St. Louis has everything from the monumental to the funky. You can visit Gateway Arch National Park, which underwent a $380 million renovation to the City Museum, which really no words can describe. We are known for our fabulous free attractions and the many wonderful one-of-a-kind attractions you can’t find anywhere else.
Union Station is a balance of nostalgia and renovation. The sophisticated Grand Hall features elegant historic touches like the original terrazzo floor, green glazed terracotta bricks, stained glass windows and wooden carpentry detailing.
An innovative and breathtaking 3D light show set to music projects across the Grand Hall’s entire 65-foot vaulted ceiling, every day at 5 p.m., for an exciting mix of old-meets-new.
Anchoring the Union Station development is the stunning St. Louis Aquarium. The 120,000-squarefoot attraction features one-of-a-kind exhibits and tanks housing thousands of aquatic species from the rivers and oceans of the world.
Also, available at St. Louis Union Station: Mirror Maze, Rope Course, The Carousel, Mini Golf, Fire and Light Show and the Grand Hall Light Show.
Food options at St. Louis Union Station: Soda Fountain, Train Shed, 1894 Café, Landry’s Seafood House, Station Grille and the Grand Hall.
Soldiers Memorial Military Museum a state-of-the-art museum facility in downtown St. Louis honors military service, veterans and their families. Soldiers Memorial shares American military history through the lens of St. Louis. (Free) (1 – 2 hours)
Standing 630 feet tall, the Gateway Arch, our nation’s tallest man-made monument, stands as the iconic monument symbolizing the westward expansion of the United States. The Gateway Arch National Park experience includes the Tram Ride to the Top, the all-new Museum and cruises aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboats. (2+ hours)
Explore the unexpected at the City Museum. There are 4,000 square feet of man-made caves and tunnels, an enchanted forest with sky tunnels, an aquarium, a working shoelace factory, daily circus performances and much more. There’s even a rooftop adventure that includes a Ferris wheel, a giant slide and a school bus hanging over the edge. Dinner: The MX District or Washington Ave. Downtown
The World Chess Hall of Fame celebrates one of the world’s oldest and best-loved games. The organization presents exhibitions that explore the history of the game as well as its remarkable impact on arts and culture. (Free) (1 – 1.5 hours) Grand Center Arts District invites you to immerse yourself in St. Louis’ epicenter for the arts. Here, world-class talent performs, and aspiring artists hone their craft. Eclectic venues line the streets offering everything from Broadway to Black Box Theater, Bebop to Beethoven, street art to galleries and pub-fare to fine dining.
The Fabulous Fox Theater is a magnificently restored theatre in the Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District. The perfect venue to see the hottest Broadway shows and concerts. Prices vary; see website for performance schedule. Tours offered. (1 – 3 hours)
Jazz St. Louis offers the best in live jazz in a newly renovated, intimate 200 seat listening room featuring reserved tables, exceptional sound, clear sight lines, and optional dinner or drinks.