5 Can’t Miss St. Louis Attractions
1. St. Louis Zoo & Forest Park – Located in beautiful Forest Park, a park known as the “Jewel of the City” and home of the 1904 St. Louis World Fair, this 90 acre zoo houses over 18,700 exotic animals in up-close and personal exhibit spaces. Among one of the highlights there is the newly re-opened Penguin & Puffin Exhibit, where you’re so close to the animals that you could reach out and touch them! (Don’t though unless you want to be booted from the exhibit). Also, the original aviary Flight Cage from the World’s Fair in 1904 still stands on property and is now home to many native birds & plants. If animals aren’t your thing, Forest Park is also home to an Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center, and an outdoor amphitheater with many live concerts.
2. Gateway Arch – An iconic symbol of the city since it became fully operational in 1967, the arch is a site to behold both far-away and up-close. Make sure you take some extra time to do the Journey to the Top experience that takes you inside the arch to the enclosed observatory at the very top, 630 feet in the air. First, you’ll watch an educational film about the making of the arch entitled Monument to the Dream, a true testament to the American workmanship that went into the monument with real footage of the construction. Once you exit the movie, they will load you into a space-age looking pod, the doors seal and you begin a slow crawl to the top through the inner workings of the arch. The ride is pretty tame, even for a scaredy cat like me, and once you’re up there the views are unparalleled. Trust me, you’ll be glad you made the trip!
3. The Delmar Loop – Over 100 years ago, this area was a major connection spot for streetcars that used to loop around there before connecting to different areas. While you won’t find any streetcars looping the area these days, the area is now home to many eclectic shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Catch a movie in the restored 1924 Tivoli movie house, visit the Moon Room at the Moonrise Hotel, see all the famous bronze starred names on their walk of fame, or try for a strike at Pin-Up Bowling. Don’t forget to grab a bite at Blueberry Hill, an iconic restaurant known for its burgers and museum quality pop-culture memorabilia. Their burgers pair great with Fitz’s Root Beer, a regional micro-brew soda only available in St. Louis.
4. City Museum – Part museum, part urban playground, this museum is housed in the former International Shoe Factory Building. Make sure to wear close-toed shoes and longer shorts/pants if you want to explore all there is to offer here, as visitors are encouraged to climb & crawl over all the exhibits, all of which are made from found objects that come from within the city limits! Enchanted Caves, Aquariums, Slides, and a Ferris Wheel are just a few of the things you’ll find inside.
5. The Fabulous Fox Theater – After all that adventure, you’re sure to need a break! Why not take a load off and step back in time to the glory of the 1920s? Built by William Fox in 1929 in a Siamese Byzantine architecture style, the original Fox Theatre was the second largest movie palace in the United States at the time. Recently restored to its original 1929 glory, you can catch a Broadway Show, straight play, or live concert in this truly decadent, one-of-a-kind theatre. Don’t feel like catching a show? You can still tour the expansive theatre with one of their docents for a small fee, or visit on Saturday for a live pipe-organ demonstration.