40 Things to Do in St. Louis

The Arch.  The Lou.  Home of the Cardinals.  Nelly.  LGB.  Thin crust pizza with provel.  Gooey butter cake.  St. Louis claims a number of unique traditions, but if you’re planning a trip to the Gateway to the West, here’s 39 things to do in St. Louis from brunch spots to best activities. This post may include affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission through links clicked.  These help me run my blog and come at no extra cost to you.  All opinions are my own. 1 . The Arch First things first.  Although you’ll have to squeeze into the small car to take you up top, the views are great.  No, the locals don’t do it on the daily, but most have done it at least once, and really, you just have to be able to say you did it. 2 . The St. Louis Zoo A must especially considering it’s been ranked one of the best zoos — oh, and it’s free. 3 . St. Louis Art Museum Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh — they got ‘em!  And oh, free admission again?  Bingo! 4 . Missouri History Museum If you want to learn a thing or two on your trip, hit up the Missouri History Museum for free. They recently added an exhibit on the Blues’ Stanley Cup win. 5 . Stroll the Loop If you’re looking for fun things to do in St. Louis, this vibrant, eclectic neighborhood is one of my favorites. This street is known for its restaurants, shops and a concert venue called the Pageant.  6 . Fitz’s Root beer and Nutella?  I think yes!  Hit up this restaurant for some great burgers.  You can even watch the root beer being bottled right before your eyes.  My recommendation for root beer floats would definitely be the Eurostar (root beer, vanilla ice cream, Nutella, caramel sauce and whipped cream).  Also, if you eat gluten-free, they have an entire menu for you on their website.  If you can’t make it to St. Louis or just can’t stop thinking about their incredible bottled beverages, you can get it shipped to your front door. 7 . Pi Pizza While this chain is also located in D.C. and Cincinnati, this is definitely a great place to hit up, especially on the Loop.  If you sit outside, you’re literally steps away from the Pageant.  Although known for their deep dish pizza, their B.L.T. salads are phenomenal as well. 8. City Garden This is an absolute gem in the middle of St. Louis.  With children playing in the fountains and bunny sculptures, this garden is not only safe but photogenic.  There’s even a quaint path through the trees to the top of a hill. 9 . Vintage Vinyl Calling all hipsters!  For all your vinyl record needs and, really, just status.  Be sure to pick up a pink sticker to put on your Toms box, recycled notebooks and other hipster stuff. 10. The Custard Station Covered by a red and white striped awning, the Custard Station cooled us off on a hot day, but warning: cash only.  I opted for a cement with peanut butter and fudge (my all-time favorite), which was creamy yet light.   11. Mission Taco At this effortlessly cool taco joint, I ordered two Chicken al Pastor tacos topped with grilled pineapple pico de gallo and one Carne Asada drizzled with queso fresco. While the Carne Asada had a softer, not-so-bold taste, the Chicken al Pastor taco boasted a bold flavor with its contrast of a spicy vibe with the sweet pineapple.   12 . Cardinals Game Be prepared for a sea of red and die-hard fans in this baseball town.  And you better be wearing some Cardinal red and ready to chant charge! 13 . Blues Game Not into baseball?  Grab a sweatshirt and cheer on the Notes. If you live under a rock and haven’t heard, yes, we won the Stanley Cup. And no, we won’t shut up about it. 14 . Art Hill Film Series It’s one thing to watch a movie sitting around in sweatpants at your hotel, but this film series adds a whole new dimension by showing it on Art Hill.  While not available year-round, be sure to check it out if you’re heading to the Lou over the summer and don’t forget the picnic blanket. 15 . Imo’s You’ve had Chicago, and you’ve had New York style.  But now it’s time for thin crust St. Louis-style pizza topped with provel cheese.  And this restaurant is the icon of this style. 16 . Mauhaus Cat Cafe If you love kitties and coffees, this is the place to be. This cat cafe is nestled in a charming suburb right outside the city and has many adoptable cats to play with along with cat-themed treats! Read more about my day at Mauhaus Cat Cafe. 17 . Steinberg Skating Rink Visiting during the winter?  Take a visit to Steinberg for a round of ice skating, and be prepared to pay in cash. 18 . The Muny You’ve probably seen a play before (okay, yes, your sixth grade musical counts I guess), but the Muny takes it a step further with summer evening shows at its outdoor theater. 19 . The Hill Nothing beats Italian food, and the Hill is known for it.  Hit up Favazza’s for some authentic Italian food.  The first time we went there, we ordered a gluten-free pepperoni and sausage pizza and loved it so much that we ordered another one as we were scarfing down the first one.  Bottom line?  Incredible. 20 . Casa Loma Swing Dancing Done with just looking at pieces of art and sleeping giraffes?  If you’re ready to get out and do something new and exciting, Casa Loma is the place to be for swing dancing.  (Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers are always a favorite, too.)  Never been swing dancing?  Not a problem.  Show up early for group lessons and learn the ropes (well, the … Continue reading 40 Things to Do in St. Louis