Rediscover Your City | My list of Things To Do in St. Louis

things to do in St. Louis | Rediscovering Your City

I grew up in St. Louis, so it’s not completely unfamiliar to me, but a lot has changed & the city has grown since I left for college in 1997 {I can’t believe I’m admitting that}. As I help our girls acclimate to their new surroundings, I’ve made a list of things to do in St. Louis that we will all enjoy! We’re looking forward to our new adventure {re}discovering St. Louis. It’s funny how so many activities can be taken for granted. With our kids being so little, some are just simple 45 minute activities while others are all day excursions.

Here’s our list of to do’s:

Anheuser Busch Brewery – take a tour & a tasting

Arch – see St. Louis from a different angle

Bailey’s Chocolate Bar

Ballpark Village

Big Joel’s Safari – petting zoo

Bike the Katy Trail

Blues game

Boathouse – paddle a boat or enjoy a glass of wine beside the lake

Botanical Garden

Butterfly House

Cards game

Carousel at Faust Park

Castlewood Park – hike, bike, fish or take a horseback ride

City Museum

Clydesdales – the stables at Grant’s Farm

Crown Candy Kitchen – soda fountain

Eckerts – pick fruit seasonally & enjoy the day playing on the farm

Emmenegger Nature Park – picnic, walk & enjoy the lake

Endangered Wolf Center

Ferry ride


Grant’s Farm

Gus’ Pretzels

Happy Joe’s – pizza & games, just like the old days

Jewel Box – gorgeous greenhouse

Kemp Auto Museum

Laumeier Sculpture Park – outdoor museum of sculptures

Lone Elk – drive through wildlife park

Magic House – children’s museum

Meramec Caverns

Muny – outdoor musical theatre

Museum of Transportation

Myseum – interactive science center

Park Avenue Coffee {aka the gooey butter bar} at Lafayette Square

Powder Valley – nature center

Purina Farms – farm with a dog show, petting zoo, indoor playground & more

Riverboat Cruise

Rocket Fizz – soda & candy shop

Route 66 State Park – one of my favorite places for a leisure bike ride

Science Center

Six Flags – amusement park

Splash Park – there are an abundance of places for water play

Suson Park – farm & park

Ted Drewes

The Fountain

Wabash Railroad

Watch the Eagles in January

World Bird Sanctuary



Short excursions:


Cahokia Mounds

Elephant Rocks

Johnson Shut-Ins

St. Louisans – did I miss anything? What are your favorites?



  • Brittany says:

    This is probably a really great list, but I can’t make heads or tails of it without commas to separate the different activities!

  • Mike says:

    Julie, I’d add: City Museum, City Garden, Crown Candy, and Lone Elk. Tower Grove and Forest Park as general attractions unto themselves.

  • Megan A. says:

    While you’re over at Powder Valley, stop at either Emmenegger Nature Park right across 270. Nice paved and dirt trails. I would also recommend going to Park Avenue’s flagship location and walking across the street to Lafayette Park.

    If you’re looking for food focused events, Sauce Magazine and Feast Magazine are great resources!

    I did make a St. Louis bucket list if you’re interested in seeing more ideas! Many are family friendly—like the exploring the newly renovated downtown library.

  • Jill says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog and was so happy to see a St. Louis feature. My sister went to SLU and I fell in love with the city! I was planning on bringing my family for a long weekend. Any suggestions for hotels with outdoor swimming pools (kids love their pools)?

    • Julie says:

      Drury Plaza has an indoor/outdoor pool, but I know several downtown hotels have rooftop pools, which may be fun for kiddos!
      We’re actually on one of our excursions now! It’s a fun city to explore! Let me know if you need anything when you visit!

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