Fun Things to Do in St. Louis This Summer

Make the most of these gorgeous summer days. St. Louis has a variety of exciting activities to enjoy with the whole family. Check out our list of things to do in summer for sure-fire ways to have fun right here in the Lou. Plus, with so many free options, you can have a blast without breaking the bank.

Go to Museums and Art Festivals

Conveniently, the museums listed here are in scenic Forest Park. This park spans 1,300 acres and has something for everyone.

The Saint Louis Art Museum hosts a varied collection of original works of art, spanning 5,000 years and 6 continents. Visitors get in for free every day and, on Fridays, the museum has free admission to special exhibitions.

Those looking for the only free nonprofit science museum in the US don’t have to look any further. The Saint Louis Science Center is one the largest in the US and has over 700 interactive experiences throughout 10 galleries, the McDonnell Planetarium, and a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater.

Entry into the Missouri History Museum is also free, and they have a hands-on gallery for kids. This museum looks into the history of St. Louis, from present-day all the way back to 1764.

For the history of America’s westward expansion with an emphasis on St. Louis’ role, check out The Museum at the Gateway Arch. This interactive museum has galleries spanning 1764 to 1965 and talks about the Native Americans, explorers, and pioneers who made America. Entry is free, but to get a birds-eye view of the city from the top of the Arch, a tram ticket is required.

Local art festivals include:

See Theater and Musical Performances

Sit under the stars or inside one of St. Louis’ grand theaters.

The Muny, founded in 1919, is America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater. They have 7 world-class musicals each year and welcome more than 350,000 theater-goers over each nine-week season. That’s not all; they also have arts education opportunities for people who want to pursue a hobby or a living in theater.

Additionally, the exquisite venue that is The Fabulous Fox, opened in 1929 and has touring Broadway shows, concerts, and comedians. People can also attend seminars, private parties, weddings, graduations, or proms.

Not long after, Stifel Theatre opened in 1934 and hosts a wide variety of events, from concerts and comedies to theatricals and family shows. Their space allows people to have weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, business meetings, fundraisers, and more.

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1890 and plays in the beautiful Powell Hall theater. This Grammy Award-winning orchestra is celebrated for its national and international touring activities, and commitment to educational and community outreach efforts.

Local theater and music festivals include:

Enjoy Food and Drinks

Have a taste of what the city offers with these beloved restaurants.

St. Louis landmark restaurant and music club Blueberry Hill is located in the bustling Delmar Loop. Ths bar and grill, known for its famous burgers and classic appetizers, has pop-culture memorabilia on display, live music regularly, and a legendary jukebox.

Pappy’s Smokehouse transformed the barbeque scene in St. Louis. Their pulled pork, brisket, and dry-rubbed ribs are slow-smoked for up to 24 hours over sweet apple or cherry wood, and they have three delicious sauces – Original, Sweet Baby Jane, and their spicy HooDoo Sauce.

Imo’s Pizza, nicknamed The Square Beyond Compare, is the quintessential St. Louis style pizza. The crust is thin and crispy, covered edge-to-edge with toppings and layered in Provel cheese. This popular cheese, a combination of cheddar, swiss, and provolone, dates back to 1947 when it was invented in St. Louis.

Local food and drink festivals include:

Say Hi to the Animals

Take a walk on the wild side at these top destinations for animal encounters.

Visitors of the St. Louis Aquarium, located in Union Station, are in for a splashing good time. The journey beings with the otters, sloths, and lizards that live in freshwater rivers and salt marshes, and moves to the octopus, eels, and jellyfish of the deep, dark ocean.

If you’re looking to walk through a butterfly habitat, the Butterfly House is home to 1,500 of them across 60 tropical species. Watch as they fly freely in an 8,000-square-foot glass conservatory and enjoy 150 tropical plants. The Butterfly House also has indoor insect exhibits, classes, and private events.

The Saint Louis Zoo is one of the few free zoos in the nation and is known for its innovative approaches to animal management, wildlife conservation, research, and education. This is home to over 14,000 animals. Come and see invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, and mammals.

Grant’s Farm, operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., is named after former President Ulysses S. Grant, who founded and farmed a portion of this land. This is a refuge for more than 900 animals, big and small, from around the world. Enter for free and take a tram ride, feed the animals, and see the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Local animal festivals include:

Take the Kids

While you could take kids to any of the above venues, this list puts them at heart.

Kids can jump, dodge, and weave their way through Sky Zone. This indoor space has massive wall-to-wall trampolines, a trampoline dodgeball court, and a pool of huge foam squares made for daring stunts. Kids can dunk like a pro with basketball hoops of different heights that accommodate all sizes. 

Take the adventure outside with RYZE Adventure Park. Their 4-story tower, with 110 obstacles and 2 ziplines, is the ultimate jungle gym experience. Ages 4-7 can take the Little Ninja course and their parents or caregivers can watch or follow along. Visitors also have fun on the ground with their 18-hole mini putt-putt course.

Hundreds of interactive exhibits at The Magic House peak curiosity and spark imagination. Children engage in hands-on educational experiences that align with national and state academic standards. This promotes the all-important skills of creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

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