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“Nice Open Spaces”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #10 of 253 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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Kansas City, MO
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“Nice Open Spaces”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

A great place to burn off some energy for a toddler, to get great pictures, scenic views, and to spend some time before or between other activities downtown. We didn't even go into the museum or up in the arch and still enjoyed an hour and a half in the park.

Visited May 2013
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Colne, United Kingdom
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“Its a great day out”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Gateway Arch
This is a fantastic attraction, the lift to to top only carries 5 people, and is a little cramped, but it’s a feeling that you will never forget, on arriving at the top, it make you feel that it was worth the wait, and the views down too the Mississippi river are stunning, take as many pictures as you can, and enjoy your day.
All my reviews are written from the heart, and how each place made me feel, I never write a negative review, due to the fact that if I have a problem or complaint, I open my mouth while I am there, let’s be fair and give people a chance to rectify problems, stop all this negativity.

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Visited September 2012
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Toronto, Australia
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“The only thing you will remember out of StL”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Amazing history of the construction, Look at it first, try to imagine how they built it. Then check the wikipedia - did you guessed correctly?

Visited May 2013
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Sallisaw, Oklahoma
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“Thief Alert!!!!! Why you are up in the arch they will be breaking into your car!”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Stay away. Horrible tourist attraction. From the start, grounds unclean, parking horrible. Security to get into arch very rude, unnecessarily. We were with group and where they had us park was "shady". Very crime ridden area. Vehicle was broken into and most of groups valuables were stolen. After visiting with people in area, even the locals say "STAY AWAY"!!!!

The tour of arch was only fair. Very busy and crowded. When up in arch, so crowded you don't even have room to look around.

STAY AWAY!!!!!

Visited May 2013
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Coventry, Rhode Island
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“Museum a must see”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

I was looking forward to going up in the Arch but due to bad weather and limited visibility I decided against it. The underground Museum of Western Expansion was a nice diversion. They had a gift shop, plenty of restrooms and many displays. Quite pleasant and informative.

Visited May 2013
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