St. Louis the Gateway to Fun

  • St. Louis Arch

  • Brown Horse outside of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis

  • Neon sign for the Ball Park Village

  • Anheuser-Busch Horse eating hay

  • Exterior view of a corner store

  • History of Crown Candy

  • Elephant Statue at St. Louis Zoo

Due to its history, St. Louis is known to many as the Gateway to the West because it is the last major city before settlers headed west. What many people don’t know is that St. Louis is bursting with many fun and free activities as well as delicious food venues.  I’m going to take you on a journey through St. Louis and share a few of my favorites with you.

Fun Around Town
St. Louis is home to a variety of different landmarks and fun things to do over the Spring break holiday. There is guaranteed to be something that will peak everyone’s interests, whether it’s sightseeing or enjoying a beautiful day outside.

While you are spending your day sightseeing, you can begin with an Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour. Enjoy a visit with the world famous Clydesdale Horses while you take in the smell of hops and freshly brewed Budweiser beer. Bring your walking shoes as the tour takes about an hour and most of it is spent walking.

Prefer to ride instead of walk? Take a trip to the top of the Gateway Arch. The Gateway Arch is the most recognizable landmark in St. Louis and it sits on the shore of the Mississippi River. Ride to the top on the tram to see an aerial view of downtown St. Louis and across the river to Illinois. Be sure to take a moment to stroll through the Museum of Western Expansion located underneath the Arch for brief history of the St. Louis area.

If heights aren’t your cup of tea, head over to Forest Park, home of many attractions including, my favorite, the world famous St. Louis Zoo which is free year round. Be sure to check out the River’s Edge which features many animals including elephants and hippos. End your day at the zoo with a trip on the Zooline Railroad; keep your eyes out for lions, tigers and bears lounging around!

Taste of St. Louis
St. Louis features many different cuisines ranging from ice cream to barbeque and everything in between. One of my favorite places to eat is Crown Candy, located in Old North St. Louis. They are known for their malts and sweets but my meal of choice is their BLT sandwich, which comes with almost a pound of bacon! If you’re feeling extra hungry, try their ‘Five in Thirty’ challenge, finish five malts in thirty minutes and all five are free.

Should you prefer a more savory meal, stop by one of the many SugarFire Smoke House locations in the St. Louis region. They have something on the menu for everyone ranging from traditional barbeque foods, like ribs, to more novel items such as pork bell hush puppies with jalapeno jelly. Be sure to grab extra napkins as the food is equal parts tasty and messy.

After Dark
Looking for something to do after most of the attractions close? Head over to the City Museum for a fun family evening spent exploring. The City Museum consists of tunnels and exhibits created out of recycled and unusual materials. You can spend the whole evening discovering different passageways winding through the building. In addition to the tunnels, they have circus and art areas for those who don’t want to climb. At the end of the night slide your way out of the door by taking a trip down the three-story slide to the main exit.

For the adults celebrating spring break, be sure to check out the different bars and restaurants at Ballpark Village. Start with dinner and a beer at Budweiser Brew House before moving to the bars upstairs. My favorite bar to hit is Howl at the Moon, which features dueling pianos and a festive party atmosphere. If you prefer something more western themed, head to PBR Barn which features country music and a laid-back rustic style. Be sure to try your luck on the mechanical bull.

St. Louis offers something fun for everyone in the family. These suggestions are just a few of the many unique offerings St. Louis has to present to visitors. Be sure to map out your explorations so you can experience all that St. Louis has to offer.

To access more information about local restaurants, unique attractions, and special offers in St. Louis, visit our Destination Guide, or explore Hilton properties in St. Louis below.

Brown haired woman posing for a photo.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Ellen V. Are you interested in traveling to St. Louis? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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