Abby’s “Best things to do in St Louis” list

Planning your travels to Saint Louis for this year's Convention? One of our founders and Saint Louis native, Abby, has you covered! She has given us an exclusive list of what to do, what to see, and, most importantly, what to eat while you're in the Gateway to the West.

Italian food of any kind!
Pappy’s Smokehouse - St Louis Ribs
Dewey’s Pizza
Ted Drews Frozen Custard
St Louis local specialties are Gooey Butter Cake and Toasted Ravioli
Fitz’s Root Beer float


Best Tour combo:
Riverboat cruise + Arch to the Top - be sure to watch Monument to a Dream movie under the arch


Fun Things happening:
Wednesday night - Music Festival at the Missouri Botanic Garden - 7:30p - free
Thursday night - 21 and over only - Blues cruise Riverboat cruise 8-11p - $22
Any night - Muny Opera outdoor musical - All Shook Up - Elvis meets Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night - 7:30pm free if you wait from 4pm for the free seats, but tickets start at ~$25 and up


Places to Explore:
Zoo - free admission - great zoo
City Museum - totally fun for all ages - an active space to explore
Budweiser Tour - free
Blueberry Hill bar on Delmar Loop - check out the stuff and pictures on the walls during the day
Grant’s Farm - free - take a tram tour through a wildlife area, and see the stables and animal shows, then visit the home of the baby Clydesdales across the street


Tour possibilities:
Discover St Louis - does custom tours $150/3 hours with own transportation
Fun Trolley Tours - 90 min tours - $22pp - but may do custom tours too


Half-day trip:
Meramec Caverns - 1 hour drive west ~$16pp
Cahokia Mounds Historic sight - huge prehistoric native civilization - 30 min  - free


Full-day trip:
Canoe float trip on the Meramec River
Elephant Rocks (1.5 hr) and Johnson’s Shut Ins (0.5 hr more) for cool natural water/rock scramble fun


Also cool and unique to St Louis if you are interested in the subjects:
Museum of Transportation
Missouri Botanical Garden - will have a glass exhibit going as well as the usual Climatron geodesic dome and other great garden features
Daniel Boone home
Ulysses Grant National Historic Site - more interesting than it sounds
Old Cathedral/New Cathedral
Old Courthouse
Blues Museum
St Louis Art Museum - free!
Soulard Farmer’s Market - operating continuously since 1779
World Chess Hall of Fame
Fitz’s root beer is a St Louis classic.  You can tour the bottling facility and try the food and sodas at the restaurant.