Free And Fun Things To Do In St Louis, MO
If you’re just passing through St Louis on your way east or west, you might just want to actually stop. There’s plenty to see and do that’s both fun and free all around the city. Check out some of the best fun and free things to do on your travels. You are sure enjoy your visit to this beautiful city.
1. The St Louis Zoo
The St Louis Zoo is committed to animal enrichment. It is home to over 18,000 different animal species. The zoo has been careful to design humane exhibits. Consequently, this has given the animals an environment where they are lovingly cared for. This also means this wildlife wonderland is a great place to enjoy a day out. And the best part about it is, it’s free!
2. City Gardens
The City Gardens are located at 801 Market Street, St Louis. This inviting public space is a fabulous spot to wander around to explore. With various sculptures and water features, there’s lots to see. Plus it’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. Entrance to City Garden is free which is helpful. We also recommend you can either take a picnic with you or stop for some refreshments at the on-site café.
3. Anheuser Busch Brewery
The Anheuser Busch Brewery has many locations; however, the St Louis location is the home of Budweiser and the famous Clydesdales! Located at 12th and Lynch Street, St Louis. You can take a tour of the brewery while you visit the museum. Check out the Biergarten between 3:30 and 4:30 pm every day and don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with one of the magnificent Clydesdales onsite! After your free tour, you can enjoy some free samples of their brew in the Hospitality Room!
4. Visit Gateway Arch National Park
This iconic Gateway Arch is the focal point of the city and stands a staggering 630 feet high and wide! Entry to the arch is only around $3 for an adult and includes a viewing of the Top Of The Arch documentary. If you want to take a tram ride to the top of the arch, you can do so for around $13 for an adult or $10 for kids aged 3-15 years old. The arch isn’t the only thing to see at this beautiful national park near the Mississippi River. You can also take a riverboat cruise, visit the museum, and visit The Old Courthouse.
The park and museum are currently undergoing expansion and refurbishment, with the addition of a café. The proposed date for completion is this July. However, if you plan to visit before these projects are completed, there is still plenty of free exhibits on Lewis & Clark, Native American Culture, and colonial St Louis that you can explore at the Old Courthouse.
5. Eat at Cathy’s Kitchen
Cathy and Jerome Jenkins have taken mouthwatering creations from their picture-perfect nightly family dinners and brought them to the people of St Louis. Instead of the standard menu layout with your appetizers, mains and desserts, Cathy has taken a different approach. She curated a collection of her favorite dishes after taking a 2-month tour across the U.S inspired by restaurants featured on The Food Channel. The result of her research means there is now a menu that has been created with the purpose to simply satisfy all who eat there. Even the likes of celebrities such as Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, and Melissa Etheridge have been known to visit while in town! Check out the montage of pictures on the wall to see Cathy’s actual meals that her family snapped photos of to inspire a dining experience unlike any other in St Louis.
There’s so much to explore for free or very cheap as we’ve covered in this article. If you want to see more of what St Louis has to offer, check out all kinds of things to do on your next visit to suit your budget and interest right here!