Top 10 Tourist Attractions in St. Louis

Things to See and Do in the Gateway City

You can always find something to do in St. Louis. The city's most well-known landmark is the Gateway Arch, but there are many other popular destinations like the St. Louis Zoo, Busch Stadium, and The Hill. Here's a look at the top tourist attractions in St. Louis.

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    Gateway Arch, St. Louis
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    The Gateway Arch is the most recognizable symbol of St. Louis. The 630-foot steel monument sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, welcoming people from around the world. Visitors can tour the Museum of Westward Expansion under the Arch, then take a tram ride to the top.
    Location: Riverfront in Downtown St. Louis
    Hours: Daily: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Summer: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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    Adult and baby elephants
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    The St. Louis Zoo is the city's most popular free attraction. Millions of people visit each year to see the elephants, tigers, sea lions, monkeys, and thousands of other animals. The St. Louis Zoo is constantly expanding and adding new exhibits, making it one of the top zoos in the nation.
    Location: One Government Drive in Forest Park
    Hours: Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Summer Weekends: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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    Busch Stadium
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    Busch Stadium is the home of the St. Louis Cardinals. Baseball fans can take in a game at the 46,000 seat ballpark which opened in 2006. Next door to the stadium is Ballpark Village, an entertainment district filled with bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and outdoor events.
    Location: 700 Clark Street in Downtown St. Louis
    Hours: Varies by game
    Cost: Game tickets: $22-$200

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    Fire hydrant painted with Italian flag colors
    ••• All the fire hydrants in the Hill are painted with the colors of the Italian flag. Botsojoy/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

    The Hill is St. Louis' famous Italian neighborhood. It's a tight-knit community filled with restaurants, bakeries, and Italian stores. The Hill was also the boyhood home of Baseball Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. The neighborhood welcomes visitors for annual events like the Nativity Walk in December and the Columbus Day Celebration in October.
    Location: South St. Louis
    Hours: Varies by business

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    Child playing at a children's museum
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    The Magic House is one of the top-ranked children's museums in the country. Opened in 1979, the Magic House is an interactive experience for kids of all ages. It has hundreds of hands-on exhibits teaching children about science, motion, history, and the world around them.
    Location: 516 South Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood
    Hours: Most days: Noon to 5:30 p.m.
    Cost: ​ About $10 a person (ages 1 and up)

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    Shaded walkway at Missouri Botanical Gardens.
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    The Missouri Botanical Garden has been attracting visitors from around the country for more than 150 years. It's a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature in the middle of the city. Visitors can tour founder Henry Shaw's historic home. During the warmer months, the Children's Garden is a place for kids of all ages to learn and explore.
    Location: 4344 Shaw Boulevard in South St. Louis
    Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    Frozen custard sign
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    St. Louisans don't eat ice cream, they eat frozen custard. And no place is more famous for frozen custard than Ted Drewes. There are two locations in the city that have been serving up sweet treats for more than 80 years. The Chippewa location is located along historic Route 66.
    Location: 6726 Chippewa and 4224 South Grand in South St. Louis
    Hours: Opens at 11 a.m.
    Cost: Most treats are $2-$5

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    Art museum
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    The St. Louis Art Museum is filled with world-class works of art from around the globe. There are more than 30,000 works in the museum's permanent collection. That includes works by masters like Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso. The museum is located in the heart of Forest Park, along with other free attractions like the St. Louis Science Center and the Missouri History Museum.
    Location: One Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park
    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on Friday)
    Cost: Free

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    Anheuser Busch Brewery in St. Louis
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    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the world famous Anheuser Busch Brewery and see how Budweiser and other AB products are made. The brewery offers free daily tours which include free samples of popular brews.​
    Location:1127 Pestalozzi Street in South St. Louis
    Hours: Most days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (until 5 p.m. in summer)

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    Restaurant patio
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    Blueberry Hill has been a St. Louis landmark for more than 40 years. The popular restaurant and live music venue is open 365 days a year. It features some of the best-known musicians in St. Louis. The legendary Chuck Berry used to play at Blueberry Hill once a month.
    Location:6504 Delmar Boulevard in University City
    Hours:Opens daily at 11 a.m.
    Cost: Varies by concert/food