Though we’ve had a late visit by Old Man Winter, we know Spring will be here before we know it. Whether you are looking for some fun spring break ideas or you just need some inspiration for exploring St. Louis, these are some great options!
First, St. Louis has a great Metro system. Before you decide to drive to St. Louis, check out their Metro system (light rail and buses) as a possible way to get around St. Louis.
Below is a list of places that are great for families! Click on the links below to learn more about these attractions.
- Forest Park. This beautiful park provides lots of opportunity for kids to run and explore. There’s lots of parking and it makes a great picnic lunch spot…which is great if you’re planning to tie this in with a visit to our second recommendation…
- St. Louis Zoo. This is a favorite for many reasons. Primarily because it is FREE! You can pay extra to see some additional exhibits/animals, but this beautiful zoo, which was created for the 1904 World’s Fair, will keep you entertained without shelling out extra bucks.
- The City Museum. If you’re looking for an indoor place to explore with some great places for kids to run, climb, and explore, this is it. There are many exhibits that will interest adults mixed with rides, slides, and everything you need to ensure an afternoon nap for the kiddos.
- The Magic House. Who would’ve thought you could turn an old Victorian mansion into a massive children’s museum that will engage children for hours? This old residence now includes opportunities for kids of all ages to touch, feel, experiment, climb, and learn. If the weather is nice, don’t forget to head outside to build with huge blocks and splash in the water.
- Saint Louis Science Center. This awesome attraction is great for kids of all ages, but especially for older kids. There are several hands-on exhibits that cover a wide variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Kids and adults will enjoy watching the traffic fly under the bridge that spans Interstate 40/64. They also offer an Omnimax movie theater and a planetarium.
- Gateway Arch. Taking the tram to the top of the Gateway Arch is on many people’s bucket list. If you’re interested in doing this, you may want to wait until this summer, as the tram is currently closed for system improvements until mid-April. If you’re still interested in visiting the arch, spring is a great time to check it out. You can visit the Arch facility and walk along the banks of the Mississippi River.
- Jefferson National Expansion Museum. You can combine your arch visit with a visit to this national park and learn more about westward expansion in the 19th century, as well as Lewis & Clark’s exploration of the west. If you’re visiting with kids, don’t forget to ask about the Junior Ranger program!
- Busch Stadium. Spring and summer means baseball season! This honored American tradition is something a family will never forget. Take a quick flight from the Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport and then use the Metro to get to the game. Don’t forget your Cardinals gear and your baseball gloves for those fly balls!
- Butterfly House/Missouri Botanical Gardens. This beautiful attraction would be a great place to spend an afternoon. Kids can learn all about different kinds of plants and experience a variety of butterfly species. The gardens offer a continuously running butterfly movie and you’ll want to check their calendar for the many special events they hold throughout the year. One important note, strollers aren’t allowed in the gardens, so plan accordingly!
- Grant’s Farm. This attraction is one of our favorites for adults and kids. Children will enjoy all of the opportunities to interact with animals and learn a little history. Adults will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the park and the Bauernhof, which provides a wide variety of great food and drinks. This attraction would be great for a long weekend or a summer visit, as the park does not open for the season until April 15.
There are probably many other great St. Louis attractions that we missed. Feel free to add them to the comments below – we’d love to hear your recommendations. Additionally for military families, if you choose to visit these attractions, remember to ask if they offer military discounts!