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Downtown St. Louis for Kids

Let your inner child loose (or your actual child) at these kid-friendly attractions

St. Louis can legitimately claim to be one of the most family-friendly destinations in the U. S., and its downtown leads the way. Let your inner child loose at these fun and fabulous attractions, all located within minutes of the Gateway Arch (in fact, the Gateway Arch is one of them).

Head over to City Museum, St. Louis’ multi-experiential monument to unfettered imagination. It's like nothing you've ever seen, with fantasy forests, 3-story slides, a rooftop ferris wheel and a day's worth of climbing through a crazy tangle of crawl spaces.

The rooftop ferris wheel at City Museum
The rooftop ferris wheel at City Museum (©D. Lancaster)

Nobody should miss the ride to the top of the Gateway Arch for a spectacular view of the city and nearby southern Illinois. The Arch complex has been reconfigured via a massive construction project that better connects the national monument to the rest of downtown. Enter through a vastly improved lobby facing the Old Courthouse and learn some history in the spectacular new Gateway Arch Museum.

Gateway Arch Museum
Gateway Arch Museum (©D. Lancaster)

Now that you're on the riverfront, you can take one of two tours: Gateway Arch Riverboat sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River or a spine-tingling Gateway Helicopter Tour of downtown and the surrounding city. Or take them both.

The view from Gateway Helicopter Tours
The view from Gateway Helicopter Tours (©D. Lancaster)

Learn about the “children’s poet” at the Field House Museum and marvel at its collection of toys. There's more history here, because Eugene's father, Roswell, initiated the lawsuit for freedom on behalf of Dred Scott, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court and helped foment the Civil War.

Field House Museum
Field House Museum (©D. Lancaster)


And don’t miss a stroll through Citygarden, an art-filled oasis loaded with get-wet water features (bring a towel and some sunscreen) in the heart of downtown.

End the day at Busch Stadium watching the Cardinals try to make a return trip to the World Series. Catch a home run for me.

Cardinals in action at Busch Stadium
Cardinals in action at Busch Stadium (©D. Lancaster)