Things to do in St Louis (for Kids)
Being known for its baseball and beer, this city of St Louis is packed with tons of fun activities for all ages!
What are different things to do in St Louis?
Depending on if you stay for a week or a quick weekend visit.
Below we touch on a variety of things to do. We also break it up into different categories – so you can skip through to a certain section.
1. City Museum
Location: 750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103
Hours: Hours Vary
Cost: Prices start at $15
This place is so cool! Often referenced as the ultimate jungle gym mixed with junkyard (in a good way). When visiting, you will likely need knee pads when crawling through all the different tunnels and caves. It may also be a good idea to wear something lightweight – it can get a little hot in there.
The City Museum is such a unique and awesome place to visit. Be sure to get the extra ticket so you can access the rooftop. There is a Ferris wheel and school bus that overhangs off the side of the building.
2. Magic House
Location: 516 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
Hours: Hours vary
Cost: Prices start at $12
This is such a great place for toddlers and elementary age children. There are so many different things to do and lots of
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3. The Science Center
Location: 5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours: 9:30 – 4:30
With fun and interactive exhibits, this place makes for a popular thing to do in St Louis with kids. The best part is admission is FREE! Some of the most popular things to explore at the Science Center is the Dinosaur exhibit, NASA exhibit, a flight simulator and the Planetarium. The Omnimax Theatre is really cool too!
4. St Louis Zoo
Location: Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours: 9:00 – 5:00
The St Louis Zoo might be best known for the FREE admission but this zoo has so much to offer. With over 90-acres inside of the Gateways City Forest Park. It is easy to spend the day here. From tourist to residents living in St Louis, MO this zoo is well-kept and a great place to bring the kids. Come see all of your family favorites! Giraffes, gorillas, polar bears, zebras, hippos, and much more! However, even though this is a FREE zoo, you may still likely pay for parking. Typically you have to pay per vehicle to enter Forest Park. Parking on the street and walking may be an option as well.
5. Grants Farm
Location: 10501 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123
Hours: 9:00 – 5:00 (Seasonal)
Cost: FREE (Parking $15)
Another great place to visit with kids in St Louis is Grants Farm. When visiting you can take a tram ride on scenic tour through the property to see Elk, Bison and more free roaming on the property. There is a small area where you can see many more animals and even feed some of them. Many visitors enjoy checking out the Clydesdales, feeding the goats, and experiencing the Elephant education show. There is also an old cabin on the property that was built in 1855 that is really neat. Don’t forget the FREE Beer samples for adults in the Beer Garden.
6. Six Flags St Louis
Location: 4900 Six Flags Rd, Eureka, MO 63025
Hours: 10:30 – 6:00
Cost: Prices start at $47.99
If you have ever visited Six Flags when you were a kid – chances are things haven’t changed too much! To this day, it is still a great time for kids. Before heading to Six Flags, try to purchase your tickets online so you don’t have to wait in line to enter. From the Bugs Bunny play area to water park.
7. Raging Rivers Waterpark
Location:100 Palisades Pkwy, Grafton, IL 62037
Hours: 10:30 – 6:00
Cost: Prices start at $26.99
Looking for something to do with the kids during a hot summer day? Visit the Raging Rivers Waterpark. From a shallow kiddy pool for little ones to water slides, a wave pool and even popular swirl pools. The Water Park is a little bit of a drive from downtown St Louis but it is a nice setting. It even overlooks the Mississippi River. The lazy river could be expanded on a little but overall this is a great place to take the kids during summer break.
Location:16851 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63005
Hours: 9:00 – 11:00
Cost: Prices start at $25
Some may think this might be more of an attraction for adults but this place can be great for older children too! Especially if they are golf fans! A brand new facility with state of the art technology. It is easy to enjoy the amazing atmosphere, great food, and a little bit of golf too 😉 Some describe it as walking into a hip and exciting bowling alley with loud music playing. An afternoon at TopGolf can be your perfect activity! The staff here are wonderful as well. Reserving a bay ahead of time might be a good idea as well.
9. St Louis Cardinals Baseball Game
Location: 700 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102
Cost: Price varies
Visit the amazing Busch Stadium. Either if you have seats right behind home plate or up in the nosebleeds – there are great seats everywhere and even great views of the St Louis Arch. Come out to watch one of the best teams in baseball. Who doesn’t love a summer day at the ballpark?!?! If you are visiting St Louis for the weekend and the Cards are on the road – they even have to tours of the ballpark that are totally worth it.
10. The Gateway Arch
Location: 11 North 4th Street St. Louis, MO 63102
Hours: 8:00 – 10:00 (Summer)
Cost: Prices start at $12
It is quiet amazing the architectural design and history of the Gateway Arch in St Louis. But don’t just enjoy this landmark from a distance – take the ride to the top and see the view of the city from the inside. The ride to the top is half of the excitement. There is only a small number of pods that take you to the top. These cars are small and only sit maybe five people and have little windows so you can see the inside of the Arch when going up. But beware if you are someone who is claustrophobic this might not be for you. It can be a little unnerving taking the slow ride up.
11. Art Museum
Location: One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
Hours: 10:00 – 5:00
Allocated in Forest Park packed with a large variety of interesting pieces of Art. The St Louis Art Museum is a sanctuary for any art history buff. With many different areas that boast some of the most amazing galleries. Truly there is something for everyone here. Some of the most popular categories may likely be the Impressionism Wing, Modern Wing, Suites of Armor just to name a few. However there is many more other categories to enjoy as well.
12. Lone Elk Park
Location: 1 Lone Elk Park Rd, Valley Park, MO 63088
Hours: 7:00 – Sunset
What a great place to visit in St Louis! Bring the kids and take a drive through the park and see a herd of Bison or large Elk. There is even a bird sanctuary on the property. It is recommended to visit Lone Elk Park earlier in the day in hopes to see more activity from the wildlife. This park consists of more than 500 acres located in St. Louis County west of the town of Valley Park. Be sure to bring a camera, this park is perfect for taking pictures!
After exploring some of these attractions, be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of the popular restaurants in the city of St Louis.
Whats your favorite thing to do in St Louis?