Hit the road, Jack! Whether it’s your main destination or you’re just passing through on a road trip, St. Louis is a family-friendly city on the cusp of the Midwest with lots of hidden gems to offer! From the iconic, towering Gateway Arch to the lesser-known Laumeier Sculpture Park, here are 6 fun things to do in St. Louis for kids of all ages.
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You can’t picture St. Louis without this famous 600-foot silver monument! Start with a visit to the underground visitor center, which is home to the Museum of Westward Expansion. If your little ones aren’t afraid of heights, the “journey to the top” tram costs $10 for children 3-15 and $13 for adults 16+. Enjoy beautiful aerial views of both sides of the Mississippi!
This historic site, voted “#1 Family Attraction in the World,” is not your average museum! This site is a cross between a playground and an art gallery, described as “a wild, singular vision of an oddball artistic mind.” For only $14 you can climb all over castles, slide down the side of airplanes, and crawl through caves in this gorgeous work of art. This is one museum that is truly fun for all ages!6 Fun Things To Do In St. Louis With The Family Click To Tweet
Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is not only a National Historic Landmark, it is also the nation’s oldest botanical garden in operation! For only $12 (free for children!), stroll through the 79 acres that are home to countless horticultural wonders, founder Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, and one of the world’s largest collection of rare orchids. The Garden also hosts many annual events ranging from a summer music festival to a holiday flower show.
Voted America’s top free attraction, the St. Louis Zoo is one of America’s leading zoos in animal management, education, research, and conservation! Enjoy the beautiful 90-acre campus, home to over 588 species of animals, including many rare and endangered animals. Make sure to say hello to the eight new cheetah cubs, the first cheetah cubs born on-site in St. Louis Zoo history!
This public park spans over 1,371 acres and is home to dozens of cultural institutions including the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Missouri History Museum! Explore natural wonders like the 75-foot Flegel Falls or the Nature Reserve Prairie, Savanna & Wetlands. Tour famous landmarks such as the World’s Fair Pavilion and the cantilevered, vertical glass greenhouse known as The Jewel Box!
This 105-acre open-air museum and sculpture park is free and open to the public year-round! This park, whose motto is “engaging the community through art and nature,” features a 1.4 mile walking trail touring over 60 outdoor sculptures. Be sure to snap a picture at the perfect photo op – Tony Tasset’s three-story Eye sculpture!
Planning a trip and looking for things to do in St. Louis? Check out these attractions to make the most of your time on the Mississippi! And don’t forget to get a taste of the city’s most famous dish – toasted ravioli!