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What to See and Do in St. Louis – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

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Beneath the grandeur of Gateway Arch, St. Louis is a hugely attractive and culturally diverse city. It’s proud of its frontier heritage, but playful with its museums. It’s a passionate sports city and an old romantic. Look at St. Louis from a different angle, and a new facet sparkles. Best of all, many of its top attractions are free or cheap to visit, so you can have a packed city break on a small budget.
Busch Stadium

 

 

Sport is the lifeblood of St. Louis, and Busch Stadium is the place where the magic happens. This baseball hotspot sees the Major League Cardinals giving the home crowd something to cheer about, while football fans cheer on the NFL’s Rams at the Edward Jones Dome, and ice hockey lovers support the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Whatever your sport of choice is, this is an electrifying place to come and spectate, getting caught up in the raw energy of the legions of local fans.

 

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

 

 

Ballparks and beer go hand in hand, and St. Louis does both exceptionally well. It’s home to Anheuser Busch’s oldest and largest brewery, and you can visit for a behind-the-scenes tour. People of all ages can go on the tour to learn about the brewing process and the history of the brewery, and adults can also enjoy a tasting session at the end. It’s completely free, though it’s best to go early at the weekends, as tour places quickly fill up.

 

City Museum

 

 

The name might suggest a traditional institution preserving the local heritage and history, but St. Louis’ City Museum is anything but. More like a weird and wonderful funhouse, the museum building itself is worthy of attention, made of twisting, tangled, reclaimed materials. Once you’ve walked through a Bowhead whale and climbed a giant slinky on the first floor, you’ll be prepared for the Enchanted Caves, the performing circus, and the rope-swing skate park as you ascend. The hours slip by unnoticed, so you could easily spend a full day in this fantasyland.

 

Forest Park

 

 

Outsizing even New York’s Central Park, St. Louis’ Forest Park allows you to escape the rush of the city and breathe deeply. The park hosted the World’s Fair in 1904, and you can have your ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ moment on the steps of the pavilion. Elsewhere in the park, you’ll discover St. Louis Zoo – a great place to take the family, and it has free admission. There are also numerous museums and a golf course, so explore at your leisure and enjoy.