Must-See Sights in St. Louis, MO

When traveling to St. Louis, one of the first things you’ll see is the Gateway Arch. Let your eyes be your guide and take the time to enjoy the arch – if you have the chance, travel to the top of the arch for an unmatched view of the city. In addition, be sure to visit the Museum of Westward Expansion, located underneath the arch, where you’ll be reminded of Lewis and Clark’s expeditions and see some of the legendary animals of the Old West.

But if the top of the arch isn’t high enough for you, the Challenger Learning Center may fit the bill. Here, you can experience a 2-hour space simulation after a brief training session. Reservations are required, so be sure to plan ahead for this adventure.

For a more down to earth experience, see the Anheuser Busch brewery. You can tour the Budweiser Clydesdale stable, watch beer being brewed, and even try a few free samples – if you’re of legal drinking age, of course. Camera days are scheduled regularly, when you can have your photograph taken with one of the magnificent Clydesdale horses, and at Christmas time, the brewery is decked out in Christmas finery for a truly lovely sight.

Another great destination, the St. Louis Zoo is nationally accredited with more than 22,800 animals in seven different distinct areas. Be sure to see the Discovery Corner, where the kids can experience animals on a personal level, and the Historic Hill, with architecture dating back to the 1920s. Admission to the zoo is free, and there are many attractions inside the zoo, including a 3-D theater and special seasonal animal shows.

If music is more your thing, noted ragtime composer Scott Joplin made his home in St. Louis, and you can visit the home he shared with his wife Belle. While you’re there, be sure to listen to ragtime on the antique player piano.

And for 150 years, visitors have enjoyed strolling the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Japanese garden. At 14 acres, it’s the largest Japanese strolling garden in the Western hemisphere. There, you can see waterfalls, stone lanterns, and gardens of dry gravel raked into lovely patterns. Enjoy the cherry blossoms, peonies, lotus blossoms and more, as you take your turn feeding the giant koi fish.

While you’re in St. Louis, you can take a ride down the Mighty Mississippi River on a replica of a 19th century steamboat. You can also take a sightseeing cruise or a dinner cruise on a river boat named Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher.

Or, if roller coasters are more your speed, plan a visit to Six Flags St. Louis. While you’re there, you may want to hit the 12-acre Hurricane Harbor water park or chill out in a different way with a show or concert.

Finally, the Magic House is St. Louis’ nationally recognized children’s museum, and it’s a great stop for families and children-at-heart alike. Whether you’re one or 101, you’ll enjoy the many hundreds of hands-on educational activities and exhibits to be found here.

Whatever kind of adventure you’re planning, whether it’s as high as the clouds or more down to earth, you can spend many happy hours exploring St. Louis and all it has to offer.