The 17 Best Things To Do in St Louis in 2020!

best things to do in st louis
Saint Louis is a fun city to visit! It’s full of art, history and unique things to do. Saint Louis is located in west Missouri, just bordering Illinois. Whether you’re passing by, or here for a week, I’ve made the ultimate guide of what to do in Saint Louis and the surrounding areas. Let’s dive in!


Saint Louis has so many museums, and the best part is, they aren’t expensive to visit. Here’s my list of what museums to visit and how much they cost.

Saint Louis Art Museum - Free

saint louis art museum
I’m not a huge fan of art museums, but this one is pretty cool, even for me! It’s quite the size with 3 levels that hold over 30,000 pieces of art from all over the world! You’ll walk through many different eras of art with each one holding something different. You can visit the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park, at the top of Art Hill.
Address: 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110

Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum - $10

wax museum
You don’t see many wax museums around, so this is an interesting find! Laclede’s Wax Museum holds figures made of wax that depict many different people and things. Come see Donald Trump or even Shrek here. You can find Laclede’s Wax Museum by the Mississippi River downtown.
Address: 720 N 2nd St, St. Louis, MO 63102

Contemporary Art Museum - Free

Unlike the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum is for modern art by modern artists only. Being made today for today is their approach here. You can visit the Contemporary Art Museum by Saint Louis University.
Address: 3750 Washington Blvd St. Louis, MO 63108

National Blues Museum - $15

national blues museum
I think this museum is more unique than the others because of what it’s all about: Blues music! Working as a non-profit, they use entertainment and modern technology to educate visitors on the impact Blues music has made on modern American music today. Come see a live event, or just to learn! The National Blues Museum is just a few blocks away from the Wax Museum.
Address: 615 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101

Missouri Civil War Museum - $10

For all those Civil War history buffs, here is a fun one for you! Held in a former post exchange for soldiers, this museum honors the Civil War, the soldiers who made the sacrifice, and the impact it had on Missouri. You can visit the soldiers and their stories over by the Jefferson Barracks Park.
Address: 222 Worth Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125

Unique Things to do in St. Louis

Saint Louis has so many things you can’t find anywhere else. Here’s some things you’ll only find in the ‘Lou, and how much they cost.

City Museum - $22

the city museum in st louis
This is the most unique place that I have found in Saint Louis! Made in an old shoe factory, City museum is nothing like your ordinary museum. It’s basically a giant playground for kids and adults alike!
There’s always something new at City Museum since they’re always adding on or expanding! My favorite part about the City Museum is that most of its pieces are repurposed! Come and see if you can find the ferris wheel, school bus, circus, crawl in all the tunnels or discover the 10-story slide!
Address: 750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103

The Gateway Arch - $12

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The Gateway Arch is unique to Saint Louis because, well, there’s only one and it’s only in Saint Louis! Being one of America’s National Parks, you can check it off your National Park list!
The Gateway Arch is known as the gateway to the west, opening up trading in the old days. Come learn about western expansion and ride the tram 630 feet up to see Saint Louis from a different perspective.
You can see the Gateway Arch in the center of downtown, even miles away.

Mirror Maze - $8

When’s the last time you saw a mirror maze? For me, it was when I was a kid at the fair. The Saint Louis Aquarium building holds more than just fish inside. Come visit the Mirror Maze a floor above the aquarium.
Modeled after the World’s Fair, it takes you back in time and twists your perception to make a fun time for everyone. You can experience the Mirror Maze at Union Station in the STL Aquarium building.
Address: 201 S 18th St, St. Louis, MO 63103

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour - Free

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
The Anheauser-Busch Brewery is the perfect place for beer lovers! The brewery here in Saint Louis opened in 1852 and is actually the headquarters for Anheauser-Busch while being the home of Budweiser.
Come admire the castle-like architecture inside and out, see the Clydesdales, or just for a free beer at the end of your free tour. This place is full of history…and of course, BEER!
The Anheauser-Busch Brewery is a small town itself, located in downtown Saint Louis.
Address: 1200 Lynch St, St. Louis, MO 63118

Grant’s Farm - Free ($20 parking)

Grant’s Farm is a farm made for Ulysses E. Grant, a commanding general of the Union Army during the Civil War and the 18th president of the United States.
Here you can see the famous Busch family Clydesdales, Grant’s Cabin, and over 900 animals. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone at Grant’s Farm. You’ll see the 281 acre farmhome in Grantwood Village, Missouri.
Address: 10501 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123

Things to do Outdoors

Saint Louis has so many things you can’t find anywhere else. Here’s some things you’ll only find in the ‘Lou, and how much they cost.

The Saint Louis Zoo - Free

st louis zoo
Ranking as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Saint Louis Zoo is FREE to enter and huge in its size. You’ll see so many animals here, from all parts of the world and love the time you spend with family while you do it.
If you need lunch, drop by the cafe for a nutritious bite so you can make it through the whole day. Ride the train, stay to watch the seals play and shiver with the penguins! The Saint Louis Zoo is located in Forest Park, your next destination.
Address: Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110

Forest Park - Free

Forest Park is one of my favorite places to walk and enjoy fresh air! Rent a paddle boat, canoe or kayak at the docks or just stroll the hills. Forest Park covers 1,326 acres, so you should get your steps in! Hehehe.
Stay for sunset, and watch the orange sun hide behind the fountains in the lake. Forest Park is also a host of the Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Art Museum.
Address: 5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112

Laumeier Sculpture Park - Free

As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge art fan, but this sculpture park is by far the most intriguing art park I’ve seen. These sculptures are larger than life and can bring out the artist in anyone. 
Covering 105 acres, this open-air art park is 1.4 miles long and hosts over 60 sculptures. Bring your walking shoes and the kids to play. Laumeier Sculpture Park is located just outside of Saint Louis in Sunset Hills.
Address: 12580 Rott Rd, St. Louis, MO 63127

The Saint Louis Wheel - $15

the aquarium st louis visit
The Saint Louis Wheel is a bright & beautiful way to see Saint Louis from above! Lit up at night, you can see the 200 foot tall spectacle from afar. The Saint Louis Wheel isn’t like any normal ferris wheel though- it’s temperature controlled!
Yes, that’s right. Even in the winter, you’ll stay toasty warm while seeing the city 200 feet high. What an experience. Did I mention it makes for great Instagram photos too? Find The Saint Louis Wheel in downtown Union Station.
Address: 201 S 18th St, St. Louis, MO 63103

The Saint Louis Aquarium - $25

Bring the kids along this oceanic journey! While this aquarium isn’t as big as you’d think, they really do put a lot of work into the experience itself. The waiting room for the aquarium is beautiful, and once you enter the ‘train ride’, well I won’t spoil it.
You’ll just have to try it out yourself. I will say it’s a unique experience that you can’t get anywhere else. The aquarium is conveniently located in Union Station!
Address: 201 S 18th St, St. Louis, MO 63103

The World Bird Sanctuary - Free

world bird sanctuary
Out and away from the chatter of the city sits a bird sanctuary that captivates nature and animals into one amazing place. I truly can’t say enough good things about The World Bird Sanctuary. Coming here, I didn’t expect much!
After I left, I found myself wanting to come back more and more! It’s an outdoor walk through bird sanctuary equipped with a hospital for the animals they care for. You’ll find anything from a raven, to parrots to American eagles here.
The best part is, these birds are birds that otherwise would not survive on their own. Some of them are injured permanently, or were trained as pets or circus animals, then retired. Luckily, they’re taken great care of and given a peaceful second chance at life. The World Bird Sanctuary is located in Valley Park, just a 30 minute drive from the city.
Address: 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Rd, Valley Park, MO 63088 

Lone Elk Park - Free

If you know me, then you know I love two things: animals and nature. This park has both-from the comfort of your vehicle. Lone Elk Park serves as a conservation for elk, deer, buffalo and other critters that roam the forest. The best part of this park is that you can avoid the crude weather because it’s a drive thru park!
As you drive through the paved path, you’ll see elk and bison freely roaming. It’s beautiful seeing these large, graceful creatures so close in person. The best part is, it’s just meters away from the World Bird Sanctuary, so it’s a two-in-one!
Address: 1 Lone Elk Park Rd, Valley Park, MO 63088

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