No trip to St Louis would be complete without visiting the iconic Gateway Arch. While you might have seen it in photographs, the Arch is even more impressive in the flesh and stands as a symbol to America’s westward expansion; the ‘gateway to the West’.
Most of us have heard of New York’s Central Park, but few of us are aware that St Louis plays home to a park that’s 528 acres big. Forest Park offers peace, tranquillity and stunning scenery. However, if nature just isn’t exciting enough for little ones, it also houses a number of attractions, including St Louis Zoo, a spectacular ice-rink and even a planetarium. Whether you pack a picnic or eat at one of the restaurants, it’s easy to spend a full day here. If you’re looking for another park to visit, the Missouri Botanical Garden, also known as “Shaw’s Garden,” is a popular spot for local and tourists alike.
If you want your trip to St Louis to combine entertainment and education, then look no further than the City Museum. You’ll find it in the Central West End district, a short walk from Forest Park. What sets this museum apart from others is the sheer imagination involved. Yes, your children will soak up some history, but it’ll be through interactive play rather than looking at static exhibits. Set in an old shoe factory, it’s an eclectic mix of reclaimed and recycled goods and historical artefacts. You’ll find old chimneys, salvaged bridges – and even two abandoned airplanes.