Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours

Opened in 1852, the St. Louis Brewery, the 100- acre brewery is a rich part of America’s brewing history and the largest of Anheuser- Busch’s 12 U.S. and two overseas breweries. It employs state- of- the- art technology to produce fine beers with the highest- quality ingredients in a traditional brewing process.

The brewery tour has much to offer, including three national historic landmark buildings. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Budweiser Clydesdales paddock and stables, beechwood aging cellars, the historic brewhouse and the Bevo packaging plant, followed by a short trolley ride to the Hospitality Room – everyone’s favorite spot. In the Hospitality, room lets guests who are 21 years of age or older taste some of the fine beers and malt beverage products.

The Gift Shop offers a variety of clothing, steins, and accessories sporting the logos of Anheuser- Busch’s brands and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Gift cards also are available.

Those of the legal age get to enjoy two free glasses of beer at the end of the tour. Anheuser- Busch brews 35 different beers and malt liquors. Its best-known beers include brands such as Budweiser, the Busch and Michelob families, and Natural Light.

Tour Hours: 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Contact Information

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours
12th & Lynch Streets
63118 St Louis, MO

Tel. +13145772626

Things to do in St Louis

Get yourself a bird’s eye watch from the Gateway Arch

Take a 630-foot trip to the very best of this world-famous stainless monument for the best possible watch in the Gateway Town. Then drop by the Jefferson National Growth Memorial to obtain a glimpse of where Lewis and Clark layout on the historic expedition! Visitors may also hop aboard a 19th-century paddle-wheel boat replica for a narrated cruise down the mighty Mississippi.

Get your mind in the game

Sports fans rejoice! Through the summer and springtime seasons, you can cheer on our 11-time Globe champions the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Soccer supporters can observe the Saint Louis FC compete in the United Soccer Group at GLOBALLY Technology Soccer Park. If you’re going to in the wintertime or fall, you can catch the world-famous St. Louis Blues marking the ice at the Scottrade Center. No matter the time of year there is a St Louis sports team playing. Visitors enjoy the true team spirit in this exciting sports town.

Take a thrill ride (or two) at Six Flags St. Louis

Check out the exciting Midwest theme park that’s fun for the whole family! Site visitors can jump on the Batman Ride for a loop the loop exciting ride. Or get moving with speeds of up to 62 mph on the Screaming Eagle wooden coaster. Get drenched riding the whitewater rapids adventure of Thunder River. Visitors of Six Flags St. Louis can watch live shows and concerts. Guests can also meet their favorite cartoon characters. There are plenty of hotel amenities minutes from the park just, and visitors may take benefit from special group discounts for youth groups or family reunions plus much more!

Spend a night on the town

Searching for a fun place to take a date? Check out the brand-new sports-anchored entertainment district in the center of downtown Ballpark Village St. Louis! Leap a few blocks north to Washington Avenue or Laclede’s Landing and then visit the hottest bars and dance clubs in the central USA. FYI most are smoke-free and open till 3 AM. Site visitors can go for dinner also, drinks and a display at Westport Plaza’s 42-acre entertainment district, or browse the trendiest upscale and boutique places to eat in Clayton and the Central West End. If live music can be your factor, Soulard boasts the best blues venues around.

Experience art in the new air

Like a fusion of scenery and sculpture architecture at Citygarden, an urban oasis featuring works of modern and modern art, native plants, six rainfall gardens and a café overlooking the stunning scenery. Or uncover the gorgeous Laumeier Sculpture Recreation area with over 70 outdoor sculptures, a music amphitheater for particular occasions and a traveling group of exhibitions.

Animal Encounter St Louis Style

Go on a private expedition to Grant’s Farm for a personal and up-close feeding knowledge with buffalo and goats. Stop by and go to the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales and go for a ride on the Grant’s Farm carousel. Or explore the family-friendly Purina Farms where one can get right up close and personal with barnyard pets and everyday house animals like cats and dogs. See entertaining performances by rescued canines and attend particular dog-friendly events available to all canines and their owners.

Embrace spirituality through innovative expression

Go to Saint Louis University’s Museum of Modern Religious Art (MOCRA), a venue committed to tranquil interfaith understanding and dialogue. To see the beauty of one of the greatest mosaic collections in the western hemisphere within the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis or start to see the historic Aged St and Cathedral. Ferdinand Shrine, both built in the first 19th century with ties to the oldest Catholic congregation in St. Louis. Over the river, go to mass, walk the lands and also have yummy food at the National Shrine of Our Woman of the Snows.

Embark on a journey of scientific discovery

See what’s brand-new at the Saint Louis Research Center. Discover what it’s like to go out into the crazy, journey beneath the ocean or fly high up in the surroundings at the four- tale Omnimax Theater, a filmed encounter unlike any other. See a thrilling space display at the Planetarium, one of the nation’s leading space education facilities. Younger children will enjoy the Discovery Room filled with interactive exhibits and experiments, and visitors of all age groups can explore over 700 hands-on displays including a life-sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. At Museum, kids learn technology through fun and unique exhibits.

Visit a-rockin’ live show

Obtain your live music repair at The Pageant, ranked among the best five concert venues in the global world simply by Pollstar. For bigger multi-band festivals and tours, happen to be the outdoor Hollywood Gambling house Amphitheater or the concert golf club at Scottrade Center. Go to Blueberry Hill, the landmark restaurant and music golf club for touring acts as well as St. Louis’ top bands.

St. Louis Missouri in its Early Years

St. Louis, one of the first cities in Missouri. The city got started by a man named Pierre Laclede Liguest. He discovered the perfect place for a trading post. Picking a high bluff next to the Mississippi River in 1763. Starting the next year, Laclede had his stepson and thirty men begin to clear the heavily forested land for a new town. Laclede declared, “This settlement will become one of the finest cities in America.”

After clearing the land, the first structures included a large building for the fur company’s headquarters. Of course, they also built cabins and storage sheds. This was just the beginning then came the streets and soon more buildings. Trappers and traders first populated the settlement.

How did St Louis get named?

The town was referred to as Laclede’s Village by its new residents. Laclede himself pronounced the town name as “St. Louis” in honor of King Louis IX of France.

In 1766, the growing town had about 75 buildings. Most were built of stone or timber posts, quarried along the river bluff. The growing settlement was called home to about 300 residents now. Growing quickly through the end of the century, St. Louis boasted almost 1000 citizens by 1800. Most nationalities at the time were French, Spanish and Indians.

In 1804, when the Louisiana Purchase was officially transferred to the United States. The town then included a bakery, two taverns, three blacksmiths, two mills, and a doctor. Some stores also operated from their homes. The problem was merchandise being sold at outrageous prices due to high transport costs.

St. Louis was the staging point for Lewis & Clark. Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis & Clark to explore the new Louisiana Territory in May 1804. A couple of years later when Lewis and Clark returned in September 1806, St Louis became known as the “Gateway to the West”. Mountain men, adventurers, and settlers called it the “Gateway to the West” as they followed the path of Lewis and Clark into the new frontier.

A few years after being nicknamed the “Gateway to the West”, the first steamboat arrived on July 27, 1817. This was a major and a big turning point for St Louis. This making St. Louis an important river city. It was even common to see several steamboats lining the cobblestone levee.

Starting in the 1830s after a decade of growth and prosperity. The burgeoning river city had another building boom. Many new churches were built. A public-school system was started. The city implemented a new water system. By 1840, St. Louis had grown to almost 17,000 residents.

The next decade saw many immigrants populating the river city. They came from all over, especially from Germany and Ireland. People were looking for something new and were driven by the Old-World potato famine.

St Louis devastating History

St. Louis suffered two major setbacks. The first was a raging fire that destroyed 15 city blocks and 23 steamboats along the riverfront in 1849. Later that year, St. Louis would suffer a serious epidemic of cholera, taking many lives.

River traffic had increased so much by 1850 that St. Louis became the second largest port in the country and the largest city west of Pittsburgh that year. With commercial tonnage exceeded only by New York. On some days, the steamboats numbered in the 100’s along the levee. The steamboats were literally “floating palaces,” some complete with chandeliers, lush carpets, and fine furnishings.

St. Louis saw additional richness as the gateway to the west, outfitting many wagon trains, trappers, miners, and traders. Travel to the vast west began at the start of what is known as the “Gold Rush”.

In the early 1850s the construction of the railroads began and St. Louis had a population of almost 80,000 people. The first westbound train left St. Louis in 1855. This eventually leads to the downfall of the riverboat traffic.

History of the Fur Trade in St Louis

St. Louis has been around for a long time, since before the American Revolution. When the trappers started to build the city, it was not a part of the United States, but in fact, belonged to France. With the way the territories were set up, St. Louis was originally considered to be a part of Louisiana. St. Louis did not become a part of the United States until the Louisiana Purchase.

The whole reason that St. Louis came into existence is because of the fur trade. The rivers and forest surrounding St. Louis was a trapper’s dream, full of animals that had rich pelts that the European milliners could not wait to use. The problem that the trappers had was how to ship their furs to the milliners, after all, it was not like they could afford to spend the time it would take them to travel from the woods to Europe, and even the east coast was not a viable option. The location of St. Louis made it accessible to both the traders and the ships that would haul the furs to the shops.
In addition to needing a place to sell the pelts that they spent months gathering, the fur traders also needed to get supplies.

Since the trappers had not seen another human in some time and were also flush with money from selling their furs, they usually did not give much thought to how they spent their money while they were in town, this kind of attitude quickly drew several merchants to the city, who then set up shop and quickly began to make a fortune selling both much-needed supplies and also pretty baubles that tended to catch the trappers eyes. Eventually, more people came to the city and pretty soon it was not only running smoothly but had grown to a respectable size by the time it was purchased as part of the Louisiana Purchase that Jefferson made.

The days when the St. Louis economy was driven by the fur trade have long passed, but that does not mean that the city is not proud of its heritage. When you visit the city you will find that the city still maintains a strong French vibe which can be traced all the way back to those first French trappers who thought that they had found the perfect place to create a city.

The Grant Farm in St. Louis

When the average person thinks about St. Louis they do not usually think about the civil war, mostly because there was not a single major battle that took place in, or near, the city. St. Louis does have the distinction of being one of the only cities in the United States which actually served as the hometown of one of the great generals that were involved in the war. There was a period of time when Ulysses Grant lived in St. Louis. The farm had originally been given to his family as a gift.

Grant’s descendants no longer own the Grant Farm and they have not for a very long time. The current owner of the farm is the Anheuser Busch Brewery who originally purchased the farm in 1907. Since purchasing the 281 acres, the farm has had more than 24 million people visit it. Not only does the company welcome the visitors, but they also do not even charge admission.

When you visit the Grant Farm, you will quickly discover this is not like a typical agricultural farm. The Grant Farm is more like a haven for animals. There are currently more than 1,000 animals who call the farm home, and the 1,000 animals represent 100 different species. Many of these animals can be seen when you visit the farm’s deer park where there are zebras, red deer, bison, and blackbuck antelope roaming free. You will be able to see these animals from the safety of an open-air trams and listen while an experienced guide shares tidbits about each animal.

In addition to the Deer Park, guests at the Grant Farm are strongly urged to spend some time at the Tier Garden where they will come face to face with some other species of animals, including kangaroos. The gardens and the ponds, which are filled with fish, are so lovely that it would be very easy to spend an entire day there.

As wonderful as the Deer Park and Tier Garden are, the main attraction at the Grant Farm is the stables. There is a public section that you can stroll through. These stables are the home of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the same ones that are used for the Super Bowl commercials. Depending on the time year that you visit the farm you might even be able to see the foals as they graze and play in the immaculate paddocks.

St Louis City Garden

Citygarden is truly a unique oasis in the middle of downtown St. Louis. It is a three-acre park that combines beautiful landscaping with modern elements – including sculptures and water features.  It is part of the Gateway Mall, a mile-long stretch of green space in downtown St. Louis.  The park is focused on being green and sustainable with rain gardens, green roofs on the buildings to maximize efficiency and decrease runoff, local ingredients used in the café, native plants, and more.  This park has something for everyone – fountains and sculptures for kids to run around and play on, a place for families to picnic or eat at the café, walkways for couples on a stroll or sculptures for art lovers to enjoy!

St Louis CityGarden

Some of the things to see at Citygarden

  • A 6 ft waterfall and spray plaza for kids to play in, with 102 nozzles shooting water into the air with different patterns and colors
  • 24 sculptures designed by internationally renowned artists, all open to kids to climbing on and explore
  • Six rain gardens and numerous fountains
  • The Videowall, a stone wall that stretches two blocks that display video art and movies
  • Audio tour narrated by almost 30 St. Louis celebrities, including Ozzie Smith, Kurt Warner, Jenna Fischer, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and John Ashcroft
  • Terrace View Café, with indoor and outdoor seating and an amazing, gourmet menu featuring local ingredients (check out their lunch and dinner menus, they  will make your mouth water!)
  • Beautiful landscaping with native trees and plants

The Citygarden has similar regulations as all St. Louis parks – it opens at sunrise and closes at 10 pm. There are no fences or walls, it is free and open to everyone all year round.  This is truly a great place for everyone to enjoy and a must for visitors who want to experience all that downtown St. Louis has to offer!  Click here to view more photos of the garden or to read about how much one mom’s kids loved playing in the park!

Brief Overview of the St Louis Arch

Gateway Arch.  It is the landmark that everyone associates with St Louis and it’s definitely worth the trip.  Even if you are from St Louis, it is a fun place to visit or take your kids.  When out-of-town visitors come, I always take them and I think I enjoy it as much as them every time!  Check out this Arch photo blog with a lot of cool shots of the Arch.

Some facts about the Gateway Arch:

  • It is also known as the Gateway to the West
  • It is the tallest monument in the U.S. at 630 feet
  • The Arch weighs 17,426 tons
  • Over 25 million visitors have ridden the trams to the top of the Arch
  • It took about 1 ½ years to build, with construction beginning in 1963
  • They are currently holding a contest to completely redesign the grounds around the Arch
The view from the top of the Gateway Arch
The view from the top of the Gateway Arch

Taking a ride to the top is definitely worth it – on a clear day you can see up to 30 miles in either direction! And, while you are at the St. Louis Arch, there are a lot of other things to do besides just riding to the top. The base of each leg of the Arch has something to do, too.  Visit the Museum of Westward Expansion and learn about life on the River in the 1800s, including Lewis and Clark’s expedition and Native American culture.  You can also watch movies about Lewis and Clark’s journey and construction of the Saint Louis Arch shown on a giant four-story screen.

Outside of the Arch, you can rent a bicycle and ride around the Riverfront Trail, take a helicopter tour of the city or take a cruise down the Mississippi on a 19th-century steamboat replica.  Dinner, entertainment, and sightseeing tours all available on the steamboat based on the time of year.  Bicycle, helicopter, and riverboat tours are all available through the Arch and more information can be found here on their website.

And, if you are looking for a place to eat, Laclede’s Landing is within walking distance and offers a bunch of different restaurants to choose from.

History of the Gateway Arch

It is impossible to think about the city of St. Louis without conjuring up an image of the St. Louis arch, which is easily one of the most famous and recognizable pieces of architecture in the entire United States. Even if you do not go up in the arch, you have to at least drive or boat past it, and spend a few moments to stand in its shadow. It is impossible to look at the arch and not feel awed. It is the tallest building that has been created by humans in the entire United States.

Very few of us actually understand what its purpose is. The idea of creating some type of monument was first hatched during the Great Depression when city leaders became worried about the state of the riverfront. They hoped to give people a reason to visit the area and revitalize it so that it did not fall into ruins. The idea never got off the ground, it was interrupted by the start of the Second World War and eventually, the United States became more concerned with defeating the Germans than building monuments.

It was after the war and St. Louis wanted something that the country could unite over, something that would always make them think about the victory they had just experienced. The city held a contest and asked architects to submit their ideas. The criteria that the architects where give were that the design had to be original, the city wanted something that was totally unique, that people were going to have to come to St. Louis to see. The other requirement was that it had to be amazing. When the dust cleared and all of the entries were considered, the reward went to a native of Michigan, Ero Saarinen, who is currently recognized as one of the greatest architects of the 20th century.

It is very easy to get distracted by the height, but perhaps the most amazing feature is the foundation. Without a good foundation, the whole thing would either topple over or sink into the earth’s crust. To keep it erect, the arch was built on a layer of bedrock that is twenty feet deep.  The legs of the arch are made out of concrete and each one has been sunk 60 feet into the ground and they are an impressive 44 feet thick. One of the concerns that everyone had during construction was what would happen in strong winds or an earthquake. The arch was designed in such a way that if there is an earthquake it will sway 9 inches and it can handle winds that blow as hard a 150 miles per hour.

Holiday Activities at the Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places to go in St. Louis.  It has been a feature in the area for 150 years and is one of the country’s oldest botanical gardens.  Also known as Shaw’s Garden, it was founded by Henry Shaw in 1859, a world traveler who decided to create his own garden in St. Louis after the gardens he saw in Europe.  Check out Henry Shaw’s travel blog, a collection of his journals detailing his journeys across Europe.

The Garden includes almost 80 acres of beautiful flower displays, Japanese gardens, orchid, rose, and iris gardens, a tropical greenhouse and much more.  Here are a couple of pictures from the Garden, including inside the Climatron.  It is also a world-class research center and a leader in science education, including an emphasis on environmental sustainability.

But, I have always thought of it as a warm-weather attraction and not a winter destination.  Until now!  There are a lot of fun events around the holidays that everyone can enjoy!  One of the larger holiday attractions is the Gardenland Express, an annual flower, and a train show that includes a miniature reproduction of the Garden, including the Climatron.  Check out photos of all the work that goes into creating an entire mini Garden, which started back in August.

The historic Tower Grove House and the Kemper Center are decorated for Christmas, complete with an auction of wreaths created by many local florists.  They even offer holiday cooking classes!

There are a lot of events taking place in December, so click here to check out the complete listing of events, schedules, and price information.  St. Louis City and County residents get a discount on admission, as well as free general admission on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.  So, if you’re a resident be sure to bring your driver’s license or other proof of residency!

Since its inception in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the country and a National Historic Landmark.

The Missouri Botanical Garden features flower shows, live music, and education and fitness activities throughout the year. From Orchid Show in February, to the languid Wednesday nights of the Whitaker Music Festival all summer long, to the three- day celebration of Japanese Festival on Labor- Day weekend, to the sentimental favorite Garden land Express holiday flower and train show, there’s something for everyone at any time of year.

The Missouri Botanical Garden provides a place for gardeners to find instruction, expert advice, and inspiration at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening. With professional staff experts, adult education classes, reference library and website, and eight acres of display gardens, the Center is the largest and best- supplied gardener’s resource in the country.

The Garden has worked since 2002 to facilitate improved learning and teaching in surrounding public schools, growing young minds for future greatness.

Hours : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily (closed Christmas).

St. Louis Christmas Light Shows

Christmas light shows around St. Louis area a great, family-oriented and budget-friendly way to get in the holiday spirit! There are tons of different displays all around town, so it’s easy to find one near you!  Don’t forget to bring your camera, read this for tips on how to take the best pics of Christmas lights!

Here are three of my favorite light displays:

Wild Lights — St. Louis Zoo

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the country’s best zoos while enjoying amazing light displays at the same time! Walk the Zoo’s holiday wonderland and enjoy hundreds of thousands of colorful lights and animated light displays. Rides, games, and fireside stories for the kids are available, as well as live performances by local choirs.

When: Dec 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 23, 26 – 30

Time: 5:30 pm –  8:30 pm

Where: The Saint Louis Zoo – Forest Park

Cost: $4.00 for members, $5.00 for non-members, children under 2 free; free parking

The Way of Lights — Our Lady of the Snows Shrine

The Way of Lights is one of the most popular light shows in the area and has been offering breathtaking light displays for 40 years.  Drive through 1 ½ mile of displays with over a million lights, focusing on the birth of Christ.  Check out the laser light shows, petting zoo, camel rides, Christmas tree displays, local choirs, interactive children’s village, carriage rides, and many more family fun activities!

When: Nov 20 – Jan 3

Time: 5 pm – 9 pm for indoor activities, 5 pm – 10 pm for outdoor lights

Where: The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows – Belleville, IL

Cost: Light display is free, small charge for other activities such as camel rides and a laser light show

Santa’s Magical Kingdom — Jellystone Park

Drive through Santa’s Magical Kingdom, 35 acres of some of the most spectacular light displays around.  All of the displays here are truly amazing, with a 300 foot waterfall of lights, a tunnel of dancing lights as long as a football fields as well, dolphins swimming, and angels learning to fly.  You’ll also find a display of the St. Louis arch surrounded by “fireworks” in their whimsical and state-of-the art light displays.  Pictures with Santa, wagon and train are also available.

When: Nov 20 – Jan 3

Time: Sun – Thu: 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Fri – Sat: 5:30 pm – 11 pm

Where: Jellystone Park – Eureka

Cost: $18 per car, $12 for wagon or train ride tickets

St Louis Science Center

It seems like winter will never end, with even more snow and rain hitting the Midwest the last couple of days.  I am starting to get cabin fever, and have been looking for something to do that reminds me of what warm weather feels like.  And I think I’ve found it – the St Louis Science Center IMAX is currently showing “Under the Sea” and “Ultimate Wave Tahiti” is starting in two weeks. Both are in IMAX 3D and will make you feel as if you are really there!  “Under the Sea” will transport you to exotic undersea locations and give you a close-up of some amazing sea creatures.  And, it’s narrated by Jim Carrey, which is sure to make it fun! “Ultimate Wave Tahiti” features pro-surfer Kelly Slater looking for the best waves and exploring the history of Tahiti and the marine life around the island. Watching either of these movies is sure to make you feel like you’re in the tropics, at least for a little while! Click here for Omnimax showtimes and pricing information.

St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis Science Center

And, while you’re at the Science Center, there are a ton of other amazing exhibits to check out. The largest Dinosaur exhibition ever hosted in St. Louis is currently at the Science Center and includes life-like sculptures, actual fossils, animatronic dinosaur models, life-size skeletons, and more.  But, this exhibit only runs through March 12, 2010, so if you’re interested, you will need to get there in the next couple of weeks.

But, even if you miss the Dinosaurs Unearthed Tour, there is always a life-sized, animated T. Rex and Triceratops on display. And, there are so many other interactive displays that kids and adults will love.  For example, your kids can explore hands-on science experiments in the Discovery Room or check out the two-story Planetarium and see what it’s like to work in a space station or gaze at over 9,000 stars.  Or you can build your own webpage in Cyberville, discover the wonders of flight, build a foam replica of the Arch, and so much more.  Check out the St. Louis Science Center webpage for more info on pricing, hours, and directions.

Science Center amenities

The St. Louis Science Center aims to teach tourists and St. Louis visitors alike about the wonders of science, at no charge for general admission. Some Science Center amenities that you can enjoy here are Body Worlds 3 (where you can get to learn more about the human body and its functions); the OMNIMAX Theatre; overnight stays by camping at the St. Louis Science Center for children and their adult companions; and The Space Show Planetarium services. If these Science Center amenities don’t appeal to you, well, fortunately, the St. Louis Science Center has other Science Center amenities that might appeal to you such as the interactive exhibits of The Discovery Room. The St. Louis Science Center is supported by many private and public organizations.

Science Center partners

The St. Louis Science Center has many Science Center partners supporting its efforts to propagate love for learning science and technology nowadays. For instance, members of the St. Louis public can act as Corporate Partners by donating at least $1000 per year to the St. Louis Science Center (or more if they are so inclined.) You can also join the Albert Einstein Society with a donation of $1000 and participate in the St. Louis Science Center activities. The Newton Society and the Galileo Society are other Science Center partners which you can donate to, and support St. Louis Science Center activities in the process. A Newton Society donation ranges from $500 to $999 while a Galileo Society donation is in the $250 to $499 range.

St. Louis City Museum

The City Museum is truly a one-of-kind attraction and to someone who’s never been there, it’s difficult to describe this wacky place.  The Museum is a 600,000 square foot building crammed full of interesting things to do and see – indoor playgrounds, tree houses, and caves, even a Ferris wheel on the roof.  But it’s also the look of the place, the architecture that makes it truly amazing.  Designed by an internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor, the whole place is a work of art from all the objects, mosaics, tiles, and salvaged materials that make up the City Museum.

Kids (and teens and even adults!) will be amazed at the never-ending things to play on, climb through and jump in!  Inside the Museum is a cave system, multi-level enchanted forest, underground tunnels, treehouse, ball pits and more.  Outside, a huge jungle gym was created from a castle turret, two aircraft fuselages, a fire engine, human-sized slinkies and more!

There is also a Hall of Mirrors, World Aquarium, a working Shoelace Factory, and an interactive Circus.  You can find a mini-museum of Architecture, Natural History and more, as well as an actual 19th-century cabin, lived in by the son of Daniel Boone that was relocated to the inside of the Museum. There is also a Toddler Town for younger kids to play in, with smaller tunnels, balls pits, and slides. Everyone will enjoy getting in touch with their artistic side in Art City – you can paint, tie-dye, sculpt and much much more, as well as watching professional artists paint, sculpt, and blow glass.

The newest addition to the City Museum is the new rooftop attractions, including a four-story Ferris wheel, slides, Splash Pond, rope swing, plus many more exciting things to do.

I could go on and on about all of the unique things inside the Museum, but the best thing to do it go and see it for yourself.  Their City Museum website also has a complete listing of all the activities and lots of cool pictures to give you a better idea of what you can do while you are there!

Make sure to check the calendar for dates and times, as not all attractions are always open.  The roof is closed during winter (will open up again in March) and the Circus performances are Wednesday through Sunday, and only at specific times during the day.  Admission is $12 (plus $5 for rooftop activities).  The price is definitely worth what you get; this is an all-day event that will wow people of all ages!  Not to be missed when visiting St. Louis!

World Aquarium

Since its inception in 1971, the mission of World Aquarium is to increase the knowledge of aquatic life and environments, to enable people to conserve the world of water, and to provide leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources.

Located in the City Museum in downtown St. Louis, this aquarium has adopted the animals from the Children’s aquarium including the small sharks, piranhas, catfish, crabs, alligators and turtles. The staff offers an incredible hands- on learning experience.

With the addition of the 13,500- square- foot World Aquarium in June 2004, creature lovers of all ages have yet another incentive to call on downtown’s most intriguing retreat. See what it’s like to pet a shark, stingray and sea turtle, but if you just can’t muster up the strength to conquer your fears of underwater beings, there’s also less intimidating animals like Guinea pigs and such hanging around near the corals and tide pools at Sand Castle Beach.

Hours : Mon- Tue : Closed
Wed- Thu & Sun 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Fri- Sat. 9:00 AM- 11:00 PM
School groups only on Mon.- Tue.

About the Museum

The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.
Located in a former shoe manufacturing building this is an ideal place for fun-filled activities. With three floors of interesting, educational and fun-filled rooms, it is one of the best downtown attractions. The museum is run by a group of artists and professionals with impressive credits, who together produce an awesome array of exhibits.

Housed in the 600,000 square- foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. With the addition of residential space to the CITY MUSEUM, that vision of a mini-city, or a place where activity happens at all hours, has now become a reality.
In keeping with the museum’s off-center aesthetic, the area where the apartments reside is decorated with parts reclaimed from other venerable Saint Louis buildings.

Hours : Sunday | 11am – 5pm, Monday | Closed Except, Tuesday | Closed, Wednesday – Thursday | 9am – 5pm, Friday | 9am – 1am, Saturday | 10am – 1am.

Contact Information

701 North 15th Street Box 29
63103 St. Louis, MO

[email protected]