AWorldofWanderlusting-St. Louis

Headed to St. Louis, Missouri? Don’t mistake this Midwestern town for flyover country – this city is full of things to do!

Do the Obvious:

Chances are, when you think about St. Louis, you either think of the Arch, which dominates the skyline, or the Cardinals baseball team. While both of these are obvious pit stops during your time in STL, that doesn’t mean they should be skipped!

1. The Gateway Arch

The Arch is one of the most unique skyline features in any American city. Traveling to the top in one of the trams is an amazing experience that gives you beautiful views of the city, the Mississippi River and up to 30 miles of countryside in either direction. While the visitor’s center below is free, a ticket up will cost you about $10. But it’s well worth it. So, if you have the chance, take the time and make a trip to the top!

2. The Cardinals

If you’ve ever met anyone from St. Louis you know the they live for their baseball team. Even if you’re not into sports, you can’t help but root for the home team at a Cardinals game. The excitement is infectious! If the real-deal isn’t your thing, go into any St. Louis bar on a night the Cards are playing and you’ll be sure to get a taste of the love this town has for their team.

Be a Kid Again:

1. The City Museum

If you go one place in St. Louis, go to the City Museum. Don’t be confused by the title, though. The City Museum is like no museum you’ve ever been to before. It is housed inside an old shoe factory and describes itself as an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel.”

Come spend a day and slide down a 10-story spiral slide, run around a skateless skatepark, explore mazes of tunnels and hiding spots and so, so, SO much more. The City Museum is a place to have fun, be weird, and get just a little bit dangerous. While this museum is definitely dominated by kids during the day, the space is meant for children of all ages. Don’t feel like you have to have to be chaperoning a child to get in on the fun! But, if you do want to enjoy the museum after bedtime, head on over on Friday nights when they’re open until midnight!

2. Forest Park

If you’ve ever seen the Judy Garland classic “Meet Me in St. Louis,” you’ll know that the 1904 World’s Fair was held in St. Louis. While the Park was around long before the Fair, the exhibition really brought the Park to life. It’s been an integral part of St. Louis ever since! It’s one of the biggest urban parks in the United States, and is over 500 acres larger than New York City’s Central Park. In fact, Forest Park is so large that you could spend a week just exploring all it has to offer.

Forest Park is home to the (free!) St. Louis Zoo, the (free!) St. Louis Art Museum, a beautiful art deco greenhouse called the Jewel Box, the annual Shakespeare Festival, and the country’s oldest outdoor musical theater, the Muny. It’s worth noting that the St. Louis Zoo was recently named the third best zoo in the country, and the fourth best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor. It is, however, the top free zoo on either list. Wherever you decide to visit in Forest Park, you’re sure to be in for a treat!

Eat and Drink:

1. Budweiser

St. Louis is home to Anheuser-Busch and, even if you don’t drink (and especially if you do), the free Budweiser brewery tour is a must-do. If you love to geek out and binge-watch How It’s Made, you’ll love touring the brewery. It’s fascinating to see the chemistry behind how beer is made, not to mention the mechanics that go into a massive factory. Of course, visiting the famous clydesdales is a treat as well! And at the end of the tour, don’t forget to enjoy a drink or two on the house in the tasting room!

2. Imo’s Pizza

 Imo’s is a St. Louis staple. If you want to indulge in any number of St. Louis culinary classics, Imo’s is the place to go. Order a Provel cheese-covered pizza or, my favorite, toasted ravioli, for a true St. Louis experience.

We’ve just scratched the surface! There is so much more of St. Louis to explore. Whether you’re getting your hipster on at the Delmar Loop or hitting up Ted Drewes Frozen Custard on a hot summer night, there’s something for everyone to do in St. Louis!

READ MORE  6 Ways to Decide Where You Want to Study Abroad