The St. Louis Gateway Arch has been a defining characteristic of the city since 1965, when it was constructed. This national landmark is the tallest man-made monument in the United States and receives over one million visitors every year. Ride to the top for a magnificent view of the city and the Mississippi River below.
Did You Know?
The Gateway Arch towers over the city with a height of 630 feet. That's 75 feet taller than the Washington Monument and 325 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York City!
Visitors can gain entrance to the arch from both the north and south legs, and each end offers a unique experience. From the south leg, visitors get a glimpse into life in St. Louis in the 1800's; from the north leg, visitors are transported to 1965, when the monument was constructed.
The arch was constructed to withstand very high winds. In 150 mph winds, the arch sways about 9'' in each direction!
Gateway Arch Riverboats
Experience the beauty of the mighty Mississippi River aboard a peaceful riverboat cruise and transport your imagination back to the steamboat era of the 1800's. Admire the charm of St. Louis and its lovely cityscape as you enjoy a delicious meal.
Did You Know?
St. Louis became one of the largest cities in the United States due to its proximity to the Mississippi River and the ability for large boats to access it. St. Louis was the northernmost region for many large boats and the city was utilized as a booming port.
Including the state of Missouri, the Mississippi River touches 10 states. The other nine states are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Over the years, the shape of the Mississippi River has changed. These changes can largely be attributed to the dams that control the flow of water from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. From Lake Itasca, Minnesota to St. Louis, Missouri, there are 43 dams.
St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Game
Experience the thrill of professional baseball inside the spectacular Busch Stadium. The St. Louis Cardinals are regarded as one of the greatest franchises in all of baseball and attract roughly three million fans each year. Become a part of the excitement and root, root, root for the home team!
With 10 total World Series Championship titles, the St. Louis Cardinals have a historic record in addition to an enormous fan-base. The St. Louis Cardinals have the second most World Series wins after the New York Yankees.
The Cardinals' Busch Stadium was completed in 2006 and the team won the World Series that very year. No other team had won a World Series in the inaugural year of their home stadium in nearly 100 years!
St. Louis Science Center
Rated as one of the top five science centers in the nation, this incredible facility features an Omnimax theatre, a planetarium, and even an exhibition called GROSSOLOGY! With more than 700 interactive exhibits, your group will experience hours of educational fun.
Visitors must conquer complex technology in the Cyberville exhibit. The hands-on experience offers computer and website interaction, music creation, and even robot programming!
Don't miss the opportunity to see a show in the enormous Omnimax theatre. The wrap-around dome offers a 15,000 watt sound system underneath a four-story screen and captures the audience in the most engaging motion picture experience possible. Fly through the air in a plane, zoom through outer space, experience the exotic locations of the world, or get an up-close view of massive dinosaurs in an amazing enclosed theatre.
St. Louis Zoo
This world-class zoo's origins can be traced to the World's Fair of 1904 in St. Louis. Since then, the zoo has flourished into an exemplary animal conservatory and serves as home to over 800 different species. From the 11,000-pound Asian elephant to the common cockroach, this zoo presents creatures of every shape and size, providing entertainment and education for all ages.
The giant anteater in St. Louis is an incredible creature, usually found in Central and South America. The anteater is known to eat up to 30,000 ants in a day and has a tongue that can extend two feet.
See several species of "pouch animals," including the Matschie's tree kangaroo. These kangaroos live in trees and have claws like a cat. They nurture their babies in their pouch between eight to ten months.
The St. Louis Zoo is home to four different species of penguins: the King penguin, the Rockhopper penguin, the Humboldt penguin, and the Gentoo penguin. The swimming water for these beautiful birds is refrigerated year-round.