St. Louis, despite the humidity, is not too bad. We have an amazing variety of adventures just waiting to be discovered. Here are some awesome free things to do in St. Louis, plus a few at the end that aren't free but are totally worth visiting!
Update: I moved to Arizona in 2013, and am planning a trip back to St. Louis for 2018. I will update this as I make more discoveries!!
Best Free Things to Do in St. Louis
1. St. Louis Zoo – this is at the top of every “must see in St. Louis” list, and for good reason. It's one of the only zoos in the country with free admission, the animals are wonderful, and a train ride around the entire zoo is only 5 bucks. Parking is $10 but there is plenty of on-street parking if you don't mind walking a bit. Get there early, though – we ended up walking a mile when we showed up at 10AM.
When we moved to Arizona, one of the things we missed was the St. Louis Zoo. The Phoenix Zoo isn't nearly as nice, plus admission is like $40 each! That is CRAZY to us because we grew up with the most amazing free zoo. Definitely take advantage of it if you're visiting or if you live in St. Louis. It's worth it!
2. St. Louis Science Center – Great for kids and adults of all ages, this interactive Science museum is a learning experience for everyone. Not to sound repetitive, but many cities don't have such amazing opportunities for FREE. Take advantage if you live close or even if you're visiting! We used to live within walking distance of the Science Center and went at least once a week (same with the zoo). I definitely miss it.
3. Laumeier Sculpture Park – I've seen lots of weddings here. It's that beautiful. Perfect for picture taking, or just playing! If the weather is nice, you can use the park for exercise as well. I've seen lots of mom groups doing yoga, running, or even stroller exercises.
4. Grant's Farm – Parking is $10, but admission is free. I recommend bringing a few bucks so you can feed the goats, too! It only costs a couple of dollars to ride the carousel, and the gift shop is actually fairly reasonably priced.
5. Delmar Loop – I could live down on the Loop. You must eat at Blueberry Hill and visit the Planet Walk while you're down there. I always said I'd never go back to St. Louis after I moved away, but after being away for a few years, I've changed my mind for sure. My first stop when I visit will be Delmar Loop.
6. Contemporary Art Museum – Free admission on Wednesdays and Saturdays. CAM was founded in 1980 as the First Street Forum in downtown St. Louis.
7. Anheuser-Busch Tour – Located at the corner of 12th and Lynch St, this is a great tour for all ages, not just the 21+ crowd. You'll get an in-depth look at how some of America's favorite beers are crafted, using the finest, all-natural ingredients, by following it through the steps of the brewing and packaging process. While on tour, you will see the Budweiser Clydesdales! Bring your camera – the historic stables will make for a great photo opportunity.
8. St. Louis Arch – While taking the tram ride up to the top of the Arch isn't free, I recommend visiting the Arch grounds to get some breathtaking photos. I've lived in St. Louis for most of my life and I still love seeing the Arch every single day.
9. Missouri History Museum – I'm not really a history buff, but the history museum is an interesting attraction to check out.
10. St. Louis Union Station – Great spot for taking photos, nice market place inside, and a neat place to pick up souvenirs. Last time we visited, there was a guy rapping while making fudge. We ate at the Jamaican restaurant and the food was delicious. Tip: Try their jerk chicken!
11. Holocaust Museum and Learning Center – If you're looking to tie in some learning with a visit, this is perfect.
12. Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis – While a $2 donation is requested, it's not required to visit the world's largest collection of mosaic art.
13. Schlafly Bottleworks Brewery – Tour dates and times are limited so be sure to check before you head out there. This one is in my neck of the woods, so maybe we'll see each other!
15. Purina Farms – Milk a cow, watch a canine competition, or play in a hay loft! Admission and parking are free.
17. The Muny – The free seats here are on a first come, first served basis, but some of the shows are worth it!
18. Soulard Farmer's Market – We are here every weekend!
19. St. Louis City Garden – Perfect for summer!
20. World Bird Sanctuary – Even if you can't visit, watch their live Falcon Cam!
21. Cahokia Mounds –
22. Eckert's Orchard – Apples, pumpkins, and more!
23. Frontyard Features – See an outdoor movie!
24. Great Forest Park Balloon Race – So, it's only once a year, but it's worth mentioning because it's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen!
25. Jewel Box – Located in Forest Park, admission is free on certain days/times.
26. Tower Grove Park – Miles of walking paths! It's best to visit during the daytime, though.
Not free but worth visiting
St. Louis Magic House (Interactive Children's Museum)
Six Flags St. Louis (Plus water park!)
St. Louis City Museum (The Playground for adults)
Busch Stadium (See the Cardinals play!)