grant’s Farm, where you’ll see free roaming bison, antelope, and zebra! While there, be sure to visit the Budweiser Clydesdale Stables, where up to 15 foals are a popular St. Louis destination since 1954, Grant’s Farm is the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, named for Ulysses S. Grant who originally worked a portion of the land.
Ranked in 2004 as a top attraction nationwide by the U.S. Family Travel Guide Zagat Survey® and two time winner of the TripAdvisor®
Certificate of Excellence, this unique landmark combines history, heritage and wildlife to create an unforgettable experience!
The Missouri History Museum is a history museum located in St. Louis, Missouri in Forest Park showcasing Missouri history. The museum is operated by the Missouri Historical Society and was founded in 1866.
Learn all about the history of St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum. Be sure to check the schedule during the spring and summer months to see which local bands are performing (for free!) during the museum’s Twilight Tuesdays concert series!born each year.
Sprawling children’s discovery & educational center with exhibits, hands-on activities & events.
Explore four floors of hands-on activities at The Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum. Be sure to take a ride on the three story slide!
If you’re itching for a theme park, Six Flags is surprisingly clean! If it’s particularly hot, you might want to walk over to Hurricane Harbor and enjoy one of the country’s largest wave pools.
Six Flags St. Louis and Hurricane Harbor water park combine two great parks in one great place for the perfect family getaway. Six Flags St. Louis is the Coaster Capital of Missouri with nine heart-pounding roller coasters and in 2015, we introduced the new JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS. Live shows daily and concerts over the summer.
Check out Purina Farms, where visitors can milk a cow, watch a canine competition, or play in a hay loft!
The Barn and Play Area allows both adults and children to interact with a variety of the domestic animals found on a typical working farm. It houses sheep, horses, cows, hogs, rabbits and chickens, among other farm animals. A petting ring in the Barn’s nursery area allows children to interact with chicks, piglets and baby rabbits.
The barn also has several interactive areas, with tunnels to crawl through, a rope to swing on, and toys to play with, while demonstrations throughout the day give visitors the chance to try milking a cow.
An enclosed area next to the barn features herding dogs demonstrating their expertise at corralling farm animals. These demonstrations provide a firsthand look at how dogs play a vital role in the lives and work of people everywhere.
Dozens of dogs and cats call the Pet Center at Purina Farms home. Inside, you’ll find a 20-foot-tall, multi-level cat house built to include the kind of structures that help cats express their natural behaviors and lead happy, healthy lives. Windows, stairways, and rocking chairs are all part of creating this feline paradise. Visitors can watch the cats interact from a staircase that provides an eye-level view of their home.
The Pet Center also features educational displays and videos that help visitors better understand pets and the roles they play in people’s lives. One unique display lets visitors experience the scents a dog’s sensitive nose perceives while walking through a field.
The Pet Center’s staff of professional handlers conducts grooming demonstrations throughout the day and is available to answer questions about pet care and training.
Meramec Caverns is the collective name for a 4.6-mile cavern system in the Ozarks, near Stanton, Missouri. The caverns were formed from the erosion of large limestone deposits over millions of years.
Are you in the mood for some exploration? You can pan for gold, dig for fossils, or take a riverboat ride while visiting Meramec Caverns.
If a quiet stroll is what you need, the Butterfly House is perfect. The 8,000 square foot Conservatory Garden was designed to ensure a natural and safe habitat for nearly 60 species of butterfly! A public natural habitat dedicated to the education of butterflies
More than a thousand live tropical butterflies fly freely in the glass conservatory at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.
The Museum of Transportation showcases steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, as well as automobiles, streetcars, and aircraft. Their Creation Station is a big hit with kids ages five and under.
The largest family-owned Pick-Your-Own orchard in the U.S., started as a simple roadside stand in 1910. Today, the 6th and 7th generations of the Eckert family operates retail, entertainment and farming entities in Belleville, Illinois.
Pick peaches, strawberries, blackberries, apples, or pumpkins at one of Eckert’s Country Farms. You can even cut your own Christmas tree at Eckert’s during the holiday season!
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site /kəˈhoʊkiə/ is located on the site of a pre-Columbian Native American city situated directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis, Missouri
Visit an ancient Indian civilization at Cahokia Mounds! Public tours are available in June, July, and August.
The Wolf Sanctuary is an amazing place dedicated to the preservation of rare and endangered wolves. Be sure to call ahead to take the 1/2 mile walking tour, as the sanctuary closes during the breeding season.
The Endangered Wolf Center preserves and protects some of the most threatened species of wolves in the world (Mexican gray wolves, red wolves, maned wolves, African painted dogs and swift foxes) and assists the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in reintroducing them to the wild. Located in Eureka, Mo., along Interstate 44 about 20 miles southwest of St. Louis. The Center also offers a variety of evening wolf howls, when visitors can howl at the wolves and are likely to hear wolves howling at them.
St. Louis is proud to have its own one-ring European circus! Circus Flora made St. Louis its home in 1987, and the big top shows take place in June.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to visit. Be sure to pack a picnic basket during the summer and attend one of their free Wednesday night concerts.
Visit one of the top 10 streets in the United States, The Delmar Loop! … the energy of The Loop, a vibrant six-block area along Delmar Blvd in St. Louis
Take some time to study the St. Louis Walk of Fame while you’re strolling around the University City Loop. You’ll be surprised at how many amazing men and women have called St. Louis their home! While in the Loop, head over to Fitz’s Root Beer for an amazingly fun lunch. If you get there early enough, you can request a table near the bottling line. That will keep the kids hypnotized until the food is delivered! (Added bonus: The kid meals are delivered in a mini car!)
The Loop is home to more than 145 specialty shops including restaurants, galleries, clothing
boutiques, gift stores, entertainment venues, and a boutique hotel.
Explore the marketplace at St. Louis Union Station. While you’re there, enjoy the entertainment at The Fudgery and ride a paddle boat around the lake or just feed the fish!
Learn a bit about The Poet of Childhood at the Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum.
February – December
Wednesday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Noon – 4 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday & National Holidays
By Appointment Only
The Museum is not currently handicapped accessible.
The Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum was the boyhood home of Eugene Field, who is beloved to this day as the “Children’s Poet” and widely known as the “Father of the Personal Newspaper Column”.
Eugene Field was born in St. Louis at 634 South Broadway, on September 2, 1850. His father, Roswell Martin Field, was a well-known attorney.
In 1853 Roswell served as the attorney for the slaves Dred and Harriet Scott and their daughters, Eliza and Lizzie, when they brought action in federal court for their freedom. The Scotts were denied their freedom on the grounds that African-Americans were not citizens and therefore could not sue in federal court. The refusal of the United States Supreme Court to treat Dred and Harriet as citizens is believed by many to be a factor that precipitated the Civil War.
Put on your big goofy foam fingers and head to Busch Stadium for a Cardinals game! (Be sure to stop by Gus’s Pretzels on the way to the stadium! They’ve been twisting pretzels for nearly 100 years!)
Busch Stadium tours are offered year-round and provide a unique look at the home of the Cardinals. Take in the view from the Radio Broadcast Booth, see the World Series trophies in the Champions Club and imagine yourself as a big leaguer in the Cardinals Dugout*. Tours are a great experience for families and friends and even include a discount in the Official Cardinals Team Store with your ticket stub. Meet me at the Musial statue for a Busch Stadium Tour!
Museum™ is the St. Louis region’s newest destination for kids to have fun and learn a thing or two. Our Interactive exhibits are scientifically fun and unique!
After opening last November, Museum quickly became a draw for kids, with engaging exhibits. Take, for instance, the interactive, wall-size video screen. “It waves, like, different things, and you put your body up against it and try to stop it and move it,” explains 10-year-old Macy. Another favorite: the Seaweed Swamp, a maze comprising 2,000 swimming noodles where kids can search for a “swamp monster” mural—or purposely get lost. “I like to hide in the noodles,” says my daughter, 3-year-old Jade.
Chesterfield Sports Fusion offers seven feature attractions: laser tag, mini-golf, dodgeball, rock wall, play structure, sport court, and obstacle course. Group events and birthday parties available too!
Monkey Joe’s is a fun-filled inflatable play center. Our wall-to-wall inflatable slides, jumps, and obstacle courses will keep your kids active, happy, and healthy.
Indoor children’s play time and party headquarters with inflatable slides and jumps!
Get your exercise by strolling around 100+ acres of outdoor art at Laumeier Sculpture Park.
Laumeier is open daily from 8:00 a.m.–30 minutes past sunset. The Park is free and open to the public year-round, with the exception of special events.
Laumeier is closed to the public the Thursday–Sunday of Art Fair weekend in May, Harvest Festival Sunday in October and Christmas Day.
A St. Louis Tradition Since 1913, serving malts and shakes, lunch or dinner with Soda Fountain and Candy.
The St. Louis Carousel is home to an original carousel created by the Dentzel Company of Philadelphia in the 1920’s. The Carousel was installed in 1929 at the Forest Park Highlands. When the Highlands burned to the ground in 1963, the carousel was the only thing left standing. Howard C. Ohlendorf purchased the carousel to prevent it from being dismantled and donated it to St. Louis County Parks in 1965. The department operated it during the summer months at Sylvan Springs Park until 1980. The St. Louis County Historic Buildings Commission and Faust Cultural Heritage Foundation raised enough money to restore the carousel to its original beauty and installed it in a climate controlled building in Faust Park in 1987.
“No longer need residents of St. Louis look beyond their own city for the finest entertainment.” This statement was coined by the William Fox Circuit of Theatres in 1929 for the opening of their newest, most exotic temple of amusement, and it still holds true!”
The Fabulous Fox offers a dazzling array of talent and entertainment twelve months a year.
The Fox was built in 1929 by movie pioneer William Fox as a showcase for the films of the Fox Film Corporation and elaborate stage shows. It was one of a group of five spectacular Fox Theatres built by Fox in the late 1920s. (The others were the Fox Theatres in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Detroit, and San Francisco.)
When the theater opened on January 31, 1929 it was reportedly the second-largest theater in the United States, with 5,060 seats. It was one of St. Louis’s leading movie theaters through the 1960s and has survived to become a versatile performing arts venue.
Explore the Splendor of one of America’s Most Magnificent Theatres!
Seniors, Students and Children $6
includes organ presentation:
Adults $10, Seniors $9
Students and Children $7