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Things to Do in St. Louis


St. Louis is a medium sized city with a big city list of things to do. We stake claim to one of the nation's biggest and best city parks, one of the top-rated zoos, and cultural institutions that rank among the country's finest. There's also no shortage of great restaurants, hot nightclubs or unique shops. Music fans will find everything from blues to rock to hip hop. And for families, St. Louis can't be beat. Whether you're a native, or new to the area, you'll find plenty to keep you active and having fun in St. Louis.
  1. Free Things to Do in St. Louis
  2. Fun for Kids & Families
  3. Shopping
  4. Restaurants
  1. Bars and Nightlife
  2. Museums and Theatre
  3. Parks and Outdoor Activities

Free Things to Do in St. Louis

Everyone likes free stuff. Luckily, if you live in St. Louis, some of our best attractions are free. And, if you know where to look, there's always a free festival or event planned for the weekend. If that's not enough, St. Louis has plenty of ways to create your own free adventures. Here are some great ways to spend your free time without spending a dime.

Fun for Kids & Families

Whether you're a parent, grandparent or babysitter, finding new and educational activities to do with kids can be a challenge. Here's a list of fun places to visit with children in St. Louis.


Shopping in St. Louis includes everything from small independent shops to large malls with all the trendiest stores. From antiques to Victoria's Secret, here's information to help you find the stores to match your style and tastes.


St. Louis has more than its share of great restaurants, cafes and lively pubs. Whether you're looking for fine dining, an intimate neighborhood restaurant, a traditional pub or a simple coffee house, St. Louis has the place for you. Here are reviews and recommendations to help you find the perfect place to fit your mood, budget or lifestyle.

Bars and Nightlife

Today, with plenty of revived entertainment districts, such as Washington Avenue, St. Louis nightlife is thriving. Blues music is back on Broadway, Nelly’s success has inspired other hip-hop artists, and Erin Bode still plays intimate venues in-between national gigs. If you're looking for music, comedy, dancing or just a great pub, we've got what you need for an exciting night out on the town.

Museums and Theatre

St. Louis has world-class cultural institutions, such as the St. Louis Symphony and The Muny theater. The St. Louis metropolitan area also has great museums, art galleries, cultural festivals and is home to numerous nationally ranked art fairs. Here's a guide to the best museums and theatre in St. Louis.

Parks and Outdoor Activities

The St. Louis area offers plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. The City of St. Louis has more than 100 parks alone, including Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Or, visit the rolling hills, state parks or wine districts of eastern Missouri or southwestern Illinois. Here are some of the St. Louis area's best places to get back to nature.

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