Explore St. Louis
Gateway Arch & Museum of Westward Expansion
Visit St. Louis' iconic monument and make the 630-foot journey to the top for a one-of-a-kind view of the city. Be sure to stop by the Museum of Westward Expansion located beneath the Arch and learn about the people and events that shaped the Gateway City. Admission to the museum is free. Cost of admission to the Arch is $10.00 for adults ages 16 and up, $5.00 for children ages 3 – 15, and $7.00 with the National Park Pass. Reservations and more information are available through the Web site or by calling 877-982-1410.
Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises
While you are near the Arch, board a riverboat for a one-hour sightseeing cruise. A National Parks Service ranger will be aboard to discuss the Mississippi River and the city. Cruise times and rates vary. For more information visit the Gateway Arch Web site and click Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises or call 877-982-1410.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Cahokia Mounds is the former site of an ancient civilization inhabited from A.D. 700 to 1400 and is the largest of its kind north of Mexico. The site is located just eight miles from downtown St. Louis and is a great day trip for the history novice or buff. Monks Mound and Woodhenge are two surviving remnants of the city, the latter used to track the equinoxes. Guided and iPod tours are available. Interpretative Center hours from February to April are Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. – dusk. Admission is free, but suggested donations are welcome.
The main structure of the cathedral was completed in 1914 and contains breathtaking architecture and mosaics. The cathedral is open from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day. Daily mass is held at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 12:05 p.m. Daily Mass is open to the public, but those not attending are asked to wait until Mass is completed before touring the cathedral.
The Basilica of St. Louis, King, or the Old Cathedral, was a one-room log structure in 1764 and the first permanent church in St. Louis. The building deteriorated by 1831, was torn down, and part of the present structure was built. By 1853 the structure seen today was completed and in 1965 the rectory and museum were built. The interior of the museum is currently undergoing restoration and is not open, but cathedral hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Spend an extra day in Missouri and travel to Meramec Caverns, the state's largest commercial cave. Located one hour from St. Louis, rangers guide visitors for an hour and 20 minutes along well-lighted walkways sharing the history of the large and rare formations inside the cave. Meramec Caverns is open year-round and April hours are 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission is $21.00 for adults and $11.00 for children ages 5 – 11. Children ages 4 and under are free. Group rates are available for 15 or more persons, but reservations are required.
Citygarden is an eclectic park featuring a myriad of sculptures and plants, making it a unique urban greenspace in the heart of downtown. Park hours are sunrise to 10:00 p.m. every day and admission is free. Be sure to download the Citygarden iPhone app to learn more about your visit.
Bellafontaine Cemetery and Arboretum
Bellafontaine is known not only for the historical figures buried on the grounds, but also the estimated 5,000 trees that shade the grave sections, varying in species chosen from around the world for their aesthetic beauty year round. Notable burials include Aldophus Busch of Anheuser-Busch, explorer William Clark, and suffragette Virginia L. Minor. Visiting hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day of the year.
City Museum and World Aquarium
The City Museum is sure to delight visitors of all ages and tastes with its interactive, offbeat exhibits. Hours are Wednesday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Midnight. Admission is $12.00.
If life beneath the sea is more your style, visit the World Aquarium. Spring/Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The World Aquarium is located inside the City Museum and admission is $7.95 per person in addition to the required admission to the City Museum.
St. Louis Zoo
In addition to housing a variety of creatures from around the world, the St. Louis Zoo boasts the Wildlife Institute, devoted to wildlife management and recovery and working with 11 other wildlife conservation locations, including three in Missouri. The St. Louis Zoo is famous for its free admission, though some special attractions charge a small fee.
As the weather warms up head to Six Flags for thrilling roller coasters and classic favorites! New for 2015 is the 3-D interactive ride Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. General admission is typically $78.99 but Six Flags has frequent promotions that help visitors save on admission, parking, and dining.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals will play the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on Friday, April 17th at 7:15 pm. The OAH has arranged for meeting attendees to watch the game in the reserved Scoreboard Patio while enjoying a full buffet, beer, and soda. Tickets are $100.00 each and seating is limited. Price and availability subject to change.
Kemp Auto Museum
The museum houses a large collection of European automobiles including one of the most impressive Mercedes Benz collections in the world. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for children, and $7.00 for seniors 62 and over. An audio tour is available for an additional $3.00.
Saint Louis Art Museum
A world of art can be found on the three levels of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Visitors can view items such as textiles, paintings, and arms and armor from ancient to more recent cultures. Admission to the museum is free every day and admission to featured exhibits is free on Fridays. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with special hours on Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free parking is located in two nearby lots across from the museum. Paid parking is available for $10.00 in the museum's underground parking garage.
Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
Ragtime composer and pianist Scott Joplin and his wife Belle resided in St. Louis at the turn of the 20th century when he was rising to fame as a renowned musician. The state of Missouri has preserved his home to reflect the period in history when Joplin resided at the residence. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tours begin every hour.
Missouri History Museum
Only a short distance from the Saint Louis Art Museum, visitors can immerse themselves in the exciting history of Missouri, the gateway to the West. The museum is open each day during the week from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with special hours on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and so are many special exhibitions. Two fascinating exhibitions will be closing Sunday, April 19th: Missouri Immigrant Experience and The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America. Be sure to catch them before they are gone!
Anheuser-Busch offers a variety of options for visitors of all ages to learn more about the Anheuser-Busch brewing process. A complimentary tour is available each day on a first come, first served basis and visitors are advised to arrive early for the day's tour schedule.
A more in-depth tour, the Day Fresh Brewery Tour, features the Clydesdale stables, the Beechwood Aging Cellar, and the historic Brewhouse. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Tickets for adults are $10.00, guests ages 3-20 are $4.00, and children 2 and under are free. Tour times are 11:10 a.m., 1:10 p.m., and 3:10 p.m.
The St. Louis location also hosts a beer school and Beermaster Tour, each with separate times and fees.
Brewery Tours of St. Louis
Brewery Tours of St. Louis is a 3.5 hour tour of four St. Louis craft breweries by party bus. The company provides coolers for personal use and bottles of water. Brewery tourists are encouraged to bring growlers from home to fill at the breweries or purchase them and keep them cold on the bus. Tour times are available from Thursday through Sunday in the afternoon and evening. Tickets are $35.00 and must be purchased ahead of time online. Must be 21 and older.
Schlafly Tap Room & Bottleworks
Located only 1.1 mile from the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel and America's Center is the Schlafly Tap Room, the first new brewpub in Missouri since Prohibition, established in 1991. Schlafly Tap Room boasts European pub fare and 16 Schlafly draught beer choices. Live music begins at 9:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Schlafly Bottleworks is a short drive from downtown and offers food, beer, and brewery tastings and tours. Only the guided tastings are held on Friday, and full guided tours and tastings are held on Saturday and Sunday, and begin on the hour between noon and 5:00 p.m. Tours and tastings are on a first come, first served basis, often sell out, and reservations are not taken. Admission is free.
The Brewers Tour will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This behind-the-scenes, hands-on tour offers fresh samples directly from brewing tanks and a more in-depth look at the Schlafly Bottleworks day-to-day operations. Advance ticket purchase required.
Square One Brewery
The first microdistillery in the state of Missouri, Square One offers a full lunch and dinner menu with suggested Square One beer and spirit pairings and a Sunday brunch menu. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. All pints and drinks are $1.00 off. Reservations are accepted and can be made online, but are not required.
Dining and Shopping
Relax after attending a day at the annual meeting or enjoying a St. Louis attraction and shop and dine at familiar venues like Panera Bread, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Kate Spade of New York, Nordstrom, and P.F. Changs. Click each location to find out more.
If you do not wish to venture too far from the hotel or the America's Center for dining and entertainment then take a stroll down Washington Avenue for a variety of options to fill your free time. The American Planning Association named Washington Avenue "One of the 10 Great Streets in America." Venture one or two blocks East or West and you will find even more great options for food and fun.
Central West End Neighborhood
The Delmar Loop
This six-block entertainment, dining, and shopping district in St. Louis is an historical staple that features the restored Tivoli Movie Theatre, Blueberry Hill, an established music club and restaurant, and a St. Louis celebrity Walk of Fame. The American Planning Association also named the district "One of the 10 Great Streets in America."
St. Louis Galleria
St. Louis Premium Outlets
Located just six miles from the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, Ted Drewes still sells frozen custard along the former Route 66, just as it began doing in 1929. Be sure to sample this local landmark when you are in town!