The Gateway Arch
From the thrilling views to the amazing stories, a visit to the Gateway Arch is an experience that never fails to inspire. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, you’ll find activities to please every member of your party. Attractions include the Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch, the Museum at the Gateway Arch (opened July 3, 2018), a documentary film about the construction of the Arch, shopping at The Arch Store, a new Arch Cafe, and cruises aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Tickets sell out early and often - advance purchase strongly recommended. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
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12,540 reviews
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Melissa G
Blossom, TX21 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
The last time I visited the Arch was as a tween in the early 1990s. I brought my husband and 2 boys, ages 10 & 13, and the trip did not disappoint.

When entering the building masks are required but were provided if you did not have. We pre-booked our Arch ride online in advance (which I recommend) and arrived about an hour early in order to park and walk around the museum. NOTE: if you park in any of the arch parking garages make sure to bring your parking ticket stub to get validated at the visitor desk. We failed to bring the parking stub so needed up paying for parking.

The museum is very interactive and does not cost anything to walk around and view. We could have spent well over an hour walking around and reading all the history. There are a few photo ops throughout.

We checked in 5 minutes prior to arch ride and our tour guide shared information about the arch with us and also showed a short few minute video that was very interesting showcasing the period which the arch was built.

The ride up takes 4 minutes and our family of 4 was able to fit in one pod together. When you reach the top you have a limited amount of time to take photos and look around before you have to load into your pod and take the 3 minute ride down.

Make sure to hit up the gift shop on the way out. Lots of merch to choose from and reasonably priced.

Overall a great experience and the family enjoyed it!
Written November 27, 2021
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Jack J
Catoosa, OK127 contributions
Jul 2022
Second time visiting the arch. This time there was not huge crowd, which was great. The security line went fast. The museum was easy to get through without a crowd. The ride up the arch was nice. The view from the top was amazing!! Everything was as good or better than the first visit due to lower crowds except one - we were rushed out of the top very quickly. We were in elevator car 8 - which is the last to enter and the first to exit the top - and we literally spent 8 minutes on the top before staff started to tell us to get back in line to board the elevator cars. I understand that you can't keep letting everyone up without limiting time, but this is the part that we are charged for and we literally got rushed out on a fairly low crowd day.
Written July 19, 2022
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Delaware145 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a must-do in St. Louis, right?
The museum below the arch is fascinating, and we spent most of the time there learning a lot about the history of the city, and the arch itself. The park around the arch is beautiful and very walkable. We got tickets about a month in advance to go up to the arch, well worth it even though you're only allowed 10 minutes which, frankly, is enough time.
Written May 17, 2022
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Denver, CO148 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We were driving from Ohio to Colorado and decided to stop at the arch. It was easy to get off I 70 and stop, we spent two hours here. We went during the week and parked in the parking deck by the arch. It is designated parking for the arch so you need to bring your ticket to validate cheaper parking. You validate your parking ticket in the arch entrance area at a machine which is on the left by the restrooms. The parking garage is Stadium East Parking garage located at, 200 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102 We walked a block to the arch. The entrance is not at the legs of the arch. The entrance is between the legs and towards the city. Follow the signs painted on the sidewalk. The entrance is ground level and you walk down the steps and you are below ground. There were no lines when we were there. You go through security and enter the ticket area. On the left is a sample pod that you ride up to the top of the arch. It is only 4 foot tall and seats five people. Five of your best friends because it is small. After you purchase your ticket, if you haven’t done so online, you walk through the spacious underground museum. When we purchased our tickets on line, you had to choose the time to enter. Leave time to go through security and walk to the other end of the museum to where the entrance is at. The nice museum person will direct you where to stand to get in line to board the pods to go to the top. It’s four minutes to the top, you spend 7 to 10 minutes at the top, and the ride down is three minutes. The pods have clear doors so you can see the inside of the arch on your ride. Do not take any large items because there isn’t any room inside those pods. At the top the viewing windows are very small and 7 to 10 minutes is adequate. The museum is very nice and they have a rather large gift shop. This has been designated a National Park since 2018 so bring your National parks passport book. I loved the whole experience, however when my husband was standing underneath the arch he decided he did not want to go to the top. I went as a single and was lucky enough to be seated in the pod with another single lady. We only had two people assigned to our pod and we both agreed it would be really crowded with five adults. When we left the arch we toured the church that was nearby on the way to the parking garage. Stop in, it’s beautiful and free.
Written October 8, 2022
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MK in the STL
Weldon Spring, MO223 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
I brought my wife and 3 boys to STL for Spring Break. We included the Arch, as any out of state tourist should do, but the price you pay for tickets versus what you get is way off.

I knew going in there were NUMEROUS covid restrictions in place to the point where I was surprised they were open. They ARE owned by the feds so all you hear during your whole visit is covid this covid that, "hey, 3 year old, put your mask one millimeter higher on your nose or you'll spread covid and we will have to kick you out with no refund." It is completely ridiculous your entire visit is all about how to follow the rules. But, feds. Go figure.

They only give you ten minutes at the top and assign you a window because, well, covid restrictions must be rubbed into your faces. Feds. The only good thing about the experience was the girl at the top was happy to give visitors a break from hearing covid nonsense by offering to take pictures of your group with your own camera.

But it's a very fast ten minutes and then you are covidly escorted to the south tram for the ride down.

Until the feds decide they have had enough of the tyranny, I do not recommend visiting the arch specifically for the visit to the top. We felt we got completely jipped. Thanks, feds.

In the museum, which is free admission, you can learn just about everything about the Westward Expansion. Very interesting and the only place where there are no fed covid nazis watching over your shoulder to see if you are wearing your mask 1 millimeter lower than what it should or come within 5' 11" of someone else.

So go to the arch for the museum, but hold off on going to the top until you can get your money's worth.
Written April 25, 2021
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Elgin Illinois862 contributions
Apr 2022
no visit to st louis would be complete without a visit to the arch. we loved this place , the arch, the museum, the ride to the top, and the grounds to explore. the building is free to enter but the tram to the top cost extra. You start your visit by going into the main entrance of the arch building. than proceed through an airport like security check. after clearing security, you go down a set of stairs to the visitor/museum.
if you have not already pre-purchased your tram tickets, you can simply buy them at the counter. I would recommend you get them before arrival because the trams only allow a few people at a time to go and the process is sloooooow. tickets are available for every half hour wile open. check web site for times and days.
with your time ticket you can start to enter the line 10 min. before your turn. we spent some time visiting the museum wile we waited. there is a short pre-presentation before the ride and than you enter the tram elevators. at the top you will have about 10 minutes to look through the small observation windows take pictures and look about. (its enough time) the views of the city are spectacular. if you are into photography, bring your wide angle lens and go the most center window you can find.
inside the pavilion, there is a burger / bar food place (we did not eat at) a gift shop and self exploration exabits to see.
after exiting , you should spend some time walking around the arch area and along the river front. there is the old church to see and explore with a man made lake area that provide excellent reflections of the arch under the right weather conditions. we stayed at a nearby hotel so cant comment on where to park.
Written April 27, 2022
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Flagstaff, AZ1,632 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The bubble capsule tram ride to the top of the arch sells out fast so book tickets well in advance. You’ll have to go through airport-like security to get in but once inside, the exhibits and your quick ride up, and views from the tiny space up top are worth it.

We bought the extra tickets to see the documentary movie about the making of the Arch-well worth the extra cost. You’ll marvel at the engineering and bravery of the men who constructed this iconic 630 foot monument to western expansion. Very nice gift shop with fresh fudge made on-site and a crushed penny machine if you’re a collector.
Written May 14, 2022
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Hesperia, CA317 contributions
Jul 2022
I met a guy that used to work there and he suggested that I get tickets early in the day because they can be sold out by noon in the summer months. I got my ticket at 3:45 for the 6:00 entry. When I got there at 5:45 they were sold out for the rest of the day.

A lot of fun. There is a museum that is at the visitor's center that tells about St Louis and the Louisiana Purchase and the story behind the arch. The ride to the top was fun, worth the $20.00 alone, then you get the view from the top. Once there, you have seven minutes before heading down.
Written July 22, 2022
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Pittsburgh, PA389 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
It was SO hot the day we visited. I can say that the visitor center has air conditioning, water fountains, and a decent bathroom.
The park area is nice with lots of great views. There are areas you could drop off/pick up people who maybe can walk far to the parking areas.
If wanting to go up into the arch—purchase tickets in advance. We weren’t really sure if we wanted to…got there around 4pm and tickets were only available for a 7pm ride and sold out quickly after we arrived.
Written June 14, 2022
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Minnesota300 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
This is downtown but easy to park and easy to get to the arch. The park validates your parking ticket so it’s $9 to park. We were 120 miles away when we looked on website it showed one ticket for the hours you wanted. Husband called (phone number was hard to find) and they had tickets. We bought over the phone. When we asked about this at the info station when we got there they said they release tickets in the mornings? When leaving the parking lot you pass a church then there are signs on the ground of where to go to purchase tickets. You do have to go through security so don’t have your pocket knife in your pocket. Husband forgot. 😋 The museum is very state of the art. Lots of information. A few rangers walking around if you have questions. We purchased the movie ticket and tram ride up to top of arch. The movie is all about how they built the arch. Very interesting. To get on The tram ride it is very organized and professional. You have to get inside a very tiny pod (only way I know how to describe) if your claustrophobic it maybe difficult? I’m not a thrill seeker but this is very manageable. You can’t see outside but the door is glass and you can see the inside the arch which helped. The view is awesome. They let you stay up there for 8 minutes. So amazing they built the arch and the tram in the 60’s!!!!!!!! There is also a cafe in museum. They just changed this to a national park and it’s an American treasure for sure.
Written March 23, 2022
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