ATTRACTIONS – ENTERTAINMENT - RESTAURANTS - SPORTS
In St. Louis, business and pleasure go hand-in-hand. There are few places that can match the endless
entertainment opportunities of the Gateway City. St. Louis indulges visitors with a wealth of sights,
sounds, shops and culinary temptations. Unlike other cities, the excitement isn‟t limited to one particular
area. There is entertainment just around the corner from almost any place you might be staying.
St. Louis is fortunate to be able to offer convention delegates and visitors alike, an outstanding package of
family entertainment, historic attractions, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and professional sports. There
are hundreds of incredible cultural and family attractions regularly open to the public, many of which
charge no admission, and 1,000 one-of-a-kind restaurants to tempt your taste buds.
No matter what your pleasure, as a participant or an observer, indoors or outdoors, St. Louis has it all. We
invite you to enjoy a sampling of our attractions, restaurants, entertainment, shopping opportunities and
sports - all available in St. Louis‟ diverse, eclectic neighborhoods. For more information, please request an
Official St. Louis Visitors Guide or refer to our website at www.explorestlouis.com
The gleaming Gateway Arch overlooks Downtown‟s central business district. Located within the
monument‟s shadow are a vast array of businesses, the America‟s Center convention complex,
venues for three professional sports teams, and a variety of attractions and restaurants offering the
gamut of dining experiences from fast food to four star.
Attractions of note:
The Gateway Arch - Soaring 630 feet above the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch is America‟s
tallest monument and the focus of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The Museum of
Westward Expansion, located beneath the Arch, traces the country‟s pioneering spirit as a nation
was built from sea to shining sea.
Old Courthouse - Built between 1839 and 1862, scene of the first two trials of the pre-Civil War
Dred Scott slavery case; contains five galleries depicting St. Louis‟ role in America‟s westward
Campbell House Museum - Built in 1851 and located in downtown St. Louis, home of Col.
Robert Campbell (mountain man, fur trader and millionaire) contains the home‟s original Victorian
furnishings and memorabilia.
Eugene Field House and Museum - Registered as a historic landmark, home of the poet known
for writing “Little Boy Blue” and other works for children and his father, Russell M. Field, lawyer
for Dred Scott; contains an extensive collection of antique toys and dolls.
Scott Joplin House - Home of the man who made ragtime music famous, a restored post Civil War
structure and National Historic Landmark. Also, visit the Rosebud Café, a ragtime music
performance venue, located next door to the Scott Joplin House.
City Museum – A whimsical and magical museum filled with art made from recycled materials.
Exhibits include architectural artifacts, a working Glass Studio, a walk-through whale and more in a
place described as a “warehouse of adventure.”
St. Louis Union Station – One of St. Louis‟ architectural gems, St. Louis Union Station opened in
1894 and was the largest and busiest passenger terminal in the country. Today, Union Station‟s
festival marketplace of shops and restaurants welcomes 5 million people each year. The Station is
also home to the country‟s newest “Hard Rock Café.”
St. Louis Public Library - Beautiful Italian Renaissance-style building completed in 1912 contains
1.5 million books and 3 million other resources.
International Bowling Hall of Fame and St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum A
unique perspective on two of America‟s favorite sports – baseball and bowling – is on display under
one roof. The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of
Fame house mementos, trophies and videos depicting the proud 100-plus-year-old Cardinal baseball
tradition along with unusual galleries celebrating the history and heroes of professional bowling.
Savvis Center - A 20,000 seat arena that is home to the St. Louis Blues hockey team, Saint Louis
University Billikens basketball team, St. Louis Ambush soccer team and host to a wide variety of
other sporting events, concerts and touring family shows.
Busch Stadium – Home to the most successful franchises in baseball history – the St. Louis
Edward Jones Dome at America‟s Center – This one-of-a-kind venue is part of the America‟s
Center convention complex. When not hosting conventions, special events or big name concert
tours, the Dome acts as home turf for the NFL‟s St. Louis Rams.
LACLEDE‟S LANDING AND THE MISSISSIPPI RIVERFRONT
Laclede‟s Landing, the last remaining historic area of the St. Louis riverfront, was placed on the
National Register of Historic Places in 1976. This 19th-century nine square block, 22-acre district
filled with cobblestone streets and cast-iron street lamps and buildings is one of the city‟s premiere
entertainment districts offering nightclubs, a microbrewery, small shops, unusual restaurants and
small boutiques and novelty shops.
Activities “down on the levee” include scenic Mississippi River cruises and the excitement of
Gateway River Boat Cruises - Enjoy family fun or dinner/dance cruises on a 19th Century
President Casino on the Admiral - Play slots, video gaming and cards amid the splendor of crystal
chandeliers and soaring atriums aboard the largest and only dockside casino on the St. Louis
Laclede‟s Landing Wax Museum - Contains more than 180 authentically costumed wax figures of
historic and cultural icons.
Planet Hollywood – The nation‟s newest movie-themed dining experience. Dine among souvenirs
and memorabilia from Hollywood‟s biggest blockbusters.
Royal Dumpe Dinner Theatre – Visitors can join King Henry VIII and his lovely serving wenches
for fun and food while combining 16th century vaudeville, musical comedy and audience
The Big Bang – The most exciting concept on Laclede‟s Landing. A high energy, rock‟n‟roll,
Just south of downtown is one of the city‟s oldest residential neighborhoods filled with distinctive
19th century red brick homes and townhouses. Named after a Frenchman who surveyed the area
for the King of Spain, Soulard is known for its open-air farmers‟ market, a variety of restaurants,
nightclubs featuring live Blues music and antique shops. Each year the neighborhood celebrates its
French heritage by holding the country‟s largest Mardi Gras parade and party held outside of New
Soulard Farmer‟s Market - Founded around 1779, this historic landmark has 148 stalls and offers a
variety of farm fresh meats and produce. Years before commanding the Army of the Potomac, St.
Louis resident U.S. Grant sold firewood at the market to help meet expenses.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours - Free tours of the world‟s largest brewer includes a visit to the
Budweiser Clydesdale stables, lager cellar, packaging plant and the historic Brew House. Each tour
ends with a complimentary sampling of the product.
Cherokee Street Antique Row – 57 shops filled with antiques and collectibles span a six-block area
just south of downtown.
The Blues – Live Blues music can be heard tumbling from the doorways of the many pubs and
clubs throughout Soulard.
Forest Park, the site of the famous 1904 World‟s Fair, is a beautiful 1,300-acre park and home to the
St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center, History Museum and outdoor theatre. The park offers
outdoor activities, including two golf courses, tennis and handball courts, and bike and jogging
St. Louis Zoo - Beautiful world-class zoo, free to the public, is home to over 6,000 animals on 83
acres of park. Famous for its natural habitat displays, the Zoo has recently expanded and renovated
its Children‟s Zoo area and Bird Garden.
St. Louis Science Center – Open free to the public, the dazzling new facility displays more than
600 free exhibits and includes an OMNIMAX Theater, planetarium and special touring exhibits.
The Saint Louis Art Museum - Built as the only permanent structure of the 1904 World‟s Fair by
famed architect Cass Gilbert, the Art Museum is considered among the leading art museums in the
country with collections ranging from ancient to contemporary. The Saint Louis Art Museum is also
open free of charge.
Missouri History Museum – Another free attraction, the museum houses extensive collections on
Charles Lindbergh, the 1904 World‟s Fair and the history of the American West.
The Muny - The country‟s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre offers musical concerts and
Broadway shows under the stars on summer evenings.
Missouri Botanical Garden – Located a short distance from Forest Park, the Garden is a
rewarding experience at any season of the year. Major attractions include: the recreated tropical
rainforest housed in the world‟s first geodesic dome, the largest traditional Japanese garden in North
America, two traditional rose gardens and a comprehensive Center for Home Gardening.
Tower Grove Park - Created in 1868 and now one of the only parks in the country to be awarded a
National Historic Landmark status, this rare Victorian walking park is filled with ornate gazebos and
statuary. It is located nearby the Missouri Botanical Garden.
GRAND CENTER ARTS DISTRICT
Located just minutes from downtown, the Grand Center Arts District is St. Louis‟ revitalized
cultural and performing arts district. The Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, Sheldon Concert Hall
and Grandel Square Theatre call this active arts‟ district home.
The Fox Theatre - Opened in 1929 as one of the most beautiful movie palaces in the country, the
4,500-seat “Fabulous Fox” presents live entertainment with Las Vegas superstars, touring Broadway
shows, family productions and big name contemporary music stars.
Powell Symphony Hall - This elegant Versailles-inspired concert hall houses the second oldest
orchestra in the nation, the world renown and award-winning Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Symphony performances include classical concerts, jazz, chamber music, pops and much more.
St. Louis Black Repertory Company - Performances featuring theater, dance and creative
expressions from the African American perspective are held on stage at the Grandel Square Theatre.
Dance St. Louis – The company produces and presents a broad spectrum of professional dance
companies at venues within Grand Center.
Sheldon Concert Hall, Ballroom & Art Galleries – Built in 1912, The Sheldon hosts a wide
variety of concerts and has been expanded with new art galleries.
MORE NEIGHBORHOODS OF ST. LOUIS
Central West End – Located near Forest Park, this chic neighborhood is graced with tree-lined
streets of beautiful turn-of-the-century homes. A lively café society atmosphere draws visitors with
boutiques, art galleries, eclectic restaurants, nightclubs and cozy pubs that give the area a European
The Ville - St. Louis‟ most significant African-American neighborhood, the Ville is famous for
being home to Sumner High School, the first high school for black students west of the Mississippi.
Lafayette Square – This lovely neighborhood was established in the 1870s around the first public
park west of the Mississippi. The Victorian “painted ladies” surrounding the park have been called
the finest collection of Victorian-era architecture in the country.
The Loop - Named for an old streetcar turnaround, The Loop is home to dozens of unique shops,
art galleries, a variety of ethnic restaurants and the St. Louis Walk of Fame where bronze stars and
biographies honor famous St. Louisans such as Josephine Baker, Tennessee Williams, Chuck Berry
and Betty Grable. The Pageant, a state-of-the-art, 33,000 sq. ft. concert nightclub features superb
sightlines and acoustics.
The Hill - Settled in the early 1900s by Italian immigrants, the Hill‟s residents are still 75% Italian
descent. The Hill offers delectable Italian food around every corner; green, white and red tri-color
fireplugs and bocce courts.
SUBURBAN ST. LOUIS
Six Flags - St. Louis – The family theme park thrills visitors of all ages with more than 100 exciting
rides, spectacular stage shows and big name concert acts.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Interpretive Center - The site of the largest prehistoric
Indian city north of Mexico. Archeological finds that date from 700 AD to 1400 AD includes the
Woodhenge solar calendar.
UMB Bank Pavilion - Top-named artists perform at this 7,000 reserved seat and 13,000 lawn seat
venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and four video screens.
The Butterfly House – A cultural and educational attraction, visitors see thousands of butterflies in
free flight and actually witness the mystery of metamorphosis.
Grant‟s Farm – Home to more than 1,000 animals, this Busch family estate was once owned by
Ulysses S. Grant. See animal shows and a Clydesdale breeding and training facility.
ADDITIONAL SHOPPING SPOTS
Crestwood Plaza – One of St. Louis‟ premiere shopping malls, Crestwood includes 160 specialty
stores, 16 restaurants, a 10-screen movie theatre and the Exhilirama Family Entertainment Complex.
Saint Louis Galleria - This beautiful 1.2 million square foot shopping “city” offers 180 specialty
shops, 18 restaurants and a 6-screen movie theatre.
Plaza Frontenac – An elegant indoor shopping mall featuring Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus,
other extraordinary stores and a multi-screen art house movie theatre.
Westfield Shoppingtown Northwest – St. Louis‟ largest Westfield Shoppingtown featuring
Dillards, Famour-Barr and Sears, plus 160 specialty stores, theme restaurants, multiplex cinemas and
a family fun center with a miniature golf course.
Westfield Shoppingtown West County – Featuring Missouri‟s only Nordstrom, flagship Lord &
Taylor and Famous-Barr stores.
Warrenton Outlet Center – Just 45 minutes west of downtown St. Louis, save 20-70% every day at
more than 45 designer outlet stores.
SPORTS IN ST. LOUIS
St. Louis is recognized as one of the most active sports centers in the country. St. Louisans think
their community deserves it every year, but the editors and readers of The Sporting News made it
official from August 2000 through July 2001, naming St. Louis as North America‟s Best Sports City.
The national sports publication cited St. Louis‟ success on the field as well as fan support, quality of
sporting venues, positive media attention and sports ambience in making their selection. Sports
publications also consistently declare St. Louis as America‟s best baseball city.
Sports fans can look forward to even more significant athletic events this year and in St. Louis‟
future. For more information on scheduled events, venues and team listings check out the St. Louis
Sports Commission website at www.stlouissports.org or click on the St. Louis Convention &
Visitors Commission calendar of events at www.explorestlouis.com.
Baseball - Housed in the beautiful Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals boast 35 Hall of
Fame members, 15 league titles and 9 world championships since 1926.
Basketball - A member of the Conference USA, the St. Louis University Billikens offer exciting
college basketball at the Savvis Center.
Football - The Edward Jones Dome acts as home turf for the NFL‟s St. Louis Rams.
Hockey - Housed in the newly renovated Savvis Center, the St. Louis Blues Hockey team proves to
be a yearly contender for the NHL Stanley Cup.
Soccer - Affiliated with the National Professional Soccer League, the St. Louis Steamers play 20
games from late October through April.
Tennis - The St. Louis Aces, professional team tennis, plays in Forest Park during mid-summer.
Horse Racing - Just 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis, the Fairmount Park Race Track offers
thorough-bred and harness racing with pari-mutuel wagering.
Golf - St. Louis offers nearly 100 competition quality golf courses such as the Spencer T. Olin
Community Golf Course designed and managed by Arnold Palmer and recognized as one of the top
100 public courses in America.
Gateway International Raceway - Located 5 minutes from the Gateway Arch, this 150-acre
complex includes a state-of-the-art National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) championship quarter-
mile drag strip with seating capacity up to 35,000, plus a 45,000 seat 1.25-mile banked oval and a 1.8-
mile infield road course.
Mix, match or create your own itinerary by following the St. Louis Visitors Guide or ask our
Convention Services Department to help customize a tour just for you.
A look at the best of St. Louis takes you from the stunning Gateway Arch and Mississippi River
paddlewheelers to historic neighborhoods, the world‟s largest brewer and musical theater under the
Ride to the top of the Gateway Arch to experience a 30-mile panoramic view of St. Louis‟ historic
districts, downtown skyscrapers and Mississippi River traffic. While you are under the Arch, visit
the Museum of Westward Expansion to learn about the days of Lewis and Clark and the
triumphs and struggles of pioneers, cowboys, settlers and native Americans. You‟ll also see the
award-winning movie, “Monument to the Dream,” which charts the development of the Arch, and
don‟t miss the new World Odyssey Theatre, with its 4-story screen and stunning visual
Continue your tour of downtown St. Louis and take a look into the community‟s past. See the Old
Cathedral, the area‟s first church, and then drive through Laclede‟s Landing where cobblestone
streets are lined with historic cast-iron buildings filled with lively clubs, shops, a wax museum and
restaurants. Stop by the Old Courthouse where the famous Dred Scott decision turned the United
States toward Civil War, and five galleries feature the history of St. Louis‟ role in the growth of
Combine historic elegance with great shopping at the 1894 restored St. Louis Union Station.
Once the largest and busiest passenger rail station in the world, stop and read the historic markers
while you browse through the wide variety of stores and restaurants, enjoy the comedy club or relax
outside near the Biergarten on the train shed‟s lake. Ask someone about the “whispering arch” and
don‟t miss the stained glass window in the Grand Hall.
In the afternoon, take a tram tour through the Missouri Botanical Garden. You‟ll visit a rain
forest and quiet English Woodland, North America‟s largest Japanese Garden, and a comprehensive
Center for Home Gardening. In the garden shop you‟ll find unusual plants, floral jewelry, nature
books and more.
In nearby Forest Park where the famous World‟s Fair of “Meet Me in St. Louis” took place in
1904, you‟ll have a choice of three of St. Louis‟ favorite attractions. See a breathtaking movie in the
giant Omnimax Theater and view over 600 exhibits at the newly expanded St. Louis Science
Center. Then a miniature train will take you through the world-famous St. Louis Zoo where
unusual and endangered animals live in natural surroundings. Lunch at the Zoo‟s brand new
Lakeside Cafe and be sure to visit the Living World Galleries. End your visit in Forest Park at the
beautiful Saint Louis Art Museum and the History Museum featuring its newest exhibit “St.
Louis in the Gilded Age.”
Enjoy the excitement on the Mississippi Riverfront in the evening with a choice of a Dixieland jazz
cruise aboard a paddlewheeler or check out gaming on the President Casino on the Admiral.
Start your day at Grant‟s Farm by riding a trackless train past Ulysses S. Grant‟s cabin and through
a game preserve filled with exotic animals. Then you can meet the Clydesdales during the
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour at the headquarters of the world‟s largest brewer.
Lunch is served in the Carriage House of the 1848 Greek Revival DeMenil Mansion. On nearby
Cherokee Street Antique Row enjoy shopping for antiques, collectibles and turn-of-the-century
toys. Drive through nearby historic Soulard where you can see restored 19th century homes,
townhouses, an open-air farmers‟ market and antique shops or move to the beat of Jazz and Blues
music at one of the many restaurants and clubs.
At the National Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum you‟ll learn about the history of the sport
and test your skills on an old-fashioned lane. For more sports-related fun, across the street at Busch
Stadium you can tour the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Hall of Fame.
In the evening under the stars take part in a St. Louis summer tradition at The Muny, the country‟s
oldest and largest outdoor amphitheatre featuring musical concerts and Broadway shows.
Your day starts with a behind-the-scenes tour at Six Flags St. Louis where you‟ll see what it takes
to run one of the most popular amusement parks in the country. As a special treat, you‟ll be
entertained by the Six Flags singers and dancers.
In nearby Labadie, Missouri, lunch is prepared at the acclaimed Hunter‟s Hollow Inn. The
picturesque town‟s old-fashioned general store is open for shopping. Tour Purina Farms where
you‟ll see dogs perform in sheep herding demonstrations, learn cow-milking techniques or stroll
through a “cat house” where dozens of kittens charm visitors. Afterwards take a whirl on the
St. Louis Carousel, a hand-carved wooden treasure in Faust Park that has delighted generations of
At night, the Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District lights up with touring Broadway
productions and popular concert artists. You‟ll be entertained in style in the Fox Theatre‟s opulent
1929 Siamese-Byzantine interior, at Powell Hall (the home of the Saint Louis Symphony) or at
the Grandel Square Theater featuring our acclaimed Black Repertory Theatre.
ADDITIONAL ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS
St. Louis has many beautiful, historic churches and cathedrals of all denominations. For an
inspirational tour, here are a few samples to see:
Christ Church Cathedral - The 14th-century English Gothic church was founded in 1819 and is
the oldest Episcopal congregation west of the Mississippi River.
Old Cathedral - St. Louis‟ earliest church, 155 years old, was decreed Basilica status by Pope John
XXIII in 1961 and designated a National Monument in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.
Cathedral of St. Louis (New Cathedral) - Built in 1907 and declared “the outstanding Cathedral
of the Americas” by Pope Paul VI, this imposing edifice combines the best features of Byzantine
and Romanesque architecture and boasts the largest collection of mosaics in the world.
Shrine of St. Joseph - On the National Register of Historic Places, the 1843-44 Baroque-style
church contains the beautiful Altar of Answered Prayers and one of the largest handmade Pfeffer
tracker organs in existence.
AMERICA‟S MUSIC CORRIDOR TOUR
St. Louis serves as the gateway to America‟s Music Corridor where many music legends such as
Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Scott Joplin and Miles Davis got their start. The St. Louis Walk of
Fame honors all of these music icons as well as other famous locals. Blueberry Hill, a Rock „n‟
Roll memorabilia haven, features the world‟s best jukebox. Music history has been preserved at the
Scott Joplin House where the Ragtime pianist lived from 1900-03, and The History Museum
houses a comprehensive exhibit called “From Ragtime to Rock „n‟ Roll: St. Louis African-
American Music.” Along the Mississippi River, the Laclede‟s Landing district offers a variety of
music styles to choose from, as Hannegan‟s serves up hot Jazz, and Mississippi Nights cater to
Rock fans. Historic Soulard is St. Louis‟ “Blues-iest” neighborhood. Mike & Min‟s, 1860‟s Hard
Shell Cafe & Bar, Great Grizzly Bear, Off-Broadway, Molly‟s, BB‟s Jazz and Soups, Inc. and
Broadway Oyster Bar all have live music performed by the largest concentration of working Blues
bands in the country. Each year, St. Louis celebrates its musical heritage with a variety of special
events. Check out our calendar of events on our website at www.explorestlouis.com.