STL Gateway to Discovery

Day 1 You'll See:

Day 2 You'll See:

Day 3 You'll See:

 

Day One

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis - The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, otherwise known as the St. Louis Cathedral, is the Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church located at the central west end of the city. Built in 1914 in the Romanesque Revival-Byzantine Revival style architecture by Thomas P Barnett, this 226 foot mighty spiritual center of archdiocese of Saint Louis is a beautiful tribute to Roman Catholic school, service, and faith. Inside you will have the opportunity to explore the Transept, the Lunette, the arches, domes, All Souls Chapel, and Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Discover the Baldacchino, Statues, and Rose Windows, some of the most beautiful indoor architecture. The designers of these glorious architectural details believed that they were an inspired representation of God’s glory in our earthly realm, which you just may agree upon setting sight on them. 

Gateway Arch - Your trip to St. Louis would not be complete without a stop at the Gateway Arch, the absolute tallest arch in the world! This 630 foot monument stands clad in stainless steel and is known as the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere as well as Missouri’s tallest accessible building. From the top of this inverted, weighted catenary arch you will see unbeatable views of the city below, catching great glimpses of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village, Edward Jones Dome, and the Old Courthouse, not to mention the Mighty Mississippi. Standing as an icon on western expansion in the United States as well as the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, this historic arch is the perfect mix of excitement and education. Enjoy the four minute tram ride up and three minute ride down before heading over to the museum, gift shop, nearby cafe, or adjacent riverboat cruise line!

Gateway Arch Riverfront Sightseeing Cruise - Get ready to continue your extremely fun Gateway Arch experience with your next stop down below at Sullivan Boulevard, where you will find the access point to the Gateway Arch Riverboat Tours. With this popular cruise line and tour company you will get to choose between the Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher, each boat an authentic replica of 19th century paddle-wheel riverboats. Take in the history, culture, and exquisite vistas seasonally on these entertaining cruises from March to November, the tours here going strong since 1964. Not only will you get some of the greatest vistas of the famous St. Louis Arch, but you will also learn the history of the Mighty Mississippi in regards to the city and economics of the Midwest as well as learn a few facts about Lewis and Clark that you may not have known before! Be sure to bring a jacket just in case and plan plenty of time for parking if you booked a dinner cruise!

Day Two

Busch Stadium Tour - At the highly popular home of the St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium, your group will find an amazingly fun opportunity to tour the grounds and learn behind-the-scenes info about the Midwest popular pro-league baseball team. This year-round unique look at the home of the Cardinals gives your group a view of the field from above with the Radio Broadcast Booth, get a close-up view of the past World Series trophies, and even tour the Cardinals Champions Club. Meet outside at the Musial Statue to start, then tour the Redbird Club, Cardinal Club, and team dugout. The tour is about an hour long, with a half mile of walking intensive touring both inside and out. Before you go grab a bite to eat at the concessions (depending on the day) or stop at the team store bursting with red and white spirit. This is a great way to be immersed into local culture while pleasing all the sports fanatics in your group all at the same time!

St. Louis Zoo - Open everyday at 8 am, the St. Louis Zoo is a marvelous wildlife preserve for rare and endangered species in a beautiful environment. Free admission, gorgeous landscaping, and exotic animals kept happy in pleasantly large exhibits make this zoo one of the best in the United States. The exhibits are designed with the animals’ comfort and aesthetics in mind. The beautiful flowers and plants highlight the false wilderness that surrounds, such exhibits as River’s Edge where you can find a family of large Asian elephants, Andean bears, hippos swimming in their tank, and intelligent hyenas. Visit the newly redesigned Polar Bear Point, the aquarium, and Sea Lion Sound to watch as the seals and sea lions catch fish and do tricks. Other attractions include the Zooline Railroad, Conservation Carousel, Safari Tours, and a number of gift shops and cafes. Dedicated to conservation, the St. Louis Zoo has a history of rescuing endangered and rare animals from extinction through breeding programs, environmental initiatives, and more.

Day Three

City Museum - A visit to St. Louis wouldn’t be quite complete without a stop at City Museum, one of the top attractions throughout the entire city! This entire complex, located on Washington Avenue in the Loft District, was established in 1997 as a new museum, though it was for a much longer time an International Shoe Building factory. This repurposed architectural wonderland is filled to the brim with reused industrial objects from the city, as well as from the old factory. City Museum is a "constantly evolving art installation, playground, and discovery center," a truly magical experiment in marrying education with entertainment, learning with playing. Stop at the museum gift shop for your very own unique and fun City Museum souvenir before you go, or if you work up an appetite while here head to one of the five different full eateries within, from the fun Rooftop Cantina to the popular Cabin Inn or Tony’s BBQ!

World Aquarium - The World Aquarium was, for a time, a mostly unknown addition to the City Museum, a second floor aquarium that when found, delighted guests with its marine life animals, shows, and exhibits. On September 7th of 2015, the World Aquarium shut its doors at the City Museum after 22 years of service, but fully plans on reopening its doors in a bigger, better, and newer facility on the Riverfront in 2017. The new complex will have a modern design idea, steel and glass abound, an estimated $49 million project. The World Aquarium holds over 10,000 animals from over 150 different species, some of the most popular residents being the sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays. The educational programs explain the importance of water and our environment and do so in an interesting, hands-on way. Currently guests can visit the Aqua Room on Laclede's Landing, where they will see a small portion of all the aquatic wonders this aquarium provides!

Grant's Farm - Grant’s Farm is one of the most widely understated St. Louis attraction, the former Busch family estate from 1954 that offers culture, history, entertainment, and culinary adventure all in one stop! The farm’s namesake comes from the time when Ulysses S. Grant worked and lived here, providing your group the unique opportunity to see his log cabin in near original condition! This unique St. Louis landmark combines history, heritage, and wildlife into one unforgettable experience in which you can see Grant’s Cabin, Deer Park, and Tier Garten all within the same day! Head over to Bauernhof, German for Homestead, the onsite historic spot created in 1913 where you can today find original carriage houses, beer samples, and the German eatery Brat Haus. Take a tram ride around the park to see all available shows and attractions, such as the paddle boat rides, pony rides, carousel, camel and parakeet feeding, and gift shops! There are also four different yet equally delicious eateries throughout, so save time and stomach space for them all!


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