Before my husband and I relocated to St. Louis nearly six years ago, we visited OFTEN. It was one of the largest places near his hometown and our college town. Plus, as a kid living in Illinois, only 2 1/2 hours away, we ALWAYS came to St. Louis to watch the Cardinals play. I feel like a resident and tourist at the same time here. I've done many tourist activities, but also found the sweet places to take young ones! I'll share both, but the top 5 are for visitors and residents alike!
The Gateway Arch is an amazing structure. If you are visiting the area, check it out! You can go up in it and there are many events going on down near the Arch! I just love this beautiful photo!
Near the Arch and the convention centers is Laclede's Landing. A SUPER great place for restaurants and an active night life! Get a sitter!
CARDINALS BASEBALL GAME!
Checkout a Cardinals Baseball game! Get the Coca Cola patio seats or some that include FREE food and drinks. Its worth the bumped up ticket cost, I promise. See us here, we've had ONE too many free BBQ sandwiches! (Left to Right: Hubby/Jerret, ME/Steph, Ash, and Mike!)
My sideways shot of the scoreboard. Yup, too many sandwiches!
THE ZOO-it's FREE!
Mama and E checking out the fish!
The Zoo is HUGE and really, really awesome. The Zoo itself is free, then there are a few activities you can pay for (train, hands-on area for little ones, and snacks!) Either way, it can be an ALL day activity or just a stop in to your favorite animals day! We love going!
Its fake, but he still didn't like it!
Hidden Jem: CITY MUSEUM!
For me, the city museum is NOT for children under 5. You should check it out online and maybe in person before you actually take your kiddos there. Its comprised of recycled materials including the building itself! It was an old shoe factory. The rooms, slides, compartments and holes you can climb around in are ENDLESS. Want to feel like a kid again!? THIS PLACE is for you. The photo above is of the outdoor activities. You should checkout their website to see other crazy/wild/imaginative indoor actives. This, too, is located near downtown. SUPER close to many of the Top 5!
Other awesome places and links to visit
Another freebie (if you find a close place to park!) GRANTS FARM