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12 Things to do in St. Louis

When you think of St. Louis, you may think of the giant arch, major league baseball, or maybe just the Midwest in general. Living just a few hours away from there, I have been grateful to have been able to travel here multiple times… and let me tell you…. There is so much to do in wonderful city! Here are some of my recommendations for the next time you’re in the ‘Gateway to the West.’


1. Of Course, Visit the Gateway Arch

This one is obvious, as it has been the symbol of St. Louis since it was built in the 60’s, plus it was recently declared as a national park in 2018! Once you get there, you’ll go to the underground entrance, where you’ll start at the museum. You take a tram up to the top, which is super interesting, but FYI very compact! Once at the top, you’ll get some of the most stunning views of the city. The history behind the arch is pretty cool, so I recommend taking the time read the plaques when you get up there!


2. Ride Some Coasters at Six Flags St. Louis

If you’re a theme park junkie like I am, you’ll love this Six Flags! I always love getting to come to this park, mainly because it has so much to offer and is usually never that crowded. Being in the middle of the Midwest, this location seems to attract more locals than tourists….which makes it seem much more chill in many ways!

'Boomerang' Rollercoaster


3. Check Out Some Cool Creatures at St. Louis Aquarium

The aquarium at St. Louis is fairly new, and it’s really cool to check out! You can find it at Union Station, which is a really fun area for tourists. At first it looks pretty small, but after going through it, I was impress with how much that you get to see! You’ll find everything from otters, to sharks, to jellyfish and TONS more sea creatures to see!


4. Hang with the Animals at the St. Louis Zoo

This park is pretty popular for one big reason…. It’s FREE! Yes, this zoo is free for everyone, and has a lot to it! You’ll find all of the classic zoo animals here, including some rare species as well! Plus, (as I’m writing this,) they currently have a dinosaur exhibit going on.

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5. Play Board Games with Brunch at Pieces Board Game Cafe

I’ve seen a few different board game cafes in different cities, but this one is by far the most impressive I have ever seen! They have thousands of different games to play, and they are all categorized by genre. You’ll be amazed as you see the giant bookshelves stacked with games!


6. Indulge on a Ranch Sauce Flight

Ranch fanatics… this one’s for you! If you love ranch dressing like I do, you’ll be in heaven here. Twisted Ranch is known for their ranch flights, which includes 13 different ranch flavors and a basket of fries. They’re all so good, and if there’s one you really like, you can buy them by the bottle!

Tip: I highly recommend getting here as soon as they open! They do not do reservations, and are always pretty busy.


7. Budweiser Brewery Experience

St. Louis is the home of Budweiser, and this brewery is really cool to check out! They do different tours where you can learn how the beers were made. Unfortunately I was not able to to do the tour during my visit, as they sell out fast… so get your tickets early!!

They also have a giant beer garden that you can hang out at! I recommend trying the ‘beerita’ (beer margarita) which, honestly, sounds gross but it is really good! And that’s coming from someone who is not a big beer drinker.

Beerita from the Budweiser Beer Garden


8. Get Chocolate Wasted at Bailey’s Chocolate Bar

Chocolate alcohol?? I think YES! Bailey’s is one of my favorite spots to go to every time I visit St. Louis. You can consider it a dessert cocktail lounge, where you can sip on their signature chocolate martini while indulging in some fantastic desserts!

If you’re visiting while there’s warm weather, I highly recommend reserving a spot out on the patio! It’s gorgeous at night, and makes for a very romantic date night.

Tiramisu Martini


9. Nerd Out at the St. Louis Science Center

There’s so many cool things to see here, and I guarantee that you’ll learn a new thing or two during your next visit! The science center is great for all ages and includes many interactive experiences that make it fun to learn. My favorite part is their astronomy section, where you can learn some really cool facts about space!


10. Catch a Cardinals Game at Busch Stadium

Even for someone like me who is not big into sports, I had a blast getting to check out a Cardinals game, just for the atmosphere! If you need to know anything about St. Louis locals, it’s that they take pride in their sports, especially their major league baseball team! There’s so much energy during the games, and there are multiple bars you can hang out at with the fans afterwards.

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11. Get Adventurous at the City Museum

This museum is truly one-of-a-kind, at least from what I’ve experienced! In fact, it’s probably one of the most interesting museums that I’ve been to! It’s basically a large playground for both kids and adults! There’s all sorts of things you can climb, crawl through and walk over, even some that end up a few stories high outside! If you’re looking for something unique to do, you’ll really like it here.

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12. Find some Fresh Produce at the Soulard Famer’s Market

The Soulard area is home to some of my favorite St. Louis spots, and you’ll always find it so lively with many people around. If you visit on the weekend, take some time to check out this market! They’ve got all kinds of fresh goods, snacks and refreshments from many different vendors.

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So there you have it! I tend to find St. Louis as an underrated Midwestern city, but I can assure you that once you visit it, you’ll soon realize how much that it has to offer!




Hey there, I'm Shelby! Traveling has been one of my biggest passions in life, and so I'm here to share all of my great finds, tips and advice that I discover along the way. When I'm not on a plane, you can find me in Kentucky with my husband and fur child, Zoe (My adorable kitty!) 

I have always loved to write, and after many attempts at blogging again, I find myself here and inspired to share the world. My husband and I both work a typical 9 to 5, but make it a priority to plan as many trips as possible each year. I want to show others that it is totally possible to live a travel-filled life full time or on the side!

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