Situated on the western bank of the Mississippi River, St. Louis offers a spectacular outdoor recreation scene with picturesque trails ideal for hiking and biking alongside the river. The largest city in Missouri, St. Louis also offers amazing cultural experiences through its historic parks and museums, many of which are free to the public.
Did You Know?
St. Louis is a city of innovators! Iced tea and the ice cream cone were invented and first served in St. Louis at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known at the 1904 World's Fair. St. Louis made aviation history in 1912 when the first successful parachute jump made from a moving airplane happened over the Jefferson Barracks Military Post.
St. Louis Neighborhoods
St. Louis is home to many family-friendly and historical neighborhoods. Check out our picks for the top neighborhoods in St. Louis:
Pet-friendly Attractions in St. Louis
The St. Louis area's oldest and largest dog park is still its most pooch-friendly spot. Pack up your furry pal's favorite toys for an afternoon of off-leash fun at Southwest City Dog Park in Wilmore Park.
Free Things to Do in St. Louis
From hands-on science centers to world-renowned art museums, there are dozens of top-tier attractions to explore in the city. Here are our top picks for the best free things to do in St. Louis:
Top Five Adventures In St. Louis:
St. Louis for Families with Kids
The City Museum, a life-size playground with Enchanted Caves and treehouses for exploring, is a must-see for families. For more chills and thrills, head 30 minutes west of downtown to ride the roller coasters at Six Flags St. Louis or splash in Hurricane Bay.
The St. Louis area is home to several schools that have won the National Blue Ribbon for academic excellence. Standouts like Kennard Classical Junior Academy draw families to neighborhoods like Northampton, and suburbs like Chesterfield win accolades farther to the west.
Lake Getaways near St. Louis
Less than half an hour from St. Louis, Creve Coeur Lake State Park is home to the city's best beach, with plenty of sand and sun, plus kayak, canoe and bike rentals. You can also drive just over 2.5 hours to enjoy an afternoon of sunbathing at Osage Beach or a round of 18 at one of several golf courses.
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