St Louis Attractions


Things to do Outdoors

Aquaport at Maryland Heights Centre

Extreme Bowl ride, rapids ride, lazy river, zero entry pool, kiddie pool, racer slides. Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. $15 adults; $10 youth; free parking.

Bar 101 Soulard

Featuring two Florida white sand volleyball courts, outdoor stage, bar and one of St. Louis' largest patios. Perfect for private parties and corporate events.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

North of I-270 and Riverview Dr., 4,300-acre conservation area at the confluence of America's great rivers, the Missouri and Mississippi. Hunting, fishing, hiking, biking. 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., daily, Apr. - Sept.; site closes at 7 p.m., Oct. - Mar. Visitors Center open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed. - Fri.; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat. and Sun. FREE

Creve Coeur Park

Non-gasoline boats permitted on 320-acre lake. Wildlife areas located along south and west shores. Frisbee golf course, picnic shelters, archery fields and much more. FREE.

Greensfelder Recreation Complex

Outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor ice skating rink, tennis courts, creative playground, hiking and horse trails, four fishing lakes.

Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones - Confluence Point State Park

Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, this 1,118-acre park on the river bottomland offers a path to the confluence and Lewis & Clark interpretation. Basic services. FREE

Lone Elk Park

A 546-acre wildlife trail area with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer.

Missouri State Parks

State parks and historic sites provide outstanding opportunities to camp, hike, picnic, swim, fish and relive Missouri history. FREE.

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Hiking and biking trail on the bridge that carried Old Route 66 over the Mississippi River. Open daily, sunrise to sunset. FREE.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Three woodland trails on 112 acres. Nature Center features exhibits, wildlife viewing area and gift shop. Closed Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

Rockwoods Reservation

Offering 1,843 acres of rugged forest with springs and streams. Trails, picnic areas and education center with exhibits and classroom. Building is handicap-accessible.

Route 66 State Park

A 419-acre park with multi-use trails located on old Route 66. Museum features Route 66 memorabilia. Gift shop. Picnic areas. Boat ramp provides access to the Meramec River. FREE.

St. Louis City Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry

Biking, hiking, skating, jogging trails in Forest Park and other locations. Call for information on recreational opportunities in city parks, including permits for park functions. FREE.

St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation

Offering miles of multi-use trails, lake or river fishing, pools, ice rinks, gymnasiums, golf courses, archery ranges, model airplane fields, disc golf, hayrides, camping and more. FREE.

Steinberg Rink

Ice skating Nov. - Mar., plus summer activities. Skate rental. Hours vary by season.

Trailnet - Promoting Active Living through bicycle and pedestrian activities

Promoting active living through bicycle and pedestian activities. Focus areas include bicycle rides and recreational events, programming to encourage the use of non-motorized transportation alternatives, community bicycle and pedestrain planning, public outreach and advocacy, and trail and greenway partnerships.

Trout Lodge

Activities include horseback riding, climbing towers, mini-golf, trap shooting, archery, arts & crafts, lake swimming/boating, 18-hole golf course and more.

George Winter Park

A 125-acre park along the Meramec River with boat launching facilities, fishing, trails, picnic sites and shelters. FREE.

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Live Music

BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups

Live music nightclub restaurant specializing in St. Louis-style cuisine with local and national jazz and blues acts nightly.

The Big Bang

The most exciting entertainment concept on Laclede's Landing. A high energy, Rock ‘N’ Roll, sing-along show. Now serving dinner!

Broadway Oyster Bar

Catch the best in local and national bands nightly. Cajun-Creole style delicacies and seafood.

Hannegan's Restaurant & Pub

Built as a replica of the Senate dining room, Hannegan's features great food all week. Best local jazz on Sat. 6 - 10 p.m. Reservations are appreciated Fri. - Sun.

Hard Rock Cafe

Dedicated to "Rockin' Your Day." Best drinks in town. Cuisine includes burgers, steaks, barbecue and fine dining.

Jazz at the Bistro

Named by CNN in 2008 as one of nine great jazz joints in the country, Jazz at the Bistro is a listening room located across from The Fox Theatre in the heart of the Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District and a production of Jazz St. Louis, a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing jazz through live performance, education, and outreach.

Laclede's Landing

Live entertainment, hotels, dance clubs, restaurants, pubs and shops in the downtown historic district on the Mississippi River.

The Loop

St. Louis' exciting restaurant, shopping and arts & entertainment district was designated "One of the 10 Great Streets in America" by the American Planning Association.

The Pageant Concert Nightclub

Premier concert nightclub located in the heart of the region's most vibrant and diverse neighborhood. Designed for a wide range of music performances and unique special events.

Schlafly Tap Room

Microbrewery and brewpub featuring handcrafted Schlafly beers and live music most weekends.

The Roberts Orpheum Theater

A beautifully restored, intimate, historic theater. Home to concerts, theater and other performing arts. For public events listings, visit or (314) 421-4400.

St. Louis Cathedral Concerts

Experience great music in a great space. Join us for an evening of spectacular music featuring the world’s finest musicians in one of the grandest cathedrals on Earth.

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra,
Powell Symphony Hall

Join music director David Robertson for the Saint Louis Symphony's 128th season as the nation’s second-oldest orchestra. From Sept. - May, presenting “Music for Everyone” including classical, holiday and chamber orchestra concerts. Box office: Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free tours Thur. and Sat., 9 a.m.

The Sheldon Concert Hall,
Ballroom & Art Galleries

Built in 1912, The Sheldon hosts a wide variety of concerts. The 702-seat concert hall has been expanded with new art galleries. Office: Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis

One mile west of I-70 & I-270. The state-of-the-art sound system and six video screens allow concert goers to experience a front-row view, May - Oct.


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Family Fun

Adrenaline Zone

Largest state-of-the-art laser tag arena coupled with Demolition Ball. Groups from 10 to 500. Complete party planning.

America's Incredible Pizza Company, St.

Over 60,000 sq ft of incredible food and fun! In addition to the pizza buffet, the indoor Fairgrounds include go-karts, mini golf, bumper cars, mini-bowling and a huge game room.

The Butterfly House

A cultural and educational attraction. Visitors will see over a thousand butterflies in free flight and actually witness the mystery of metamorphosis.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Largest prehistoric city north of Mexico, dating from AD 700-1400. Interpretive Center has impressive show, dioramas and exhibits of Mississippian culture and artifacts. Suggested donation: $4/adults, $2/children, $10/family. Call for more information. Seasonal tours; groups by appointment.

Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis

Unique hands-on space simulation experiences for students, community organizations, corporations and the general public. Reservations required.

Circus Flora

St. Louis' own intimate one-ring theatre circus, where no audience member is more than 40 ft. from the center of the ring. Performs every summer in the Grand Center arts and entertainment district.

City Museum

Explore the unexpected at this exciting, interactive museum for children and adults. City Museum is a mixture of funhouse, playground and architectural marvel. $12.00 per person.


Citygarden is a stunning new addition to St. Louis and an oasis on the heart of a major America city’s downtown: a vibrant and serene blending of lush plantings and internationally renowned sculpture with delights of water, stone, architecture and design. Designed with no fences or gates, Citygarden is completely open and accessible to the public year-round. Located within walking distance of the Gateway Arch. ADA compliant. The Terrace View is restaurant open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Delmar Loop Planet Walk

Take a 3-billion-mile walk (12,880 ft.) from the Sun to Neptune. Enjoy the informative markers of each planet along this scale model of the solar system. Free and open all year.

Demolition Ball

Where fun and action collide. Bumper cars with a purpose. Two courts. Groups from 10 to 500.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

A St. Louis tradition on Old Route 66 since 1929. Known for specialty “concrete” shakes, so thick you can turn them upside down. Mar. - Jan., open daily.

The Edge

Laser Rock Laser Tag Center, world's largest laser tag arena, family friendly, d.s. vespers Sports Pub & Eatery, The Links Miniature Golf Course and large video arcade. 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis, off IL rte. 15.

Everydaycircus & Circus Harmony

Circus Day Foundation and everydaycircus make your day a circus day with circus entertainment and classes plus party rental space at City Museum.

Faust Park

1820s estate of Missouri’s second governor (Thornhill), Faust Historical Village, restored 1920s Dentzel carousel, the Butterfly House and Webster University Community Music School. Village interprets history of 1840s-1880s. Historical Village and Thornhill tours by appointment at group rates. $1 carousel rides. See website for link to upcoming events.

Forest Park

One of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,371 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City. In 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the greatest of the World’s Fairs, drew more than 19 million visitors from around the world to Forest Park. Recently renovated with $100 million in updates. Contains the Art Museum, Science Center, Zoo, Jewel Box greenhouse, History Museum, The Muny theatre, 7.5-mile biking, jogging and skating path, skating rink and lakes. FREE.

Gateway Arch-Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

The Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, attracts more than four million guests each year. At 630 ft., our nation's tallest man-made monument has plenty of exciting activities. Take the tram ride to the top, see a documentary film, experience a giant screen movie, visit the Lewis & Clark exhibit in the museum and go shopping. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Extended summer hours.

Grant's Farm

Compliments of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., this Busch family estate was once owned by Ulysses S. Grant. Animal shows, petting area and a tram ride through the wildlife preserve. No reservations required. Nominal parking fee. Open mid-Apr. - Oct. Call or visit website for complete hours.

The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum

Nationally-acclaimed children’s museum offers hundreds of hands-on educational exhibits for kids from one to 101. Explore the Children’s Village, Star-Spangled Center and Jack and the Beanstalk Climber. Extended summer hours. Admission $8.50; children under 1, free. Free parking.

Meramec Caverns

One hour west of St. Louis. Guided tours of natural wonder. Motel and campgrounds, gift shop, restaurant, boat rides, canoe rentals. Open daily. Extended summer hours. $19.00 adults; $9.50 children, 5-11; under 5, free.

Missouri Botanical Garden

A National Historic Landmark founded in 1859 with 79 acres of scenic landscaping and historic structures. Don't miss the Climatron® tropical rain forest, the Japanese Garden, Seiwa-en and founder Henry Shaw's Victorian home. $8, adults; free to children 12 and under. Seasonal narrated tram tours, restaurant, gift shop. Free parking on-site.

Museum of Transportation

More than 300 pieces including steam, diesel and electric locomotives, passenger and freight cars, automobiles, streetcars, buses and aircraft. $6 adults; $4 children and seniors age 65 and up.

Museum of Westward Expansion

Explore the world of the American Indians and the 19th-century pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West at this museum located beneath the Arch. Contains an extensive collection of artifacts related to the westward expansion of the U.S. An authentic American Indian tipi, an overview of the Lewis & Clark expedition and Indian Peace Medals are just some of the highlights.

NASCAR Speedpark

Full-throttle fun featuring racetracks, rides and attractions for all ages. Arcade, event and party areas. Great food and NASCAR retail store. Open year round.

Purina Farms

Live pets, displays, hands-on activities and animal demonstrations. Mid-Mar. - mid-Nov. Reservations required. I-44 to Gray Summit exit, Hwy. 100 N. to County Rd. MM. Turn left. Entry one mile on left. FREE.

Raging Rivers WaterPark

Forty minutes from St. Louis on the Great River Road (Rte. 100). Giant wave pool, body flumes, Endless River, Tree House Harbor, family interactive play area. Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. All Day Splash: guest fees, $14.95-$17.95, children under 2, free; PM Splash (after 3 p.m.): guest fees, $10.95-$13.95.

Saint Louis Art Museum

Built as the Fine Arts Palace of the 1904 World's Fair and one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums. Collections include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Highlights include free admission to special exhibitions on Fri. and programs that range from films to performances. FREE.

Saint Louis Science Center

Explore 700 exhibits, the OMNIMAX® Theater, planetarium, special traveling exhibitions and more. Group rates available. Open daily. No general admission charge.

St. Louis Union Station

A National Historic Landmark with more than 85 unique specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Memories Museum, self-guided walking tour and free guided tours. FREE.

St. Louis Walk of Fame

More than 125 stars and informative plaques honoring famous St. Louisans are set in the sidewalks of The Loop, the exciting restaurant, shopping and arts & entertainment district designated “One of the 10 Great Streets in America.” Stars include John Goodman, Chuck Berry, Bob Costas, Tina Turner and Nelly. FREE.

Saint Louis Zoo

Home to more than 22,805 exotic animals, many of them rare and endangered. These 800 species represent the major continents and biomes of the world. Set in the rolling hills, lakes and glades of Forest Park, the Saint Louis Zoo is always a great place to be. FREE.

Six Flags St. Louis

Non-stop, over the top, high-speed thrills around every turn. Heart-pounding roller coasters, family rides and attractions are just the ticket to fun for kids of all ages. Visit Hurricane Harbor, a 12-acre water park, free with theme park admission.

Swing-A-Round Fun Town

The place for family fun for all ages in St. Louis. Go-karts, bumper-boats, three mini-golf courses, batting cages and 80 arcade games. Group rates. Corporate parties.

Turtle Playground

Giant turtle sculptures overlook Forest Park and I-64. Open year round. FREE.

Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym

Located downtown next to Union Station, sporting 35-ft. walls and 10,000 sq. ft. of climbing. The gym offers classes, birthdays, groups, scout programs, team building, summer clinics, and more.

World Aquarium

Located in City Museum, World Aquarium provides for an enhanced visit for hours of fun and learning. Pet a shark, feed and pet stingrays, crawl through huge waterfall displays, experience a giant-sized sand castle beach all while learning more about the aquatic ecosystems of the world. More than 10,000 living animals from all over the world in large and small exhibits.

World Bird Sanctuary

Live eagles, owls, hawks and more exhibited in a convenient 305-acre park setting. Hiking trails, bird watching, picnic areas and knowledgable naturalists offer unique environmental entertainment. FREE.


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Live Theatre / Night Life

Dance St. Louis

Bringing internationally renowned dance companies to St. Louis audiences. Performances at The Fabulous Fox Theatre and Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. Education programs available. Call for show schedule.

Ferrara Theatre at America's Center ®

A state-of-the-art, intimate 1,400-seat concert venue inside the America's Center® convention complex. Ample, close parking; near restaurants, nightclubs and hotels.

Florissant Civic Center Theatre

A wide variety of professionally staged productions including,the St. Louis Family Theatre Series, Florissant Fine Arts Council events and concerts.

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Opened in 1929, The Fox today presents live entertainment with superstar concerts, Broadway and family shows. Tours: Tue., Thur. and Sat., 10:30 a.m.

Grand Center

The finest in music, art and theatre and the cultural soul of the city. Home to the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, The Fabulous Fox Theatre, the Black Rep, Grandel Cabaret, the Sheldon, Jazz at the Bistro and more.

Tivoli Theatre

Magnificently restored to its 1924 splendor. Elegant display cases filled with movie memorabilia, golden-age movie posters and more. Three screens feature the best new independent films plus a classic cinema series.

The Muny

Fabulous Broadway-style entertainment under the stars at America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre. From mid-June through mid-Aug. nightly.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Known internationally for outstanding productions featuring the best young artists in America. Opera in this style is easy to understand — everything is sung in English.

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

St. Louis' premier live professional theatre. Produces a wide variety of plays on its three stages, Tue. - Sun. The Imaginary Theatre Company tours the region presenting theatre to children and returns home twice a year to present shows on The Rep's Mainstage.

St. Louis Black Repertory Company

Contemporary works by African-American playwrights. Jan. - June performances, Thur. - Sun., showtimes vary. Touring productions for all ages available.

STAGES St. Louis

One of the fastest growing professional theatre companies in the country entering its 22nd season of classic American musicals May-Oct. in the Robert G. Reim Theatre at Kirkwood Civic Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd. For ticket information, call (314) 821-2407 or visit

Unity Theatre Ensemble

Presenting plays, musicals and original works that express the African-American experience, examine issues and celebrate achievements.


Night Life

1860 Saloon & Hard Shell Cafe

Steaks, seafood and pasta in historic Soulard. Live music seven nights. Jazz, blues and rhythm & blues.

Absolutli Goosed

Diverse crowd and great staff. More than 80 martinis, plus beer and wine selections. Continuously named best martini in St. Louis.

Banana Joe's, McGarvey's & Club V

Three unforgettable experiences in one convenient downtown location. Dance at Banana Joe's or watch your favorite games on the big screens. Play pool, shuffleboard or HD games. Catch the luck of the Irish at McGarvey's or check out private Club V. Great food and drinks with patio and sidewalk dining.

Big Daddy's in Soulard

First-floor pub featuring lunch and dinner. Second floor lounge, outdoor beer garden and free parking. No cover charge. DJ music from 9pm - Close Tue. - Sat.

Big Daddy's on The Landing

"The best bar in the whole wide world!" St. Louis' #1 party bar. No cover charge. Happy Hour specials. Open daily.

Blueberry Hill

A St. Louis landmark filled with pop culture memorabilia. Photo booth, live music and great food. Creative window displays. Great concerts in the Duck Room.

Brandt's Café

A vibrant and lively atmosphere in The Loop, voted one of the “Top 10 Streets in America”. Brandt’s features renowned musical entertainment, a late night menu with international fusion cuisine, an extensive wine list, fantastic martinis and over 65 beers from around the world. Hours: Wed & Thurs 11 a.m.–1 a.m. Fri & Sat 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun 9 a.m. – Midnight Closed Mon. & Tues.

Casa Loma Ballroom

St. Louis' last grand ballroom. Ballroom dancing with live bands on Fri. Rock 'n'roll bands on Sat. 5,000 sq. ft. "floating" dance floor Available for private events. Catering available.

Cicero's Restaurant and Entertainment Plex

All varieties of music; open late night. Italian restaurant/nightclub. More than 100 bottled beers, 52 beers on tap.

Delmar Restaurant and Lounge

The Loop's oldest jazz restaurant and original cocktail bar. Great food, great jazz and a great vibe. Open daily, 5 p.m. - 3 a.m. DJs nightly, 11 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Flamingo Bowl

Downtown's only bowling alley nightclub. Bowling, cocktails, great food. Have Fun. Book your party now. Signature cocktails, pizza, Cuban sandwiches, wraps, veggie paninis and more.

The Fountain on Locust

Ice cream Martini specials and Radio comedy every night with happy hour Retro cocktails.

Gladstone's Restaurant and Bar

#1 Established Restaurant/Bar specializing in Barbeque pork and ribs. Located in historic Soulard for 13 years. Banquet and meeting room. Karaoke, Fri., 8pm-midnight. Live music on patio; call for information.

Hammerstone's at 9th & Russell

A blues café and bar with local musicians providing live music daily. Two shows Sat. and Sun. A main hub at Mardi Gras.

Llywelyn's Pub

Celtic pub. Beers from around the world. Food from award-winning chili to steak dinners. Friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Bands on Fri. and Sat. nights. Trivia on Tue. night. Celtic for good time. L, D


The jewel of the West End, Mandarin, a rooftop lounge, offers scenery, specialty drinks and the best looking crowd in St. Louis. Try the drinkable tapas, great for large groups.

Maryland Plaza

Rich in style with an urban flair, Maryland Plaza redefines chic from shopping to dining to nightlife. Easy to reach and exciting to visit, day or night.

The Melting Pot Restaurant

A fondue restaurant in the exciting Loop. Live music on weekends.

Nadine's Gin Joint

Located five minutes from downtown. Casual atmosphere, live music, all-you-can-eat fried fish Sat. and Sun., patio dining, seafood, big salads & sandwiches. Medium priced.

Maggie O'Brien's Restaurant

A gathering place for friendly people. Attracts sports fans. , 27 TVs, three 10-foot big screens. Shuttle service to major events. Best BBQ in downtown. Thirty years serving downtown St. Louis.

The Pageant Concert Nightclub

Premier concert nightclub located in the heart of the region's most vibrant and diverse neighborhood. Designed for a wide range of music performances and unique special events.

The Pepper Lounge

Pairing an expansive cocktail selection, warm inviting decor and the areas best DJ, The Pepper Lounge is St. Louis' ultimate nightlife experience.

Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar

Independent, owner-operated restaurant/club. St. Louis' #1 wine destination. Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown musicians. Live music, Tue. - Sun. Never a cover.

The Shanti

A neighborhood Tavern with an island feel. Live music nightly. Never a cover charge and a cool courtyard. Voted #1 open mic on Tuesday. Come on down to the Shanti and put a good buzz on.

Show Me's on The Landing

A St. Louis version of a Florida beach restaurant featuring great food and great fun. Conveniently located downtown on Laclede's Landing. Whether you are an individual or a group of 150, we can accommodate you. Seating for 220 inside and 100 on party patio overlooking the Mississippi. For great chicken wings, seafood and sandwiches, we are the place to be. Open everyday from 11 a.m. to at least midnight and serve food until closing. Come by and check out our daily lunch specials.

Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que

Enjoy food and a full bar in a lively atmosphere, complete with live jazz and blues. The trendy design provides the perfect setting for drinking or dining, combining a downtown location and colorful décor with savory dishes.

Tigin Irish Pub

A gathering place to enjoy humor, hospitality, fine Irish food and drink. When you want to meet friends for good drink, good food and good conversation, Tigin Irish Pub is your place.

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