St. Louis offers a vibrant blues scene, as well as lots of outdoor space and mouthwatering barbecue. Here are some fun things to do, see and eat while in town.
Get to the Gateway
No visit to St. Louis is complete without a tram ride to the top of the iconic Gateway Arch. A $380 million reimagining of its surrounding greenspace, completed in 2018, now provides a pedestrian-friendly backdrop to Eero Saarinen’s soaring monument, as well as an outdoor amphitheater and a revamped museum telling the history of the city, covering Native Americans, explorers, pioneers and more.
With 79 acres of lush gardens, and a large collection of rare and endangered orchids, the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the nation’s oldest, is great to visit any time of year. Check out the Climatron (the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory), the Japanese Garden, the 19th-century Linnean House greenhouse and the art museum.
Opened in late 2019, the St. Louis Aquarium is home to more than 13,000 sea animals, with touch pools, galleries of deep-sea creatures and a 250,000-gallon Shark Canyon. Another great reason to visit: The aquarium is in the city's stunning Union Station.
Feeling the Blues
In St. Louis, famed for its vibrant blues scene, it’s easy to find a great live set at one of the city’s many clubs and concert halls. BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups is among those offering live music and more every night.
Smoked to Perfection
To understand why St. Louis is famous for its barbecue, you need go no farther than Pappy’s Smokehouse. From tender beef brisket to pork ribs where the meat falls off the bone, BBQ lovers will find just what they’re looking for here.