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“Adrenaline Rush!”
Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #9 of 254 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Westward Expansion closed, pending installation of all new museum exhibits. As of March 2, 2015, entry-only ticket or tram ticket required to enter Arch. The nation's tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors since June 1967. The Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and the role St. Louis played in the westward expansion of the United States. A visit to St. Louis isn't complete without standing at the Arch's base and playing professional photographer, but the view from the outside is only half of the experience. Attractions within the Arch include the Journey to the Top (the last tram leaves one hour before closing); educational programs (will be housed at the Old Courthouse); award-winning documentary movie, Monument to the Dream; and a gift shop. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Note: the address shown is for the Old Courthouse which is acting as the Gateway Arch Ticketing and Visitor Center throughout construction. Pedestrian entrance to the Arch Grounds is at Walnut Street at Memorial Drive or via the Grand Staircase from the riverfront.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Atoka, Tennessee
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“Adrenaline Rush!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Best $10 investment in St. Louis! I've done this before and still get a huge rush during the ride up the Arch! Once you are at the top, The views are fabulous. It was raining the day we went up and we still had the best views. See our photos! It is fun and exciting. The free museum is nice and the two stores are fun as well. The mercahntile shop had bite size snacks to go. It would be better if they had a coffee shop where those not riding could enjoy a cup of coffee or soft drink and relax comfortably while we ride. It is not their fault, but it would be great if there was a group drop off point closer to the arch when there is inclement weather. LOVED it and will do it again!

Visited October 2012
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Scarborough, Australia
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“A great view over the city”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

If you are claustrophobic or don't like heights then this is not for you. You travel up one of the legs of the arch in small carriages where you can scarcely sit upright. At the top there is a small viewing platform with windows overlooking the city. You get a really good view over the city. If you lean out close to the glass then you can see the shadow of the arch on the grass below. In a wind the arch does sway, which could be disconcerting. Down at the bottom there is a video about the making of the arch and this is really worth seeing.

Visited May 2012
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Matthews, NC
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I didn't realize this was something you could actually travel to the top of. The little tram ride was a lot of fun and felt like we were in a space pod or an enclosed ferris wheel cart. One at the top, the windows were small, but we were able to get views of the city from several vantage points and then headed back down. The area surrounding the arch is a nice park-like setting and would be fun for a picnic.

Visited October 2012
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Springfield, Missouri
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“Worth the trip”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

The Arch was great to see - it's almost breath-taking to see how big it is up close! There is a great museum beneath it as well as a couple of little shops, and you can ride to the top of the arch. I sadly did not get to take the ride due to time constraints, but definitely will if I'm ever going through the area again. My only complaint: it's hard to get the whole Arch in a picture with yourself!

Visited November 2011
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“Not what I expected”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

I had to go to the Gateway Arch since I was already in St. Louis. It is not what I expected. It's very economical to go in. Adults were $10 and children were $5. Prepare to wait in line. After you wait you are taken in these tiny, tiny carts where only 5 people fit. The ride up the arch is probably 3 minutes. When you are on the top you just look out the tiny windows with about 75 people in a little space. We lasted maybe 5 minutes on top then took the tram back down. I heard people saying it was not worth it and I agree. However, it is something that you have to do if you are in Saint Louis since it is a popular touristic area and you do get a nice view of St. Louis.It's definitely not the Empire State Building and don't expect it to be because you will be dissapointed, but I must say it is something nice to do if you are in the area.

Visited October 2012
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