The Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis Skyline.

Celebrate Summer in St. Louis

Splash Down in the Gateway City

Summer in St. Louis means alfresco arts, live sports, music festivals and outdoor adventures – plus, a lot of barbecue and ice cream. The excitement in the city is palpable, and free attractions and events make it easy to stick to a budget while enjoying everything that we have to offer.

Traveling on a Budget

Summer vacations can get expensive. Luckily, St. Louis has an abundance of free and affordable activities for every travel persona. Some of our top picks for your trip include a Broadway show at The Muny, a visit to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, a baseball game at Busch Stadium and an underground adventure through Meramec Caverns. Need more ideas that won’t break the bank? Here are 30 things to do in St. Louis for less than $30.

The Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis exemplifies German Romanesque architecture.

Our Top Licks for National Ice Cream Month

July – in case you didn’t know – is National Ice Cream Month! And what better place to indulge in a month-long ice cream celebration than St. Louis? After all, this is the destination that gave the world the waffle cone. If you’re looking for local establishments where you can enjoy great ice cream and its delicious variants, here’s a sampling of some places to experience a chill thrill in St. Louis.

Cool Kids

Whether you’re traveling with toddlers in tow or preteens with an increasing sense of independence, St. Louis has immersive and memorable activities that everyone can enjoy together. Rocket down a 10-story slide at City Museum. Howl with the wolves at the Endangered Wolf Center. Investigate scientific wonders at The Magic House and more!

Traveling Teens

Travel can enhance a teenager’s self-esteem, education and worldview, but it’s not always easy to find activities that appeal to them. We’re here to help with that. These St. Louis attractions will challenge teens physically and mentally, give them freedom to explore on their own and introduce them to interesting people.

The escape rooms at Escape Challenge St. Louis are specifically designed to give guests a unique escape experience.

Outdoor Adventures

Among the cityscape, there are countless ways to connect with nature in St. Louis. If you want to get outside and stay active during your next trip, try a local activity such as yoga in Gateway Arch National Park, hiking in the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area or paddling on the Mississippi River.

Forest Park features plenty of green space along with world-class attractions.

The Sounds of Summer

Turn up the speakers. The sounds of summer are bringing a new kind of heat to St. Louis! During the summer, St. Louis buzzes with activity. From Shakespeare in the Park to Fair St. Louis and the Festival of Nations to the Saint Louis Art Fair, there’s never a dull moment, but right now, we’re dialed into the major musical events happening throughout the area.

Blues at the Arch invites people to listen to live blues music in Gateway Arch National Park.

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