St. Louis offers an endless list of things to do when you visit. Whether you’re in the mood for a concert, sporting event, or just want to explore a beautiful park or garden, St. Louis has it all!
Here’s a list of some of the area’s more popular attractions. Click here for our list of favorite St.Louis dining spots. For additional suggestions, just ask Jerilyn or Gary while you’re here!
Experience authentic St. Louis Blues
- Backstreet Jazz & Blues – Great blues performances, karaoke nights, drinks and pizza.
- BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups – Live performances and good food in a restaurant/bar setting.
- Beale on Broadway – A music club and beer bar that offers liver performances every night of the week.
- Broadway Oyster Bar – Offering delicious Creole cuisine, Broadway Oyster Bar also features live music each night.
- Hammerstone’s – Live music and great food in a fun environment; be sure to check out their patio.
- Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen – Creole and pit-smoked offerings with a touch of soul food with true New Orleans style.
Parks & Gardens
- Missouri Botanical Garden – The country’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation, and a National Historic Landmark.
- Forest Park – Covering 1,371 acres, this landmark played host to a number of historic events including the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Expedition and the 1904 Summer Olympics. Home to the St. Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the St.Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, the Jewel Box greenhouse, a sculpture park, ponds, lakes, freshwater streams, and much more.
- Compton Hill Reservoir Park – A historic treasure located just across the road from Fleur-de-Lys Mansion! Here, the historic, original water tower superstructure, built for Stand Pipe No. 3 in 1899, still stands sentinel over the natural landscape. You can still climb to the top of the tower, during limited public hours, for a spectacular view of the park and the city.
- Tower Grove Park – Dotted with hotel ruins; a beautiful pond with its water lilies, designed for model sailboats; pavilions; 1800s statues; and a greenhouse, the municipal park’s 289 acres inspire leisurely walks, group gatherings, and photographers alike. Click here for a map of Tower Grove Park
- Grand Center Arts District – History, restaurants, residences, and culture in the form of live theater, art, films, festivals, the circus, and much more… all in downtown St. Louis (just two miles from the inn).
- Fabulous Fox Theatre – Located in the Grand Center Arts District, Fabulous Fox Theatre offers live stage productions, concerts, comedians, and an event venue.
- St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at Powell Symphony Hall – As the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra offers a number of different shows throughout the year, whether orchestra only, with an invited singer, and maybe even a well-known face or two.
- Sheldon Concert Hall – From up-and-coming artists to better-known acts, this live concert venue hosts a number of shows throughout the year.
- The Muny – Outdoor music theater at its best: the Muny is a large, performance venue in Forest Park.
- St. Louis Art Museum – Located in Forest Park, the St. Louis Art Museum offers artwork collections and exhibits. Free to the public.
- Stray Dog Theater – The Stray Dog Theater offers quality stage entertainment in a more intimate, 150-seat setting.
- The Blues in St. Louis – Find your favorite music or artists: The Blues in St. Louis keeps track of performances throughout the city.
- Blance M. Touhill Performing Arts Center – Located at the University of Missouri, this live venue offers a diverse selection of theater, dance, music, and special events.
- Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University – A 10,600 seat multi-purpose arena that hosts everything from concerts, to rodeos, sporting events, live music, and more.
- Jazz at the Bistro – The home of Jazz in St. Louis, Jazz at the Bistro offers fantastic live performances in an intimate restaurant setting.
Museums & Tour
- Discover St. Louis – Offering themed city tours that cover many interests.
- Are We There Yet? Tours – Full-day tours that won’t leave you hungry or bored.
- City Museum – A destination that will fascinate both the young and the adult. Created in an old shoe company building and built with found objects, this indoor/outdoor museum is both a playground and a wonder.
- St. Louis Gateway Arch – Visit THE iconic landmark in St. Louis: journey to the top of the arch, enjoy a riverboat cruise, see the old courthouse, or take a helicopter tour.
- St. Louis Zoo – Voted America’s top free attraction and best zoo, the 90-acre St. Louis Zoo features naturalistic exhibits with the comfort and security of the animals in mind.
- Missouri History Museum – The Museum brings together history and contemporary issues to educate and inspire its visitors.
- Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour – See how the Budweiser family of products are made, and taste the products. The plant offers the complimentary overview tour that is free, a “Day Fresh” tour that lets you follow the brewing process at a high-level, and a “Beermaster Tour” that lets you see the step-by-step process.
- Segway Tours through Glide St. Louis Tours – A fun and unique way to tour the city!
- St. Louis Cardinal’s Baseball – The city’s professional baseball team; season is April through October.
- St. Louis Blues Hockey – The city’s professional hockey team; season is October through April.
- Saint Louis University – A private, Roman Catholic research university with approximately 13,000 students.
- Washington University – A private research university with approximately 15,000 students.
- Webster University – A private, non-profit university of approximately 17,000 students.
- St. Louis Convention and Visitor Commission – Your first stop for information on the city and its experiences.