St. Louis InformationSt. Louis, MO is located along the western bank of the Mississippi River right at the Illinois / Missouri border. With a population of 319,000, it is the second largest city in Missouri. The larger metropolitan area is home to 2.9 million people and includes regions in Missouri and Illinois. St. Louis boasts iconic architecture, multiple professional sports teams, arts and culture, and a zoo with something for everyone.
Of course no trip to St. Louis is complete without a visit to the Gateway Arch. As the nation’s tallest man-made monument, it stands 630 feet tall. The Arch includes the 19th century paddle boat replica Gateway Arch Riverboats, the Journey to the Top of the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse, and Monument to the Dream, an outstanding documentary about the Gateway Arch construction. While you’re in the area, check out the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial where you see the spot that Lewis and Clark set out from for their historic expedition.
If you’re looking for a thrill, spend a day or two at Six Flags St. Louis. Just a few of the most popular rides include Batman the Ride, the whitewater rapids Thunder River adventure, and the Screaming Eagle wooden roller coaster with a top speed of 62 mph. Six Flags also features Hurricane Harbor Water Park, live cartoon characters walking around the park, and other live shows and entertainment.
The Saint Louis Zoo offers free admission, which is makes it very affordable to bring the whole family. You can take a guided tour or venture through the zoo on your own, exploring all of the exciting animal exhibits include Penguin & Puffin Coast, Big Cat Country, and the Interactive Stingray Pool. Don’t forget to stop by the children’s petting zoo and take a ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad.
Are you planning to visit St. Louis during baseball or football season? Catch a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium or a St. Louis Rams game at the Edward Jones Dome. Finally, if you’re a hockey fan, the Scottrade Center is a must see destination in St. Louis. The center is the home of the NHL St. Louis Blues. It opened in 1994 and seats 19,150 people. In addition to hosting hockey games, the center brings in a wide variety of entertainment including nationally renown music, theater, and comedic acts.