Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sightseeing in St. Louis (A Sample 3-Day Itinerary)
St. Louis is a great city to visit with kids. If you only have three days to spend in St. Louis, here are some of the highlights you won't want to miss. There are many attractions in St. Louis, so it may be a place that you want to visit again.
You can't visit St. Louis without going up in the St. Louis Arch. Plan to get there early to make sure you can go to the top. While you are there, make sure you check out the museum, and watch the movie on the making of the arch. It cost $10 to go to the top (with a National Parks Pass, it's only $7) and the movie is $7.
Depending on time, spend some time walking the Arch Grounds, and then head over to Scott Joplin's home and take a tour of the "King of Ragtime's" St. Louis home. Tours are $2.50 for adults.
After the tour, go to the City Museum. There are 4 floors of exhibits to explore. It's open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $12.
On day 2, plan to explore some area's outside the city. Start of going out to Defiance, Mo and visit Daniel Boone's Home and Boonesfield Village. A 2-hour tour of both the home and village is $12.00.
After the tour, understand a little bit more of Missouri's history by visit Old St. Charles. Stroll along Main Street and check out the shops. Walk down to the river. Take a tour of the First Missouri State Capital. Tours are $2.50.
Spend the last day in St. Louis at Forest Park. There are a plenitude of attractions to capture your attention here. Start at the St. Louis Zoo. Basic entry is free, but for some of the attractions, like the Children's Zoo and the train, there is a fee.
Next, walk up the hill to the Art Museum. The Art Museum is free; however, there is a fee for the featured exhibits.
If it is summer time, make sure to take in a show at the Muny. There is a section of seats in the back that are free on a first come first serve purpose. Make sure to get there early if you are opting for the free seats.
FINAL NOTE: Make sure to drive over to Ted Drewes on Old Route 66 (Chippewa). It's a St. Louis tradition. They serve the best frozen custard ever! (If you're not sure what to order...get a Fox Trot Sundae for me!)