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Free Attractions in St. Louis

Jun 2, 2009  Father of four on the lookout for cheap fun
4.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

St. Louis has an amazing list of free attractions. If you're walking or on a bike, you can easily fill up a weekend without spending a dime. (Most have free parking, so we suggest you go ahead and drive...)

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Saint Louis
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Repeat visitors, Theater
  • Appeals to: Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Gateway Arch
    Gateway Arch, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Okay, it's not free to ride to the top, but the architecture's the thing, and great fun to explore the grounds, admire and stand in awe of this beautiful structure.

  • 2. Museum of Westward Expansion
    Museum of Westward Expansion, Saint Louis, Missouri

    This museum underneath the arch explains the purpose for the memorial and some of history of this important gateway city. There is also a free film on the construction of the arch that's definitely worth catching.

  • 3. Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour
    Budweiser Brewery Tours, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Enjoy a fascinating tour of the original brewery of the king of beers, admire the historical architecture throughout the campus and have a couple free samples to boot!

  • 4. St. Louis Art Museum
    Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri

    This awesome museum has one of the premier collections in the country.

  • 5. St. Louis Zoo
    St. Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Free zoos are becoming a rarity, and to top it all, it's also one of the country's best!

  • 6. Missouri History Museum
    Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri

    This is not an old and dusty museum - exhibits are rotated and updated continually. You'll be amazed at the important role this great city had in America's history.

  • 7. Old Courthouse
    Old Courthouse, Saint Louis, Missouri

    This was the setting for the Dred Scott decision, a significant factor in the nation's Civil War.

  • 8. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
    Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Stand in awe of the stunning mosaics that took decades to complete.

  • 9. St. Louis Science Center
    Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

    The kids will enjoy this look at what shapes the world around them. Lots of fun "hands on" exhibits.

  • 10. Grant's Farm
    Grant's Farm, Saint Louis, Missouri

    There is a charge for parking, but not if you come on a bike! Even if you do pay to park, the whole family can enjoy a few hours in this historic animal park, admire the Clydesdales, the architecture of the historic baurenhof and the Busch family's beautiful carriage collection, then mom and dad can have a couple free beers courtesy of Anheuser-Busch.

  • 11. Muny Opera in Forest Park
    http://www.muny.org/

    The Muny Opera in Forest Park has a few rows of free seats for every performance. This is the largest outdoor theatre in the country and the shows are top quality musicals with nationally known stars.