Free Things to Do in St. Louis, Missouri

Gateway Arch, St Louis Missouri

St. Louis is an interesting city in the state of Missouri. It rests along the sultry banks of the Mississippi River. A visit here certainly has a lot to offer. And even if you have a very limited budget, you will find plenty here to see and do. Here are some of the free things to do in St. Louis:

Take a Look at the Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch, built in the 1960s, is one of the city’s most iconic sights. It was built to honor the 19th Century explorations of Lewis and Clark and America’s westward expansion in general, and now reposed within the newly created Gateway Arch National Park. While there is a fee to take the arch tram to the top, the grounds around the arch are free to enter, and there are a range of attractive walking trails. There is also an Old Courthouse, with free ranger-led tours offered on a regular basis.

Enjoy a Hike in One of a Range of Beautiful Local Parks

St. Louis boasts a wide range of parks that are wonderful places for a gentle stroll or a somewhat longer hike. For example, you should check out Forest Park, St. Louis’ answer to Central Park, Lone Elk Park, with its elk and bison, and Castlewood State Park, which is another great place for nature lovers. There are also a range of trails at Jefferson Barracks Historic Park, where you can learn more about Missouri’s military history. You can walk the trails for free (but there is a fee to visit the Civil War Museum).

Visit one of St Louis’ Free Museums

St Louis boasts a wide range of museums that you can visit for free. These include Missouri History Museum, the Science Centre (except the Planetarium, which requires payment), and the Moto Museum, amongst others.

See Art for Free in St. Louis

There are also plenty of free attractions for art lovers here in St. Louis, including the St Louis Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the Laumeier Sculpture Park, and City Garden (which has art and fountains scattered through the gardens). There are also a number of other galleries and museums that have free admission in the Grand Center Arts District.

Enjoy the Animals for Free in St Louis

Another of the major attractions in St Louis that you can visit for free is the St Louis Zoo. This is said to be one of the nation’s best zoos, and one of the best free attractions in the United States. Animal lovers should also consider a visit to Grants Farm where you can ride the ‘safari’ tram and interact with animals around the park. Animal lovers might also enjoy seeing he famous Clydesdale horses on the complementary 45 minute tour of Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) brewery.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the free things to see and do in St. Louis, but the places listed above should begin to give you an idea of just how much you can do here without having to spend much money at all.

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