The weather might be cold, but St. Louis, Missouri, is still highly active during the winter months. February, in particular, brings chilly temperatures and snow, but a fully-loaded event calendar with many activities and attractions for all visitors still makes the Gateway to the West a great place to visit. Plus, this month there are 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 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 Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius)
- Average low temperature: 27 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 3 degrees Celsius)
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 usually receives around 20 inches of snow, spread throughout the whole season.
What to Pack
Given the chilly temperatures and unpredictable weather, it is a good idea 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. Bring a medium-weight jacket (ideally waterproof), a hat, scarf, and gloves, moisture-wicking socks, and a sturdy pair of walking shoes as well.
February Events in St. Louis
February might be a 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 Orchid Show: The plants in your yard may be brown and lifeless, but you can enjoy beautiful, fragrant flowers at the Missouri Botanical Garden, featuring hundreds of blooming orchids in the Orthwein Floral Display Hall from February 1 through March 22, 2020.
- Maple Sugaring-After School Session: Spend an afternoon learning how to make maple syrup. 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 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on February 11, 2020, and is held outdoors, so dress appropriately.
- 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 sweetheart to some of the city's best chocolate. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, try a hike at the 2,400-acre Shaw Nature Reserve, an evening out at the Saint Louis Zoo, or one of these other Valentine's events, from dancing to watching a theatrical or musical performance.
- Centennial Beer Festival: Many local breweries come together for this premium tasting event on February 28 to 29, 2020, which starts with a five-course dinner paired with Six Mile Bridge beer. Enjoy samples of craft beers from the region, as well as top brews from around the country and the world.
- Mardi Gras: February is prime time for Mardi Gras and the Soulard neighborhood hosts the biggest party in town from January 6 through February 25 of 2020. The celebration's top events this year include the Purina Pet Parade on February 16—known as the biggest costumed pet parade in the world—with proceeds all going to Open Door Animal Sanctuary. On February 22, the Bud Light Grand Parade features almost 100 floats, from which riders throw over 10,000,000 strands of beads.
- St. Louis Boat & Sportshow: Get a head start on summer fun at this event held from January 30 through February 2, 2020. See the latest in boats and other watercraft from dozens of exhibitors, and catch seminars on angling, jig fishing, and more.
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 activity in nearby Illinois: From St. Louis, both Alton and Grafton are less than an hour away by car. On February 15, 2020, you'll see eagles, falcons, and much more during the National Great Rivers Museum's Masters of the Sky program.
- 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 for some fun in the sun and snow.
- As far as cities go, St. Louis is relatively safe, but just as you would in other developed areas, take typical precautions: walk in groups at night, avoid dark streets, and protect your valuables.