February in St. Louis: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Dog and people walking in the Beggin’ Pet Parade during Mardi Gras in Soulard, St. Louis, Missouri

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The weather might be cold, but St. Louis is still plenty active during the winter months. February, in particular, brings chilly temperatures and snow, but a fully-loaded event calendar with plenty of activities and attractions for all visitors still makes the Gateway to the West a great place to visit. (Plus — fewer crowds at the city's most popular attractions!)

St. Louis Weather in February

Winters in St. Louis can be long and unpredictable. While some of the extremely bitter temperatures that the Northeast experiences aren't common, it can still get frigid. The wind picks up in February as well, making the outdoor temperature often feel several degrees colder than it truly is.

  • Average high temperature: 45 degrees F (7 degrees C)
  • Average low temperature: 27 degrees F (-3 degrees C)

Winter is typically quite dry in St. Louis, but while the city only experiences five days of rain on average during February, snow is always a possibility. St. Louis typically receives around 20 inches of snow, spread throughout the whole season.

What to Pack

Given the chilly temperatures and unpredictable weather, you'll want to bundle up for your February visit to St. Louis. Pack long-sleeved base layers and sweaters that you can quickly pile on (or take off) depending on the weather. You'll also want to pack a medium-weight jacket (ideally waterproof), a hat, scarf, and gloves, moisture-wicking socks, and a sturdy pair of walking shoes.

February Events in St. Louis

February might be peak cabin fever season, but there are plenty of great events to get you out of the house in the St. Louis area. Top picks this month include Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day and the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

  • The plants in your yard may be brown and lifeless, but you can enjoy beautiful, fragrant flowers at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Orchid Show features hundreds of blooming orchids in the Garden's Orthwein Floral Display Hall.
  • Spend an afternoon learning how to make maple syrup at the Maple Sugar Festival. Workers with the Missouri Department of Conservation will show visitors how to find sugar maple trees, tap them, and boil the sap to make syrup. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
  • Valentine's Day is a chance to do something special for the one you love. St. Louis has many traditional and offbeat ways to celebrate. You can enjoy dinner at a romantic restaurant, or treat your Valentine with some of St. Louis' best chocolate. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, try a Valentine's hike at Shaw Nature Reserve, an evening out at the St. Louis Zoo or one of these other Valentine's events.
  • More than 25 local breweries come together for the Centennial Beer Festival, premium tasting event. Enjoy samples of local craft beers, as well as top brews from around the country and the world.
  • February is prime Mardi Gras time (although the official day lands in March this year) and the Soulard neighborhood hosts the biggest party in town. The celebration's top events, including the Pet Parade and Grand Parade, are happening this month.
  • Get a head start on summer fun at the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow, held in early February. See the latest in boats and other watercraft from dozens of exhibitors, catch seminars on casting, and meet Twiggy, the Waterskiing Squirrel.

February Travel Tips

  • Every year hundreds of bald eagles return to the St. Louis area to their winter nests along the Mississippi River. Eagle watching is a favorite winter activity in Alton and Grafton. On President's Day weekend, you'll see eagles and much more at the National Great Rivers Museum.
  • Ski resorts in the area are still open in February, so if you're hoping for some time on the slopes, head to nearby Hidden Valley Ski Resort for some fun in the sun and snow.