When you think of St. Louis, what comes to mind? You probably see the famous arch in your mind, and maybe some cheering fans at a Cardinals baseball game. Perhaps you think of the fantastic beer scene. There is so much to do in this city that you’ll have to plan more than one visit. However, if a weekend is all you have, make the most of it by visiting these ten hotspots in the city.
10 Things To Do On A Weekend In St. Louis
1. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate the beautiful architecture of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The church, completed in 1917, is home to the largest collection of mosaics in the world. For history of the Cathedral, take a guided tour from a knowledgeable member of the church. This is an excellent place to reflect and recharge. There are also concerts by various church choirs and visiting musicians here.
2. Forest Park – “The Central Park of Saint Louis”
This 153-year-old botanical garden in St. Louis is the oldest in continuous operation in the United States. Occupying 79 acres, this city oasis offers educational opportunities and tours within its many gardens and conservatories. Visit the Victorian District and Tower Grove House to step back in time, experiencing classic architecture and landscaping. Many tropical plants grow in the Climatron, a conservatory built in the shape of a dome.
3. See a Concert at The Pageant
This intimate concert venue, hailed as one of the best in the nation, hosts many famous artists and performers throughout the year. No seat is farther than 70 feet from the stage, promising great views from any seat! Though there is a bar, some concerts are open to patrons under the legal drinking age. Check the calendar to see your favorite artist in this highly-rated venue!
4. Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course
Ziplining and treetop challenge courses are usually associated with South American countries, but you don’t have to travel farther than the northwest corner of St. Louis to enjoy them! This unique outdoor experience is suitable for thrill-seekers of all ages. Go Ape!, the adventure company, does outdoor recreation all over the country.
5. The Improv Shop
For an affordable and fun evening, watch the talented actors of The Improv Shop put on a hilarious show! Some tickets are as cheap as five dollars. If you’re looking to do something more interactive, you can take an improvisation class and practice your comedy. The Improv Shop includes a fully-stocked bar to complete your evening of comedy.
6. Schlafly Bottleworks
This historic building is said to be the “home of all things local,” featuring local St. Louis beer in a historic building. Wednesday through Sunday nights feature different musicians, and visitors can take advantage of free tours. Sample their wide selection of beers with a flight, which equals about two and a half pints. There is also a full menu, featuring everything from pretzels to toffee cake.
7. River City Casino
You don’t have to go all the way to Vegas to enjoy a high-quality casino. Just nine miles from St. Louis, the River City Casino is perched on the bank of the Mississippi River. There are over 2,000 slot machines as well as rooms for poker and table games. Take a break from the excitement to enjoy one of the casino’s six restaurants, each with a different theme and cuisine.
8. City Museum
Forget cold and quiet museums—City Museum is a play house museum, encouraging visitors to touch, climb on, and explore the exhibits. This surrealist museum mixes architecture and play, earning it many awards and the distinction of a “great public space” by the Project for Public Spaces. This free museum offers exhibits in everything from dinosaurs to airplanes. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this eccentric museum!
Sweetology is unique because it has a little bit of everything—it’s a space for creating, decorating, and consuming desserts. There are classes offered here for those who would like to learn how to make a cute cupcake and a menu of candy and drinks for those who would rather relax. This is a fun and quirky destination for couples, families, or corporate events.
10. Busch Stadium
Busch Stadium, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, offers views of the Gateway Arch in the heart of downtown. If you’re here during baseball season, watch the team with the most postseason appearances in the MLB. If you’d rather learn about the history of the team and the stadium, you can take a tour to see the World Series trophies and step into the dugout! Busch Stadium is known for its St. Louis-seasoned fries, nachos, and a famous carved bacon sandwich.
This article was written by Missy Fackler.