20 Free (or Nearly Free) Things to Do in St. Louis

St. Louis prides itself on a longstanding public ethos: free attractions. We tax ourselves and attract deep-pocketed benefactors to make sure that even the least advantaged of our citizens have easy access to our best cultural institutions, and you are the beneficiary of our generosity. Sure, you can pay for parking and a special experience or two, but admission to all of the following is free.

Several of the attractions are in Forest Park, which is bigger than New York's Central Park at around 1,300 acres where you can easily spend an entire visit. You can also learn about chess, the economy, science and animals and more than you ever thought possible about European motorcycles.

So dive right in and take advantage of St. Louis' amazing generosity. It's free!