St. Louis' Best Attractions, Museums and Tours to Discover

Visitors to St. Louis are welcomed by the sight of the Gateway Arch, an icon that offers sweeping views of the city, but on ground level there are a number of other attractions and museums that set the city apart. Forest Park is the sprawling jewel of St. Louis, and has a zoo, art museum, history museum, and miles of natural beauty.

Nature and animal lovers can also check out Grant's Farm, home to more than 100 species or they can wander through the calming, Missouri Botanical Garden, which also hosts a number of unique shows and special events. Those who want to unwind with a good pint should check out a tour at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour (and beer garden), or get a cold one and a hot dog at the Busch Stadium, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

For stunning architecture, a visit to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is in order, where the beautiful mosaics are sure to amaze travelers. Aviation enthusiasts and those looking to get off-the-beaten path will find an under-the-radar gem just outside the city: the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum.

The experts at have sorted through the city's wide variety of offerings and present this list of favorite attractions in the St. Louis area.

Historic Aircraft Resoration Museum
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While aviation history in St. Louis has been synonymous with Charles Lindbergh, aviation enthusiasts looking to dig deeper should stop by this under-the-radar museum just outside the city. Surrounded by cornfields and a pick-your-own farm, Creve...  Read More

Anheuser-Busch was founded in St. Louis in 1852, and now the brewery has grown to one of the world's largest (and one of the most well known). Tour the company's world headquarters in the historic brew house (dating back to 1891) and observe the...  Read More

Missouri's past comes to life at this museum, whose exhibits include information about the Louisiana Purchase, the Olympics, Charles Lindbergh's flight suit and artifacts from the 1904 World's Fair. Other displays educate visitors on the...  Read More

The locals know the Missouri Botanical Garden as Shaw's Garden. This magnificent spot features North America's largest traditional Japanese garden, a Victorian garden (with walk-through maze), the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and...  Read More

Saint Louis Zoo

More than 6,000 animals live in natural habitat areas constructed to resemble bluffs, pampas, lakes, and woods. Visit the Children's Zoo, "Big Cat Country," with lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards, or the "Penguin and Puffin Coast." Ride the...  Read More

Webster Groves

This farm once belonged to Ulysses S. Grant and was bought by the Busch family almost a hundred years ago. Today, the estate, compliments of Anheuser-Busch, is a wildlife preserve that is home to more than 900 animals. Travel in an open-air...  Read More

This century old Neo-Romanesque basilica is known for the spectacular mosaics that grace its interior. The church rivals that of many European icons, and although it doesn't have as much history, it is in excellent condition. The saga that spans...  Read More

Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is St. Louis's most notable landmark, and is 630 feet high (63 stories). It is the focal point of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park and was built in the 1960's to commemorate the point at which many 19th century...  Read More

Home of the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball team, this downtown stadium opened in the 1960's and features a Gateway Arch motif that is replicated more than 90 times on the exterior. When the Cardinals aren't playing, the stadium is...  Read More

Central West End
Forest Park
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Located in the heart of St. Louis, Forest Park encompasses nearly 1,400 acres of land. It is one of the largest urban parks in the United States, nearly a third larger than New York City's Central Park. The St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis...  Read More


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