I recently took a trip to St. Louis for a wedding with my boyfriend. I was surprised by how many free attractions are in the city.
While I did live in St. Louis for a long time, I never really realized how many free things there are to do here. That really makes me love St. Louis!
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Here are 10 free things to do in St. Louis.
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1. Science Center.
Where do I even begin? This place is perfect for any age. They have free showings every day that will explain all sorts of topics.
When I visited the museum, the scientist on stage explained to the audience how weather and tornados work, using fire and liquid nitrogen.
It was quite the experience and definitely gets the kids involved and interested in science as well.
2. Art Museum.
The architecture of this museum is overwhelmingly beautiful. The pieces of artwork will astound you.
Whether your taste is in modernism, abstract, realism, there will be a painting there that you will fall in love with.
Each painting and sculpture have a story behind it, which will be told to the left or right of the piece of art.
3. History Museum.
If you’re a history buff, this museum is a definite must visit for you.
The museum covers all kinds of history and dives deep into the Lewis and Clark expedition and more. Special exhibits will have a fee, but the main museum is free.
4. Stroll through Forest Park.
Forest Park is dog and bike friendly and a great place to venture out on.
If you’re lucky enough and around in the summertime, you could stop by one of Forest Park’s movies in the park.
There is also a huge lake in the middle of Forest Park that is perfect for wedding photos (where my sister got her photos done) or going on a small paddle boat on.
5. Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours.
If you’re a fan of beer, you must take a tour of the famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
You’ll end your tour with a free beer in hand and tons of knowledge regarding beer and the history of this specific brewery.
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6. Take a walk down the historic St. Charles Main Street.
During the winter season, you’ll be greeted by the many Christmas carolers and people dressed up in early 1900’s attire.
Stop by Picasso’s for a warm coffee, and visit Grandma’s cookies for fresh homemade cookies.
Support the local businesses if you’d like and end your visit with a walk near the Mississippi River. Dog-friendly as well.
7. Cathedral of Basilica.
This cathedral based in the Central West End part of St. Louis has the largest amount of mosaics in the world, totaling over 83,000 square feet of mosaics.
Make sure to visit when mass is not in session (unless you want to partake in mass).
There is also a museum on the bottom floor for a mere $5.
8. Laumeier Sculpture Park.
You can climb in and out of the pieces of artwork (supposedly) and venture around everywhere you’d like.
Once sunset hits, the park will close and will reopen the following day.
9. St. Louis Planetarium.
With all of the new space movies coming out, this place is getting more and more packed.
The Planetarium has a new Mars section that will tell you all about the planet, along with a weight scale that can tell you how much it would cost to send you to space. My cost was over $1.1 million.
10. Visit the Delmar Loop.
The Delmar Loop is full of hotspots such as Blueberry Hill (where Chuck Berry performed regularly, but not as of recently).
Stop by the Chinese Noodle Cafe, owned by a woman from Taiwan who has won numerous best restaurant awards in St. Louis.
If you look in advance, you can also check out The Pageant and see if any of your favorite bands are playing at the theater.
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