Things to do in St Louis during the Summer

If you are planning to visit St. Louis, or you live here, St. Louis has fun and entertaining activities for every member of your family. St. Louis is one of the oldest cities on the Mississippi. It is called the Gateway to the West. And it is your gateway for fun and interesting things to do.

This term originated at the time of the Louisiana Purchase, when Fort Belle Fontaine was established as a guard for the western frontier. The Fort was moved south of St. Louis and renamed Jefferson Barracks. Jefferson Barracks hosts a national park, where there are nature trails, an historic museum, an archery range and a Frisbee golf course.

The Gateway Arch symbolizes St. Louis’ history in the settling of the west. Going to the top of the 630 ft Arch is an exciting experience. From the top, you can see up to 30 miles, view downtown St Louis and surrounding counties, and see the expanse of the Mississippi.

The Gateway Arch is located on the Mississippi, and has park grounds with walking trails. Activities include helicopter tours, access to the river landing and riverboats, and bike rentals.

Just north of the Gate Caves”, a World-class aquarium, a shoelace factory, art, “MonstroCity” and much more. Families can even spend the night, or rent parts of the museum for parties and family reunions.

St. Louis Zoo is the third-largest zoo in the country. The Zoo located in Forest Park, and covers 90 acres. It is home to 700 species of animals. General Admission is free. A fun fact to know, on Sundays during the winter months, when the temperature is below 55 degrees, you can visit the penguins. The penguins are free to roam around an area outside there cages. Visitors can pet the birds, and enjoy their playful antics.

Forest Park, home to the St Louis Zoo, is one of the largest parks in the United States. At 1,293 areas, it is 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York. Year round, there is always something going on at Forest Park. There are walking tours, guided tours, naturalist tours, and bus tours. The Boathouse is open year round, and offers paddle boat and rowboat rent. Steinberg Skating Rink offers ice-skating from mid-November through March. The park offers summer concert series, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race in September, great bike and skate trails, a turtle play ground, and sledding during the winter down St. Louis’ famous Art Hill, located in front of the St. Louis Art Museum.

Located is the south county of St. Louis Mo. is Grants Farm. There are tours of the 281 acre farm, which is home to buffalo, and more than 1,000 animals from six continents. Families can feed and pet some of the animals, ride the Grant’s Farm Carousel, visit the log cabin of Ulysses S Grant, and visit the world famous Clydesdales.

When you are in St. Louis, you have to eat. And there are some fun and historic choices. The Hill, an Italian community in St. Louis, offers the finest selection of Italian food at any one of its 22 restaurants. There are 11 markets, including a bakery and meat shop, offering tasty Italian food. The Loop, located in Midtown St. Louis, features the St. Louis Walk of Fame, Fitz’s American Grill and Bottling Co., Blueberry Hill, famous for it’s burgers, Miss Saigon, offering authentic Vietnamese cuisine, and other ethnic dining experiences.

If you are looking for a great time, a piece of history, an excellent sporting event, nightlife or family fun, explore St. Louis. You will not be disappointed.