31 Things to Do in St. Louis

The Arch.  The Lou.  Home of the Cardinals.  Nelly.  LGB.  Thin crust pizza with provel.  Gooey butter cake.  St. Louis claims a number of unique traditions, but if you’re planning a trip to the Gateway to the West, take a look at the top 31 places to be, sights to see, foods to eat, things to do and places to shop!Version 3

1. Okay, first thing’s first: the Arch.  While you’ll have to squeeze into the small car to take you up top, the views are great.  As you probably predicted, the locals don’t do this every weekend.  But most have done it at least once, and really, you just have to be able to say you did it!

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St. Louis Arch

2. The St. Louis Zoo-A must especially considering it’s been ranked the 4th best zoo in the world–oh, and it’s free!

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St. Louis Zoo

3. St. Louis Art Museum-Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh–they got ‘em!  And oh, free admission again?!  Bingo!!
4. History Museum-If you want to learn a thing or two on vacay, hit up the Missouri History Museum for free!
5. Stroll the Loop-This street is known for its restaurants, shops and the Pageant (concert venue).  Read #6-9 for several things to hit up on the Loop!

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The Delmar Loop

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6. Fitz’s-Root beer and Nutella?!  I think yes!  Hit up this restaurant for some great burgers, even better root beer floats and a front row to see root beer being bottled.  My recommendation for root beer floats would definitely be the Eurostar (root beer, vanilla ice cream, Nutella, caramel sauce and whipped cream!!).  Also, if you eat gluten-free, they have an entire menu for you on their website.Root Beer Float Fitz's St Louis Peanut Butter

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Fitz’s Rootbeer

7. Pi Pizza-While this chain is also located in D.C. and Cincinnati, this is definitely a great place to hit up, especially on the Loop.  If you sit outside, you’re literally steps away from the Pageant (concert venue).  Although known for their deep dish pizza (absolutely fantastic), their B.L.T. salads are phenomenal as well!

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Pi Pizzeria on the Loop

8. The Loop Trolley-Okay, well, this isn’t quite finished, but there will be a trolley running down the Loop hopefully soon!  Check progress here.
9. Vintage Vinyl-Calling all hipsters!!  For all your vinyl record needs and, really, status.  Be sure to pick up a pink sticker to put on your Toms box, recycled notebooks and other hipster stuff.
10. College visits-If you happen to be in the city, why not squeeze in a college visit or two for your teens who are ever-so-eager to peace out of the house?  Who knows?  They could be future SLU Billiken or Wash U Bear!
11. Cardinals Game-Be prepared for a sea of red and die-hard fans in this baseball town!
12. Rams Game-Oh, wait… please reread #11!!!  And cc: Los Angeles.  Never mind–too soon!

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Cardinals Game at Busch Stadium

13. Blues Game-Not into baseball?  LGB!
14. Art Hill Film Series-It’s one thing to watch a movie sitting around in sweatpants at your hotel, but this film series adds a whole new dimension by showing it on Art Hill.  While not available year-round, be sure to check it out if you’re heading to the Lou over the summer!

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St. Louis Art Museum

15. Imo’s-You’ve had Chicago.  And you’ve had New York style.  But now it’s time for thin crust St. Louis style pizza!
16. St. Louis Goodies-St. Louisans are proud to call gooey butter cake and toasted ravioli as their own.  And your mind will be blown as to why the nation isn’t as obsessed with these yummies as they are!  Don’t just take my word for it; Kevin Hart and Ice Cube taste tested toasted raviolis along with Ted Drewes custard and #15.

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17. Steinberg Skating Rink-Visiting during the winter?  Take a visit to Steinberg for a round of ice skating.

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Steinberg Ice Rink

18. The Muny-You’ve probably seen a play before (okay, yes, your sixth grade musical counts… I guess?!), but the Muny takes it a step further with summer evening shows at its outdoor theater.
19. The Hill-Ahh, nothing beats Italian food, and the Hill is full of it!  Hit up Favazza’s for some fabulous food!  The first time we went there, we ordered a gluten-free pepperoni and sausage pizza and loved it so much that we ordered another one as we were scarfing down the first one!!
20. Casa Loma Swing Dancing-Done with just looking at pieces of art and giraffes?  If you’re ready to get out and do something new and exciting, Casa Loma offers swing dancing.  Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers are always a favorite, too.  Never been swing dancing?  No prob!  Show up early for group lessons and learn the ropes (well, the Pretzel).
21. City Coffeehouse & Creperie-Okay, St. Louis and France aren’t exactly border neighbors, but indulge in some French-inspired crepes.  I opted for the Tuscany on buckwheat (pesto, provolone, basil, tomatoes, roasted red peppers & spinach).  Read more of the menu here.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

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City House Coffee and Creperie

22. St. Louis Science Center-Umm, this is vacay, right?  The word science may ward off many, but don’t be misled!  Check out what you can see here.
23. Magic House-You know you’ve always wanted your hair to stand stick-straight out like in the cartoons?  Look no further!  This spot is perfect for hands-on activities for young kids.
24. Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Factory-Yes, yes, AND yes.  Not only will your heart melt in this chocolate store, but this business also offers free tours (which may or may not include a free sample!).  Come with an empty stomach!
25. Amigos Cantina-While not technically in downtown St. Louis, stop by the near and largely pedestrian suburb of Kirkwood for some to-die-for Mexican food.  While we overheard people saying the wait would be around 45 minutes on that crowded Friday night, R and I stepped up to find out for ourselves: no wait if we ate on the patio.  The night was chilly, but the patio was covered and had these super cool fire torches, making the temperature totally manageable.  And those torches really made the night (and an epic Insta pic!!).  But let me give you a strong warning: beware the complimentary chips and salsa!  So, so yummy!!  I loved their Chicken Nachos for an entree and would definitely recommend!Amigos Cantina Chicken Nachos
26. paper dolls-Also in the charming ‘burb of Kirkwood, this boutique offers cute clothing and jewelry along with some special STL items!
27. Drive through Kirkwood neighborhoods-I know you’ll fall in love just looking at these old homes, and hey, it’s free!!
28. Strange Donuts-You may be raising your eyebrows, wondering if you read that right… Yep, you sure did!  This Kirkwood spot offers all the donuts you never thought existed like Strange Bacon and Chicken and Waffle (find out more fun flavors here).  This place also offers gluten-free donuts for select times–be sure to give ‘em a ring to check!

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Strange Donuts in Kirkwood

29. Tropical Moose Shaved Ice-Or as the locals call it: Tro Mo.  Hit up this Kirkwood spot for a refreshing treat after all that walking around the town.
30. Cyrano’s-Not too far from Kirkwood, this restaurant located in Webster Groves offers items ranging from flambées to Coffee Rubbed Pork Tenderloin.

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Cyrano’s

Cyrano's Webster Groves St. Louis31. The Fabulous Fox-You’ll feel like you’re in an entirely different era with the ornate design of this theater!  Plan to stop by for events ranging from plays to concerts.fabulous-fox-theater-st-louis-round-trip-travel

With over 30 things to do, you will be ready to explore the Gateway to the West!  Need a map?  Try this one out!  And if you’re hungry for more, check out 12 more things to do in the Lou.  To claim your FREE week St. Louis city guide with a break down of activities for each day, click here.

With wanderlust,

Kristin

{Did I miss an attraction?  Tell me about it in the comments!}

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      • I’m sorry your favorites didn’t make the list! I’ve been to both, but growing up with a dad for a lawyer meant always being told the City Museum was a lawsuit waiting to happen ;( And I’ve had Ted Drewes plenty of times, but it’s not my favorite. I prefer Fitz’s or Andy’s. But that’s what’s great about travel: we can compare notes to find what suits our tastes best 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    • Thanks, Jenny! I’ve been there, but it was years and years ago. I grew up with an attorney for a parent who said it was a “lawsuit waiting to happen.” Which meant we didn’t get to go. Now that I’m older, I need to go back! Thanks for sharing!

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  1. If you are an animal person (technically a cat person), you need to head over to Mauhaus in Maplewood, MO to visit Missouri’s first cat cafe. They have been featured in many local publications and on television. The owners are amazing.

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  2. […] If you’re looking for something other than your run-of-the-mill tourist attraction and you’re an animal lover, Mauhaus Cat Cafe is the place to be.  Its quaint location, calm atmosphere, gentle kitties and quality coffee are all worth purring over!  For more things to do in St. Louis, click here. […]

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