Welcome to St. Louis!
St. Louis is the largest city in Missouri and has an interesting history behind it. The city was named after King Louis IX of France and was an important city in the westward expansion of America. Nicknamed “the Gateway to the West,” St. Louis became the last city stop for pioneers heading west. Because of the city’s position at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri River, St. Louis grew rapidly as business increased. St. Louis was also home to the 1904 World’s Fair and Summer Olympics.
Needless to say, St. Louis is home to lots of interesting history and is absolutely full of interesting culture, from the popular St. Louis Cardinals to the real birds at the St. Louis Zoo. As a worldwide local, you’ll want to see the best that this city has to offer, and we’re here to deliver that to you. Here’s a guide to some of the best spots around St. Louis.
Worldwide Local Tip: Much like many other large American cities, there are some places in the city that are a little more dangerous than others. Most downtown areas are safe and often patrolled by police, but there are some stations around the Metrolink system that are located in more dangerous parts of town. Always be mindful of where you’re going and the safety of the neighborhood.
Enjoy the Outdoors
St. Louis gets some pretty good weather for most of the year, and as a worldwide local you’ll want to be outside to experience the local culture and hit up the places where the locals hang out. On a clear, sunny day head to Forest Park. The area was once home to the site of the 1904 World’s Fair giving it a sense of important local history. It’s one of the largest parks in the U.S and has a lot of biking and hiking paths, as well as golf courses and The Jewel Box--a beautiful greenhouse with amazing floral displays.
Worldwide Local Tip: Forest Park is a beautiful place but it sees almost 12 million visitors a year. If you’re looking for a place a little more off the beaten path check out the weird Turtle Playground. Built by a local artist in the ’90s, Turtle Park is a children’s playground but instead of seesaws and jungle gyms, everything here is a giant reptile. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re into strange and esoteric landmarks.
St. Louis After Dark
After exploring the city, don’t rush straight back to your hotel. St. Louis has some awesome nightlife, with most bars and clubs closing at 3 AM. If you’re looking for a night out on the town, head to Washington Avenue or Laclede’s Landing and go bar/club hopping. Most nightlife areas are congregated around here, but if you’re into upscale dining and boutiques, then definitely head out to Clayton or the Central West End.
Worldwide Local Tip: Sure, the St. Louis arch is probably the most iconic part of the city and arguably provides the best views from the top, but that’s too cliche. Instead, indulge in some fancy cocktails and head to Three-Sixty. The bistro/bar sits on top of a large building in downtown St. Louis. Overlooking Busch stadium and having live DJ sets on the weekend, you’ll get some of the best views in St. Louis here and you won’t just feel like any old tourist.
For the Science Geek
The St. Louis Science Center might be one of the city’s biggest attractions, but a worldwide local knows there’s no shame in going to where the other tourists go as well. Plus the St. Louis Science Center is without a doubt one of the coolest places in the city. Feel like a kid again and explore the massive science center, with full scale animatronic dinosaurs, get lost in the UFO maze or learn about space in the planetarium. A perfect day out for anyone of any age.
Worldwide Local Tip: The St. Louis City Museum is also an amazing place to hang out for an afternoon. This museum is a little less educational but is absolutely a ton of fun. Check out the museum of Mirth, Mayhem, and Mystery, interact with sea creatures and indulge in some circus-themed food. There are slides and walls to climb and again, perfect for any age.
Enjoy Your Visit!
St. Louis has a lot of things going for it, and a worldwide local knows to take advantage of both the tourist hot spots and those certain places off the beaten path. Luckily, St. Louis has plenty of weird fun and iconic landmarks.