Heading to St. Louis can be the prefect weekend trip, but once you’re there—-what should you do? Here are 9 things to do in St. Louis.

1. Walk to the Gateway Arch

You see this huge metal arch structure from afar as the symbol of the city, and with a quick walk from your hotel, you can enjoy a few great pictures with the family. Another great feature is that you can go all the way to the top and see great views of St. Louis.

2. Eat at Cielo

At the Four Seasons  St. Louis, Cielo will give you amazing views of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi river. Enjoy al fresco dining with modern Italian cuisine that is perfect whether on a romantic date or with the entire family.

3. Head to the Casino

Right between the Four Seasons and Lumiere Hotel is the Lumière Place Casino, with easy access from both hotels and the city center.

4. Breakfast at Rooster

Don’t be detoured by the long wait or the line that you may see forming outside. This place takes crepes to the next level from your traditional and favorite crepe of nutella and s’mores with cookie crumbs , marshmallow & dark chocolate to savory breakfast crepes with egg, bacon and some of the best cheeses.

Rooster
1104 Locust Street St. Louis MO

5. PI is for pizza

PI has more than just a friendly staff —it’s a great pizza restaurant with a nice ambiance and outdoor seating. For our appetizer, we enjoyed pi bites, a fresh kale-iforniacation salad and the Hill thin crust pizza with fresh ingredients like mozzarella, pepperoni, salami, onions, green bell peppers, kalamata olives and banana peppers.

6. City Museum

So, what do you do with pieces of metal, an old school bus, a plane, and vault doors? You start building the City Museum in St. Louis—a former international shoe warehouse that will take you 10 floors up with plenty of experiences and excitement. Don’t miss the slides, MonstroCity, the Enchanted Caves and Shoe Shafts.

7. Cahokia Mounds

About 15 minutes from St. Louis (in Illinois), you will find the entrance to the Cahokia Mounds. It’s not a destination that’s too well-known unfortunately, but this area is a World Heritage Site and one of the most important remains of the only prehistoric civilization north of Mexico. Once a thriving community, the population reached 10,000 to 20,000 people from 1050 to 1200 A.D.

Walking and hiking the mounds is a great, free family activity. Also, don’t forget to visit the Cahokia Mounds Museum to learn more about the historic civilization right in our own backyard.

8. Soulard Farmers Market

Just a few minutes from the city center of St. Louis  is the Soulard Farmers Market —a stop to enjoy local produce. Some of our favorite stops were the Nimi’s Oven Donuts and Desserts, Soulard Bakery for some elephant ears, Frandeka Meats and Fish and, of course, all of the fruit, vegetables and flowers vendors. Expect deals, lots of people during the weekend and some street music entertainment.

9. Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises

Step back in time and ride a 19th century paddle-wheel boat. This can a great experience for kids and a nice way to get some great pictures of the city and of the Gateway Arch for the adults.

50 South Leonor K Sullivan Blvd.
St. Louis, MO

 

 

About The Author

Henrique Kerch

I'm a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light. Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.

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