Things to Do in St. Louis, Missouri

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FUN + NIGHTLIFE

Since the early 1800s, St. Louis was destined to become a beer town. In addition to the large German and Irish population, there was plenty of water, rail connections, limestone caves, and an entrepreneurial spirit that provided the foundation for the city’s beer business. Today, the tradition continues as St. Louis is home to a number of microbreweries and brewpubs. Explore the history of St. Louis’ beer barons and discover that some of America’s favorite brands have roots in St. Louis.

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SPORTS

There’s a reason ESPN Magazine named it the “Ultimate Sports City.” Fans always have something to cheer about in St. Louis. The 11-time World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals are perennial contenders as the most dedicated baseball fans in the country descend on Busch Stadium clad in red. The stadium offers the very best of baseball tradition with a great view from every seat, authentic ballpark dining and a wide variety of off-field activities for pre- and post-game entertainment. In 2014 the Ballpark Village became the entertainment district. Featuring dining, nightlife, entertainment and the Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum the new district is located adjacent to Busch Stadium. Check out what Major League Baseball had to say about St. Louis after the 2011 World Series.

TOURS

In a city with so much going on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of itineraries that highlight specific points of interest in our city to help you custom build your St. Louis experience! Choose from a variety of schedules that feature everything from outdoor adventures and art exhibits to garden tours and space exploration. Each itinerary offers an assortment of exciting, educational and cultural attractions so your trip to St. Louis won’t soon be forgotten!

St. Louis was founded by a Frenchman, named after a sainted French king, and nicknamed “the Paris of the West” during pioneering days. Today, the city’s “French Connection” is very much on view in its architecture, historic sites, fleur de lis images and by hosting one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the nation. Read more about St. Louis’ French Heritage tour

St. Louis is a city made up of hundreds of diverse, delightful neighborhoods. Each has its own distinct flavor, architectural style and vibe. Highlighted here are a few great neighborhoods for walking, shopping, dining and exploring. 

Families will delight in St. Louis’ spirited, kid-centric attractions that offer hands-on activities, exciting experiences and just plain fun.

If you’re in the mood for a blockbuster, action-packed tour of St. Louis, then we have just the itinerary for you. Here’s a two-day itinerary that includes a collection of highlights from the many things to see and do in St. Louis. Better pack those vitamins! https://explorestlouis.com/itinerary/highlights-st-louis/

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CULTURE

St. Louis’ artistic flare is on display at museums and galleries of all sizes and subject matter. The magnificent Saint Louis Art Museum, originally built as a “palace” for the 1904 “Meet Me in St. Louis” World’s Fair, showcase masterpieces from the Renaissance, Impressionism, Asia, and a world-renowned collection of Pre-Columbian art. Its collection of modern art has become one of the largest and most distinguished components of its holdings. Bonus: the museum offers free general admission.

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Contemporary art is duly honored in the Gateway City. Contemplate the works on view at two of St. Louis’ internationally recognized art institutions: The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. These non-collecting entities are neighbors in St. Louis’ Grand Center arts and entertainment district. The Contemporary features changing exhibits of art being created today. The Pulitzer, designed by award-winning architect Tadao Ando, offers visitors an environment in which they can appreciate the relationship between contemporary art and architecture. Works of art ranging from Picasso and Monet to Ellsworth Kelly and Andy Warhol adorn the intriguingly designed space.

One of Grand Center’s oldest arts institutions is Portfolio Gallery, which has dedicated itself to showing local, regional, and national African-American artists since 1989. Similarly, Lois Ingrum’s eponymous Washington Avenue gallery has been open for 22 years. There have been black galleries popping up fairly regularly since, including Salon 53, which photographer and curator Freida L. Wheaton opened in her historic house in 2007. In 2013, Wheaton proposed joining forces and the Alliance of Black Art Galleries was born.

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With more than 40 professional theatre companies, in addition to world-class dance, comedy and improv troupes, St. Louis offers the theatre-lover so much to explore! A good place to start is Grand Center, which serves as the cultural hub of St. Louis, and is located just minutes west of downtown. You can settle back in a plush seat at beautiful Powell Symphony Hall, designed to resemble part of the French palace of Versailles, and listen to the 135-year-old St. Louis Symphony Orchestra make beautiful music.

Take in a touring Broadway show at the Fox Theatre, where special concerts and dance performances also fill the massive stage throughout the year. The ornate 1929 theatre, described as Siamese-Byzantine in design, is one of the most stunning performance venues in the country. And be sure to visit the newly renovated Peabody Opera House, a 3100 seat theater  in downtown St. Louis that plays host to a variety of events including theatricals, concerts, family shows, holiday productions and more.

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